2017: The Ebb and Flow

If you would’ve asked me in December 2016 where I would’ve been a year from then, I wouldn’t have even imagined I would be living in Los Angeles nor the journey I would embark on during 2017 to get to that point. I had a lot of highs and lows during the year. It’s time I look back and reflect as a form of catharsis. I truly believe that one’s past does not define him or her. This is one of the best ways I can sort through my thoughts that always seem to be in a cloud jumping amok in my brain.

Discovering Yourself…with Good Wine and Food

Tomorrow is my first day at my new gig with the Los Angeles Zoo. It also marks one week that I’ve been in Los Angeles. This week has been overloaded with exciting times, stressful times and moments of self-discovery along with self-doubt. One experience I’ve had this week perfectly symbolizes my full transition to independence in a new state and new life.

A Short Letter to You...

I realized that in writing that previous piece I had come to a point in my life I did not realize I was at. It hit me moments after posting it – I am happy. I am happy with myself, my life and my journey. I honestly do not know the exact moment it happened over the past year, but I know it is something that grew over time. I had to learn about myself and, in a way, fall in love with myself.

My Journey to Happy: A Brief Discussion on Body Image

I am proud of the progress I’ve made and continue to make as I am still changing and becoming a better person each day in my eyes. But this is my life experience. I don’t imagine myself to be anyone’s inspiration, and I hold compliments of the like in very high regard. I am just doing what I feel is best for myself, and I am happier for it. At the end of the day, we all need to love ourselves as ourselves. That’s where it starts and ends.

High Street Wine Co. is Your New Wine Destination

I’ve been coming to High Street Wine Co. since it opened, and I’ve loved every minute of it. I wanted to write a blog about this location because I wanted to share my love for it with you in hopes of you checking it out if you haven’t already. I’m a wine lover. I’ve been all over the city to different wine bars and restaurants boasting unique wine lists or experiences that would be elevated. I must be honest. You receive an elevated experience at High Street Wine Co. at a price that loves your wallet. 

An Open Letter about the Election

I’m tired of feeling tired and bitter. It’s time for me to move forward. In short, I will continue to remain vigilant and supportive of LGBTQ rights, religious freedom, people of color and women’s rights. Hillary Clinton is leading in the popular vote, and that gives me some solace. It’s time for me to help rebuild my community.

10 Things to Tell Myself 10 Years Ago

In 2006, I was a junior in high school and living in what I thought was the prime of my life. It’s so easy to feel that each moment in life is the “prime” of your life. I’m a firm believer that you will not know what time of your life was the prime or the happiest until you’re on your deathbed looking back at your whole life. Who’s to say which moment in life is your happiest or prime? I’ve learned this over the past decade. There are many beautiful moments and many sorrowful moments that mold a person. At 16, I had so many unnecessary worries and tribulations that were, of course, earth shattering in 2006 but obviously non-catastrophic in the grand scheme of things. Based on my life experiences and moments that molded me, here are 10 things I wish I could tell myself 10 years ago (in no particular order).

The Pangs of Being a Millennial

Student loans are rough. Credit cards are even more sinister. I’m 26 years old, and I still live at home. I’m working on my second year out of graduate school in an industry that I love. I have the opportunity to grow myself and my brand into a truly lucrative career if done right. So, what’s holding me back? 

Hey, It's a Blog Post. Wait, Change of Plans...

I often wonder why I can’t roll with the punches in certain points of my day. For example, if I have a plan in mind on how my day is going or on how I am going to accomplish a task and things don’t go according to that plan, I have this internal meltdown. I usually keep my cool, but there are times it can become very difficult for me to function, and I shut down. I like plans and structure. Often, I will make my personal and professional calendar for at least a week in advance, and I try not to deviate too far from the line. I leave open spaces for appropriate times where I feel things could come up last minute (see, there’s another planned moment for spontaneity).

Pride Month: A Reflection

Have pride in yourself. Be proud of yourself. Love yourself. We are each other’s brothers and sisters. Let’s show each other more love and less hate. Happy Pride month. 

The larger question that I’ve asked on occasion is: do any of us really grow up? Sure, we make “grown up” decisions and have to rise to occasions that define us. But, is it still just adolescent versions of us that deal with these “adulting” issues in older bodies? These are just questions in my head. It could all be out of context for some of you, which is fine! Some of you may also be reading this blog post and vehemently shaking your head at my millennial thought process. Thoughts are now off my chest. Can I eat cake now?

The Gentrification of San Antonio

I’m a part of the problem. I eat at these places, drink at these places and have become a permanent fixture of these places. I see the good and bad of gentrification. For those who may not be familiar with the term gentrification, it is the process of renewal and rebuilding accompanying the influx of middle-class or affluent people into deteriorating areas that often displaces poorer residents. This definition can be cited back to the Merriam-Webster dictionary. I want to have an honest, open discussion with all of you on your thoughts on gentrification. 

Halloween - The 25th Anniversary

Halloween has always been a cherished time in my household. From the early age of 4 years old, I remember trick-o-treating through the streets of Bellflower, CA. Bellflower was always poppin' during Halloween. I remember distinctly the best hand-made haunted houses and candy being handed out during this time. I'm sure it was just as great in Lakewood and Downey, but Bellflower was where Halloween thrived for me. There was nothing like Halloween in the 90s in California. 

Growing Up and Apart with 'Degrassi'

The show was cheesy, dramatic, over-the-top, funny, smart, and relatable all in one fell swoop. No high school hall had to deal with the amount of drama that Degrassi Community School endured, but the show depicted situations that were happening all over the country at that time. It is on that token that the show was relatable to so many people. I hope the next carnation of the show is as successful as its predecessor. Maybe in the Netflix series, they'll finally find Teri.

What is #TourTuesday?

I often ask myself if I drink enough water during the day. The true answer is that I don’t…my working answer is that I drink plenty of water that has been in turn brewed into coffee. If the amount of water I drank in a day equated to the amount of coffee I drank in a day, I would have a lake inside me that could hydrate a small village. This introduction doesn’t really lead anywhere. Shall we talk about the new layout of my website? That is probably the true intention of this post.

Random Thoughts at Local Coffee

I’ve neglected this blog for a little over a month. It wasn’t until I renewed the hosting contract that I realized I hadn’t posted in so long. So, these thoughts that I so aptly mentioned then neglected (IRONY) in this blog are about me spending Good Friday lounging and reflecting. 

I can't seem to find the right chakra.

Of course, there is always something. I can’t even describe to you what it is. By this point, you’re probably over my diatribe about how great my life is and where I’m going juxtaposed to the inner turmoil I may be dealing with at a given time. This is my outlet for my anxieties and my fears. This is also my outlet for my victories and my peaks. I’m incredibly happy at the moment, but is that happiness enough? 

Welcome 2015!

It took all of me to think about my future in 2015…professionally speaking. I needed a change. There was so much to think about including my wanderlust, which I still have. I know this year will be pivotal in that decision because this wanderlust has been brewing for over 2 years now. I will revisit this again in the future. As of now, I’m so very excited for my new position at UIW. What this means is that I’ll be growing in a profession that I’ve loved for so long. I’m very happy to take you on this journey with me.