Family

First of all, What makes a family, really a “family”? This subject is so hard for many its almost like walking around on egg shells.

When I was younger I was definitely blessed to have a “normal” type of family, as though I thought. Yes, I had parents who were together, two older siblings who always picked on me, and always spent time with my cousins throughout the year. I thought that was the average kind of childhood.

Once I got went into public school I met my current best friends with COMPLETELY different stories from one another, and I had a tiny bit of a new prospective.

Later on in years after tragic events within the family that almost separated us around the time I was in Middle School it was weird and hard for me. Being so young and not knowing why it almost felt like no one was talking, MAYBE once a year. Let me tell you, we all live within in 40mi of each other, so its not an excuse for living far away. I never knew why this was happening but once high school started, all the cousins were growing up and I started questioning everyones actions and how we all treated each other.

I realized all these tragic events in our lives and drama behind those problems have never been resolved between ANYONE. 

Now you are probably thinking, “Well what’s so bad about that? You still have them? You get to spend time with them!” Let me tell you, I am so grateful for my family, but there are deeper wounds that need more than a band aid for any of us to be real or communicate and each family member shows different signs of it, whether its drinking too much, talking shit on every person with every other person, only choosing specific conversations that only please yourself, or my “go to” just don’t show up. Because in my eyes it’s better to save the migraine I get with these people than to put on a fake ass smile.

Now, I didn’t say all of this to brag or talk shit, I said it to bring of the fact, family is who you make it. Who you invest your time not only because of holidays or big events, but because you thrive to see the others? I have been growing my “family” for the past 10 years and I couldn’t be happier. 

Of course, I am still thankful for my blood family and would anything for them, but I don’t let my hopes get up and invest into something that has let me down most my life. I share this because, we all come from different backgrounds BUT on some level we can all relate in a pinch of a way to each story of a person and help each other grow from events in the past. 

I would not take back anything I’ve been through in my childhood, it has made me the person I am today, able to overlook situations I am in and really think about who or what I’m talking about or act before I speak. I also wouldn’t take it back for the family I now have today. JStay tuned for my next post leading to my journey talking about friends, who essentially are my family! 

If you or anyone you know needs to share or just simply rant, I would love to hear what you have to say or been through. Go ahead and contact me through “Contact info” in my list up below! Or Send me a DM @Jilliannklatt on Instagram. 

Thank you so much if you have made it this far! 

Humboldt

Fern Canyon

Almost a month ago, a couple friends and I did a 17hr road trip up north to visit a friend in college. The ride up wasn’t too bad, considering I wasn’t the one driving… hahah. We took the more scenic route which means more hours included.

The trip all together was so much fun seeing my friends life up there and all her new friends. Every day we were there was a new environment and a new adventure.

Overall we got good workouts, ate healthy (considering there was no good food) and spent a lot of hours together just enjoying one another. If you are the type of person that considers the drive apart of the trip I would highly recommend stopping by “Glass Beach” on the way. You can find so many cool spots on the way up and down the coast to make it a longer and more interesting trip. If you don’t like LONG car rides I would say to fly because its really only a 3 hr flight.

If you would like more information on specific locations feel free to comment down below or reach me at my instagram @jilliannklatt

Heres some more photos 🙂

When times get hard…

This picture was taken August this last summer.

My sweet Nannie was 83 when she was diagnosed with a very common heart problem where in easier words, the heart needs to be shocked into place. She was the healthiest person I knew always watching her diet and making an effort to work out. This picture was taken 2 weeks before she passed away. This picture was at one of my cousins weddings when we all danced the night away.

Symptoms of her getting week didn’t happen until the day after this picture, we took a trip to Bass Lake which is 40 mi from Yosemite. During our trip she wasn’t able to sleep at night, having to sit down every few steps and not able to go on the boat. We knew something wasn’t right so a friend of ours drove her back home before the trip was over.

A week after that she had 4 cardiac arrests and a heart attack before we were informed she wasn’t going to make it, and if theres one thing she always told me, it was she never wanted us to be by her side on her death bed.

My Nannie was my biggest fan, always encouraging me, and my rock when I needed someone to talk to. I always imagined her being at my wedding, meeting my children, and just being in my life a lot longer. This is something I never saw coming for at least a couple more years… but life will surprise you, and its how you cope with it, not necessarily “fix” it. There is no bringing her back, but I can make myself a better person, eat healthy, work out, and keep her British traditions relevant. Time doesn’t always fix things but giving grief time helps me to see why the bad things happen in our lives.

THANKSgiving!

Marina District

Lets be for real… this past year has been hard, which sometimes makes it hard to see the good in life. If theres something I’ve learned recently it is to be thankful for even the smallest things. As in; health, the sun, being able to breathe, or even being able to touch or see. Living in SoCal we value items more than life sometimes, trust I do it all the time, but when you take a step back and realize how much we are truly blessed with, life can seem a whole lot easier. The hardest part for me was being with family knowing some aren’t here today with us.

For me, being with friends and family who know and/or feel my pain makes it a lot more smooth to get through the holidays, because lets be real… Its not always the best to mourn and be a Debby Downer, it can help to look back and appreciate those times that were funny and memorable, of course with time involved.

This trip to SF was to rekindle our family and get space from memories with ones we lost within this first year. We started our trip off with a walk along the Bay on the beach. The hotel we stayed at was a 10 min walk from my aunts house which was so fun because we just scootered everywhere.

This momumental park is up the street from my aunts house, I thought it was so pretty I had to capture it!

We mainly hung-out at my aunts house because it was so delightful to stay and jump on the trampoline with the kids. (Side-note; its a springless trampoline…) This trip was much needed for my family after this hard season we’ve all been going through, and I wouldn’t change it for anything!!

Palm Sprangs!!!!

About a couple months ago my girlfriends and I decided it was time to take a break and spend time with each other… Soooo…why not Palm Springs?!?! When we planned the trip it was so hard as many of you know deciding places, if people were actually going to pay and/or show up, having friends not communicate, or who’s gonna drive , etc. It can all just be so stressful being the conductor of it all!

On a positive note! we got the cutest little house many would call trendy, and enjoyed our girls weekend, we played, “Cards against humanity”, “what do you meme” “Never have I ever” just some fun ice breaker games to get everyone a little closer and more comfortable.

Heres the tea… the house we stayed at was in such a cute community that was very quiet, one of the days we were all just tanning and listening to music. It was about 1pm and we get a knock on the door of a noise complaint! at 1pm… And let me tell you, we were NOT a crazy group, most of the woman were mothers who had a family and older, the music wasn’t loud what so ever.. The guy who was came to tell us we were loud was a community guard and was so understanding because he couldn’t even hear the music, but if he had to come back it would a 500$ ticket. Apparently, music was not allowed outside whatsoever, which was interesting to me because when I think of Palm Springs it reminds me of a bacherlette party central… Anyway that was something that had me confused considering Palm Spring vibes

Other than that, the trip was a blast connecting and getting closer with girls I didn’t know most of before the trip. We finished our time going out to a nice dinner getting all dolled up and attempting to sneak into a wedding… I hadn’t been to Palm Springs since I was little and it was definitely a must DO!

Montana 6/19

This last June my grandma who lives in Guatemala, which is definitely a story for a different time, had been planning to throw herself a burning woman festival, (kinda like a burning man festival… look it up) for the past 4 years! she gathered all family and friends rounding us up from all over the world to about 100 people on which was once her parents land in Montana!

In order for this event to be successful, we were told to bring reusable EVERYTHING and leave the land how it was once found (clean). Throughout these 4 days we celebrated life itself by people sharing poems, dance classes, treasures, costumes, and just joy itself. It was an absolute blast.

One of the other reasons for this grand weekend celebration happening was to celebrate all of our loved ones who have passed. Even though we all have different beliefs and different views we hung prayer flags and celebrated and cherished every family member we have lost.

At the end up the trip it was soo nice to join with family and friends we either hadn’t seen in years or months and others we had never met who were and are huge parts to my grandmas life. This trip taught us to be thankful and aware to everything/anyone around us in our daily lives. There were many hikes and weather changes in Montana from it being hot to hailing snow another minute, many layers were worn and taken on and off throughout that 4 day weekend.

Comparing themes from different sites…

To start it off, I am not to familiar with code talk and fancy words used on websites, I prefer easy simple ways for me to be able to read directions, that doesn’t mean I won’t try, but if I see a couple websites having the same tools of another but one looks most clean and easy to read I will for sure be using that one. So… lets get started!

Canvas- my first thoughts were great with Canvas because it used Vimeo to show me what to exactly do with a screen recording of someone making and customizing a theme, I enjoyed the process of learning how to do it, along with a voice recording explaining each step and what will help and what to use.

Joomla- Next Joomla was my next top favorite because it is most like WordPress and I am starting to get the hang of it. The part I disliked about it how everything was in code writing which made it hard for my eyes to keep busy and finish reading while understanding. Some pros with Joomla was that it had links under the template of development you can easily click on and show you which help you need.

Moodle- In my opinion Moodle was a combination of both, It was a very long page giving an overview which should be smaller if its an overview and easier to read. The text was very small and harder to read including both coding and links to find specific help. This site was not easy for me to try and learn from.

Drupal- This site was a lot more clean and easier to create a theme organizer. It made it so much nicer to create a theme because if I was confused I could see where I needed to look to get my questions answered to complete the job.

WordPress- Finally is my favorite, this could be very biased because it is the first one I have worked with. From mistakes and learning from my mistakes it is so easy to see the layout of the page and get feedback in seconds if I have ANY questions. Some cons about WP is that the package you buy may limit yourself to all of the accesses across the page, if I need a specific domain, admin, or theme, you will need the highest package sometimes. Overall, this is my favorite to work with, but a couple of the others very close behind!!

WeLcOmE

Everyone starts somewhere..

I am so excited to start a documenting my journeys through this page. After I get the page going I want a bio section giving an idea of who I am and my vision towards life and traveling. After my bio, each post will be different locations and experiences I have been through while traveling. I want a picture to give a synopsis of the destination and a couple second video or boomerang giving excitement to viewers. I will then add an overview of that trip then adding bullet points of parts I find interesting of others traveling as in; locations, level of difficulty, whether, necessities of the trip, and over all thoughts and experience. As I learn more I will know more details of posting and exactly what to say to catch the eye. But in short, I want the theme and text fonts to be very clean to the eye, and the explanations of the trips and details to be short and sweet. After it all is typed out I will add a link to each trip linking to my youtube channel.

HEYO


Hello and welcome! My name is Jillian Klatt and I am oh so excited to share life, traveling, and experiences I have been blessed with. I am 20 yr old and just rolling through life consisting of school, traveling, and life ups and downs!

Growing up my dad was a HUGE travel fan, taking my family on road trips usually in the U.S. It wasn’t until I was at the age of 14, I truly realized how blessed I was for a childhood like that. I always wanted the fly and have the “boujee” lifestyle. Well, I am so happy I wasn’t raised like that because, now I consider the trip to all be on the road also. 

 Over the last 4/5 years I have been so lucky to not only travel inside the US but also in other countries also! 

Instead of keeping this an entire traveling blog (because home girl doesn’t have all the money in the world), I want to keep this site real of good and hard times I’m either currently going through or recently gone through. Life is NOT easy, and I think it’s so needed to connect with others who can relate…. So that leads me to. 

Why am I even here?

  • To connect with people/kids either wanting to travel or experience life; including budgets, comfortability, exercise intensity, or simply was it fun or worth it?!
  • Being able to share the hard journeys along the way of the best times. The waves in life include being joyful, sorrow, excited, nervous, angry, anxious, or feeling nothing. My goal is to connect on all levels on how I get up and KEEP GOING.

I am overly blessed to be able and express my thoughts to you all through such a connecting source in today’s world and can’t wait to get even closer to you all. 

This world can be sooo stressful and hard, as long as we all stick together and connect on different problems or awesome experiences, we can spread love and reconnect our world together again for the good!!

I am so excited for this journey to start and see how many cool places and experiences this world got for me and you guys!

PLEASE! If you have any questions or input to add, comment down below and I will get back to you! If you would like another platform to reach me at, that’ll be Instagram! @jilliannklatt – see you guys soon.