Mission Santa Clara, Mission Santa Cruz, Mission San Juan Bautista, Mission Soledad

The one thing I already miss about Northern California is the ability to do day trips. It’s so easy to get in your car, be in the mountains, be in farmland, be in the ocean, be at Disneyland, be at the desert, all within hours of each other. I don’t miss the commute during rush hour though. Not ONE bit. One of my goals in life is to visit all the missions in California, which I did a big chunk of them with my friend A and T during various trips back as well as when I lived there. I went solo to Mission Santa Clara, and took my mother on the last leg of Northern California missions, which covered Mission Santa Cruz, Mission San Juan Bautista, and Mission Soledad. Mission Santa Clara Mission Santa Clara is located on the campus of Santa Clara University. The college grew around the…

Mission San Francisco Solano, Mission San Rafael Arcángel, Mission San Francisco de Asís

2016 was supposed to be my summer of fun. I was determined to get out of the house to do a fun activity at least once a week, to coincide with my future plans to take up the Artist’s Way again. I maintained my days off from work to plan accordingly. I’m not the kind of person to do things when I have obligations. I use days off like I’m supposed to. Of course, real life laughed heartily in my face and said, no! I procrastinated, got stressed out by both personal and professional events in my real life, and had to deal with it the best way I know how: by hiding.

Thankfully I have gotten back to an even keel, and with perfect timing.

My pal A and I made a pact to visit all the California missions. From a historical standpoint, they’ve been amazing, educational, and humbling. From a Catholic standpoint, I am torn. I am hyper conscious of what the Spaniards did to the indigenous people of California. The Spaniards did it to the Philippines too. That’s why my surname is Portuguese. And why the PI maintains a heavy Catholic influence. But I think as long as I am consciously aware of these facts, those thoughts and emotions will never die with me.

Last week, we knocked some missions off that list.

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This is one of my favorite necklaces. It’s a locket, technically. I got it through the Disney Movie Rewards a few years back. If I recall correctly they had a promotion around the time Cinderella first came out on Blu-Ray. I cashed my points in. “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes” is my go-to song. I can sing it anywhere, anytime. I’ll insert my own lyrics, tailored to whatever the situation is, and have a ball. It’s a great, easy melody to tweak to my pleasure. Lily James did a lovely cover of it for the Cinderella live-action remake’s soundtrack. It makes me wanna cry every time I hear it. It sends goosebumps up my arms. It’s like Cinderella is singing it to me. Cinderella is my Princess. Her story reminds me that every girl everywhere deserves a night off from the crushing reality we all…