This post has been sitting on the back burner for a while now and its got me UPSET. I haven't been able to write, due to my impulsive nature of saying YES to a thousand projects. Y'all already know about that. Thankfully, God and I had a little chat, that challenged me to start cutting up my current lifestyle. I left things I didn't love and slowly walked myself back to the routines I found the most joy in.
For the full scoop, check out my insta post from December 1st.
NOW LET'S TALK ABOUT JUNEAU. Looking at this place, I still can't believe Trey and I made it. I remember planning this thing and being like, "Can you even like um drive in Alaska?" DUMB, but all that came to mind at first was miles of glaciers. Lol, Juneau ended up being one of the easiest places to get around, we barely used maps!
Anyway, this past year, I started building my "Top Five Favorite States" list and Alaska made it by a landslideeeee. Let me tell ya why with: How to Have a Dope Time in Juneau, Alaska...
how to get there:
We flew with Alaska Airlines for the first time and were super impressed. I have never had that warm of a welcome at check-in. It was very refreshing. For round trip, I spent a little under $1,300 for the both of us! I was stoked.
Along with that, I didn't have to pay extra to sit next to Trey. I ordered the tickets a lil last minute, so on two flights we weren't by each other. HOWEVER, when checked in online, enough people canceled, that I was able to change our seats last minute! How cool.
In regards to luggage, they charge $25 per bag, which is pretty reasonable! We just shoved our things in one suitcase and called it good. I'll definitely be flying with them again. Plus, you will not believe how many airports they serve! Check out their flight map here.
renting a car:
I feel like there's a huge stipulation out there that you can't rent a car if you're not 25. This is far from the truth! Some rental companies let you be as young as 18. I rented my first car here in Alaska and it was a BREEZE!
In Juneau, I used Enterprise. I really value this company because A.) they show you EXACTLY what you're paying for and B.) they let you use a debit card. You may be thinking, "there are so many cheaper companies." This may be true, but if you're under 25 and don't have a credit card, this is the way to go!
I normally choose the economy car (cheapest option) and it's still nice as hell! Why pay more? I spent $276 to have the car for three days. $200 is a pretty dang good deal and the $76 is for the young renter fee. Don't let people convince you a third party site could be cheaper, especially if you're under 25. It's nearly impossible to tack on the young renter fee through these sites! I've tried countless times.
TIP: I never check out before I look for Enterprise promo codes. I seriously always find one! My favorite site for this is retailmenot.com!
where to stay:
For this trip, I had really wanted to stay in a hotel, just because you don't have to walk around on your tippy toes. However, I waited too long and every hotel was booked for our dates. So Airbnb it is! Which wasn't upsetting- they usually make the trip more unique. I rented out Erica's Island Hideout Loft in Douglas and it was STELLAR. The interior is absolutely charming. I spent about $80 a night, so I was stoked.
the dope part:
Before I say anything, this trip would have been nothing without two sweet girls! Thank you so much Cierra & Cheyenne for the greatest recommendations. :) They were so fun to try!
Hands down, I would have to say that Mount Roberts Tramway is one of the coolest attractions Juneau has. It's the most expensive thing we splurged on, but a CRAZY FUN first stop. Tickets are $35- but they give you all day access.
I highlyyyyy suggest hiking one of the trails they have at the top. I would have loved to do this if we were more prepared! If you've got a tight schedule, walk to a photo point, and plan another visit for later in the day. This is just a TINY glimpse of how cool the view is! We didn't hike miles for this guys- anyone can do it.
the kind of alaska you dream about:
Alright- so if you're like me, when you think of Alaska, you think ICE, right? Well here's your ice: Mendenhall Glacier. After the tram, we headed here to see our first glacier ever! I was hesitant at first, I kept reading online about all this alternative transportation stuff. I was seriously like, uh can we drive up to this thing?
The answer is YES! We had no problems driving right up to the visitor center. Then it was a short walk to a lookout point. Pretty sure I missed where we were suppose to pay too! I didn't see an admission thing anywhere. Regardless, I have an America the Beautiful pass that gets me into any national park for a year! Best investment I've made. I purchased mine in Grand Teton national park. They're only $80, so you save BIG!
lunch it at twisted fish company:
Eeeee! This place is so cute. It's located downtown and has huge bay windows that make for a great view of the water. Trey ordered crab legs and I had the Twisted Pasta Caesar Salad with grilled chicken. Both dishes were super yummy and refreshing. I've never eaten pasta noodles and lettuce together, but it tasted bomb so. Our service was fast and friendly too!
TIP: The restaurant has their own parking stalls, so don't worry about paying for parking downtown.
snag a crepe at alaskan crepe escape:
This cute lil crepe shack is set up right near Franklin Street. I ordered a Nutella Crepe and the total came to $5.50, not bad! It was delicious and fun to hold while window shopping downtown. It would have gone great with a cup of coffee too! I'm excited to head back and try one of their famous savory crepes.
find a log at sandy beach:
If Cierra didn't tell me about this one, man I don't know where we would have spent half our time. THIS PLACE IS THE COOLEST. To find it on maps, plug in "Savikko Park." I think T and I honestly hit up this beach twice a day. We would just find a log and post up for a while. It's crazy beautiful and pretty secluded. The PERF place for a quick picnic or evening walk.
drive around auke bay:
If you love driving around, drive to Auke Bay. Walk around the harbor or head up to Auke Recreation Area. We hung around there for a while and barely saw a soul. It was crazy peaceful.
a couple extra tips:
WOW, I have been waiting so long to send this out. It feels so nice. Yay alright, now whose ready to have a good time in Juneau?! You must send recs my way if you find anything crazy fun I need to add!
I hope this helps you plan a dope trip and get the most out of your time. Our experience was outttttt of this world. You'll have a blast. Get packing!
Not many people can say they started pursuing their dream job at 18. I had no idea what I was going to write about when I began to build this website. However, I did know I liked to travel and was fascinated with growing my faith.
Four years later, I know this is my calling. It's funny though, how you can know your calling, but also be wrecked by the jagged pieces that won't fit in right away. August, you were the ugliest month of 2018. Yet, at the same time, you made my faith grow like a weed. So, because of that, I created...A Lesson on Faith and Money: What I Learned in August.
A dream of mine.
Every summer I work for my dad's detasseling company in my hometown. (Detasseling is pulling the top off of the corn stalk so the male can pollinate the female, for those who don't know!) This year I moved to Lincoln from Omaha, so once the season was over and August hit, it was time to find a new job.
I was determined to find something online. A job I could do remotely, so I could travel whenever. I searched for weeks. I looked into social media management, better selling my blog services, and freelance writing. My daily prayer turned from, "A job where I can be anywhere," to, "A job..."
"Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder."
He would work it out.
I started to look at jobs here in Lincoln. I applied for hotel front desk, retail jobs, and nanny opportunities. As the end of the month approached, I was like, "God trash my plans because obviously this isn't working. What do you want me to pursue this season?"
About that time, my roommate came home with news about a full time position where she interned. I was a little skeptical about finishing school and working that much, but if God brought this job to my door, He wouldn't let me fail would He?
I quickly submitted my resume and waited for a reply. Pretty quickly, I received an email about an interview. I thought, "THIS IS IT. THANK YOU SO MUCH GOD." I prepared, did my best, and left the interview feeling pretty good. A few hours later, I got an email. I didn't get it. I cried over my Amigos and spent the rest of the afternoon asking God why.
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
The trust part.
As the next few days trailed by, the "I trust you's" became a little harder to say. Deep down, I knew God wasn't doing this out of spite. A job designed for my current lifestyle will come and it will be incredible, I thought.
I continued to look. Around a week later, I snagged a job interview at Von Maur. I was a little skeptical at first. I have tattoos and a nose ring- is this a good idea? After a round of interviews, I was convinced this is where God wanted me.
I was worried about one condition though. Trey and I were leaving for Alaska in a few days, and I was afraid that trip might close this door. Fortunately, they were super understanding and let me start training a week later. I was overwhelmed. God delivered and delivered and delivered.
All while this was happening, I was obsessed with that little number in my bank account. Every time I went to purchase food or go out with friends, I dreaded watching that number drop. Who knows that feeling? It killed me to spend money, especially when I wasn't having any coming in.
An ugly spark.
In addition that, I was on the road to finish my 50 state by 2019 goal. Which entailed a whole lotttttta traveling with a tiny budget. Like I said before, we were heading to Alaska and I was terrified with how I would afford that. Although, the absence of money jump started my desire to reach out to hotels and tourism boards. I spent hours emailing businesses and eventually landed one of the biggest deals I've made in my blogging career. The ugliest month just became my source of success.
A revelation or two.
While searching for a job, I did seek out extra ways to make money. I started a Poshmark account and a separate Instagram to sell my clothes. Combined, I probably spent a week putting together outfits for photos and uploading great captions. A close friend bought two items and THAT WAS IT LOL.
I don't think I've ever been that frustrated. Thinking about it now though, God was probably telling me to give those things away. I clung so hard to that dollar sign, that I forgot I should be serving whenever possible. I "needed" money for a trip, when someone probably needed a jacket to stay warm.
This post feels all over the place. Then again, that's how August felt, so maybe it is accurate. I hope this piece triggered something for you. It's hard to get a hang of letting God's schedule, be God's schedule.
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