My Trip To Maui

It’s finally summer… and what better way to spend it than in Hawaii?!

Two weeks ago, I flew to the Kahului Airport in Maui. I spent ten days living the island life, which mostly included me hiking, exploring Maui’s waterfalls, lounging by the pool, going to the beach, and of course eating a TON of good food. I stayed in two hotels- the Westin and the Ka’anapali Beach Club. It was such a fun trip and I never wanted to leave the island!

A few highlights from my trip…


Black Rock Beach, Kaanapali


The photo above is a little blurry, but that’s because it is a screenshot of a video of me jumping of the rock! That’s right, at Black Rock you can cliff jump on both sides. It’s pretty slippery to get up to the top and you have to watch out for sea urchins (a guy nearby me stepped on one), but overall, the feeling you get when you jump makes it worth it.


Road to Hana


This is one of Maui’s most popular activities and for good reason, too. The road to Hana start on the Hana highway and ventures onto a windy, narrow road. The drive was harrowing (so many one way bridges) and an all day tour but it was absolutely beautiful. The road has a ton of places to stop so my family had to pick and choose what places we wanted to stop and look it. A good tip for if you ever do the road to Hana is that there is an app for it. It’s complete with a tour guide, audio, background of Maui’s history, a map, and tells you all the spots on the road, even saying what places are a “must see.”


Black Sand Beach, Hana


The first “must see” place that I recommend everyone who does the road to Hana should stop at was this gorgeous, inlet beach. The sand has a rich, black pigment to it from all the black rock there and it makes the beach unique. The water has a slight rip current and I got there in the morning so there wasn’t too many people there yet.


Ke’anae Arboretum



This arboretum is a good stop if you want to see the Rainbow Eucalyptus trees (pictured above) up close. There’s a good amount of parking at this spot and it’s just a short hike off the road where you can learn about the different plants that grow in Hana. There’s also the Garden of Eden, which is another pretty arboretum, but you have to pay to get in.


Wailua Falls, Hana


Wailua Falls is located near the end of the road to Hana and it ended up being one of my favorite stops. You can see the falls off the side of the road from a one lane bridge and there’s not a lot of places to stop so I would try and get there early. What makes this place so special is that I found a hidden trail, located at the front of the bridge, that leads down towards the waterfall. I followed the rugged path and ended up sitting on these rocks, right above the waterfall!


THE BANANA BREAD (anywhere on the road to Hana)



The banana bread is AMAZING in Hana. There are endless cute shops along the road to stop at where you can buy the bread. I wanted to stop at Halfway to Hana- a well known shop along the road- but it was unfortunately closed so I went elsewhere to buy the bread and it did not disappoint! Other good things along the road include Hana coffee, beef kabobs, and chocolate, but this is BY FAR the best thing you can buy (and a must in my opinion).


Pipiwai Trail & Waimoku Falls (end of the road to Hana)




Napili Beach & Kapalua Bay, Kapalua



Napili Beach and Kapalua bay are located almost next to each, with one or two hotels and restaurants in between. Napili Beach is more secluded and less crowded but the beach itself has slowly gotten smaller over the years and there isn’t a whole lot of sand there anymore. Kapalua Bay is bigger, more crowded, slightly rocky, better for snorkeling, and has a bigger beach. The water is calm, clear, and feels like a bathtub in both places and the scenery was exquisite.

Ululani’s Shave Ice (scattered around Maui)


mmmm to put it simply, I have never had a better shave ice in my entire life. They crush the ice to a smooth, snowlike powder that melts in your mouth. There are a variety of flavor- from your average cherry, blue raspberry, and orange all to the way to flavors like green tea, wedding cake, and tamarind. I found myself at Ululani’s in Lahaina and Hana.

Make sure to let me know what summer trips you are going to be taking!

Why I Chose Cal Poly Slo

Next year, I will be a freshman at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo! While it is bittersweet to move away, I’m really looking forward to the new year and I feel more than ready for the change. emilydalybl

My close friends and family (and now you after reading this) know that before I chose Cal Poly, I was committed to play softball at a private university in Washington. It was a really brutal decision, but I decided I no longer wanted to devote my time at college to the sport I love and instead, explore other interests of mine- such as music, writing, and public speaking. Still, I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to play softball at the collegiate level and I learned so much from the recruiting process. Actually, I will probably write an article in the future for advice on how to get recruited if you do want to be an athlete in college.

Anyways, I applied to Cal Poly SLO last year and if I am being honest, I didn’t think much of the school at first. I had driven by the school a few years prior and it looked nice but being an English major and all, the whole “tech” vibe of the school threw me off. I still thought playing softball in college was the path I would be taking and so I didn’t bother to actually stop and walk onto the campus.

Flash forward to the college acceptance (and rejection) letters! I soon had it narrowed down to four colleges- my top two being the school I had my softball scholarship at and Cal Poly. I then went to the Cal Poly Open House weekend for admitted freshman and it really opened my eyes to how the school would be a great fit for me!

First of all, Cal Poly SLO’s teaching method is “learn by doing.” I’m really drawn to this because I want to go into the fields of either law or journalism in my future and experience/internships will help me gain insight on what career I could have in the future. In terms of campus size, the school is pretty big but class numbers are small to average so you are really getting the best of both worlds. Also, despite the school being known for Engineering and Agriculture, the English department is a hidden gem and has some of the best teachers on campus that have won several standout awards.

Another plus of Cal Poly SLO is that there’s an endless amount of activities at and around the college. It has an amazing choir and well put together newspaper which I am hoping to join in the fall, as well as ASI (the student body/council) that interests me. There is Morro bay, Pismo beach, and Avila beach to explore and endless amounts of hiking trails in the area. There’s a bubblegum wall, the SLO-DO-CO donut shop, and a really cute downtown. It has a college town feel and all the students that I have met so far are friendly and have made SLO already feel like my new home.

I can’t wait to make the move in September and I’ll keep you all posted when I do! I’ll soon be able to share my new life and all its adventures with you. I wish you luck if you are going to college next year as well and feel free to ask me any questions you may have about SLO, college, or really anything else. In the meantime… go mustangs! : )


On the left is me and I’m next to my best friends, Sebastian (middle), and Grace (right)


Open Letter to High School Seniors- Choosing a College and Major

As a senior in high school, it seems like the only conversations I have with friends and family members these days is about college. They ask me, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”

When I was little, I always had an answer to that question. Some years it was an author, others it was a teacher, for a year I wanted be Nancy Drew, and for a few months after an interesting appointment, I found myself wanting to be a dentist. However, things change. Now, I feel stuck. As high school comes to a close, how is one supposed to suddenly figure their life out?

My hardest decision at the moment is deciding on what colleges I want to apply to and attend. There are so many different colleges- large or small, private or public- in so many different places. I don’t know whether or not I want to continue playing sports in college. Do I want to pursue a sport I’ve played since I was four years old or branch out and cater to other activities I am passionate about? So many choices, with so little time, and with such a great cost. Deciding on a college could decide my fate in terms of who I become friends with, how happy I am, where I may live in the future, and what my future job may be.

From deciding on what college I go to all the way to figuring out a major for a potential future career, I keep telling myself that everything happens for a reason and I need to just make a decision that feels right in my heart. I need to let be what may be and everything will turn out the way it’s supposed to in my life. At the end of the day, I will be right where I belong. If you are feeling down because you are indecisive about something or scared of choosing the wrong path for your future, the key is to remember that “everything happens for a reason.” So smile, breathe, and listen to your heart.

Back To School Tips

It’s that time of the year again… back to school! Silently, I count the days I have left of summer and realize it’s all coming to a close. Senior year is around the corner and I just want my schedule NOW, but the counselors unfortunately are making sure that won’t happen for a couple days. The summer assignment that has been sitting on my desk abandoned for two months is finally finished and I’ve found time to workout and shop to better myself and style for the year. However, there are still a list of things that need to get done in the final days before school starts so just for you all, I made a list:

Re-stock on necessary supplies: This one is pretty straight forward but hey, it’s time to go to the nearest Target or Staples and grab all the necessities. Pencils, pens, highlighters, a binder, eraser, or maybe a new backpack (you know the drill)

Don’t forget to re-pack your backpack: What I usually do before the first day of school is I empty everything from my backpack that I haven’t touched in two months and throw it in the washer machine. Once it’s dry, I’ll evaluate everything I had in it before and pick out the things I’ll absolutely need this year. Pro Tip: A backpack usually a day to dry naturally (I wouldn’t put it in the dryer because it can shrink)

Make sure you have all summer assignments or books in your bag: This is super important because on the first day, you want to make a good impression in class to make your life easier the rest of the year. However, if you forget that one summer assignment that’s due or a book you had to read, not only will your grade drop immediately, but the teacher will view you as a student who is unprepared to take their class.

Pick out an outfit the night before: To make it easier for yourself to get up early, have a vision of your outfit or set it outside your closet on a hangar the night before so that you don’t have to think too hard in the morning. It also allows you to have less stress and not be late on the very first day. Tip: Don’t forget to set your alarm!

Eat a good breakfast and pack your favorite food: I love food and I hope you all get just as excited about eating as I do every day. For breakfast on the first day, have pancakes, waffles, a smoothie, or whatever makes you happy and motivated to get out the door. You can add some protein or drink some coffee to get you more energized. Also, pack food that you enjoy for snacks or lunchtime. It always makes the day better if you’re eating good. You can also do this the night before to save time.

Hope you consider these tips and won’t screw up on the first day! Haha jk good luck and have a good school year : )

The Completely Non-Subjective List of Best TV Shows to Binge Watch on Netflix This Year…

Here’s a list of the top shows that are hands down worth the watch on Netflix this year:

1. Grey’s Anatomy: It really can’t get better than watching a show where its life or death in every episode. This shows pulls at your heart strings and takes you on a rollercoaster of emotions, but it’s overall worth the long ride. The characters are so real and portray common struggles that many can relate to such as losing a loved one, battling exhaustion, personal insecurities, the LGBT community, poor mental health, etc. The stories of the patients treated in Seattle Gray’s Hospital puts life in a whole new perspective and reveals the strength humans have for one another under the hardest circumstances.

2. Gossip Girl: Great Gatsby at its finest! This show is a classic- are you Serena… or are you Blair? Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf SHINES portraying the flaws and layers of emotion that make her someone people can easily relate to. This show teaches that looks aren’t everything and underneath all the wealth is a bigger picture  that tends to not be as happy and care free as its original image.

3. Stranger Things: This show is AMAZINGGG. It has this unique, sci-fi vibe to it (who doesn’t love the theme song??) and because of this, it stands out from other hit shows. The time being set in the 80’s makes the sets more interesting and the character’s clothing is to DIE FOR. The young actors are super talented  and loveable and each episode never fails to catch them uncovering a new secret about the Upside Down World.

4. Gilmore Girls: Love is the main factor of this show and its story is played out beautiful by none better than the Lorelai-Rory relationship. It is beautiful to see a community that cares about each other love one another even through the hardest times. Rory’s ambition is inspirational to watch and this show motivates you to become a more ambitious and caring individual. Also, I can’t say no to a show where coffee is almost a character in itself!

5.  Thirteen Reasons Why: This show brings so many valuable lessons to the table. It spreads the message that people need to show more compassion and kindness towards one another. People need to try and understand a person before they make assumptions and girls need to be respected instead of shamed. It depicts struggles that many teenagers face and is a valuable guide to adults (since most simply don’t understand) and teens to become more aware of people’s emotions and how your behavior effects others.

6. The Office: Lets be real, this show is more of a culture than a TV Show. There’s the inside jokes, the reactions of the characters, the scrappy camera angles, amazing acting, and overall the perfect sense of humor that brings this show to life. It is truly unique and can be enjoyed by all ages (its okay if the kids don’t get the jokes) and never fails to be entertaining.

7. Riverdale:  This show is far fetched at times but it never disappoints. The mysteries that lie within the town are never ending and every episode unlocks a new piece to the puzzle. The characters exempt bravery and are strong-willed with every action they take. The high school setting also adds drama as everything is heightened by the community of teens that surround the main characters and also makes the show more relatable at times.

8. 90210: This show  presents so many bold lessons to its viewers despite it being based off a show in the 90s. It features strong characters who struggle with  bipolar disorder, teen pregnancy and abortion, drug abuse, drunk driving, rape, coming out as gay,  etc. You name it and 90210 has effortlessly demonstrated how people can face any challenge and must always stay true to who they are while following their dreams.

9. Law & Order SUV: Justice is served and wrapped up in a bow by the end of every episode! It is fascinating to see the behind the scenes of  these notorious attorney hard at work to uncover the truth. Morality is met head on with crime in punishment in this thriller of entertainment.

10. Girl Meets World: I gotta admit that I was worried for Disney Channel once “Good Luck Charlie” finished airing, but the channel hit it big with this one. It such a strong representation of friendship and the struggles teenagers go through with trying to figure out who they are and what they mean to others. It deserved a fourth season. Period.

11. Scandal: There is never a moment in this series that is not a shock factor. The characters are well developed and plot lines never fall flat. It is never a disappointment and is a show you can always return to and never get bored of.

12. On My Block: Every episode there is a plot twist and ends leaving you on the biggest cliffhanger. It’s interesting to see the incredible bonds a group of teenagers in the show share and it is inspiring to see how they care for each other and watch out for each in the dangerous streets of their neighborhood in LA.

13. Supernatural: This show has an amazing playlist that keeps everyone feeling uneasy about what will happen next. The script is dark, but is always lightened up at the perfect moment by puns! It also happens to feature some of the most attractive people surrounded by  supernatural forces- need I say more?

14. Dear White People: This show is witty and well humored with fun characters who bring quality entertainment to the table. It sheds light on several social issues in today’s society. involving racism and the stereotypes that surround blacks. It incorporates the struggle of black lives and allows white people to understand the extent of their privilege. It spreads the message that we must all overcome bigotry and love one another no matter what skin color, because at the end of the day we are all human and equal beings.

15. Atypical: This show allows people to understand what kids with autism may be going through. It teachers viewers to have compassion and opens their eyes to what a life with a disability would look like. It’s funny, charming, and eventful.


Summer Bucket List for the Bored and Unmotivated

Yesss its officially the long awaited time of the year-SUMMER! I am so pumped to have more time in my life to spend however I wish. Here in Southern California, the June gloom is just wearing off and the heat has come in full force. It’s temping to stay inside and chill while watching Netflix all day, but I for one know that gets old after awhile. Here’s a bucket list for your summer of 2017 that can free you from boredom and make the break one to remember…

  • Find a summer job and make $$$: For me, this was an obvious because I have a tendency to want to do a lot of things, but end up not having enough to spend. To really have fun this summer and go out a lot, it’s time to learn how to be independent and support yourself while realizing that everything has a price.
  • Explore your local area: There’s going to come a time where you will leave your community and go off on your own to figure out your life one day. For some people like, after graduating high school, we will not be living in the same city that we grew up in. Make it a priority to go out at least once a week and visit a hidden gem in your city you may have never seen. You could also do all the fun touristy things and be surprised at how little you actually know about the place you have live in for years.



  • Actually read all the books you sparknoted throughout the school year: This may blow your mind, but your teacher didn’t just randomly assign you to read all those books in one year. She or he saw lesson or morals in the novel that were worth teaching a perhaps, even life changing to high school students. There’s always that one or maybe few books that you couldn’t get through to save your life (for me it was Grapes of Wrath) but maybe, just maybe, you could read the other novels and gain some important insight and (this may sound crazy) even enjoy them!IMG_0077


  • Create a workout regimen: Monday= leg day,  Wednesday= abs, Friday= arms, etc. If you make a workout plan, you may feel more motivated to get yourself up and go to the gym or pick up those weights at home. Exercise is a great way to start the day and give you energy for other activities. Not to mention, summer is the perfect time to work on toning your body and getting the abs you’ve always desired. I would start slow and not set unrealistic goals, but hey, a little exercise goes a long way. Get those gains!
  • Find a new hobby: Summer is the best time to experiment and find out more about your passions and talents. This is the best time to finally pick up something that has interested you, whether it’s a sport, instrument, or finding recipes to cook something new! The possibilities are endless.



  • Have “me” days:  Sometimes it’s best to be selfish and have days dedicated only to you. Make sure to schedule where you can relax and focus on discovering more about yourself and who you are as a person. It’s important to be alone with your thoughts and it’s nice to experience some downtime while you can.
  • Spend time outside: Be one with nature this summer and go on a hike! Travel the world to experience other cultures or even take a trip to a hidden gem in your local area. Go on a roadtrip with your friends and feel the freedom of the outdoors. The world has so much to offer and every destination is worth the journey.



  • Spend time with people who make you happy: Have a family night or take a trip with your closest friends. It’s important to spend time with the people you truly love and celebrate those who have had such an immense impact on your life. Time is never wasted when spent building unbreakable bonds with others and making memories that will last a lifetime with people you hold so close to your heart.

Welcome to my blog!

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Hey everyone! My name is Emily and this is a blog of all things travel, college, art, music, advice, and more! I was born and raised in Southern California and I am moving up just a little more north for college this year. Other than having a passion for writing, I’ll admit I’m a coffee addict (I’m talking about a Lorelai Gilmore case here), Grey’s Anatomy fanatic, retired travel softball and tennis player, swiftie, proud member of the egg allergy club, and oh yeah I think I have arachnophobia. Anyways, there’s a lot more but there’s no point in me TELLING you when I might as well just SHOW you. I enjoy you very much and I hope you enjoy my page : )