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!

Fitting a workout into a busy schedule and why it’s necessary

I can go on for hours about why working out is important. I can also list off all the ways I try to avoid it. BUT this is for those super hectic days, weeks, even months where it seems like we just don’t have the time to focus on our health and working out. And when we do have those moments of downtime, all we can think about doing is relaxing or getting those extra z’s. I am definitely more than guilty of this. I fall off the workout wagon time and time again. But I’ve seen what a busy schedule and traveling without worrying about fitness has done to both my health and my body. It makes me grumpy, self-conscious, laziness sets in, and just a feeling of constantly being tired. None of these work well when you are busy. This is why even though I fall off the fitness ladder, I keep getting back on and putting in effort to make it work into my schedule.

Here are a few reasons why you should make the extra effort to squeeze in a workout even when you are super, crazy busy.

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And I know, I KNOW, that just because you know something is good for you doesn’t make it any easier to follow through with.

Let me tell you friends, Pinterest is your best friend when you are looking for a quick workout. You do not need to fit in a crazy workout! That is the key to making this work when you are busy! While it is ideal to get a whole hour in if you can, sometimes it’s just not doable. That’s when you need Pinterest. You can find a ton of workouts, and you don’t even need to hit up the gym. If Pinterest isn’t your thing, there’s always youtube. There are many, many fitness bloggers and youtubers who post quick workout videos. My personal favorite is Blogilates. Don’t know what that is? You better check it out here. By far my favorite place to find a quick workout.


In the end it’s up to you to make a workout fit into your schedule. And some people don’t ever feel the need to workout which is completely fine as everyone is different. But for those who are like me that notice a difference in their mood and energy, we need to focus on making something work.

What are ways you stay healthy or workout when you are on a tight schedule? What works best for you? Share your thoughts in the comments 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!

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 :]