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Well, I Guess It All Began...

My name is Carlie. Welcome to the travel and lifestyle site that I've created! By now you've probably guessed that I live in California, but what you may not realize is that I'm originally from Louisiana (thus the Cajun in the site name).

Despite the distance, I still have very strong emotional ties to my state. But this small-town girl was restless and ready to see what else the great big world had to offer!

So, back in 2011, I packed up and headed out West to California. Adventure was calling, and this Southern girl needed to answer.

Fast Forward to 2018...

I'm a 38 y/o mental health professional living and working in Los Angeles. I have a Master's degree in Social Work from Louisiana State University. I love helping others in crisis situations. But being in a constant state of crisis can really wear on your spirit and bring you down.

So, how do I cope with my stressful job? You guessed it, I TRAVEL! Getting away from every day and diving into a new city or culture is a great way to gain a new perspective on your own situation. It can also be a great way to relax and unwind.

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I'm always up for a little fun!
I'm always up for a little fun!

Enter the Blog

My move was life-changing in many ways, but none quite as obvious as the silence of my keyboard. Long ago and far away I once had a quaint little blog dedicated to the kitchen experiments I liked to call "cooking". I worked hard on that blog for 2 years before leaving Louisiana. Little did I know that it wouldn't survive the move.

Relocating to Los Angeles meant a new job, new commute (arrrgghhh, traffic!), and new interests. Before long the blog roll went quiet. As the dust settled on the keyboard, it became harder and harder to go back. I had changed; LA had changed me. (Cue sad violin music here...)

"LA had changed me."

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As I surveyed my new city, I found myself less interested in cooking and more interested in learning as much as I could about my new city. Luckily LA has SO much to offer that I'll never get bored. Being here really helps scratch my travel itch when I can't afford to travel.

Which brings us back to a Cajun in Cali. This blog is a collection of my local adventures, my travel experiences, my thoughts, and my photos. My goal is to share what I've learned about travel in hopes that it inspires others to get out of their small town to see the world a little! I want you to get the most out of your time off and live the most meaningful life you can. After all, we only get one shot, so we better aim well.

a little background

Now, some of you may be wondering: what is a Cajun? Well, Cajuns are an ethnic group of people in Louisiana who descend from early French Canadian settlers. Our people settled an area of South Louisiana now known as Acadiana. The culture has thrived and lives on today.

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Carlie

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