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Literary Travel: California Adventure Weekend

It’s time to set off on a literary inspired California adventure weekend! When I put on my literary travel lens, I’m always wondering what books I can read before I visit a place or what books I can read that will transport me through the pages? As I was reading this book (details below!) I envisioned a whole weekend of things to do in California inspired by the book. And since I dream of someday hosting literary inspired adventures just like this, I knew this had to be the next installment in the Literary Travel series!!

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Read Before You Go

The Nerviest Girl in the World (grab your copy from Amazon or Bookshop) might be written and marketed for the 8-12 year old crowd, but it is a fun book for all ages. Set on an ostrich farm just outside of San Diego, California, this adventuresome historical fiction book looks at the beginnings of the film industry and ranch life in 1911.

Melissa Wiley hooks you from the first pages when the reader is introduced to Pearl as she is escaping from a hot air balloon by shimmying down a rope thrown over the side of the basket. And the adventures don’t stop there! Join Pearl as she cares for her family’s ostriches (hint: they’re feisty!!) and experiences life in San Diego in the early 1900’s. 

If you’re looking for some extra insight into the book before you head off on your adventure, be sure to stop by Wiley’s blog for a behind the scenes timeline!

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California Adventure: The Itinerary

First stop, Ostrichland USA. While not located in San Diego, Ostrichland is still in Southern California (Solvang to be exact) so it’s the perfect way to kick off your California adventure. There are more than 100 ostriches and emus and most days you have the opportunity to feed the birds. You can even purchase fresh ostrich eggs to take with you and cook just like Pearl and her grandmother. You can also spend some extra time in Solvang with this 24-Hour Guide.

Next up, head south down Highway 101 and make a stop at Universal Studios in Hollywood. Movies have come a long way since the early “moving pictures” Pearl and her brothers starred in during the book. The 60-minute Studio Tour is a chance to take a behind the scenes peek at the movie industry. After reading the book and visiting the Studio you just might be inspired to make your very own “moving picture.”

Continuing your journey south towards San Diego, you’ll make a stop at Magical Adventure Balloon Rides in Temecula. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to shimmy out of the basket down to the ground (for insurance reasons!). However, you can still get an idea of the views Pearl would have had on her ballooning adventure.

As you continue your California adventure plan for a stop in La Mesa. This is the town that inspired the fictional town in The Nerviest Girl in the World. Author Melissa Wiley recommends eating at Pancho’s on Fletcher Parkway or Por Favor in La Mesa Village.

The last stop is San Diego De Alcala, the mission in San Diego. In the book, Pearl and her family take the train into the “big city” of San Diego. Along the way they see both the mission and the fort. If you want to extend your trip, you can plan a visit to one of the 21 missions in California.

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POUND Tour to Summer

Here at Girl on the Move I’m all about trying and experiencing new things…I think life gets boring and predictable when you just do the same thing over and over (well except my running streak…that’s not boring!) so I’m excited to be trying this new 60-day fitness journey this spring!

Remember earlier this year when I introduced you to Kirsten and Cristina, of Pound? Well today I’m excited to share about their upcoming Pound Tour to Summer! Y’all this 60-day virtual tour is going to be EPIC!

Pound Rockout Workout 60 day fitness system
Here are the details you need to know…

-You’ll POUND 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week (if you don’t live near a class you can purchase the workout system and do it at home)

-The workout system comes with everything you need including your Ripstix, a fitness journal designed to keep you on track, workout dvds, your workout plan and healthy recipes!

-You’ll do one other fitness activity per week

-You’ll eat balanced meals every day…because being fit is not just about working out!

-You’ll connect with everyone else on this journey with #POUNDtour

Pound Fitness Journal
So come and join me, and the Pound Posse, on this journey from April 6-June 4 and get ready for beach season this summer, create healthy habits, tone up and make some fabulous connections!

Oh, and did I mention you can win a trip to Venice Beach, CA?!? You’ll get to take a trip out to CA to hang out with the Pound team (and I’ll be there but I know that’s probably not quite as enticing as the Pound team!)

If you live in Southern California, let me know because I’d love to go to a live class with you!

What do you do this time of year to start getting ready for swimsuit season?

Disclaimer: In exchange for my honest review of this product, I was provided a free workout system.

Be Inspired: Jeff and Jennifer

Last Fall I came across this amazing story of a traveling wedding dress (and for the life of me I can’t remember how I came across this blog…probably Pinterest!)  There are several reasons why I find Jeff and Jennifer’s story so incredibly inspiring but it boils down to this…they truly live a life where they don’t just dream big, but they chase those dreams to the ends of the earth…literally!  One of the reasons my blog is called Girl on the Move is because I love traveling…so you better believe I fell in love with their story and project filled with travel!  I would strongly encourage you to check out their book When It Clicks or their photography book filled absolutely gorgeous photographs…it’ll be time and money well spent!

You can connect with Jeff and Jennifer on their website where you’ll be amazed to learn the adventurous wedding dress has traveled more than 200,000 miles!!!

It is my hope that you leave this blog feeling inspired.  Whether you spend 2 minutes reading the blog every month or check the blog on a daily basis, it is my hope that when you click away from my site you leave inspired.  Inspired to try something new.  Inspired to step out of your comfort zone.  Inspired to embrace a new challenge.  Inspired to make a difference.  Inspired to dream big and chase those dreams.  Inspired to live life a little bit different.  Inspired to be the best you possible.  This series introduces you to people and stories that inspire me and it is my hope that they will inspire you as well.

Meet Jeff and Jennifer…

Be Inspired by Jeff and Jennifer and the traveling wedding dress

Here are a few questions I asked Jennifer…

What dream are you currently pursuing? 

I am currently pursuing a long standing dream to write a book!

What is your biggest dream? 

My biggest dream would be to inspire others to explore and delight in nature whether close to home or far away.

What accomplishment are you most proud of in your life? 

That is a tough one because it feels like bragging but I am proud of thru-hiking the IAT (International Appalachian Trail) by myself because it was precarious and dangerous in places.

Who has been an inspiration to you and how have they inspired you? 

My pop-pop was an inspiration to me.  His musical skill and can-do attitude allowed him to pay for med school (for his brothers too) by playing the piano in the silent movies.   He practiced medicine and made house calls until he was 80!  Helen (my adopted grandmother) inspired me with her beautiful marriage and her ability to give everyone what they need in the moment.  She was everyone’s beloved friend who lived her life to the fullest right up to her 93rd birthday.  The last time I visited her she was slinging huge cast iron pans around making homemade meatloaf, brussel sprouts wrapped in bacon and homemade brownies.  I actually don’t eat any of those things but I cleaned my plate!  Also, my husband inspires me daily.  He lives his life with discipline and honesty.  He also lives in the moment and has a happy disposition.  He is a great son to his parents and a perfect partner for me.

How do you handle obstacles that arise as you pursue your dreams? 

In general, I try to plow through obstacles with grit.  If I give it my all and fail it is better than not trying or worse quitting.  Also, I take my chocolate lab for a long walk and lean on my husband for a good hug and support.

Can you share five interesting facts about yourself? 

I am a General Hospital junkie- sad but true, I have watched since high school.

I am a crazy dog lover, there is nothing like chocolate lab kisses

I am a crier- show me a sad show, movie, (commercial even – I can’t watch the SPCA ones) and I will need lots of tissues.

My favorite snack that I shouldn’t eat is cheese (pretty much any kind and the stronger the better) for a healthy choice I love Honeycrisp apples.

I am a hot sauce hound- the natives in Thailand could not believe what I could tolerate!  We go through hot sauce the way some houses go through milk.

I hope Jeff and Jennifer’s travel adventures inspire you!  Where is your dream travel destination?

March Madness Workout

Y’all I am beyond excited about the March Madness workout I’m sharing with you today!  Y’all know I love working out while I watch TV and if your TV is tuned to gazillions of March Madness basketball games in the next few days then it’s time to get off the couch during one of those games for a March Madness inspired workout!

If you’re not sure why you should try out this March Madness workout take a minute to think about the reality that the time we spend watching the Tournament is about 100 times the amount of time it took to build the Empire State Building…that’s a lot of hours watching TV!  So it probably wouldn’t hurt most of us to spend one or two of those games workout out instead of just sitting on the couch watching!

Another reason to try this is because I think doing these TV workouts is just more fun than a regular workout!  But be warned that in the final minutes of the game, you’ll be probably be doing a LOT of squats, so get ready!

March Madness workout for while you watch basketball

Who do you have winning your bracket this year?

 

Run Streak

First of all, if you are a blogger, make sure sure you check out the Blog Staycation I’m co-hosting later this month…it’s going to be amazing!

This past weekend I celebrated my birthday and for me, birthdays are more about fresh starts than even New Years!  For me, my birthday represents a chance to look ahead to the new year and start fresh.  So this year I decided I wanted to try and so how many consecutive days I could go for a run…my very own RunStreak.  The beauty of going on this running streak is that I can set the “rules” and so I’m keeping them pretty simple…

-A run counts for the day if I run at least a mile (some days I do more but on days when I do Body Pump I don’t run much more than 1-2 miles)

Yup, those are all of my rules!  So far I’m at four days…and here is to many more!  And if you want to encourage me along the way, I sure would appreciate it because I’m sure days will come when I just don’t feel like running!

BangBands are the perfect headband for all of your workouts

And now I have the perfect accessory for all of my runs!  Here’s the thing I love about this BangBandsByLinny headband…it’s incredibly functional (a necessity if you’re heading out for a run or to hit the gym!) but it’s also super cute!  Another bonus is that this headband doesn’t slip around when you’re working out so I don’t have to expend all of my workout energy on trying to keep the headband on my head…it just stays there!  And it’s reversible so I can wear it two different ways!

Disclaimer: I was provided with a headband to review, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.

I know not everyone is a runner, but is there anything else in your life you want to try and do in a streak?  Maybe give up sweets, take a walk, spend 15 minutes reading, or so many other options!

Be Inspired: Heather

I first “met” Heather through another blogger about a month ago.  Pam shared Heather’s touching story on her blog and after reading the post I connected with Heather via email.  Every time I read her story I am again inspired to truly live life to the fullest.  Shortly after giving birth to her daughter Heather was diagnosed with cancer…a type with a low survival rate.  She not only survived but as you’ll read below, she’s thriving in life with just one lung!  I would encourage you to read Heather’s story to be encouraged and inspired.

You can connect with Heather on her website, Twitter, and Facebook…and I guarantee you’ll be inspired by her story and how she lives life!

It is my hope that you leave this blog feeling inspired.  Whether you spend 2 minutes reading the blog every month or check the blog on a daily basis, it is my hope that when you click away from my site you leave inspired.  Inspired to try something new.  Inspired to step out of your comfort zone.  Inspired to embrace a new challenge.  Inspired to make a difference.  Inspired to dream big and chase those dreams.  Inspired to live life a little bit different.  Inspired to be the best you possible.  This series introduces you to people and stories that inspire me and it is my hope that they will inspire you as well.

Meet Heather (and her family)… Heather Von St. James Be Inspired

What dream are you currently pursuing?
We just threw our 9th annual Lungleavin Day Celebration. which was attended by over 100 of our closest friends and family and raised $6000 for mesothelioma research. After the fundraiser, I always step back, and dream about what we will do next year to make it bigger and better… so that is sort of always on my “dream” radar.. but perhaps the actual dream I’m going to pursue , is something I’ve been thinking about for years now, but this is the year I’m actually pursuing it… and this is the first time I’ve committed to it and put it in print, so now its official… A book. I’m going to write my book! EEEEK!!!

What is your biggest dream?
It’s simple really… to grow old with my husband, and meet my grandkids.

What accomplishment are you most proud of in your life?
Surviving Cancer, and not only surviving with one lung, but thriving in life with one lung.

Who has been an inspiration to you and how have they inspired you?
My mom. She is just so wise, and so rock steady in her faith and her belief. she always keeps me grounded…

How do you handle obstacles that arise as you pursue your dreams?
Depends on what it is. I would say I meet them head on, and try to get through it… I ask for help and use my resources.

Can you share five interesting facts about yourself?
I am a little obsessed with French Bulldogs, I follow dozens of accounts with French Bulldogs on Instagram,
I have small addiction (borderline obsession ) to Pirate’s Booty puff corn.. I have to have a few handfuls every night before I go to bed, and get sad when the bag is empty. …
Any time the movie Love Actually, or About a Boy is on, I have to stop what I’m doing and watch it. I love Hugh Grant.
I used to hate the color blue… until my daughter came along and her favorite color is blue, now I love it.
I’m terrified of bats. Not baseball bats, the flying kind… they creep me out.

 

I’d love to hear, who inspires you?