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Clementine Daily Goes to Palm Springs

Palm Springs, California

My first article for Clementine Daily (here) noted the importance of finding your tribe while stretching yourself to reach the big milestones and lofty goals in life. When I wrote that piece, I was just beginning to truly understand what it meant to embrace your tribe. I had slowly started reaching out in an effort to surround myself with likeminded people here in the Sacramento region and was desperate to connect with others who just get it.

Palm Springs, California // Heading to Trina Turk
Palm Springs, California // The Viceroy Hotel
Palm Springs, California // Buick Encore at the Viceroy Hotel

Little did I know that seven months later I would be road tripping, shopping, sightseeing and lounging with a group of women who—aside from not living locally—completely fit the bill of said tribe. We all flew in from various locations across the country with our own backgrounds, stories and goals, but the simple act of gathering and engaging in utterly honest conversations made me realize I had also been acquiring a tribe from afar. Each woman on the team is working to live the best life possible while cutting themselves (and those around them) a little slack. If that's not a big, lofty dream worth working towards, I don't know what is.

I'm so grateful for the efforts of Erin and Amanda, who worked with the lovely folks at Buick to make it all happen. 

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As I mentioned last week, I pretty much fell in love with Palm Springs during our short stay and cruising around in some seriously nice cars didn't hurt one bit.

Palm Springs, California // Mid-century sight seeing in the Buick Encore

I spent most of my time (both as driver and passenger) in the Buick Encore and I must say—I could get used to owning a luxury crossover! I have a long line of ownership stories that include very few bells and whistles. These cars, however, offer all of the good stuff. The incredible safety features, like the side blind zone alert, were key as we attempted to navigate Los Angeles traffic on our way to Palm Springs and I loved how quiet the cars were. My current ride comes with a side of road and engine noise that I can't seem to shake, so Buick's QuietTuning made for a nice ride—perfect for enjoying the amazing sound system (and conversations, of course!). 

I could completely see me and my husband cruising an Encore up to the mountains for a little snowboarding and snowshoeing action. The rear seats fold down for more storage space and the ability to connect with both Bluetooth and USB is great for all of our techie habits... which means it would also be a perfect car for one of our long road trips. Can you tell I'm sort of sold? Here's to saving our pennies!

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Both the Encore and the Enclave were also the ultimate air conditioning break while we were out sight seeing and shopping in Palm Springs. Trust me when I tell you that we spent a fair amount of time touring neighborhoods, thrifting and ooohing and ahhhing over just about everything in Trina Turk.

Palm Springs, California // Trina Turk
Palm Springs, California // Trina Turk
Palm Springs, California // Trina Turk

We also spent a leisurely morning grabbing breakfast at The Ace Hotel, which has long been at the tippy top of my bucket list. While I'd still love to come back and stay, I can't say enough about the delicious food, kind staff and amazing grounds. Thank to my friends at Bourbon & Goose for the tip about feasting at King's Highway!

Palm Springs, California // The Ace Hotel
Palm Springs, California // The Ace Hotel
Palm Springs, California // The Ace Hotel
Palm Springs, California // Breakfast at Kings Highway - The Ace Hotel
Palm Springs, California // Cactus at The Ace Hotel

While cruising around with the gals and experiencing everything Palm Springs has to offer was fabulous, I think I felt most fulfilled hanging around the pool at The Viceroy Hotel chatting about life. I have to tell you—The Viceroy is top-notch, you guys, and was the perfect setting for connecting with friends. I can't wait for a chance to return. 

Palm Springs, California // The Viceroy Hotel
Palm Springs, California // The Viceroy Hotel
Palm Springs, California // The Viceroy Hotel
Palm Springs, California // The Viceroy Hotel
Palm Springs, California // The Viceroy Hotel
Palm Springs, California

Truth be told, experiencing everything under the bright, palm tree-filled skies with the ladies of Clementine Daily was the best gift of all. Thanks again to Buick for giving us the opportunity to tick some bucket list boxes in the middle of the desert. I'm not sure we could have asked for a better celebration of hard work, individuality and common goals.

If you're interested, you can see more of our adventures over on Instagram under the hashtags #buickbucketlist and #clementineretreat.

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So tell me friends: what's on your bucket list? Experiencing adventure? Making connections? Time with friends? Let's dream together for a bit!


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My Mighty {fine} Life List

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So, here's the deal: I make lists regularly. I love ticking boxes and putting lines through items I've accomplished. For some reason, however, I found it difficult to finish my Mighty {fine} Life List. Created by the amazing Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl, the lists (and the movement that surrounds them) are meant to capture 100 things you'd like to do before you go.

The premise behind the popular life lists is pretty great. You simply list out your goals - both big and small - and act upon them. The lists can change as we grow, which is key. Maybe an opportunity comes up that you could have never imagined... put it on the list and cross it off! Maybe you decide one of your goals is no longer as important as you once thought... remove it!

I started my own list years ago - long before I started blogging - and just let it sit unfinished. Well, not anymore! I finally took the time to write it all out and get it ready for public consumption. I feel like putting this out to the universe (well, at least to you lovely people who read this blog!) will help motivate me to really seek out new experiences and make sure they come to fruition.

Without further ado, I'd like to present:

My Mighty {fine} Life List

(Note: Accomplished items are in bold.)

  1. Visit all 50 states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming
  2. Take photos of iconic bridges in all 50 states
  3. Really understand the settings on my digital camera
  4. Run (and finish) a marathon
  5. Visit all 59 National Parks in the US: Acadia, American Samoa, Arches, Badlands, Big Bend, Biscayne, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Bryce Canyon, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Carlsbad Caverns, Channel Islands, Congaree, Crater Lake, Cuyahoga Valley, Death Valley, Denali, Dry Tortugas, Everglades, Gates of the Arctic, Glacier, Glacier Bay, Grand Canyon, Grand Teton, Great Basin, Great Sand Dunes, Great Smokey Mountains, Guadalupe Mountains, Haleakala, Hawaii Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Isle Royale, Joshua Tree, Katmai, Kenai Fjords, Kings Canyon, Kobuk Valley, Lake Clark, Lassen Volcanic, Mammoth Cave, Mesa Verde, Mount Rainier, North Cascades, Olympic, Petrified Forest, Pinnacles, Redwood, Rocky Mountain, Saguaro, Sequoia, Shenandoah, Theodore Roosevelt, Virgin Islands, Voyageurs, Wind Cave, Wrangell Saint Elias, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Zion
  6. Take singing lessons
  7. Get on stage and sing again (even if it’s just karaoke)
  8. Take snowboarding lessons
  9. Live in a state other than California
  10. Start practicing yoga
  11. Teach a class on any subject (or be a mentor)
  12. Meet the President of the United States (it doesn’t matter who it is at the time)
  13. Go to a concert and hang out with the band backstage
  14. Go ice fishing in Alaska
  15. Let go of the material things cluttering up my life
  16. Go snowshoeing
  17. Figure out what it takes to do voice-over work and do it
  18. Take an extended (months-long) trip to anywhere
  19. Go back to England to visit family and re-visit places important to my family history
  20. Write a book
  21. See a moose (in the wild)
  22. See a grizzly bear (also in the wild, preferably from far away!)
  23. Road trip through Canada
  24. Sing at a wedding
  25. Become a tour guide
  26. Create a photo book of all of my favorite bridges
  27. Make my health a priority
  28. Foster a puppy dog
  29. Hire a stylist to tell me – once and for all – what not to wear
  30. Join a book group
  31. Be an extra in a show/movie
  32. Attend a Beastie Boys concert (Keeping it on the list. You never know. RIP Adam Yauch)
  33. Go to a grown-up summer camp like this one
  34. Travel somewhere beautiful by train
  35. Spend an entire day reading a good book on a tropical beach (without feeling guilty…like I should be doing something)
  36. “Pay it forward” at the coffee shop by paying for a stranger’s morning fix
  37. Experience the Aurora Borealis
  38. Go back to D.C. to re-visit the monuments/museums/etc.
  39. Write an article/story for a large print publication
  40. Learn more about creating and editing beautiful videos
  41. Visit Greece
  42. Visit Croatia
  43. Go glamping in the Swiss Alps
  44. Create a road trip around the world's largest everything (see unfinished Pinterest board here). Take said road trip.
  45. Eat baklava in Turkey
  46. Spend a week in a rental house with my best friends in Cape Cod
  47. Own an Airstream (and maybe live out of it for a bit)
  48. Join a CSA
  49. Take a backpacking trip
  50. Start painting again
  51. Skinny dip
  52. Travel through the Amazon rain forest
  53. Attend an awards show (preferably the Grammys)
  54. Go to Australia
  55. Visit New York City
  56. Learn another language
  57. Take a European road trip
  58. Take a Northern California road trip to experience the super cool things I usually just drive right past
  59. Sleep in a tree house or lookout station
  60. Spend hours wandering the High Line
  61. Take a Chicago girls trip
  62. Remove all of the grass from our property and replace it with a more sustainable ground cover
  63. Go geoducking
  64. Cook through an entire cookbook
  65. Find a reason to go to Antarctica
  66. Be present when my nephews experience something incredible in nature
  67. Re-vamp my print shop business model to better showcase my photography work
  68. Star gaze in the middle of nowhere with my husband
  69. Tour the White House
  70. Take a soak in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland
  71. Go hot air ballooning
  72. See Machu Picchu
  73. Change out all of the boring doorknobs in my house and replace them with beautiful ones
  74. Travel on a private plane
  75. Experience Germany’s Oktoberfest at least once
  76. Take a bicycle trip through Holland (tulip fields + windmills, please!)
  77. Attend Camp Mighty
  78. Cook lobster at home
  79. Take a road trip to see the fall colors
  80. Attend Sundance Film Festival
  81. Go sailing
  82. Be brave enough to cut my hair super short
  83. Take a helicopter ride
  84. Visit the San Juan Islands
  85. Go canoeing/kayaking somewhere beautiful
  86. Be an artist in residence in a national park (like this)
  87. Successfully grow fruit trees in our backyard
  88. Live outside of the U.S., at least for a short while
  89. Renew our wedding vows
  90. Travel to Easter Island
  91. Have dinner (and dessert, of course) with Nigella Lawson
  92. Visit Crazy Horse and Mount Rushmore
  93. Learn to can fruits and vegetables
  94. Go hunting with my husband
  95. Visit the Bonneville Salt Flats during Speed Week
  96. Photograph a ghost town at sunset
  97. Make pasta from scratch
  98. Feel the mist from Niagara Falls on my face
  99. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
  100. Take a photo trip to the Galápagos Islands

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Anyone else have a life list they want to share? Feel free to link up in the comment section. I'd love to see how your lists are shaping up!

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