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14 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer!

1. Wake up earlier. It might be the last thing you want to do on summer vacation, but do this to get the most out of your day! Plus, you'll have time to prepare and enjoy a great breakfast!

2. Stay hydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you wherever you go.

3. Have a good laugh. Catch up with friends over brunch, watch a funny film, hang out with your dog! Laughter is the best medicine.

4. Compliment at least one person per day. This can be a friend, an acquaintance, co-worker, stranger, whoever!

5. Eat your fruits and vegetables. You can even turn them into smoothies!

6. Stop procrastinating. We tend to give in to the dog days of summer, but push yourself and complete what you need to complete! Who said you can’t be productive during the summertime?

7. Exercise. It doesn’t have to be anything too intense. A run around the block, a leisurely hike, or even an at-home YouTube workout video.

8. Go out for ice cream with your family and friends. You can’t beat good company and a sweet treat!

9. Do something nice for someone. A Random Act of Kindness, volunteer at an animal shelter, pick up trash at the beach, or help your neighbor lift those heavy objects.

10. Have a pool or beach day. Beat the heat this summer and lounge by the pool or on the beach!

11. Go to the movies. Another way to avoid the summer heat is by retreating to the theaters! Catch this summer’s blockbusters and enjoy that bucket of popcorn!

12. Try to learn something new everyday. This can either be an interesting fact you saw online or a new skill you taught yourself!

13. Take a brief moment during your day to take three mindful, deep breaths. Deep breaths have a way of calming our minds and reducing stress.

14. And lastly, get outside and explore! Treat everything like an adventure.

7 Tips for the Perfect Summer Road Trip

Planning a road trip this summer? Follow these tips for the perfect summer road trip!

1. Pick a destination

For some, going on a road trip with no plan is the epitome of adventure. For others, there is assurance in knowing where they are headed. Regardless of how you categorize yourself, why not choose a destination you’ve never been to before? Now while it’s not necessarily about the destination, but rather the journey, it’s nice to know that the adventure doesn’t have to end once the engine is turned off.

2. Bring Friends

Pack up the car with friends and your road trip is guaranteed to be a success. Or, at the very least, you’ll be having a ton of fun!

3. Pack an instant camera

Today’s generation constantly desires instant gratification, and in this digital age, it isn’t difficult to achieve that. But why not take it back a decade or two? Buy a disposable camera or use a Polaroid to document all those unforgettable moments.

4. The infinite playlist

Like peanut butter and jelly… Bonnie and Clyde… great music and road trips go hand-in-hand. Load up your playlist with everyone’s favorite songs. Bonus points for those that can be sung at the top of your lungs!
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5. Make healthy snacks

Sure, the candy and junk food will keep your energy levels up in the short-run. But for those car journeys lasting longer than half an hour, those snacks just won’t cut it. Plan ahead and stash your cooler with refreshing fruits, crunchy vegetables, and water.

6. Make a difference along the way

Make your road trip experience even more rewarding by interacting with the local community. It can be as simple as shopping at a local farmer’s market or picking up trash. Or at your destination, go the extra mile and volunteer at a local non-profit. The choice is yours!

7. Your adventurous spirit

Half the fun of a road trip is the spontaneous pit stop(s) made along the way. Be adventurous and have fun!

Oh, and of course, you can’t forget the road trip essentials: comfy clothes, hand sanitizer, and your favorite pair of SOLOs!

 

One's Happy Place is One's Serenity

Some people have one significant happy place that is their thinking spot. It’s their time to reflect on the past and envision the future. Being in that specific spot, whether in solitude or with a companion, gives you a sense of belonging.

My happy place is a symbol of serenity.

I don’t have one concrete happy place because my happy place is driving down California’s Pacific Coast Highway a.k.a. PCH. There is something about driving in my car along the coast, watching the ocean shimmer endless beauty that makes me want to dive in head first. The change of scenery as I drive reminds me that my journey will have unexpected curves and turns and that my path will merge into another direction. And I remind myself that living life on the edge is exactly how I want to live. 

The PCH was my getaway in high school. At night, I would drive along the road with my windows down and listen to the waves crash against the cliffs. I would sing my heart out to soulful ballads, then pick a spot to pull over and gaze at the moon and the stars reflecting against the ocean. When I visit my hometown, I always try to make time for my happy place; whether it is 2 pm or 2 am, driving down the coast never seems to let me down. I always write and write for hours, jotting down my hopes and dreams, making them feel more tangible. I express how I want to break free and discover life’s mysteries. 

It's also nice to share my happy place with my friends. We enjoy driving down the coast and hiking up what is known as the “sandhill.” It’s a place where we pick up where we left off, reminiscing on old adventures and sharing new ones. The PCH will always be a place I enjoy coming back to, giving me that familiar, tranquil feeling.

 

It has been there for me during my triumphs and defeats, but no matter how I feel during the ride, I always leave feeling a sense of victory.

 

 

What is your happy place? If you don't have one, don't waste your days in a daze. Go out. Explore. Play. Life's treasure is out there, and it's up to you to find the X that marks the spot.

Beautiful Things the Whole World Should See

There are some beautiful things we see in daily life where we simply take a moment to appreciate the significance of it all. What we fail to realize is that there are many people all around the world who unfortunately, cannot clearly view the beauty we see. SOLO Eyewear strives to give people a chance to see the views and beautiful moments that most of us get to see every day.

 Here are a few things that we are beyond grateful to see:

1. The Sky

There is something powerful about the sky. How it can so subtly set the tone of each hour of the day.

The way the sun rises to give the day a new light, new beginnings, new opportunities. The way the white clouds appear against the bright blue sky creates such a mystery, and you wonder - what else is out there?

The way the sun sets so peacefully against the horizon with a different background every night - from cotton candy skies consisting of cool, calming colors to whimsical watercolor pastels to the classic, picturesque sunset.

The way the stars glisten in the midnight sky, empowered by the moon, and somehow you get lost in your own galaxy. You reflect on the lessons you've learned and the things you still wish to learn. You simply dream of the person you want to be in the universe and what impact you desire to make.

The sky has the power of setting your mood. It's a power not all of us recognize, but it's a power we must be enlightened by.

2. The Ocean

Living in San Diego, we may be a little biased. However, if you have been able to grace one of the five oceans of the world, I am sure you agree; and if you have not, you must admit you've dreamt of it.

The ocean allows us to feel a sense of tranquility. Serenity comes when the waves kiss the shore, and it's almost as if you can hear the water roaring towards relaxation.

For many of us that live along the coast, the ocean is our getaway. When we want to feel at peace, a visit to the ocean is always the answer. When we feel like the pressure of the world is weighing upon us, the waves are there to lift it right off of us into the depths of the sea. The ocean has a way of making us feel like everything is going to be okay. It's a reminder to trust our journey because a true sailor navigates his way without a fear in the world. 

3. Last but not least, LOVE.

Love is a beautiful feeling, and it comes in all forms.

The love for your passion in life - whether it's art, music, fashion, science, culture, athletics, etc. It's beautiful to see people pour their hearts and souls into the things they love. They have something that fuels their ambition, something that fuels a life worth living. And the fuel you witness can fuel something in you.

The love for adventure - a time to reflect. Adventure is a time to reflect on the person you were, the person you are, and the person you want to be. It allows you to be proud of how far you've come and look forward to the rest of your journey.

The love for your loved ones - your family, your friends, your significant other. Being able to see your loved ones' faces is a privilege no one should ever take for granted. The expression on your mother's face in times of endearment. The expression on you father's face when he's proud of you. The expressions your friends make when laughing ridiculously at your jokes. The expression your significant other makes when he or she realizes you're the one. Seeing the ones you love happy sparks a happiness in you.

It's not just about the physical aspect of what's visible to the eyes, but it's rather about feeling the beauty of life that's triggered by seeing the things that inspire us, the things we adore, and most importantly, the people we hold so dear to our hearts.

So take a moment, and show gratitude for the beautiful things you are able to see and thus feel.

Why Adventure Makes Life Fulfilling

Here’s the thing about life: it’s full of wonder…so wander. Curiosity is one of the best qualities in a human being. It’s a quality that allows personal growth, mentally and spiritually.

Last year, I took my wanderlust to a whole new level – exploring ten countries, going on adventure after adventure. My friends and I would spontaneously book trips and seek to discover the world. We witnessed unbelievable architecture in Budapest, hiked along the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, and were inspired by the chicest streetwear in Milan.

While living in Milan, I would convince my friends to hop on the metro with me and randomly pick a number between 1 and 10 to determine which stop to get off at. Then, we would simply explore that neighborhood; and each moment of spontaneity felt fulfilling. I often solo-adventured like this while abroad, and I apply the same concept here when driving on the freeway. I’m very fortunate and grateful for the experiences I have had abroad, but adventure is always right outside your door. You just have to go out and find it.

And if I’m speaking with candor, some of the best adventures are the ones enjoyed in solitude. During the end of my experience, I took the train to Cinque Terre, Italy in which beholds five beautiful, intimate towns along the Italian coast. From hiking day and night to sleeping on the beach beneath the stars, I started to reflect how much I learned during the most five incredible months of my life to date.

A Beautiful Building in Budapest

Cliffs of Moher

Within exploring the world and exploring life, I lost and found myself all over again. I met strangers who shared their stories and was enlightened by each and every one’s lust for life. It’s crucial to not live to merely exist, but to live life full of passion and zeal. We cross paths with people for a reason, and these strangers made me love adventure that much more. You’ll discover the most stunning scenic views that will make you radiate the most gigantic smile and meet people who will touch your heart and soul. We live in a beautiful world with beautiful people, and adventures will open your eyes and mind to this idea that some may claim foreign.

 

Now get lost.

My First Adventure

By: Mariah Adams

No matter where I seem to move or where my travels take me, I always find myself wanting to explore on my own. And though I’m sure my mom would like to forget this, I have been doing just that since a very young age.

When I was about three years old, my family and I moved to a small village in Germany for my dad’s work. In the town of Münster-Amelsbüren, I attended kindergarten and first grade. Everyday, my mom walked me to and from my kindergarten a couple blocks away. One day, I decided I wanted to find my own way home (or to Frau Rose’s bakery...or maybe it was the toy store that sold the Scala dolls?), much to my mother’s dismay. Of course, mind you, I did not live very far from my home, but I still managed to walk in circles in our small town. People around the town square recognized me and tried to corral me in the right direction even though I insisted on going my own way. Eventually I was intercepted by the couple that use to babysit me and they returned to my mother. I will always remember trying to adventure out on my own at that age.

Later in life, this need to go off on my own would follow me to Spain in the eighth grade, or Vancouver the summer after my junior year of college. In Spain, I would find an elusive toy store that sold Diddls, mouse dolls from Germany. In Vancouver, I discovered savory fish and chips in Stanley Park. I have found that I cannot sit still if I feel I need to explore an area, even where I live in San Diego. It may be cliché, but you never know what you may find around the corner.

Embrace your wanderlust and chase the unexpected.