One thing I haven’t really talked about on my blog is body image. I genuinely would consider myself a confident person, have talked about confidence often on this blog, and think it comes from a lot of different areas in life. However, one of the things that I haven’t always felt confident about is my weight. Sure in blog pics I know my angles and can make myself look a certain way but sometimes if people take a candid pic of me, then I think “Oh that’s what I look like?” or “wow my arm looks huge in that pic”. In Asian culture, it is not “mean” or “ridiculous” to comment on someone’s weight so I can’t tell you the amount of times that I’ve been called fat or been told that I needed to lose weight. Sure you can deflect the comments a few times but after a while it can get to you and make you negatively think about yourself. I often wish I was skinnier or weighed less to be more attractive or especially before trips like Spring Break / beach trips. During one of my years in college, I made myself throw up after eating for a span of like two weeks which to be honest was super gross and I’m glad I didn’t keep doing that. One time my friend noticed I had thrown up and I lied about it. Body image is really vulnerable to talk about and keep in mind while you read this post that it’s about my own body image journey. I’m not saying that anyone needs to be a certain weight or change their body just to feel good about themselves but for me it’s what I wanted to change.
I know it’s not quite December yet, but I wanted to do my year’s reflection a little early. This was a year of a lot of ups and downs for sure. I was telling my brothers the other day that this year was one of my worst ones. I mean that in a dramatic way and was just saying that compared to my previous years, this one was not as good. I’ll only go semi into detail because like I mentioned before, I’m only a semi-public (private?) person.
Last month, I flew out to Portland to meet up with my best friends who now live on the west coast! I actually told my friend Katie that our other friend Mariana wasn’t coming on the trip anymore so the first night we were in Portland she was shocked when Mariana flew in and surprised her! I always have the best time with them and it’s great to be reunited with friends who know the true you and who have been by your side for so many years (7 to be exact 🙂 )! I wanted to write out everything we enjoyed about Portland as well as some other recommendations I received from folks that we didn’t get to. Let me know your favorite spots too!
As many of you know, I’m back in school because I’m pursuing my MBA. These past few weeks have been nothing short of heavy amounts of work. The type where I’m constantly doing something (case studies, studying for finals, homeworks, etc.) and as soon as I finish one assignment, there’s another to do. On top of all of that, I’ve been doing the Insanity workouts which are supposed to be 6 days a week (will do a separate blog post about this soon). It certainly has been a balancing act to do school, find a job, run two blogs, workout, be social, and see family and sometimes it feels like I’m doing the motions just to make it through each day. I know though that all the hard work will pay off and will lead to so much fun and success in the future so I’m staying positive and pushing through it all.
Transitioning to today’s post, I’ve been wanting to share the way I take care of my colored treated hair! I’ve had it colored for the past 2.5 years and have found the products that really work for me! Keep scrolling to learn more!
I don’t know about you guys but I really find comfort in the saying “everything happens for a reason”. As I noted in this other post, the early summer months were not ideal for me and were full of uncertainty. It’s exciting to me to have gotten back on track and started something new which for me was grad school! It’s hard to imagine my life without my 80+ new friends, new goals, and new memories from the last 2 months that make me burst out laughing. Looking back, I think it was important to go through the things I did in order to be more focused for what I want in the future. I almost wish people could look ahead into the future and tell me what’s going to happen because as I grow up, I see a lot of the dots connect from my past. I think it’s important to remember that even if you’re in a negative or bad place, that good things are coming ahead!
Changing gears, I’m excited to have a new blog post up! I put this outfit together for a media brunch this past weekend with Bumble. It is still not fully Fall yet in GA so I paired a light dress with a cropped sweater (my go to combo for Fall)!
This is long overdue buttt I’m excited to finally share a travel post about Nashville today! I went a few months ago for my birthday and have been meaning to write up my favorite spots I visited in the city! Nashville is under 4 hours of driving from Atlanta and makes the perfect weekend trip- I went with some of my best friends and we had so much fun! Check out the list below and leave me some recommendations too!