Life is Beautiful


That one time I gave a stranger $10 to go buy Vienna sausages at Whole Foods

This pic is not taken that night but last month when I went grocery shopping there. No I did not get Vienna sausages. ;)

That one time 8 months ago my friend and I parked at Trolley Square in the dark evening near Whole Foods Market and right as I parked, I saw a man walking towards us through my side mirror. I locked the doors and looked through the mirror again and didn't see him and just when I breathed a sigh of relief there was a tap on the window on the passenger side where my friend was sitting. We look over and we jumped a little bit as we saw the man telling us to open the door. My friend said to me frantically, "Sarah! Just drive away. Just drive away right now!" I said to her, "But he's talking to us.... It's rude to just drive away.....?" and I opened a tiny, tiny crack on the window as my friend just looked at me like what the heck are you doing. 

I said to him, "Yes?" and he said to us, "I just got out from the hospital(pointing to his hospital bracelet), my wife and I got in a car accident and my wife just died. I have no money but am so hungry, do you have like 2 dollars you could give me so that I could like go get Vienna sausages at Whole Foods or something?" 

Most people would be smart and wouldn't believe him and would NOT give him the money.

"YOUR WIFE JUST DIED??? Oh my gosh, I am so sorry... that is so terrible...(as I am tearing up and opening up my purse)."

"Yeah, I luckily survived but my wife, she died. I just want to get some Vienna sausages or something at Whole Foods."

I gave him $10 and he thanked us and walked away.

My friend who I've known for only a couple of months and hung out only a couple of times looked at me like who the heck are you and you are crazy and said, "You gave him TEN DOLLARS??? Why did you give him money? You know he was lying right?"

"...........You think so?"

"Sarah!!! Yes, of course he was lying! His wife just died? He wants VIENNA SAUSAGES at WHOLE FOODS???" 

"Oh...... Maybe you're right..."

"You still think he was telling the truth, don't you?"

"Well, he was wearing a hospital bracelet with the name tag..."

"Oh my gosh, Sarah. Wow. I feel like I need to always be with you to be your body guard or something."

Maybe this is why my cousin who recently visited us from LA thinks I should never leave outside of Utah because he doesn't think I'd survive outside the bubble. I didn't even tell him this story!!! What the heck!!!

And maybe it explains why my dad just got scammed $11,000 by an orphaned "American solder" from Afghanistan who found a box of $80 million cash under the ground while fighting for our country.



I bought a ticket to Alt Summit

photos via alt summit 

I bought a ticket to Alt Summit a couple months ago right when it went on sale, and I was actually surprised at myself that I had bought it because I am pretty frugal and at $625 for a ticket, it's the most expensive blog conference that I know of. Not to mention I have only attended 2 blog conferences in my life which was just earlier this year and it was because I had bought one and then got sponsored a ticket so I was selling my ticket I originally had bought, then the founder of this other blog conference contacted me and told me she would trade a ticket with me, a ticket to her conference for my ticket. Her conference was 4 times the cost of the one I was selling, so I couldn't say no to that offer! So this is a big deal for me guys, to spend this much on a blog conference!

But for some reason, I had a strong desire to go and a feeling that I should buy my ticket and just go. I didn't know why but I trusted that instinct and now looking back, I think it was because I am now about to start a business and it'll be really good for me to go connect with other bloggers and build relationships and make friends in the blogging community! Businesses are so scary because so much of it is luck, timing and connections. So it'll be really good for me and I know I will find it worth the price I paid. You need to invest and spend money in order to make more money, you know?

But before I pulled the plug in buying the ticket, I got to hear from other bloggers who have attended what they thought about Alt Summit and whether it was worth it to go. Here are a few of the bloggers opinions:

"I have attended many times (thanks to getting tickets free) and have loved it each time. If you can afford it then yes, it's worth it. I think it's a big high priced, but you do get a lot (meals, parties, great sponsors)."

"I agree that's it's worth it if you can swing it, but I'm also someone who usually goes for free either by winning a ticket or speaking. The nice thing is that you don't have to also spring for a room at the Grand if you're a local. I think every blogger should come to Alt at least once."

"I've been twice...I don't think it's worth the full price. I won a ticket the first time and bought a deeply discounted ticket from someone the second time. That being said, it might be worth it for you, if you get enough work from the conference to make up the money spent or if your blog is producing a solid income!"

But if you are still debating on going or not, there is a giveaway going on right now with, a large online retailer for home furnishings and decor, for a free paid-trip to Alt Summit. I wish I was a home decor blogger, I would have definitely nominated myself! Haha. Blog with the most nominations wins an all-expense-paid trip including conference ticket, air fare, and hotel ($3,000 value). You just go on their homepage and click on the Alt Summit banner to enter. The contest ends October 15, 2015. I wish I got a free ticket and didn't have to pay for my ticket! Buyer's remorse over here! But I think it'll be worth it for me, I am so excited!

Are any of you attending Alt Summit Winter 2016? If so, I'd love to meet you!


Hawaii Trip Part Two

The last blog post of our Hawaii trip from January! Aren't you glad there's no part 3, 4, 5, and 6?

Pill Box Hike!

The observation stations a.k.a pillboxes were constructed in 1943 and equipped with high-powered telescopes to fix positions of possible enemy ships. The job of the soldiers working in the structures was to transmit target information to artillery batteries on the Mokapu Peninsula, and later to serve batteries at the Kaneohe Bay Naval Air Station and Puu Papaa.

 Yes. this was my idea. :D


Now the kids turn! Showing them how it's done.

the cousins adoring on my sweet little nugget!

You don't want to know how many jumps it took to get this shot. :D

Jay and his darling sister Kat

About to ride the submarine!

About to go inside the 'Iolani Palace. The monarchy was overthrown in 1893 & the Provisional Government of Hawaiʻi took control of ʻIolani Palace. So fascinating learning about the history of Hawaiʻi!

Before she was overthrown, Queen Liliʻuokalani was imprisoned for nine months in a small room where she spent her time quilting. A lot of the fabrics she used came from her own wardrobe.

Nico's Pier 38. A must go sea food restaurant!

And that's it folks! We are going again in a few months, and I can't wait! What are some must-do's in Oahu? 

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