Chasing the Dream.

I sat at the airport terminal, legs crossed, one bouncing up and down. My heart beating The intercom beeped, notifying its passengers, “Your trip to Las Vegas- Flight SV2641 is ready to board!” I grabbed my black leather carry-on, my boarding pass, and a big decision that had to be made.

A year ago today, I was in the process of making the biggest decision of my life.

The weekend that led to this big decision was a rush. I hopped on a flight to San Francisco.

This was not like any typical adventure, but the journey, I knew would be well worth my time.

One night and two days.

informational meetings — interviews — a quick bagel bite–a sip of coffee, mint

–more interviews. A rush!

For this portion, I was not on my own. I was joined with my boyfriend, who was having to make the same decision as I. There we were, papers spread across the table with a huge decision that had to be made. The decision to move away from family, friends, life as we had known it.  For many years I told people I wanted to eventually move overseas. To teach, fully immerse myself in a new culture, and travel had been the dream. The decision for me, was to chase a dream. With all that was happening around the world, family, friends, and strangers often suggested I’d wait. But the choice was mine.

Would I leave or would I stay?

The day ended with a long walk alongside the San Francisco Pier. The cold breeze calmed the rush of the weekend. Torn between what I initially wanted and the best interview ever. I was given only 24 hours to choose. (You could only imagine the adrenaline I was feeling). I dropped off thank you letters to the offers I had declined, yet still was unsure about which way to go between the final two. One thing I did know, I would not be there…

I chased the dream!

A year from that day, I carry a passport full of stories and a phone too full to back up its photos. I am beyond blessed with the decision I made to live and do for myself. To overcome all the obstacles it took to get here and the moments I at times still have to struggle with today. It’s not always easy, but it is beyond worth it!

Chase the Dream that brings fire to your heart.

Let it burn, lighting the way to endless possibilities to come.


Do you have an inspiring story to share about being a DREAMCHASER? Comment below or send me a message via Instagram @TheRavenLove. I’d love to hear and possibly share your story with others.


The Oahu Travel Experience

Destination: Oahu, Hawaii USA

               This year’s birthday was an absolute dream come true. I celebrated my 27 Spins Around the Sun on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. I have always dreamed of visiting Hawaii. So much, to the point that, birthdays from 12-21 were all “luau” themed. To my parents luck, they were always able to use the same decorations and I was never disappointed. Hawaii was everything I ever dreamed of…from the food, fun, and of course the beach, I was indeed destined to experience FUN IN THE SUN. This is by far, the best birthday celebration yet!

oahu statue

Pack and Go

As part of my transition to living a minimalist lifestyle, I am working to making my trips away apart of that as well. Check this link to help with packing for your next trip. This 4 day round trip from Las Vegas to Honolulu required little prepping and packing.  

Purposeful Packing Tip: Small luggage and a carry on bag. No check-in needed! Don’t forget the sunscreen!


Pacific Beach Hotel

Steps away from the beautiful sands of Waikiki Beach lies Pacific Beach Hotel. Pacific Beach Hotel has newly renovated rooms that were modern and very clean. The hotel is walking distance to restaurants, shopping, and cafes. 

As transportation to get around the island I used Uber. (Need the promo code for $$ off, comment below!)

We also rented a car from Enterprise using Expedia. The pick-up location is a short walk away from the hotel.

Eat and Drink

-Atlantis Seafood & Steak

-Grab a spiced chai tea latte from Olive & Oliver Coffee Bar.

-Head over to Goofy Cafe & Dine to try their Big Island Honey French Toast.

-After you hike to Manoa Falls, dine at Manoa Treetops Restaurant. Beware of the running chickens!

Play and Do

Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park was my dream come true! 

Waikiki Beach and Shopping

Waimanalo Beach State Park– My preference for white sand and less tourists.

-Go snorkeling in North Shore. This was an adventure list item I was able to cross off the list. The experience was breath-taking…literally!

-Stop by the Makapu’u lighthouse before landing at Makapu’u Beach.

-Hike to Manoa Falls.



We rented  a car for a day, which allowed us to navigate the island a little more and go off the beaten path.

-Aloha Tower

-Street Art in The Ward Village District

-Makapu’u Tide Pools



Hula Figurine at Olive & Oliver’s Cafe. You must try the delicious Taro muffin at Goofy’s.

Green Luscious Mountains in Oahu, Hawaii.


Chief’s Luau Aloha Experience


Makapu’u Lookout!

Adventure Awaits!


Adventure Thrill List: Snorkeling


This trip I decided to cross a thrill off my list in Ko’Olina. Snorkeling in 35 ft. of water  with fish, turtles, and other beautiful sea creatures. You can either go during the day to possibly catch a sight of a few dolphins or in the evening to watch the sunset on the horizon. This experience included dinner and drinks. Well worth it!

back views

If you’ve been to Oahu, please share you adventures below. I hope you enjoyed the Oahu Travel Guide and safe travels to you!

Inspiration, Minimalism

Road to Minimalism

Road to Minimalism

May 11, 2017

This month has been filled with rest, relaxation, and love. After enough rain in April, I’m looking forward to seeing the flowers bloom in May. I recently decided to make a lifestyle change towards minimalism. “What is minimalism?”you ask. Well, let’s find out together.

I’ve been dibbing and dabbing with the idea of living a “Minimal Lifestyle” for a little over a year now. I grew curious about what it means, what it feels, and what it looks like to live simply. There are many universal practices and skills of how to be a minimalist but, after much reading of blogs, articles, and videos I have come to understand that

Minimalism is ridding myself of the excess while gaining simplistic living by my own means -for me.

So here I am, ready to take the leap, wings spread, in flight. SOAR! -May 2017

“My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.”
Francine Jay, Miss Minimalist: Inspiration to Downsize, Declutter, and Simplify

The Goal

I understand that this will be more than decreasing the amount of items in my wardrobe, an in that case, I must take my time. I’m hoping this lifestyle change will lead to a complete transformation in the interactions of my everyday life but in order to begin, I have three primary goals for this year:

  • Self Care/True to Self (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually)
  • Financial Freedom
  • Purposeful Planning

“…minimalism in the service of others is a logical extension of the same ethos of selflessness.”
Joshua Becker, The More Of Less

The First Step

I want to began at my own pace. So to began, I’ve decided to work through the seasons of clothing in my wardrobe. Ridding myself of items that I no longer wear, I do not need, and don’t really like. I am also purposefully packing, when it comes to travel (post coming soon).

“This is today! What will tomorrow bring? Life arrives and departs on its own schedule, not ours; it’s time to travel light, and be ready to go wherever it takes us.”
Meg Wolfe, The Minimalist Woman’s Guide to Having It All

Wanna Know More? Check out these blogs.

Are you on the same journey or considering minimalism? Any suggested blogs or vlogs for me? Share by dropping a comment below.