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5 january favorites

February 9, 2015

January was a really off month for me. I had a lot of anxiety about work, my finances, and life. Oh, and I also scratched our car, thanks in part to Mercury Freaking Retrograde. Though you might not have been able to tell via this blog or Instagram, the struggle was real.  I may or may not have have ordered Domino’s Pizza and nearly cried to my girlfriends about it. But that’s why this blog is so therapeutic for me; it reminds me to focus on all the things I have to be thankful for.

Here are the five best things I saw, ate, and did last month…

Living room // My SoCal'd Life // Photo by Found Creative Studio

1. Being featured on Apartment Therapy. I’ll be honest, I’ve always, always, always wanted to be featured on this shelter site. Just as cool was seeing how excited my friends were for me. I felt so loved!

Los Penasquitos hike in San Diego via My SoCal'd Life

2. Hiking Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve. I love this long, flat, green six-mile out-and-back hike that leads to a small, but refreshing waterfall.

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3. A visit to the Mingei Museum in Balboa Park. I’m admittedly not a big museum person, but I’ve recently learned that I can’t rely on just my computer for story inspiration as a freelancer. I need to get out, see beautiful things, experience different forms of creativity, and even if it’s not directly related to my field, understand that it can still be helpful. When I went to the Mingei, I fell for the patterns on these batik blocks from Indonesia.

Border X Brewery, San Diego // My SoCal'd Life

4. Exploring Barrio Logan. This largely Hispanic neighborhood just south of downtown is where most of the cool stuff in San Diego is happening. Whether it’s the art galleries or brewery scene (above), there’s an undeniable pulse as well as a community of people excited to show off their talents. Seriously, go check this place out. I’ll have a full list of recommendations in an upcoming post.

Kate Sessions Park, San Diego via My SoCal'd Life


5. Finally checking out Kate O. Sessions Park in Pacific Beach. Oh my gosh, what a beautiful, lush, and expansive park. It’s the perfect place to bring dogs (and, shhh, let them off leash), throw around a Frisbee, and have a picnic, all with the Coronado Bay bridge, Mission Bay and Tijuana as your view. It has lazy weekend written all over it.

Happy Monday!

First photo by Found Creative Studio

5 thoughts on “5 january favorites

  1. Alison Kinsey

    Loved your recap! I still haven’t hiked the full waterfall trail at Penasquitos. My dogs got too tired! Didn’t realize all the buzz about Barrio Logan, I’m excited to hear your recommendations :)

    Congrats also on the Apartment Therapy feature, that is SO awesome!!!

    1. Archana Post author

      Thanks, Alison! My dog has an endless source of the crazies, so I think he was ready to hike more even after we finished the 6 miles!

      Hope you enjoy Barrio Logan. FYI There’s a couples art show for Valentine’s Day this Saturday at the Chicano Art Gallery there.

  2. Bri

    Love the Mingei! We were just there last month for a Surfcraft exhibit… it’s a pretty sweet little museum. Anytime you wanna explore free Tuesdays in Balboa and need a museum buddy let me know! :)


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