• Catching My Eye 5.21.21
    Catching My Eye,  Lifestyle,  Uncategorized

    Catching My Eye | 05.21.21

    Happy Friday! This week feels like it flew by. I was sick at the beginning of the week — we can thank everyone leaving their houses for the first time in over a year for that — so, I was really just focused on getting better the first three days of the week. I’m really looking forward to this weekend — it’s going to be a busy one, but I think it will be really rewarding. this week’s good things: I don’t have COVID, I get to talk to kids today about taking their future in their hands, I attended an author event last night that was amazing. Let’s get started!…

  • Graduation
    Personal

    It’s Been Four Years…

    It’s been four years since I walked across the Elon University graduation stage. Four years that honestly flew by faster than I ever could have anticipated. I wanted to do a little bit of a reflection post to share what I learned in this time and how the real world isn’t all that scary. Let’s get started! What I’ve learned since graduating is… one | the world is so much bigger than you think it is If you let it, the world will show you exactly where you need to be, and you will experience so much more than you ever imagined. When I graduated, I couldn’t image life outside…

  • Somethings Don't Work Out
    Advice,  Lifestyle

    Sometimes Things Don’t Work Out…

    As you may know, I tried to do a reading marathon this weekend. Much to my utter determination, it did not pan out as planned. And that’s okay. I really wanted to finish two books this weekend (I had four that I should have finished), but it was just not going to happen. Despite popular belief, compared to some people, I’m actually a slow reader, and I should have known from the start that I wasn’t going to be able to finish everything on my list. And that’s okay. You know what I did instead of finishing three books? I got cocktails with my friends. I spent time with my…

  • Catching My Eye 05.14.21
    Catching My Eye,  Lifestyle

    Catching My Eye | 05.14.21

    I have six — count them: SIX — library books due before the end of the month, and I am determined to read them ALL before they are due. Can I do it? Who knows? Am I going to try my darndest? Oh yes! If anyone has any tips for powering through reading (and enjoying it), my DMs on Instagram are open! This week was insane, just as last week was, but I think I’m getting the hang of this new client and new role I’m taking on it. It’s a challenge, but who doesn’t love a challenge? this week’s good things: I’m still dog-sitting so cuddles have been in abundance, I was…

  • Tips for Taking on the Real World after Graduation
    Advice,  Lifestyle

    Tips for Taking on the Real World After Graduating College

    So, you’re graduating college? Don’t worry. It’s going to be okay. Graduating from college can be one of the best, and scariest, experience of your life. There’s no sugar-coating it — entering the real world is scary. But it’s not impossible. I’ve survived four year — FOUR YEARS — in the “real world,” and while it doesn’t get any less scary, it does, in some ways, get a little bit easier. I know my experience is vastly different from those graduating now — in the midst of a pandemic — but I feel like I still have some advice I can impart. Let’s get started! one | focus on where…

  • Anticipated Summer Book Releases 2021
    Book Lists,  Books

    Most Anticipated Summer Book Releases | 2021

    It’s been a rainy few weeks in Nashville, but that doesn’t mean I’m not counting down the days to days in the park reading under the shade. Summer is the perfect time for a thriller, and these new releases will not disappoint. Let’s get started! one | Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid The Riva family is famous. Not only are a few of them pro-surfers and models, but they throw the wildest beach party every summer that anyone who is anyone always makes sure to attend. This year, things are different. This year, by 8 a.m., everything is up in flames. Reid tells the timeless story of what it…

  • Catching My Eye 05.07.21
    Catching My Eye,  Lifestyle

    Catching My Eye | 05.07.21

    Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but this week felt like it both took forever and went by way too fast. I’m getting my second dose of the vaccine this afternoon, and then, I’m ready to be cuddled on the couch all Saturday with side effects. I know I definitely need the break, so while I’m not looking forward to being “sick,” I am looking forward to some down time. this week’s good things: I’m celebrating the marriage of some great friends tonight, I got puppy snuggles all week, and I am working really hard to achieve my dreams. Let’s get started! one | book list It’s Asian American and…

  • May Goals
    Lifestyle

    May Goals & An April Update | 2021

    Happy May! April was a crazy month and May is looking to be no different, but I’m ready to crush these goals. I actually crossed a lot of big goals off my list last month, and I’m hoping to do the same in May. Let’s get started! April 2021 Goals one | take two Julie Solomon courses Done and done! I learned about growing my Instagram following as well as finding my niche. I loved learning from Julie, and I’m planning to finish the last two courses in May. two | read six books I read Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid, The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert, and Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo. I also…

  • April 2021 Reading Wrap Up
    Books,  Monthly Wrap Ups

    Books I Read in April | 2021

    Happy May! April wasn’t my best month for reading — between traveling and taking on some new responsibilities, some reading tip was chewed up by other activities, but I’m still proud of everything I read. From an antiracist book to an advanced reader copy of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s latest work, I read a lot of wide-ranging works this month. Let’s get started! one | Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi — Audiobook This abridged version of Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi edited and presented by Jason Reynolds is approachable, informative, and impactful. I’ve read many an antiracist book in the last…

  • Catching My Eye 04.30.21
    Catching My Eye,  Lifestyle

    Catching My Eye | 04.30.21

    Happy Friday! We made it through the week! This was actually a surprisingly good week? It was insanely busy, but I feel like that’s when I do my best work. I don’t do well with down time. Anyone else? Last week I went on a road trip with my boyfriend through Atlanta to a small town in Georgia for a friend’s wedding. The wedding was absolutely beautiful, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say my favorite part of the trip was watching Whale Sharks at the Georgia Aquarium. While I actually loved pressing “pause” on life (for the most part) during the pandemic, I’m relieved things are returning to…