2017

Almost 3 years ago, I made some unaccepted but certain decisions in my life. I took a break from college to travel and volunteer in South Africa. It stirred a lot of judgement from family and friends for me to just step down from a very important milestone in my life to fulfill what was empty inside of me.

With the beginning of a new year, I’m here to reflect how that part of my life really helped me become who I am today.

Before I left for Cape Town in the summer of 2013, I was dating someone who helped me grow and learn a lot about myself. Like young college students, we were idealistic and very naive. We were dreamers, striving for passion, meaning, and success. I left to Cape Town in the beginning of September and felt a part of me being filled by an experience I had to do in solitude. After I returned back to the states and saw him for the first time in a while, he jokingly shook my shoulders with his endearing hands and said: “You don’t have to be so strong all the time.”

Throughout the hard and frustrating moments in my life, that one statement still applies to me then and today.

In 2016, I bought one of those ginormous backpacks and hopped on a plane to Asia. I saw my best friends doing incredible and inspiring things all around the world. Each country I touch down upon was like a stomping ground for me to breathe new air. I met strangers who I now call friends, exchanged hilariously absurd and heart wrenching stories, risked my life a few times on some thrilling adventures, and dipped my toes in the Indian Ocean again.

2016 gave me another opportunity to make more special moments to travel, fall in love, work hard, and remind myself that it’s certainly fine to not be so strong all the time.

I’m inspired by the past, present, and future. I am grown by the people who have shaped who I am. I am open in expressing the pieces of love, sadness, laughter, heartbreak, passion, and kindness that has been apart and remains in me. Here’s to the past, present, and future of our lives.

 

Synergy

I am back in DC from my mini vacation to Los Angeles and San Diego. It was an incredible break from the city life in DC, and I was sad to leave California, but it makes me happy that I was ready to head back home. I will update this blog soon with the plenty amount of photographs from my trip. Keep an eye out for them very, very soon.

Coming back to the office, I noticed we got some new pretty plants set up around the kitchen/break room. It’s important to know that Improving your work environment with more light & color increases productivity. Hope you have the right space to keep you going, may it be at home or at work.

Running DC

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This website is considered a lifestyle blog, so this usually means that I write about the ongoing events that occur in my life. Not that my life has been a thrill or anything out of the ordinary, but just a simple story waiting to be heard from people like you.

I ran 10.76 miles today. This is a big deal for me, especially when I am only a beginner runner. My destination was the Lincoln Memorial and the Reflecting Pool, two of my most favorite places in Washington, D.C. Something about the atmosphere between these famous monuments and memorials make me love the city even more. Although showers of tourists flood the most popular attractions in DC in the summer, I can’t help but love sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in complete peace after a long run.

For anyone who loves to run or is just a beginner runner like me, try using the Nike Running application to track the miles you run every time you start your run inside or outside. You can also use it to interact with your friends – start a running challenge with them. Set a number of miles that must be done by a certain time, and running will now be more enjoying with the people you love. Let each other get motivated by the fitness life that you want for yourself. Enjoy that runner’s high for I have gotten it tonight and have never been more proud to run 10 + plus on my own. If you don’t think you can run, think again. Get yourself moving, and start living a healthier and active lifestyle.

 

A Cleanse for the Skin

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I love drinking tea in the morning and night (yes, I can still fall asleep). For all you tea lovers, this lemon with hot water cleanse is almost like drinking lemon tea. I’m going to admit that I am becoming a wellness junkie, and it’s for the better. What’s not to love about taking care of your physical and mental well being? The human body and mind can only take so much, so you must be smart enough to give it good care.

I read a lot of MindBodyGreen, a company based in Brooklyn where they revitalize the way people eat, move, and live! My sister got me into the website, and I read the articles they post on a daily basis. Try to check out their website if you want a little improvement for your self. It’s good to change the way you live by eating healthy and exercising (this can be as little as running for 5-10 minutes a day. There’s a recent NYTimes article on how running as little as 5 minutes every day is already beneficial for your health).

My recent tip for you to cleanse your skin and body would be to drink hot water with lemon everyday. There are so many benefits to it, which includes the boost of your immune system, balances PH, helps with weight loss, aids digestion, clears skin, and hydrates the lymph system. Give your skin and body a little break with this simple everyday cleanse.

 

Mind, Body, and Soul

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What does being healthy mean to you? Does it mean eating greens? Exercising? Going on various diets?

We all have different definitions, but the one that you choose to live determines your drive to change your mindset and attitude for your own body.

I think “being healthy” has always been something that scares away a lot of people. We jump to conclusions that this term is about criticizing our own self and how we never lived this certain kind of lifestyle. Before we criticize ourselves with judgement, let’s take a moment to understand “being healthy.” It’s more than a change in your life. It’s how it will affect your future. We all want to live a longer life on this planet, so being healthy will be the beginning of this journey.

I never been the type to really take care of my health or body because I was careless and thought other things were more of a priority. It was silly to think that, but it made me open my eyes to how being healthy is indeed a priority in our lives. A few years ago, I was struggling with a lot of stress and anxiety which triggered my depression during the beginning of college. I was in need of some serious changes in my life.

The first step was acceptance. I knew I didn’t want to feel this way anymore, and I wanted to make some changes in my life. I turned to yoga, which helped with my mental health and how it changed the way I think. I had difficulties trying to eliminate the negative energy in my mind, so yoga helped me with trying to unleash that energy and to find positivity. From Mind Body Green, this article explains how these 7 yoga poses balance your chakras.

While I may not be a health expert, I am learning so much about my own body and soul. The way we treat our body affects us physically and mentally. We become healthy so we can tell ourselves that we want to improve ourselves everyday. There is nothing negative about the desire to change. Change is good. We can still love our human body and soul without criticizing. Being healthy is a lifestyle. It’s a journey on seeking love for yourself.

Boston Strong

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Dear Boston,

Today marks the one year tragic anniversary of the Boston bombing. I want to pay a tribute to you, my other home, and how much I have grown and loved your beautiful city. I lived in Boston for two years, attending an art school that broaden my mind with perspective and creativity. It’s a city like you, Boston that has given me opportunities, new friends, and adventure to show me how happy I am today.

A city like you that introduced me to the word “wicked” and how the Boston accent is truly the greatest. A city like you that is occupied with history, advocacy, and ghost stories I wish I would forget when I walk past Faneuil Hall. A city like you that has so much energy and spirit when the Boston Red Sox begins their season, and the uproar of cheers are heard from Fenway. It’s a city like you that is still filled with hope when tragedy struck last year.

I no longer live in Boston, but I am thinking about you today.

This morning, I went running along a neighborhood near my apartment in Washington, D.C. The weather was like a crisp fall day, and the sun warmed my face like summer.

I will admit that I can’t call myself a runner like the people running the Boston Marathon today, but I do believe I have the same attitude and drive they have when running.

I am a Bostonian today because I am cheering on every person running that marathon. May they run with confidence, sweat, honor, and inspiration. May this city be the city that I remembered living in.

Boston, I run for you today.