C A R E E R | It’s Already Been A Year

If you have been following this blog for a while, then you would know that last time this year, I had recently started my first job at my current place of employment. I would have to say this is a really big accomplishment for me. I have not only never worked for one company for this long, but this has also been a very growing up #adulting year for me. I learned what it really means for a company to rely on me as an individual in my field of choice, the 9-5 struggles, and a salary.

This is still a crazy concept for me. All of it, the salary, the 9-5 every day, and to have a job in the field I went to college for and to stay with them for so long. I am always learning something new that helps me as a designer, I am challenged, and I get to do what I love. I couldn’t ask for anything else. I am very excited to see where this next year will take me career wise and I will keep you updated.

Am I Doing Too Much?

Now I have to say that I am the type of person who wants and tries to do it all until I eventually burn out and have to start up all over again. Now I know this isn’t the best approach to life, but keep on doing it. Before, when I was in school, I did that because I wanted to be the “Well Rounded Student”. This meant I took as many classes as I could all year long and did well, participated in as many sports that I had interest in, and tried to do things outside of school. This would include other sports teams,  art classes, and hanging out at youth groups. I guess you could say I had a sick sense of F.O.M.O (Fear of Missing Out).

With school behind me (for now), you would think that my time would have cleared up. WRONG!! I think I have become busier than ever. But I don’t think of this busy as a permanent thing. The reason I am busy now is because:

1.) I work a 9-5, sometimes 7pm  full-time job.

2.) I have a love to exercise

3.) I want to do blogging, youtube, and have my own Etsy store so that

4.) I can quit my day job.

So at the moment I have some F.O.M.O. but a different kind of fear. It’s now a fear that if I don’t kick my a** of now, I won’t achieve my dreams and goals later, which will leave me with the “What if?” questions later in life. So back to the initial question, “Am I doing too much?” Yes and No. Yes; because my time has become very slim especially since I will always make time for Friends and Family, but No; because I am doing the things I love to do and hope to do for the rest of my life.

What are some of the things that you try to squeeze into your hectic lives? Or have you already reached your goals and its just smooth sailing from now on?

T R A V E L Adventures | San Francisco day 2

Hey Everyone!

So here are some photos from my SECOND day in San Francisco visiting my Sister. For this day we actually had a late start. We mainly just got caught up on watching Sex & The City that time escaped us. But never the less, we still made it out to explore some amazing  San Francisco. We headed over to the de Young Museum and since it was not only Bank of America card holders day but also after 4:30, when the museum becomes free, we were able to see some free art and catch a beautiful view of the city. After we made it over to see the beach since my sister lives so close to it.

jambaView of this Mountain as I was walking to the Museum in SunsetSan Francsico AirealView of San Francisco from the Tower at de Young MuseumArt shadowsSculpture by Ruth Asawa

Museum SelfieIn front of this cool piece that was made of small tin foil pieces(forgot to get the name)

Wall of LightI think my FAVORITE piece I saw that day ( Wall of Light Horizon by Sean Scully)Ocean ParkOcean Park

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T R A V E L Adventures | San Francisco Day 1

I spent the first weekend of July in San Francisco with my sister for her birthday. It was very nice to get out of Los Angeles a bit and explore some new areas. Every time I go up to San Francisco, I explore something new and fall in love with it even more. Here are some photos from my trip of Day 1

 

We started off the day heading over to Dolores Park. it was my first time there, and given that it was a beautiful sunny day, there were a lot of people trying to take in some Vitamin D. San Francisco Skyline

Doloris Park #1

Picnic @ Dolores Park
Doloris Park #2

My sister

We then headed over to The Mission District to check out some thrift stores and some cool street art. I don’t know if there is an official name for this alley way, but it was full of Street Art. (If anyone knows, please comment down below) Here are few of the  photos I  took.

Mural #1

Mural #2

 

To Diet or Not To Diet…That is The Question

As I have really started my fitness journey and tried to be more active and healthy (for the most part) in the past year, dieting has actually been the hardest thing for me. Going to the gym, I LOVE it. I get to release all my stress from the day, catch up on Youtube videos if I am doing cardio, and just feel like one of the boys in a Testosterone filled weight room. But when it comes to my diet, it just never really sticks.

Don’t get me wrong, my nutrition/diet has gotten much better since I have started/left college. I use to be okay with ordering Dominos pizza every night and eating a Medium Pizza by myself. Now, I try to eat healthy 75% of the time if I can and portion things correctly. So what has helped me get to this point? Well a lot of trial and error.

I first tried going on a meal plan. I have done these in the past, but these never really stick after week 2. I think it becomes too expensive for my budget, and gets frankly boring for me and is just too much meal prepping. I then tried the “If It Fits Your Macros” approach. (IIFYM). Now I have to say that this was great for a little bit. It allowed me to fully understand what I was eating and what I should be avoiding. But for a long term solution, this really wasn’t good for me either. It actually gave me a negative response to food. I stopped enjoying food, but rather thought of it as a chore and frankly and a stressful one at that. Calculating what I could and couldn’t eat in a day just wasn’t fun and would cause me to under eat, which isn’t a good thing either.

I then started to learn about Intuitive eating. Now, I can’t say that a year ago this would have been a good idea for me. I think I needed those meal plans and macro counting for me to get to a point where I start to listen to my body. I know that I need to have a lot of protein in my diet. Not only is it good for my muscles to grow, but also it helps with leaning out, which is what I am currently working on. But I also learned that I need Carbs. my body really needs carbs, no it doesn’t need a whole pizza worth of it, but it definitely can’t be as depleted as it was getting from my other nutrition methods.

So, what I really wanted to get out of this post was that, not every diet is really a diet. In addition, a diet can’t last for ever, a new nutrition eating habit outlook can though. For me, listening to what my body wants and creating a positive image of food is most important to me. But I don’t think I could get to where I am today without those bumps in the road.

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What are some eating plans/ diets that you have tired? What worked for you? I would love to know/learn.


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Rose Bowl Flea Market Haul

Of the 23 years I have lived in Los Angeles, I some how have never made it to the Rose Bowl Flea Market until last Sunday. I have to say that it was very fun and quite interesting. I don’t think that I just went there to buy, but rather to also see how this flea market works, and how other artisans and sellers are running their booths. It was actually quite an inspiring visit. It made me realize that maybe I need to actually start selling to people in person rather than just online to accomplish what I want for my store.

I thought I would share with you some of the things that I bought on my visit there.

-Geometric Fossils: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GeometricFossils

-HMdesignStudios: https://www.etsy.com/shop/HMdesignStudios

-Sewing Supplies: Thread Scissors and Tailors Chalk- Seller unknown

-HoleHeartedLA:  Instagram @holehartedla

-Cardigan- Seller unknown

 

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Why Wait…Start Now

Over the past couple of months, I have been a in a weird rut I have to say. For a 23 year old,  where I am in life is pretty good. I have a full-time salary paying job in the field that I went to college for (Fashion design), I moved out of my parents house, and I am financially independent. But what I think has been getting me down is that I am not at the place where I would like to be in life. Now I know that anything worth having in life takes a lot of hard work and sometimes time, but I think I have gotten to a point where I believe that I should stay put at the level I am in life.

But, reflecting on this idea, I realize that I don’t and shouldn’t think this way. I don’t believe that just because I am in my early 20s, I shouldn’t already be working at my goals in life seriously. Yes, there is definitely some soul searching, and trying to figure out how I want to achieve these goals, but my goals still exist.

Now what are these goals? I want to be my own boss. I want to have the financial freedom and schedule freedom that essentially I can do whatever I want everyday. If I decide I want to work hard for a whole week of my future business and not leave my house, I want to be able to make that decision. If I decide to go travel the world for a month there, and not worry about work, I want to have that option. I think that by working for someone else, I loose a lot of that freedom. If I don’t show up to work, I don’t get paid. I don’t want to be restricted like that.

This doesn’t mean that I just want to have an income from doing nothing all day. I can’t appreciate money in that way. I want to earn my own money and to be proud of the hard work that I have put in.  I want to know that what I get out of in life is for me, not for someone else’s dreams.  I also want to create an impact on this world however small or big that is, I would like to put my stamp on this life and say that I did what I set out to do.

There is no reason to wait to do this.Now, yes I can’t quit my job tomorrow and just do what I love. I am still restricted in that format. But setting out a detailed plan of where I want to see myself in a year or two, will definitely put me in the right direction. So I plan to work on my own fashion designs more, to work on my fitness journey more, be able to create an income outside of my full-time job, where I can then become financially supported by my dreams.

What are some of your goals in life? Where would you like to see your self in a year or two?

So This is Happening

It seems crazy how just two months ago I was talking about how I was going to move back to NY or moving out at the end of the year and here I am, signing onto a 12 month lease and staying in Los Angeles. Now some of you may be thinking…What is wrong with you? What changed? And I have asked myself these questions as well.

March is my birthday month, and I am coming up on my 23rd birthday. Now I don’t think 23 is a major year celebration, but I do start to think that it is more of an “Adult” year rather than a recent teenager year. And as I was reflecting on that, it made me realize, that yes I am getting older, but by living with my parents, I was starting to have actions that reflected more of when I was a teenager, rather than acting like I was an adult.

Now don’t get me wrong, I go to my full-time job, and pay for most of my bills, but those bills mainly included car insurance, phone, and other small bills. I don’t have any major bills. This is something the average adult would say is a good thing. But I was starting to rely on my parents for things. Like food, taking care of my dog for me, etc…

So I was pretty much offered a chance to look for an apartment with a friend and I decided to jump on the wagon. I think that this is a good thing I am not moving out on my own. I will have social interactions and the apartment that I chose is still close to home. In addition, it allows for me to have my own room for a lot less then a one bedroom apartment would be.

Therefore, as I sit in my childhood bedroom and realize that I have been using this place as a crutch to not fully become independent, I think that by taking the plans of NY off the list for a while and just learn how to live financially on my own first is the best decision I could make for myself at this point in my life. I am apart of that millennial age where we decide moving back home is the best decision, and I do think that it was, but I don’t we really think about how long should we stay beyond that before it just becomes a negative thing for rather than a helping aid.

I am excited for what this year of my life will be as not only a 23 year old. But also someone who is actually living on their own, going to work, taking care of their dog, and just trying to kick a** at life.

Major News

Hello Everyone,

So it is finally happening, possibly sooner than I should or thought it would happen. But, I am moving out. I think I will be making a whole series about this spanning over a month or two, but I thought I would let you know what is to come in the future.

 

Very excited!