Squad Goals Met

One of the many trends floating around the interwebs lately is the term “My Squad”. I’m guilty of using it, so there’s no judgement here. Seeing people’s photos and definitions of their “squad” had me thinking. Excuse the rambling that is to come, but this is as real as it gets.


I’ve come to realize that my squad is not limited to a specific group of people, or a certain number of people. It’s not “these people” or “those people” or “no boys allowed”. My squad is anyone willing to go outside and get a little dirty. Anyone willing to sit around a campfire, throw back a few beers (or non-alcoholic beverage of their choice) and have a good conversation.


My squad is anyone who has my back and is willing to stand up for me when I’m not around. Those who empower me and support me. My squad is those who help without judgement and give advice when needed.

My squad is so much more than the people I can fit inside one photograph. There’s no limitations. My squad is bigger than I could have known or imagined, and (at the risk of sounding “basic”) I am incredibly blessed to have people like this in my life.


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A Week in Photos (#1)

Happy Friday! Congratulations on making it through another week. It can be tough, I know. So high five! ✋🏻 I’ve decided to make Friday’s super easy on myself & post photos from the week. I also think photos are a great way to get to know someone. So, here ya go. 

Last Friday night a few of us girls went out to celebrate my sisters 23rd birthday. We went to this amazing Mexican restaurant in the Irvine Spectrum called Javier’s. I had never been there before but ohh my goodness the was so good! I ordered two enchiladas; one with crab and one with lobster. I could have eaten two more, honestly. The margaritas were pretty good, too. Following dinner, we hit up a few bars and got my sister nice and drunk. That’s what you’re supposed to do when you’re young & can handle the hangover. If you follow me on Snapchat (@xhelloerin) you may have seen a bunch of obnoxious videos on my story. I do not apologize because we had a blast. 🙂

Sunday, I took a nice solo drive down one of my favorite dirt roads. Unfortunately, I was stopped by California Highway Patrol (what was he doing out there anyway??) for not wearing my seatbelt. In my defense, I had just gotten back into the Jeep and pulled out onto the road, and literally just hadn’t put it back on yet. I was going to, I promise! I’ve seen too many accidents out there to not wear a seat belt. Anyway, he gave me a warning for the seat belt thing but wrote me a fix it ticket because I don’t have mud flaps. Really? My tires don’t even stick out that much. BUT things usually go a lot worse when I’m stopped by law enforcement (always my fault, I accept that) so I’m glad all I got was a fix it ticket. 

Tuesday night I took myself out for a beer and a couple of tacos. We have 4 kegs on tap at my house, which is nice, but sometimes you just need to get out of the house. I really wanted to be alone, but that’s the downside of being a regular and a bar… You’re almost never alone. A few people wanted to sit and talk, which I guess wasn’t the end of the world. Maybe next time I’ll pick a different place. (I probably won’t, though.)

I don’t remember what day I took this picture, but how cute are my succulents!? I was hesitant to plant them because I have a habit of killing plants. Turns out these things are pretty easy to keep alive. They sit on a little table on our back patio where I enjoy them almost daily. 

This is my view this afternoon. I ran a few errands this morning, with no AC in the Jeep, and it was just too hot to handle by the time I got home. I didn’t even bother getting out the laptop. Just grabbed my phone, took a quick dunk in the pool and picked the chair under the umbrella. It’s perfect here in the shade. I’ll probably stay here all afternoon. 

I hope you all had a lovely week and hope it continues through the weekend. See you in August! 😉

2014 Review Extravaganza Week #2

We’re back for another installment of the 2014 Review Extravaganza hosted by Emmy! Today, I’m taking a look back at April, May and June of 2014. I only started blogging in October, so the majority of the year I will just be sharing photos & such. Enjoy!
aprilfirstApril 1st – The very first Angels home game of the season! It was also Mike Trout bobblehead night. That’s a very classy pictures of my sister Lauren and I right there. Her best friend Sonja also went with us. We sat in the very last row at the top of the stadium, and it was a little cold.. I don’t remember much about the game, but I’m sure it was good! (Ya know, cause the Angels did so well in the beginning of the season!)
aprilApril 14th – I watched my very first eclipse! I drank a lot of wine that night, which I think made it more exciting. It was so cool, though! I couldn’t believe that I had never seen one. I watched it from the backdoor in my parents room because I was too lazy to go downstairs & sit outside, like everyone else. #Winner.

April 23rd – Another first for me. I have driven to the top of Saddleback mountain plenty of times, but had never done it at night. I planned this kind of on a whim, threw it up on Facebook to see who wanted to go, and I had a pretty good turn out. If I remember correctly, I had about 15-20 other jeeps show up. (And a few people in trucks) When we got to the halfway point, (where this picture was taken) we stood around and hung out for what felt like forever. Probably a couple of hours, at least. A lot of people left from there, because it started to get late. It was close to midnight, and only a few of us left, when we decided to keep going up to the top. I was too tired and lazy at that point, so I rode with a friend the rest of the way. That was cool, too, cause it’s not very often I get to ride shotgun. The views are AMAZING at night! From the very top, you can see way off in the distance the planes coming in to the airport. So cool!
bradstockMay 10th – About twice a year, I have a friend who puts on this music festival in Lake Elsinore called Bradstock. Over the years it’s grown to be a pretty big deal in southern Orange County. The bands are pretty good, but I usually go just for the fact that I can hang out by the lake and get drunk during the day. It’s always a good time!
may100hapydaysMay 23rd – I’m assuming this is when I first discovered the 100 Happy Days project. I started it the next day, but I failed after about 60 days or so. Don’t worry, though, I plan on giving it another try in 2015! If you’re interested, you can check out the info at www.100HappyDays.com.
socaljeetmeet2014June 28th – I hosted my very first Jeep Meet & Greet at Valiant Brewing in Orange. Since it was my first, I planned it on a whim. My brother works at Valiant Brewing and he got me in contact with the owner. We picked a date that was about six weeks out. I was a little bummed that it was so far away, but it turned out to work in my favor. In those six weeks, I blew up social media with info on the event. I don’t have an exact number on how many people showed up, but at one point during the day, I counted about 60 Jeeps. Pretty good, if you asked me! Following this event, we had a group of about 10-15 of us that ventured up to the top of Saddleback. We got there by sunset, which was another first for me. It was a ridiculously long day, but I had such a freaking blast!

Be sure to come back next week! I’ll be looking back on July, August & September. Also, if you’d like to join, it’s not too late! Link up with us; I think there’s some awesome prizes to be won, too.


The One Thing I Can’t Live Without


Over the years of dealing with depression and anxiety, one of the most important things I’ve had to learn, (and sometimes have to keep learning) is how to cope with the anxiety. One of the ways I’ve learned to cope is to just get out. So naturally, the one thing I can’t live without is my jeep. Really, I’d settle for any vehicle that runs. But since getting my jeep in March of 2013, I have absolutely fallen in love with it.


I can’t tell you how many days I’ve felt claustrophobic in my own house, or stuck inside my own head, even. I’m sure some of you know the feeling. My escape is driving. And of course, good music. Driving is insanely therapeutic for me, and I don’t know what I’d do without it. Actually, scratch that. From 2013 into 2013, I went 9 months without driving, and it was HELL. I never want to be in that situation ever again.



The jeep specifically gives me a freedom and joy that I’ve never felt before. My vehicle is better than most (in my opinion) because it’s taken me to some pretty cool places. I’ve been to the top of Saddleback Mountain (here in Orange County, CA) more times than I can count. There’s nothing better than being out in the dirt, with the windows down and the music up. I’ve been in the sunshine, watched the sun set, and seen the stars and city lights from over 5,000 feet of elevation.


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