Guys, the new year is fast approaching, and you know what else is coming in hot? OPPORTUNITY! Yes, that's it, the chance to finally get a grip on figuring out just who you are and what you were put on this Earth to do. It definitely takes some time to soul search, but in doing that, it means being honest with yourself. What does your life look like in your perfect world? What are you doing everyday that makes you happy? Are you spending that time that's normally spent on fulfilling the dreams of others at work, or are you using that time making your own a reality? Really, just take second to envision that life. Breath deeply. Soak it in. Now: make it happen.
This coming year, I promised myself I'd be in charge of my success as an artist. What this means for me, is that instead of sticking to writing screenplays and banking on an agent to land me a meeting with a production company in hopes of selling - I'm switching to writing books instead. Instead meaning - I'm going back to what I did as a child. I wrote and illustrated my own books like nobody's business. I pulled stories out of thin air and I still remember them dearly today. Except for now, the stories I have in my mind are epic, and why should I wait until someone says it's okay to write them? I'll self-publish and keep 70% of the profits. From there, adapt them into movies so either way I'll have the best of both worlds if one doesn't work out and have the rights. Here are a few guidelines I've followed to hold myself accountable for achieving my goals in 2019:
Understand your Purpose
This is the key part to making any decision moving forward with your life. What is your purpose on this Earth? Mine is to create a realm for creative young women to expand their imaginations and realize their potential through travel. It's about being specific. With this, like I've said before, find a way to fulfill this purpose in a way only you can do and that will make you happy. From here, understand how it will help people, and discover a way how you can make a living while doing it. For me, it's this blog. I travel the world while creating videos, sharing my experiences, and writing books and creating art along the way - Hoping to eventually sell my work as a I go!
What does this look like to you? Thinking about it, what sets your heart and soul on fire. If you could tell everyone in the world one thing to help them lead better lives - what would you say? Imagine doing this for the rest of your life through your artwork. This is your purpose.
Visualize your Life Fulfilling That Purpose
When you fully understand what your purpose is, moving forward banks on sticking to it. Look into your imagination. You've decided what your purpose is, now, what does it look like? Where are you while you're working towards achieving it. Who is around you? What does it smell like? Are you in a room or are you in the middle of the woods? Are the walls green? Purple? How are you feeling? Butterflies? Are you cold? Are you in front of thousands of people, are you working in an attic on creating your gallery? It's all up to you to sit down, close your eyes, and feel yourself in the space of your success.
Next is seeing yourself achieving your goal. That means seeing the book you wrote on shelves in bookstores worldwide, its seeing over $25,000 in sales from your Etsy shop your first year, it's seeing yourself deliver a statue you created to a wealthy millionaire and having them adore every little bit of it. Visualizing your goal is seeing yourself where you want to be and having the confidence and resilience to know that it will happen. It will just take a little time - but it will take less if you believe in yourself and do something every single day to move you forward.
After you visualize yourself working with this purpose and fulfilling it, make a vision board of it. Illustrate it, print out pictures, cut pages out of magazines, whatever it may be - make something that you can physically touch and see every single day to keep pushing you towards where you need to be.
Write Down 3 goals related to that purpose
Once you've decided what this next year will look like for you, choose three (only three) goals that you want to achieve that are related to your purpose and will enhance you as a human being. They can even be personal too. For example, mine are: 1. Finish and Publish Stella and Rooney, 2. Launch and stay Consistent with Vagabond et Virtuosa Vlog and Singing Cover Channel, and 3. Become Fluent in German. These are all geared towards what kind of life I want to lead and my purpose. With these three goals, you will have three different aspects of your overall purpose to focus on.
Separate the Year into four quarters
With a year, you have twelve months that you can obviously divide into four quarters of three months. With each three month, or 90 day period, create a deadline and a goal within each of these goals to help you progress to where you ultimately want to be in a steady and realistically reachable pace. For example, your quarters should look like this:
First Quarter: January 1st - March 15th
Second Quarter: March 16th - July 1st
Third Quarter: July 2nd - October 16th
Fourth Quarter: October 17th - December 31st
create 3 goals per quarter
By creating three sub-goals each quarter based off of your three main goals, you set achievable deadlines for yourself that you can actually succeed with. For example, my three goals for my first quarter based of of the larger goals for the year are as follows: 1. Finish first draft of Stella and Rooney 2. Obtain 5K subscribers to Vagabond et Virtuosa Youtube Channel 3. Be able to have basic conversation with my German friend, via FaceTime. These smaller goals to achieve by the deadline of the first quarter will keep the momentum going throughout the year to achieving the bigger goals you have set for yourself.
Stick to Deadlines and create Rewards
Nothing is ever going to get done if you are too easy on yourself and don't stick to the deadlines you set for yourself. Stick to your goals and your quarterly goals so you can start the life you've always dreamed of living. The hardest part is always starting and staying consistent with progress, but it's necessary if you want to get from where you are to where you want to be. Don't cheat yourself out of doing a good job. It's also a great idea to reinforce and reward yourself for successfully completing your goals. This could be a weekend getaway to that cute winery up North, a dinner at your favorite restaurant, or simply a movie marathon with your favorite person. It's important to treat yourself for a job well done...now..keep going!!! Don't give up!
You've done it!
Fast forward 364 days and you've achieved those three, perfect, beautiful goals, and you're that much closer to living a life full of your wildest dreams on a regular basis and as full time job - except it won't feel like a job. Imagine that. A world where you are doing what you love every day, and challenges excite you? I don't know about you, but that's the life I want to lead. I bet that's the life you want to lead too.
So please, do yourself the favor, put the work in and give yourself the life you deserve. You're in charge of the outcome . Might as well make it worth it! Now go out there and crush this year into the stars and make your marvelous magic happen! I'm so proud of you!!!
I found all of this marvelous goodness with the Classy Career Girl!!! Please, Anna Runyan is a genius!! Soak up everything she has to offer. Chances are, she'll push you towards everything you've ever been hoping and working for!! Check the link below:
To all who celebrate Jesus's birthday, Merry Christmas!! May it be filled with joyous memories, laughter, yummy food, Christmas movies and music, and maybe that book you've been wanting. Most of all though, I hope you spend it well with the ones you love and that mean the world to you. If you're not able to be around those you cherish most, give them a call, Facetime them, whatever it may be, let them know you love them and that they're cared about to the ends of the Earth, because who knows what troubles this year has brought them. Give those around you new hope and an extra heap of love this Christmas, because really that's what Christmas truly is all about.
The birth of Jesus was a sign of hope for everyone along with unwavering love. The moment the people of the world and land found out a savior was to be born, they didn't pack up their their belongings, but instead brought the most valuable things to them that they could find as gifts to give to Jesus upon being born. Gold, Frankincense, and Myhr were brought to Jesus's side, but also think of the little drummer boy who thought he had no gifts that were fit to give a king. This of course wasn't true - because he gave the gift of music to share. This is really where gift giving on Christmas came from, and is symbolic in many ways, but put simply, it represents what I shared above, love, giving, and hope. This is what Christmas reminds us of each year to get us ready for the next. So remember this today, tomorrow, and throughout the weeks to come into the new year.
Let the hope you have for goodness in the world thrive. Let the hope you have in yourself, and your belief that you can succeed flourish. Understand that the gifts given to you by the Lord were given for a purpose - to give them back to the people of the world so they can embrace it and continue to share it with others - just like the little drummer boy. If you're rich or poor, extremely busy or hanging out all day, when you walk through the streets, give a smile to those you walk past. Continue to be the shining hope in humanity that love and light still live within us. Carry that passion, brightness, and serendipity wherever you go - because that is what Jesus represents, and why wouldn't you want to follow through with that mission?
So today, begin the mindset that it's going to be a good day. Do this every day. Think of what makes you happy, smile, because really, what reason is there to frown? Share your gifts, whether it be your singing voice, magic tricks, or your mad hugging skills with those around you, because it truly will mean more and will be more memorable than that new iPhone they wanted. Share the love and light you have in your heart in hopes that good things are here and good things are coming, because that's what Christmas is all about.
Photo by: Johan Erik Lallerstedt
The unknown can be a scary thing, and I think that's what we fear most. Not knowing where we'll be in five years, five months, five days, heck, even five minutes. How do we get to where we want to be? If we even know where that is? We might have an idea, and man it might sound like a dream come true, but is that possible? Gosh. Where do I go from here?
If I would rather live my life traveling the world and writing books about my adventures, teaching yoga through my own phone application, learning new languages and about people from different places, and sharing my art and soul to those willing to listen...is that practical? Would my family approve? How would I survive? How would I make money? Where do I even start something like that? Worst of all...what if I fail? Do I stop trying to achieve that dream life? Do I instead go for that 9-5 job where I know I'll have a stable living, but never actually having the life I want? The answer is: time isn't guaranteed - life can be taken away from you at any moment, so why wouldn't you use what moments you have doing what excites you compared to doing what you believe others' think is right? Just breath.
Chances are, they'll be equally as excited for you if you tell them what you want to do, and if you have some sort of idea on how you want to get there. If they're not happy for you, who cares? Find a way to open your mind and go for it anyway.
The unknown is an exciting place. Each moment into the future is a part of your journey. Who knows what will happen? Maybe you'll meet someone today who will suggest that, "Hey, have you ever thought of singing?", or perhaps come across an old book in the library that has a forgotten letter inside, which maybe will lead to your next story? What's even more fun though, is that if you spend each of these days doing what makes you happy and spending this time taking one more step towards where you want to be (or where you think you want to be) your life will ultimately be that more fulfilling. If your biggest wish in life is to be happy, it goes along the lines of the saying, "life is a journey, not a destination," - if you're doing something each day that makes your heart smile, your life will be a happy one compared to the wish of it being a byproduct of what you hope will be a good life. What I mean by this is: don't date that guy just because "he's got the qualities that every other girl would love, he will definitely treat me right and I'll have a happy life" - if it's not what you love, don't force yourself into a relationship where you don't feel something. Same goes for giving your time towards something that truly doesn't speak to you.
Also, if you're spending your nights home after a long day of work, continuing the work of a job that doesn't fulfill you - quit it. If you'd rather be reading, or writing - painting, or maybe refurbishing that dresser that you found at the dump - do that instead! Create space or a business for yourself that will allow you to take a leap towards what you want your life to become. Life is made up of the moments and how you spend them - not how you wish you had used them with the outcome you only imagined. Life won't change unless you do. Have an open mind, open heart, and always believe in the possibilities of a better tomorrow.
The biggest and most important part of this life is to be true to yourself and understand the gifts you've been given. It doesn't matter what others think. Get that out of your head. Listen to yourself. Ask yourself the question, "What is it that I was put on this earth to do? How can I impact just one person at least, through who I am and who I want to be? What am I good at? What absolutely sets my heart on fire to the point of tears? How can I make that my life?" Take into consideration how the things you love make you feel. How do you feel? Picture yourself in that life and understand that it is absolutely a possibility to live that life - just as long as you take action towards it. Be realistic - and with that, I mean be realistic in your goals. You can't become a master chef in a day, or a week - things take time, but understand if you take action every single day, that life is much more possible and a million more times likely to happen - sometimes in a way you wouldn't expect.
Just like the saying, "You miss 100 of the shots you don't take," you're not going to win a Grammy if you never sing your song and put yourself out there. Just like if you have an idea for a book, but never write it. It will always just be an idea if you never sit down and do the work. The universe won't make its magic unless you take action and tell it to.
Take it. Take the life you want, don't expect it to be given to you.
Don't let fear overcome you, especially the fear of failure. It's one of life's greatest teachers, and it actually moves you forward to where you want to be faster if you think about it. You just have to embrace the friend that failure truly is. It tells you what's not working, and if you ask for feedback - it tells you where you went wrong, so you're able to move forward without making that same mistake - just as long as you keep moving forward. That's the key. Also know, nothing has to to be permanent. If it doesn't feel right, don't stay. That's not to say that if something doesn't work, give up, it means, if you thought something would be one way, and it's doing you more harm than good, or it's not what you were expecting - spend your time trying something else. You won't move forward if you're staying in the same place for no purpose.
There is never a clear path on how to achieve your dreams, but as long as you lean into opportunity, think of what makes you happy, and truly go for it with all of the confidence in the world - you can never say you didn't try and chances are, you'll be living the life beyond what you dreamed. Everything takes time. Your life is constantly under construction. It may look ugly sometimes, and you're unsure of what's actually underway, but know you have the ability to build something beautiful with it and things aren't always what they seem from an exterior point of view. Don't analyze it too much. Trust your gut, your soul, and just go for it - one building block at a time. You'll thank yourself in the end and see every day was an accomplishment.
Take your time. Breath. Enjoy each moment and take it in as it passes - making the most of it.
There's nothing to be afraid of besides not allowing yourself the chance to live the life you've always dreamed of.
As Jim Carey said, "I learned many great lessons from my father, not the least of which, was that you can fail at what you don’t want so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love”
“Life opens up opportunities to you, and you either take them or you stay afraid of taking them.”
Go for it, lady Jane. I have faith in you, and you should have faith in you, too.
Christmas is only a week away!!!! Can you believe it?! Then it will be the new year and you will be setting new and outstanding goals for yourself - which I'm especially excited for! For now though, if you haven't had the chance to get Christmas presents for your family yet and are looking to make it a bit more personal at an affordable price, let me help you out! If you're an artist like me and creating something only you can make is more your style - here are few simple ideas to jog your imagination when it comes to special gifts for your family this Christmas season:
Of course, you want to give something so darn special to your mumma because you love her so much - and if you're like me, a gift that will make her tear up a little bit. This woman is so important to you, it's hard to think of anything that you could make her that could match her excellence and what she means to you. By creating something though, whether it's to pamper her, celebrate your family, or anything that will make her smile, she will love it no matter what:
Jar Cap Picture Magnets:
I found these little gems from the Unoriginal Mom, and they are a perfect way to take your mom through her most favorite memories every day. Here's how to make them:
Coffee Mug Holder:
Any busy mom bows down to coffee as if it's their religion, meaning they probably have a mug dedicated to each day of the week. Therefore, they'll need this fine and dandy little coffee mug holder so when they're running late on Monday, they don't have to open those pesky cabinets - you mum can just grab n' go! Go over to HomeDesign Inspired and get to work on a gift your mom will love!! :
Laundry Bin Full of Pampering Goodies:
So, we know mom's do laundry (they taught us everything) so why not go down to the dollar tree, buy some roped whicker, and go to town on making some DIY Soaps, body butters, Scrubs, a Candle, essential oils, etc. to really pamper your mom for all she does! Find out how here:
Chalkboard Serving Tray:
You know those infinite amounts of hot chocolate that you'll be drinking over Christmas time? Well, you're going to want to have somewhere to put them and a way of knowing who's cup is who's! Now your momma has a chalkboard serving tray to write everyone's name on to make them feel as special as she is to you! Learn how to make them here:
Favorite Recipe Book:
I know, you might think mom might not want to do any more cooking, but if you put some fun new healthy recipes of all different meal types in there that you think she'd like - she maybe will find her new favorite food! Who knows?! Go get yourself a binder and some fun patterns to type your pages on, and you'll have the perfect present!
For your papa-bear, it's the same thing - you want to get him something special that he will remember forever and really pull on those heart strings. Also, I'm sure he won't be too upset if he gets beer, as sick painting of his favorite NFL team to put in his man cave, or maybe even a soup bowl you made! Whatever it is, if you make it or it comes from you, he will love it.
Car Travel Kit:
You can never be too careful, especially when it comes to your dad! Make sure he's ready to go when it comes to car travel! Especially if he drives a lot!
NFL Team Crayon Canvas:
Whether you buy a canvas from Michaels and tape over the team's logo, and melt the crayons of the team's colors onto the canvas, or go ahead and paint something regarding his favorite team, there's nothing your dad would love more than your artwork up in his man cave.
Picture Frame of You and Dad:
There's something so sentimental about a photo of you and your dad that when he sees it, he tears up just a little bit with that half-smile while trying not to cry. I know this picture says Father's Day...but really, it shares the same love and care you have for one another and your relationship.
Vintage Book Travel Tech Kit:
With all of the gadgets and gismos a plenty nowadays, along with how much your dad has on his mind, there's no question he needs something to organize them all- and what's better than with an original hardcover version of his favorite book.
See how to here:
Bean Bag Toss Game Boards:
Next Memorial Day or Fourth of July, your dad is going to get so many compliments because of the bean bag toss game boards you made him! ( I absolutely refuse to refer to this as corn hole...it sounds gross). Either way - find how to make them here:
For The Broseph
This guy probably gets on your nerves more often than not, but hey, that doesn't mean you don't love him! Christmas is the time of year where you're able to show him the gratitude you have for him - so let it be known! Lord knows he will always appreciate it and show you how much he loves you too. Here are few ways to ignite the holiday cheer with those you fear:
With his bear-like beard-ness, it can never go unappreciated when your brother receives homemade shaving cream and aftershave! Throw in a razor or two in there, and you'll be loved forever! Find out how to make on Tag & Tibby!:
Homemade Beer Kit!:
You know, if your brother is anything like one of mine, he loves his beer (especially if he's from Wisconsin), so why not give him all of the ingredients to make his own! Find out what you need here at Misfit Gardening:
I mean, nothing could look more official and elegant for your brother to put all of his bits and pieces in for when he travels on the road, or just in general! Make him a pouch out of ties you find at Goodwill! It will be fun! Especially if you fill it with a few of his favorite things! Find out how to make it here:
Bacon Salt and BBQ Rub!:
Assuming your brother isn't a vegetarian, how couldn't he love some yummy accents to his meat-making adventures?! Give it a go! Find the recipes below!:
Leather Cup-Jacket Set!:
I mean, for all of those Rum and Coke's he drinks, might as well make him something that he can put multiple in at a time! Plus, with this stylish and sassy leather cup-jacket, he'll be drinking in elegance and his hand won't get cold! Find out how to make them on the Design Sponge:
For the Sistah
Oh, the sisters...also a relationship that's often a rollercoaster throughout the year - but, I know you know what she likes and what makes her smile, and she of all people will appreciate you taking the time to make something for her instead of only buying her that Amazon Gift Card you were planning on. Take a gander at the ol' peace-maker's gifts listed below:
A Ruffled Clutch:
Nothing makes a girl smile more than a cute little clutch to put her change, lipstick, credit cards, or magic in! With this pattern and DIY help from Cailamade, you'll create the perfect gift that your sister will love!
Jewelry Box Made From Old Cigar Box:
Chances are you dearest sister has probably accumulated a lot of jewelry from her loved ones over the years, so why not make her a spiffy jewelry box out of an old cigar box just to show you how much you love her and want her to be organized. Who knows, maybe you could throw another piece of jewelry in there as another gift, along with a sweet note and gift card! Also, why not try for a framed jewelry holder? Either/or are beautiful and effective. Here's how to make the box from Annabode!:
Bird House Key Holder:
I mean seriously, how cute is this?? You want to know what else is cute? Your sister not losing her keys. So why not go ahead and make her this sensational gift that she can hang by her door when she gets home? Lord knows she won't miss it when coming in from a long night. Here's how to make it from Torie Jayne:
Fun Modge Podge Fabric Spoons:
If your sister loves to cook, these fun spoons will be the perfect gift to put some pazazz into her already amazing cooking! Learn how to make them from Alice and Lois below:
Fabric Sunglass Case:
Your sis is just a ray of sunshine, you know she needs to protect herself from her own brightness every now and then, so why not make her a snazzy little sunglass case with a new pair possibly inside?! Can't go wrong, that's for sure! See how to make this fun little gift from Positively Splendid below:
Before you leave, of course you can interchange these gifts and put your own spin on them - as you should - you know your loved ones most!!! Have fun with your gift-giving this holiday season and pack as much love as you can into each and every one of them! Merry Christmas, and cherish each moment with your loved ones!! <3
If you have any more suggestions, please comment below!!
Needless to say, I'm a Christmas freak. I listen to Christmas music the first day of November. I light pine scented candles before I think about Thanksgiving. The day December 1st hits, I get my tree, decorate for Christmas, and begin binge watching every version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and all of the classic Christmas movies ever made. Heck, I'm even writing a mini-series about Christmas in Northern Wisconsin. There will never be enough Christmas in my life, especially living out in Los Angeles where there is no snow.
With this being the case, my need for reinforcements in the building of Christmas cheer is great and necessary. Over the years here, I have found just the events to help boost up that special feeling of holiday spirit to get me just where I need to be by the time I get to visit my family back home in the Midwest. If you're like me and need some pep in you Christmas step, take a look-see at the best seasonal events in the Los Angeles area listed below!:
Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood
Join the Whos in Whoville for the infamous Whobilation at Universal Studios Hollywood!! If you grew up with How The Grinch Stole Christmas, you would love nothing more than to see the theme park decked in the most extravagant holiday decoration, snow, and to see the Whos dance and sing on stage with all of their Christmas cheer! You'll also see the Grinch trying to steal Christmas, but of course in the end feeling all of the love and joining in on the celebration. Not to mention - you'll have a photo opportunity with The Grinch's dog, Max - who is an absolute sweetheart. Grinchmas and the Tree Lighting Ceremony happens every weekend from December 3rd until the 14th, then afterwards, it happens every day until January 1st, 2019! All the while, while you're at Universal, make sure to also visit the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to see the snow in Hogsmede an the beautiful lights displayed on the Hogswarts castle!
Get your tickets here: https://store.universalstudioshollywood.com/PurchaseTickets.aspx
Sleepy Hollow Christmas Lights Extravaganza
Sleepy Hollow is an entire neighborhood in Torrance, California right off of Robert Road where each and every house decorates in lights for Christmas! On top of this, most lights have their own theme that they stick to, whether it's A Christmas Story, Wrigley Field and the Cubs, Star Wars, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, or even the video game Fortnite! Not to mention, after you park your car and are walking around the neighborhood, there are several homes selling hot chocolate, popcorn, hot dogs, sodas, baked goods, even soup! Of all the Christmas festivities to enjoy, bundling up and heading to Sleepy Hollow for the lights is my absolute favorite. The event of course is free, just make sure you park along the Pacific Coast Highway, Calle Mayor, Prospect Avenue, or Doris Dr. while you're there for ample spots so you can walk in on Robert Road. This event happens rain or shine the weekend after Thanksgiving - so go, enjoy, and respect the residents and their homes! Also* there are usually no public restrooms or porter potties - so hit the restroom before you go just in case!
Here is the address!: 23254 Robert Rd, Torrance, CA 90505
La Zoo Lights
Ah! This place is the most fun - especially for the family! At the LA Zoo Lights, you enter the zoo at night and walk through a wonderland of sensational and mesmerizing neon light set-ups that more often than not, resemble zoo animals. With this walking experience, there is a lot of ground to cover, new light worlds to see, and although not all of the animals are out, you still get the chance to see the Koalas, the reptiles, and even Reindeer! Heck - you even get to feed them! Of course, there are snacks here too including hot chocolate and popcorn, churros and the like. The LA Zoo lights are something you don't want to miss! The dates here began November 16th and will go until January 6th! So hurry on over!
Here are discounted tickets from Groupon!! Be sure to download the Ebates extension for cash back!:
If that link doesn't work, here's the direct link to the LA Zoo site:
Christmas at the Grove
Though the Christmas celebration happens the Sunday before Thanksgiving (this year it happened on November 18th), you can go to The Grove any time throughout late November through early January to see the magic The Grove has to offer! With a Christmas Tree that ascends into the night sky, lit for all of the town to see - along with the falling snow, the elaborate lights, wreaths, ornaments and decorations, spending time within the walls of this outdoor mall sipping coffee or hot cocoa will have you immediately feeling the Christmas spirit. While you're here, you could also get all of your Christmas shopping done, visit Santa Claus in his workshop, catch a movie, and grab dinner with your honey or best friends. What sounds better than that? Make sure you go at nighttime to feel the ultimate magic! The Winter Wonderland event (meaning the snow and seeing Santa) only lasts until December 25th though, so hurry - hurry! To stay up to date with other Christmas events at The Grove, follow the link below!:
Here is the address: 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Christmas at the Queen Mary
At the Queen Mary's One-of-a-Kind Christmas, happening from November 23rd-January 6th, 2019, you're able to explore the immaculate ship, its decks, and experience a taste of old Christmas with Carolers making their way throughout the floors, Santa waiting to greet you, beautiful lights and tasteful entertainment to enjoy throughout the night. Did I forget to mention that there will be several musical performances, an ICE SKATING RINK atop the ships sport deck, hot chocolate with Mrs. Claus, performances and snacks in Gingerbread village, and an 80 foot tall Christmas tree upon the Ship's bow. There are also additional opportunities such as breakfast with Santa and a holiday dinner show that you'll need separate tickets for, but of course are more than worth it - especially for the little ones! There are even a few tours of the ship included!
Check out tickets here: https://www.queenmary.com/tickets/
Groupon Deal: https://www.groupon.com/deals/queen-mary-christmas-2018
Hollywood Christmas Parade
Every year on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the Hollywood Christmas parade comes to Hollywood boulevard and lights up the streets with music, gigantic balloons, TV, Movie, and radio stars, candy, fundraisers, volunteer groups, and more! This parade gives you a sense of Christmas and community spirit that truly ignites the Holiday season with a grandiose celebration for all of Los Angeles to come and enjoy (especially if your sports bar where you watch Sunday Night Football is on the boulevard). No matter the year, this is an event you wouldn't want to miss. Hosted by Laura McKenzie and Erik Estrada, its a night you won't forget. It starts at around 5:30PM, and will go for about two hours. Bring your chair, a blanket, and a bag for candy!
There are also tickets to sit in the grandstands - a prime seating area for the parade! This way you won't have to jump or stand the entire time to see over everyone enjoying the parade. Though I wouldn't say it's completely necessary, if this sounds like your cup of tea - here is the link to getting tickets!:
Of course, visiting Disneyland during the Holidays is a no-brainer, but if you're able - be sure to go within the first two weeks of December to miss the families coming over Christmas break!! With crowds that are almost unsurmountable during the later part of the month, you'll want the best chance you can get to see the beautiful holiday lights at Disney including Sleeping Beauty's Castle, The Haunted Mansion, It's a Small World ride, meeting Santa and the princesses, the Christmas Fireworks, and not to mention the Christmas parade which happens at 3:30PM and 6:30PM at the park. If you truly want to feel the magic of Christmas, along with how you felt as a child during this time, Disneyland is definitely the place to go. Remember, California Adventure is a completely separate park from Disney - though most definitely worth it! Be sure to get the Park Hopper pass!
Click here for tickets: https://disneyland.disney.go.com/tickets/