HeyLets!

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Hi everyone! I’m excited to announce that I’m a new Elite Ambassador for a new social media/travel app called HeyLets. I love to get  feedback among among the WordPress Community after downloading the free app and trying it out. If you want to help me out tremendously, download the app from this link: http://hey.li/jordanhl

The app highly focuses on finding and sharing solely positive experiences. Anytime you discover an awesome restaurant, museum, park, activity, travel destination, or just about ANYTHING, snap a picture and tell the world what made it great.

Feel free to follow me as well if you’d like! You can search for me under Jordan Genevieve. The reviews are short and sweet and it’s good to include a nice picture to fit the description. You can choose from many different categories and use the filter to determine what specific activity you are looking for. Also, you are able to look up different cities if you’re traveling or wanting to visit somewhere. You can Wishlist these experiences which will save them to your profile. It’s a fun and useful app and I’m excited to see what the future holds for it. Let me know what you think! :)

Europa

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After returning from an unbelievable trip to Europe, I lie in my bed sifting through photos and trying to decide where to begin writing. I’ve been killing time since waking up at 6AM and waiting for the burrito shop to open across the street since I’m extremely jet-lagged and have been missing Mexican food deeply. Now where to start? I took over a thousand pictures and was swept away with a million unique experiences, so it is terribly hard to narrow down a specific event right now. Let me just give an overall summary: I arrived in the North East city of Udine, where my boyfriend grew up, then we made our way first to Venezia, followed by Bad Kleinkircheim and Vienna, then back down to Roma, Milano, and Verona, all while stopping in and out of Udine. All I can say is that I can’t wait to be on my next journey to Europe or elsewhere and that I am highly considering a temporary move to Europe. Below are pictures from some of the highlights which I will go into detail with very soon!

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Alta Acqua Libreria in Venezia
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Bella Venezia

 

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Bike Rides & posing with some pals in Wien
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Skiing, Snowboarding and Sledding (for me!) in Bad Kleinkircheim, Austria
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Pinocchio on the balcony of the Mumok in Vienna, Austria
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Strolling through Wien
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Train ride to Roma!
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Valentino taking over Piazza di Spanga
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Consumed pasta almost every day! Antica Taverna in Roma.
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Altare della Patria in Piazza Venezia
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The Vatican!
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A little caffé after lunch at Antica Taverna
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Eataly in Roma! Unbelievable place.
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Iced caffé from Eataly
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Kiss in front of our hotel window in Roma
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Roma Train Station
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On top of a little mountain in Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria
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So many stunning Churches in Italy
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Ponte Sant’Angelo

 

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Yummy local spot in Udine for coffee & treats
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My love in Verona (Home of Romeo & Juliet!)
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Final two glasses of wine in Italy!

 

 

 

 

Playing in the Botanical Gardens

On Tuesday, I spent the day being silly with these two Italian boys at the San Francisco Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park. I’d visited the gardens in Berkeley several times but this was my first time at the park in SF. It was a wonderful experience and since I live right around the corner, I’m certain to return many times in the future. :)

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WordCamp San Francisco 2014

The night before the last ticket sale for WordCamp, I set my alarm for 6AM to wake up and buy a ticket before they all slipped away. I watched as the first two sessions quickly sold out within hours so I knew I had to get a jump-start and plan ahead. I hadn’t really known what to expect going into this gathering since this would be my first time attending a WordCamp and there wasn’t a single person that I knew personally before attending the event. However, everyone I came across was friendly, warm and approachable and I left the function with quite a few new friends. I had the pleasure of seeing many phenomenal speakers and I was excited to recognize dozens of people who I’d only ever seen in online communities. Overall, it was a really great experience and as I left I couldn’t help but think, “I have to find more places like this!”

Perhaps in the future I will check in at some other WordCamps around the world. :)

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Music Monday

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I’m following the Daily Post and participating in another blogging course, Blogging 201. It was suggested that adding a weekly feature might be a fun way to stick with posting the same couple times a week. I have a few ideas for the other days of the week but I think Monday is the perfect day to explore music. For whatever reason, I’ve been lazy about finding new music lately and have just been listening to the same old same old. Writing these posts each week will encourage me to dive back into the music scene and find new & exciting artists to explore each week, while also keeping up with the classics and discovering older music I might’ve missed out on. I always really adored Simon & Garfunkel — I felt a deep connection with their music for several years and would listen to their albums on repeat for days. Here is one of my favorites, entitled “American Tune.”

 

And I dreamed I was dying

And I dreamed that my soul rose unexpectedly

and looking back down at me

smiled reassuringly

And I dreamed I was flying.

 

 

While we’re on the topic of Simon & Garfunkel, I better throw in the haunting and gorgeous, “Sound of Silence”

 

Vintage Boxing Poster

Over the past year and a half, boxing has become something I’ve participated in nearly everyday both for fitness and for the love of the sport. I discovered this vintage boxing poster that I found amusing — I love all the stiff tough guy poses (like millions of little Overly Manly Men) and can only imagine how much fun the illustrator had working on this.

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Decompression

This weekend celebrated the finale of the Burning Man festival with Decompression: The 15th Annual Heat the Street Faire located on Indiana Street between Mariposa and 22nd Street in  the Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Although I’ve never been to Burning Man, I was given a glimpse into some of the music, displays, costumes & characters at Decompression. Below are some photos from the festivities. :)

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Awake!
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Dragon, Gorilla + a hula hoop
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Teacups
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Reading List

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I’ve been trying to take a book with me everywhere I go and get back in the habit of reading a little every day. It’s too bad I recently shattered my iPad, but at least I have dozens of paperback books and ebooks are still accessible on my laptop. Here is a current reading list I’m working on:

 

  • “City of Ashes, Mortal Instruments series,” by Cassandra Clare

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  • “Lit”, by Mary Karr

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  • “Cosmic Drama”,  by Alan Watts

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  • “The Book,” by Alan Watts

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  • “Delivering Happiness,” by Tony Hsieh 

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  • “Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit,” by Inghilleri & Solomon

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  • “The Year Without Pants,” by Scott Berkun

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  • “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn

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  •  “The Lord of the Rings,” by J. R. R. Tolkien lord-of-the-rings-book-cover

 

  • “Angela’s Ashes,”by Frank McCourt

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  • “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

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  • “A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones” by George R. R. Martin

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Goals

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I’ve had this post as private for a while and wanted to make it public after I’ve mostly finished editing it. While there will likely be more updates as I cross off some tasks and add others, here are some my goals as of today — the 20th day of September, 2014.

  • Improve my writing Writing a blog post/short story at least two times/week
  • Continue Volunteering on WordPress Support Forums (bit of an ongoing goal…) 
  • Finish my Italian workbooks. Italian Vocabulary & Italian Verbs. 
  • Complete the Italian Duolingo Tree  (FINISHED! 68/68)
  • Complete the French Duolingo Tree (Currently at 6/68)
  • Find a few incredible companies/organizations that I really believe in for volunteer, intern, or employment purposes. I’m looking for new beginnings in all areas. 
  • Finish Book List List will be published soon! 
  • Complete several Treehouse Courses Focus on HTML, CSS, WordPress and Business
  • Complete Codecademy HTML, CSS, and JavaScript 
  • Get a Passport
  • Do a boxing boot camp  I box almost every day, but I’ve yet to do the boot camp at my gym. 4 weeks of 6:00AM-7:30AM intense work outs
  • Move Six people vs. one bathroom for the past two years is one of the many aspects that is wearing on me. I could write a book about the others.
  • Be more comfortable Checking off many items from this list and this will happen automatically.

Health & Fitness Goals

  • Boxing at least 6 days/week
  • Run Stairs 2 days/week
  • Yoga 1 day/week
  • Continue drinking green smoothies and fresh juices as often as possible
  • Experiment with new plant-based recipes
  • Limit alcohol & coffee

Writing up a list of tasks which I need to take care of has been extremely helpful for me. I often keep track of what I’m trying to accomplishing using different programs such as Wunderlist or Notes, or I just jot down thoughts and ideas in my collection of notebook journals. I’ve found it to be very encouraging to cross a goal off and to be able to look back with a sense of fulfillment to see how much I’ve achieved. I’ll come back and update this once I’ve completed these in their entirety! (If possible).

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Blogging 101* Introduction

Hello everyone! I’m Jordan. I’ve signed up for the Blogging 101 course with the intention of improving my blog, meeting others in the community, and getting into the habit of updating my site regularly. I will likely be writing about a range of topics — from my latest coffee shop discovery, to my personal affairs, including but not limited to: Life in San Francisco, live music, language learning, travel destinations, plant-based foods & recipes, boxing, fitness, technology, book reviews, goal setting and whatever else I can’t get out of my head at the time. I’m excited to meet people who may have some of the same ideas, and of course those on the other side of the map whom I can learn from!

 

If you’re interested in reading more & connecting, feel free to follow my blog and other social networking sites. I look forward to meeting you all and learning a lot throughout this course.