a day at my favorite coffee house

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Peace and quiet – sometimes that’s just what we need. The chance to immerse ourselves in nature to think, write, and reflect with no distractions. Yesterday I took a little trip to my favorite coffee shop, Hidden House Coffee, in search of some good old fashioned alone time. I brought two books along with me (as well as my journal) that I have been loving recently: Into the Wild and Walden, or Life in the Woods. The rest of this post is filled with quotes taken from these books that have inspired me and some random journal entries from the past few weeks. Hope you enjoy!

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal, – that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself… The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.”
– Henry David Thoreau, Walden, or Life in the Woods
Processed with VSCO with m5 preset“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, fore each day to have a new and different sun.”
– Christopher McCandless

August 5, 2017
I want to be able to go on cross country road trips and have spontaneous bonfires at the beach with my man. Those are my ideal dates; I’d much much rather go for a hike than have dinner at some fancy restaurant.

“I grew up exuberant in body but with a nervy, craving mind, It was wanting something more, something tangible. It sought for reality intensely, always as if it were not there.”
– John Menlove Edwards, Letter From a Man

“I have always been unsatisfied with life as most people live it. Always I want to live more intensely and richly.”
– Everett Ruess, excerpt from a letterProcessed with VSCO with m5 preset“Everything has changed suddenly – as if all your life you had been led by the hand like a small child and suddenly you were on your own, you had to learn to walk by yourself.”
-Loris Pastermak

July 31, 2017
I often struggle with forming emotional attachments to people too soon and too fast. It seems almost involuntary.

August 1, 2017
Playlist for the summer dog days:
– Hey Good Lookin’ by Blonde Tongues
– Stress Less by Roy Irwin
– Never Going Home by Hazel English
– 80’s Comedown Machine by The Strokes
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july journal entries

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July 22

“If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.” -Henry David Thoreau, Walden, Or Life in the Woods

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July 13

Sometimes I’ll take one look at a handsome stranger, our eyes sharing a split second of intimacy, and I will fall in love. By nature I am an independent soul, but I am a romantic at heart. Because of this there is a constant internal conflict going on within myself. Half of me craves intimacy in a significant other, and half of me wants to life my own life for a while without the obligations of someone else.

July 15

I believe there are so many ways to be beautiful that don’t involve appearance.

July 19

There was this one moment where we just lay there, holding each other in silence. Our heartbeats were in sync and I could feel his breath on my neck, soft and steady. I was ever-so-slightly rubbing his shoulder with my thumb. For a split second, we were the only two people existing in an otherwise meaningless world.

July 17

Don’t let your dreams be dreams.

July 23

  • Research film cameras
  • Joshua Tree day trip
  • Look up song “Rats” by Devendra Banhart
  • Order “Walden, Or Life in the Woods”

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July 26

I have realized that I will never enjoy meaningless hookups and no strings attached relationships. When I’m dating a man, or even just kissing him, I want to actually like him, which seems hard to come by in the modern world of everyone wanting to jump each others’ bones on the first date. This saddens me because I look at the world with my little old soul and wonder “Where did the romance go?”

July 6

“If you’re not doing what you love, now, I hope you will be in the future. Life is love, love who you’re with, where you are and what you’re doing. We all have battles and we all have struggles but not everyone can see past their own adversities. Pain and joy come hand in hand. I must wish for you all, whatever it is that is hurting you, to let it go. Happiness is a choice, and I hope you all choose to be happy.”

 

hiking in laguna beach

For the Fourth of July, my dad and I decided to try a new hiking trail in Laguna Beach that overlooks the ocean – and it was absolutely breathtaking. This trail has now become one of my favorite hiking destinations in Southern California. I decided I wouldn’t write to much on this post and let the photos do the talking, I hope you enjoy.
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laguna beach photo diary

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Laguna Beach is probably one of my favorite places in Southern California. The beaches are incredibly beautiful and the downtown area is full of cute restaurants, art galleries, and quaint little gift shops. If you are planning on visiting Laguna, I would recommend opting out of Main Beach and exploring the smaller beaches, such as Crescent Bay, Victoria, or Treasure Island, which are easily accessible with the free trolley that runs throughout the summer. As for downtown, the National Geographic exhibit is a must see, and make sure to stop by Gelato Paradiso for delicious Italian gelato (get napkins, it does tend to spill all over your hands). Additionally, there are several aesthetically pleasing shops throughout the town, such as the one pictured below, that sell everything from succulents to wind chimes. Here are some photos I took recently that I think sum up Laguna Beach perfectly.
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california summer playlist ft. the babe rainbow

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Hey guys! So recently I’ve really been savoring those California Summer vibes considering it’s my last months here for a while before I’m off to college. Recently I discovered a little Australian band called The Babe Rainbow, and have been in love with them since. One of my favorite types of music is that whimsical, road trippin’, wave ridin’ sound, and The Babe Rainbow is the perfect combination of all those good vibes. It’s music that you listen to while sitting in the sand watching the waves or driving on PCH with no particular destination. Not to mention their vintage, beachy aesthetic is amazing.tumblr_nnx10mXIVC1t0ywa1o2_540
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“California Summer” Playlist

  1. Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest – The Babe Rainbow
  2. Planet Junior – The Babe Rainbow
  3. Evolution 1964 – The Babe Rainbow
  4. Aloe Vera – The Babe Rainbow
  5. Trippin’ Like I Do – Mystic Braves
  6. Reasons Why – Levitation Room
  7. Friends – Levitation Room
  8. Mind Daze – Psychic Ills
  9. Acid Rain – The Growlers
  10. Interstellar Confusion – Water Bear

I hope you guys enjoyed this little playlist! Check out my Spotify @lisa.villemaire for more songs and playlists

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