welcome to the process.

this was taken at an angle with the natural light streaming in from the window, and then filters were added. several of them, with a little brightening and contrast. if only life were like that, able to fix and adjust at the easy push of a button. patience and self-love haven’t been my friends lately. some days are easier. some days I bury myself in work, drowning in words and …

Life, lately

“We don’t have to trust the plan; we have to trust the creator of the plan. Pursue holiness, always be humble, and don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.” Two years ago, I graduated college. I stepped on that giant stage, shook the president’s hand, showed up on the jumbotron, opened the red cover carrying the fake diploma (the real one was mailed out months later). I threw …

Why every twenty-something should travel to a new city alone

This month, I took a big venture and accepted the opportunity of a lifetime. With just three weeks to plan, I decided to travel solo to NEW YORK CITY for an affordable, future-related offer I could not resist (more details on that, in an upcoming post). I’ll admit, in the busy weeks leading up to the trip, I was entirely stressed and freaked out. I booked my flights from LA at …

A step back in time for Valentine’s Day

It’s probably the most cliché of American holidays, but Ian and I couldn’t wait to celebrate Valentine’s Day as it’s our first one together. By a miracle, and at the very last minute, we booked a reservation to the new special afternoon tea at the Disneyland Hotel. Turns out the popular restaurant, Steakhouse 55, is entirely booked for the actual weekend of Feb. 14, so we decided to celebrate a week early. (The restaurant …

The Love Myself Challenge.

“Oh, and you can’t wear makeup. For X amount of days. Until it gets better.” This week, on the 4th day of the new year, I paid a much-needed visit to the doctor’s office to address my growing rash and blistery skin problems. When the doctor gives you over a week’s worth of antibiotics and tells you straight up, “No makeup, until you’re all better,” she means business. But last …