I’m currently in a very unique position in my life where my external expectations of being an adult are starting to align with my internal expectations. Furthermore, I’ve been driven by a certain fire as I continue to develop thoughts for very ambitious projects (see my latest post on Cambodia, learn about my declaration to be committed to curly hair or view my You In Haiku poetry series for things I’m working on). There are many other announcements to make in the near future, but for now, here is a reflection on three very particular things I’m grateful for in life:
LISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL
Some context from my childhood: my father purchased me a VTECH toy laptop at a young age where I learned how to develop program prompts in a very interactive manner. Shortly after that, he purchased a household PC desktop, where I quickly learned how to type via Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing. When we had obtained internet at home, I had access to a virtual world that made me dream. I was browsing around forums (imagine a 10-year-old doing this in the late ’90s) and saw that some users had the coolest profiles and also had well-designed websites. Per my fascination, I decided I really wanted to learn how to code in order to have profiles and websites as appealing as theirs.
To accomplish this, I taught myself how to code with HTML/CSS through a website called “Lissa Explains It All.” It was started by a young girl (she’s only three years older than me) as a way for her to record all of her HTML tricks for reference. More than 15 years later, I have Lissa and her website to thank because a major part of my career, and now my own website, is in part due to what I learned from it. I also have to thank my father for his investment in giving me tools to learn a skill that has provided so much for me in return.
Who knew that a small desire to have a pretty website at the age of 10 could turn into a career like this?
OPPORTUNITIES FOR CREATIVE COLLABORATIONS
This year especially, my website and blog has grown in terms of its exposure and establishment within the local community. With this growth, I have been re-evaulating the content I feature on here and have slowly transitioned out of re-sharing curated, user-generated content to forming original content that is much more sustainable and relatable. Throughout this year, I had the chance to:
- Interview interior and exterior designers for the 2017 Pasadena Showcase House for the Arts
- Launch my You In Haiku poetry series
- Feature my very first fashion photoshoot sponsored by Shop Tobi
- And lastly, added videos as an additional media asset, currently for my curly hair journey, with other topics to unfold shortly
These opportunities came from the faith of other people who believed I could create something special as well as from some critical life moments. I can’t thank those particular individuals enough for seeing potential in me and I hope to do a lot more of this moving forward.
FRIENDS WHO COME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE
For someone who loves to be married to routine, it’s funny that diversity is something I find necessary for my soul. In the context of friends, I find that mine in particular are each so individually unique that not one of them share too many similarities with each other. It is mostly attributed to the fact that my friends are typically not from the same circle, ever. Friends whose parents are self-help coaches, friends who are actors, musicians and fitness trainers, friends whose full-blooded and half-blooded sibling count is too much for me to remember, friends who grew up in neighborhoods opposite of mine-these are just a select few examples, but nonetheless, all these differences enrich my character and I am so thankful to have an abundance of life experiences to pull from for a varied perspective.
May there be a still moment in your life this week where you can reflect on the things that make you a very grateful person to live the life that you have. For more inspiration on being thankful, check out my previous gratitude posts.
GET THE LOOK
POST OUTFIT DETAILS
Wrap Maxi Dress in Blush by Blush Fashion | Black Kitten Heels by Sam Edelman | Antik Batik Clutch (gifted and out of stock, similar – here and here) | Greek Key Gold Belt (vintage, similar – here and here)