Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Lunar New Year Celebration in DC

This parade was so fun! I went as a spectator and brought my camera along, hoping to get a couple good shots. Out of sheer luck, I ended up in front of the crowd, and at some point, I was standing right next to the fireworks. *So much more dangerous than I imagined*
Needless to say, I am really happy with the photos I took. What a fun day and an exciting start to the New Year!

Friday, February 1, 2019

23 things I loved about 23

This year was such a whirlwind. So much changed in my life. I haven't truly had a moment to reflect on everything. Before turning 24 tomorrow, I wanted to look back.

Here are a few highlights from the past year:

1. Traveling to Argentina for the first time
2. Getting nominated for my first Emmy award
3. Working at National Geographic (dreams do come true!)
4. Watching my work air on national TV for the first time
5. Rediscovering that Mancala is low-key more fun to play as an adult
6. <3
7. Traveling to L.A. for a red carpet shoot
8. Developing new friendships
9. Shooting concerts for bands I love
10. Seeing some of the largest waterfalls in the world
11. Binge watching 'The Good Place' with my brother (such a good show!)
12. Hanging out with my dad every weekend
13.Winning a Gracie Award, and meeting some of my idols at the awards ceremony
14. Getting an Instax camera and making lots of memories with it

15. Working on an Oscar-nominated project
16. Hosting a game night
17. Attending a book club for the first time
18. Getting selected for my first big (HUGE) photo exhibit
19. Learning how to cook filet mignon
 20. Solo trip to Uruguay
21. Celebrating my 23rd birthday with a bang ;)
22. Creating a vision board
23. Laughing at comedians at weekly comedy shows

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

10 things I want to do before 2020

To kick off the year, I created a 100-item bucket list of things I want to do before 2020. I know it is a lot, but I wanted to give myself a proper challenge. The list ranges from big life goals to small task and new experiences. Although some of the items are too personal to post here, there are some I'd like to share:

  1. Do an Escape Room
  2. Paint pottery
  3. Learn to bake something new
  4. Host a game night
  5. Travel abroad
  6. Do a digital detox
  7. Buy a new cell phone
  8. Go to a spa for the first time
  9. Take a dance class
  10. Go to Philly for the first time

I am hoping that by making this list, I will be able to carve out time for these activities throughout the year. Things tend to feel more real to me when they are written out. I cannot wait to tackle this list.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fall 2018 Favorites

Fall is my favorite season. Its a great time for self-love and self-development. I am most motivated to go to the gym this time of year, take better care of my skin, read books, and cook meals at home.

So I complied a list of things I've especially loved this fall, including books, movies, and activities.

Eloquent Rage: This book was not my favorite when I first started reading it. I don't particularly agree with the ideas presented in first two chapters of the book. But, it gets better. So so much better. So much so that it has become one of my favorite books of 2018. The books centers around ideas of feminism, class, respectability politics, race, and a lot of other topics in between. A solid read, 5/5 stars for me.

Searching: This was definitely the movie of the year for me. I have never felt so many emotions in an hour than I did while watching it. I don't want to give away any plot points for any potential watchers out there, other than to say I loved it! Just take my word for it and go watch.

Weightlifting: I started weight training last summer, after getting a personal trainer. He insisted on it. Back then, I wasn't that acclimated to it, so it was not my favorite activity. But now that I am getting stronger, I've really been enjoying it. Lately, its become something I look forward to every week.

Therapy for Black Girls Podcast: This podcast is so good. Its a small dose of professional advice from licensed therapists and psychologists every week, on a range of topics.The focus is mental health, personal development and decision making.  Some of my favorite episodes have been about colorism, texturism, body image, inter-generational trauma, and overcoming stereotypes. If your interested in any of these topics or in therapy in general then I definitely recommend it.

Yale Chelsea Boots: I bought a pair of these in September, and boy oh boy, I love them. So much so that I broke them already. The soles of one of the boots is falling apart (probably because I have worn them nonstop for the last two months). They just match my personal style so much that I've been obsessed with them. I plan of buying another pair to get me through the winter months, hopefully I don't wear-out those boots too.

Other than these fall favorites, I've enjoyed face-masks, home-cooked meals, baking, candles, electric blankets, and hikes. I am looking forward everything the rest of the season will bring, before its time to hunker-down for the winter.