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On Patience. Palm Trees. and Purpose.

Travel

Cities we visit, food we eat, and the fun things we do there. 

On Patience. Palm Trees. and Purpose.

Debora Manusama

Finally a new post! Life has been pretty chaotic in the past couple of weeks, with family visiting from overseas and work. I could've posted something just for the sake of posting, but I didn't even have time to fake it. I mean, ain't nobody got time for that right? 

Been learning a lot throughout the month of March. If you follow me on instagram, you might be aware of our LA family vacay about 2 weeks ago. Why did I post so often and made such a big deal out of the whole vacation? Well, that brings us to the first part of this post. 

Patience

After going on a super long roadtrip to Chicago last July, my family and I had not been traveling anywhere outside Dallas until about 2 weeks ago. The furthest we went to was Waco, which is only an hour from the Big D. What's the big deal? Not everybody has the luxury of traveling every month anyways, right? 

Well yeah, BUT! I would be lying if I said I had never wished that we had more money so we could travel whenever we want and eat out at fancy places as often as I'd like to. I mean, wouldn't it be nice to sip a glass of wine in Santorini right now? 

But the reality was, we were working a lot. Mr.Man was busy with work and I had just started my webstore, which required a huge commitment. I started doing flea markets (some of them were 7 hours long!), doing photoshoots for my store, and on top of it all I was still blogging and instagramming for different projects and campaigns. 

It didn't stop there, J had to go through a surgery in August. The medical expenses were not cheap. He was also struggling in school and it affected my whole inner human like nothing else in life. It also affected our marriage. I was not a happy person. There were days when I just didn't want to get out of bed. I felt this heaviness that actually numbed me. I felt guilty for the most part. Because I felt like I was responsible for everything that was wrong with J.  

Thankfully, God came through. And our patience bore its fruits in February, when we finally paid off our medical bills and car debt. YES. WE ARE OFFICIALLY DEBT FREE AS OF TODAY. 

We pulled J out of school, so we can focus on his therapy and I can finally sleep at night.

So, again, what did the LA vacation mean to us? Well, EVERYTHING. It was like us, finally exhaling. Finally walking barefoot on the sand. Finally getting a change of scenery. 

Photography by DownUpBeats

Palm Trees

So yes, we had a blast. We were finally seeing palm trees again and eating really good Asian food again! We went to Disneyland, chilled at the Newport Beach and Zuma Beach and we had Iced Coffee Mojito in Santa Monica. 

We refrained from going to touristy spots like Rodeo Drive or Griffith Observatory and drove pass the Walk of Fame instead of doing the actual walk. I mean, no offence but, what's the point, really? Lol 

We did LACMA, Anaheim Packing District, Grand Central Market, Bradbury Building, and Simpang Asia which is an Indonesian restaurant. Woohooo!

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Happiest place on earth? More like most expensive place on earth lol. 

We also met with some special friends and families while we're there. It was refreshing to catch up and share stories with them. 

They really made the idea of moving to LA seem so appealing. But that brings us to the last part of this post. 

Purpose

As much as we loved the palm trees, beaches and the hills, there's something about the Lone Star State that just anchors us. The awesome traffic, the people, the churches, the BBQ, the tax system - I mean, are we really ready to give them all up?

And most importantly, I don't know why, but I've been getting more and more opportunities over the last few months here in the DFW metroplex. 

I have said to myself so many times that I wanted to go back to studying film and eventually making films, that I was going to take a break from blogging and all. Yet somehow, the doors that are being opened to me are from blogging. And I believe it's no coincidence. There must be a purpose behind it, we just don't know it yet. So it's best for us to just roll with it because...

as the band Colony House puts it, "The Lord is good when the road is wrong."

Whatever you're going through now, remember that He sees you. And you will make it out alive :)