Currently / September 2018

Formerly a weekly themed post I adapted from That’s Chic, this is a list of my favorite things for the month.

Music Monday

I’m a big rom-com fan and I’m actually surprised I have not seen Serendipity in its entirety until this month. I only remember seeing the elevator scene once on HBO. I thought Nick Drake’s “Northern Sky” playing at the very end was just perfect. It definitely made me feel all warm and fuzzy way after the credits finished. It got me thinking about those songs that perfectly punctuate a movie scene. I put together a playlist of those songs. What would you put on the list?

 

Tasty Tuesday

La Chinesca Tacos

Finally got to try La Chinesca at The Grid in Powerplant. Had the Campechano (hanging tender, chorizo, Swiss cheese, potato, onion) and Chicharron (crispy pork, chicharron, salsa fresca, onion). Both come with cilantro, but I’m not a fan so I had them remove it. Shared an order of Guacamole (Mexican avocado, onion, lime, chile, cilantro, togarashi, tostadas) with Mimi, too. Woke up the next morning still thinking of the Chicharron taco. Loved the soft tortilla it was served on. Reminds me of Tortillos!

Wishful Wednesday

It has officially been 9 months since I’ve gone freelance full-time and I feel it. It may seem like freelancers have it easy since they don’t have to come in and report to an office on a daily basis, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Since you need to take on different jobs depending on how much you want to earn in a month, there are days when the deadlines don’t seem to end. I’m still adjusting and learning how to manage my time wisely (aka spend less time binging shows on Netflix, haha). But on days when I do get to slow down, I try to draw, paint, or write on my journal. Here’s hoping for more days like that.

Thoughtful Thursday

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A few years ago, I was suffering from a particularly acute case of imposter syndrome and told a podcast interviewer that I didn’t have any work experience. ⁣ ⁣ Guess what happened? The headline to that interviewer’s story was “Work Advice From A Creative Director with Zero Work Experience” and now in almost every interview, people ask me about my lack of experience (despite the fact that I have been working in arts & media for 20 years). It’s haunted me. ⁣ ⁣ That incident taught me so much. First, that there’s a difference between being humble and being self-deprecating. Second, that while it’s ok to be vulnerable and speak honestly about self doubt, it’s damaging to let these nagging thoughts turn into “facts” that fog the truth. Last, that in a world that often tears us down, our job is to build ourselves up. ⁣ ⁣ The words you speak about yourself become the reality you live in… choose them wisely. Give yourself credit. Acknowledge what you have achieved. Speak about yourself as an admiring friend would. Erect your dream house. 🏡 ⁣ 🎨 @subliming.jpg #hafiz #livewithheart

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Everything in Piera Gelardi’s caption resonates with me. Sharing it here in case any of you need these words.

Fashion Friday

Macy Alcaraz shampoo bar

So I started using a shampoo bar. I’m honestly not sold on it yet, but there has been a huge improvement from Day 1. When I first used it, the bar wouldn’t lather up and I just kept rubbing it on my hair. I don’t think I rinsed it out enough, so I ended up with really waxy roots. Now on Day 6, my hair doesn’t feel greasy anymore and my locks feel soft to the touch. I also love how my waves are defined but not frizzy. I really hope my hair fully adjusts to it, so I can say goodbye to commercial shampoo (and to the plastic bottles they come in).

It’s the first day of the final quarter of 2018. How did that happen so fast?

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