My life with a full time job and a case of wanderlust

I have a full time job and I love it. I’m an Event Services Manager and I work on so many different events that there’s always something different going on. I get to work on concerts, sporting events, conventions, Sundance Film Festival and more. Needless to say, my job keeps me VERY busy. And I happen to have started this project, Meraki Planning.

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You could say I’m a bit ambitious. Maybe overly so, but I have a lot of dreams and goals that I’m determined to reach. Among all of this though, I have an extreme case of wanderlust. I daydream about visiting new places all the time. I hope to one day be able to fully combine the two, but until then I do what I can to travel.

I’m lucky enough that I get a full three weeks of vacation time with my company. Not many people in the USA get as much time. Some are lucky to get two weeks. Now the difficult part of using my time off is timing it right. My schedule is so busy that I have to often wait for a slower month to take my vacations. But I do it. I feel that more Americans NEED to take advantage of their vacation times. They need that time to step away from work and relax a bit. I fully believe it is essential to our health.

I am the type of person that almost constantly needs change. I typically take it out in my hair. One thing I love about working in the event industry is that although things can be similar, each event is different. I also don’t like to stay in one spot for too long. I can get very restless, hence the daydreaming of new adventures.

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So how do I make my full time job and travel work?

I plan.

I save money.

I check kayak explore and Skyscanner regularly for deals.

I keep track of my work schedule and what months are the least busy.

I’m flexible on location.

I realize that I don’t always need to go far for a new adventure.


All of these factors help me to make travel work for me while I continue to work full time at a job I genuinely enjoy and do not want to give up. Is it hard? hell yes. But it is so worth it. A BIG part of making travel work with a full time job is prioritizing. This goes along with saving mostly. But if you want to make travel work, you need to prioritize what is important to you. Is it buying a coffee everyday, saving for a new gaming system, going to the bars every weekend, or going on new adventures and experiencing new cultures. If you make something a priority you can reach it.

My next trip will be coming up soon. I’m going to Reykjavik, Iceland for my first ever solo adventure! I will be sure to keep you lovelies posted on my travels.

How do you manage to travel with a job? Or did you quit your job to travel the world? Share your stories below :)

Chao Beautifuls!

Daily To Do List

Today I wanted to share with you my daily To-Do List. This is how I keep track of EVERYTHING I have going on, and is a necessary time management tool.

I have always written down to-do lists. I tend to write multiple a day… and drive my family nuts with all of the scraps of papers I would leave around the house with my lists. SO because of my obsession, need to create a list of tasks and activities for my day, I have compiled a daily to do list that allows me to stay on track. This is what has been working for me

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My to do list has a section to list tasks, with a box to the left to check off each task as I go. I have also a note area where I can write down reminders or motivational quotes to help me through the day. One thing that I have always had a hard time with when I’ve found other to-do lists online, is an area for timed activities separated from regular tasks. Most of what I have seen only has one or the other. I have included both on mine so you can see what tasks and activities you have at specific times and which you can go at your own pace.

If you are interested in a copy of my to do list you  can get a FREE downloadable print of the daily to do list .

I hope this helps you manage your time as much as it has helped me :)

Chao Beautifuls!

My top list of things to do in Las Vegas

Las Vegas, otherwise known as Sin City, has an abundance of activities and places to see. It is a city that caters to almost all  ages and groups of people. Whether  you are into the nightlife, like to gamble, love to shop, check out live shows, or are a thrill seeker.

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Having grown up only six hours away from Las Vegas, I have traveled to there many times. As a kid, it was for soccer tournaments, now its for a quick and easy getaway on the weekends. Through my times visiting this crazy city, I have experienced a lot of Vegas. Below I have compiled my personal list of things you must see and do in Las Vegas.

1. Coca Cola and M&M World

While technically two different places, these two shops are right next door to each other. If you have kids with you, this is the perfect stop. If not, it’s still worth checking out. Mix together a bag of different colored M&M’s. Or try around the world drinks from Coca Cola World.

2. New York New York Roller Coaster

This is one for the thrill seekers. And it is also a favorite of mine and my siblings. Every time we go to Vegas we make sure to ride on the roller coaster that wraps around the outside of New York New York hotel.

3. Stratosphere

Yet another stop for thrill seekers or for those interested in a view. At the top of the stratosphere you can see the Las Vegas Strip. The Tower itself is about 1,150 feet high. Some of the activities you can do here are: Sky Jump (bungee jump), the big shot, insanity, and x-scream. You can get more information on these rides here .

4. See a show

Las Vegas has a wide range of shows that you can check out during your time there. You can see magicians like David Copperfield, Concerts such as Celine Dion, Cirque de Soleil, and much more. You can check out the full list of shows here.

5. Bellagio Fountains

The fountains are a great sight when you are walking on the Vegas strip. The fountains are coordinated to change with music and offer a spectacular and free show to view. During the day the fountains go off about every half hour. At night they’re scheduled for every 15 minutes. I personally prefer seeing the fountain show at night, but it is worth seeing in the daytime as well.

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6. Dessert from Serendipity

 Serendipity is one of my personal favorites when coming to Vegas. It’s a restaurant that is located outside of Caesar’s Palace. I, however, do not go there for their meals. Their dessert is where it’s at. Try out one of their many Ice Cream Sundaes or Famous Frozen hot chocolate. You can see their menu here.

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7. Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay

The Shark Reef is an Aquarium inside the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Here you can observe a ton of fish and predators of the sea. Tickets are currently listed at about $20 for adults and $14 for children under 12.

8. Caesar’s Palace Forum Shops

If shopping is your thing, you’re going to want to check out the Forum Shops. Here you will find all of the high-end stores such as Gucci, Burberry, and Coach. They also have a pretty rad Nike store and an H&M.

9. Paris Hotel – Eiffel Tower

The Paris tower, much like the Stratosphere, offers an awesome view of the Las Vegas Strip. You can purchase a tour ticket that allows you to ride up to the observatory deck on the tower. It is a mini replica of the real tower in France.

10. Clubbing

While clubbing is not for everyone, if you go to vegas and are over 21, it is a must try experience. Clubs in Vegas draw in big name DJ’s. I was able to see Calvin Harris at Club Omnia when my sister and I went last. Most clubs have dress codes here, so be prepared to dress to impress. While Omnia is the only club I have been to, some other highly talked about Vegas clubs are Tao, XS, Hakkasan, and Marquee.

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You are planning an upcoming trip, but don’t know where to start or find good viable information. Or maybe you have an extremely busy schedule that prevents you from having the time to do proper research. If this is the case, don’t stress out, I’m here to help.

As a fellow traveler and planner, I have both the experience and the passion to help make your next trip an adventure that’s unforgettable. No matter the length of your stay or destination, Meraki Planning can help get you everything you need to be ready with the Travel Planning Package

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This package will help you to save time, money, and reduce stress. Meraki Planning aims to do all the heavy work while assisting you with your travel needs and meeting your specifications. I want you to have the trip of a lifetime.

Send me a message to set up a free consultation and to discuss pricing.

Welcome to Meraki

I created Meraki as a virtual planning website to help others plan their dream events and trips. The goal of my services is to help eliminate the amount of time you spend on researching and relieve you from the stresses that come with planning. I will help you to make your event or trip a huge success.

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I can help you plan any kind of event; my background includes setting up weddings, conferences, and seminars at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort to working on logistics for the Gold Cup Soccer Tournament in 2013 and the World Cup in Brazil in 2014 with Cartan Global.

I will occasionally update the blog section of my site with tips on time management, event planning, and travel advice. Stay up to date and follow along :]