Currently I’m sitting on the most comfortable couch you’ve ever sat on, listening to the rain beat down on my window, twinkling Christmas lights light up the space, sipping on a Mojito, and all I can think is this is exactly where I need to be and everything I’ve worked hard for has lead me to this moment. And I couldn’t be happier. I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I just wanted to take a moment to appreciate all this.
Hi. It’s been awhile since I’ve made a blog post. You know how things go; you get so busy, you don’t have time for things, but this is also the new way of the world, and you have to have an online presence to make it anywhere these days. So here’s me trying.
I used to be really into social media and putting my whole life story on the internet, back in 2012 when more people were on Tumblr and Instagram was just a baby. But people (mainly an older generation) starting bad mouthing others who posted a lot online, calling them vain. It disheartened me from wanting to put myself out there, so I kind of have been laying low. But I’m learning to open up more and put myself out there, and the internet is a good way to do that for an introvert like me. I’m trying to learn not to care so much what strangers think and just do what I want to do. Because I want to met new people and there’s a lot of people who inspire me online, so let’s be friends and be nice to each other, okay? Cool. Anyway, here’s an update on my life this past year:
A year ago I started working full-time as a graphic designer for H2O+ Beauty. The left picture is my office building and the right side is the view from up top. Yup, I’m so lucky to be working at a place like this. As you would expect, there’s not many men in the beauty industry, so my daily life revolves around constantly being around strong, smart, caring, and thoughtful women. I didn’t realize how much I wanted a work environment like this (not to mention all the adorable puppies we have in the office). Everyone of the creative team is female, and we’re all so understanding and supportive of each other. Plus they love my work and contributions that I bring to the table. It made me realize how important it is to build such a strong community at work because you spend so much of your time with each other.
So now I’ve been living in San Francisco for around two years, and I’m so glad I made the leap to move up here. I’m loving every bit of the city life; from all the local mom n’ pop Pho shops, to super cute curated book stores, to pole dancing classes, to getting anything I want delivered to my doorstep—whether that’s my laundry or weed—to being a block away from everything I need, to just sitting down with a bottle of wine a Golden Gate Park. There’s ALWAYS something happening in the city, and it’s so great to be so close to it all. I don’t take advantage of all that the city has to offer, but I’m working on putting myself out there more, and it’s so nice just knowing that all of this is available at my fingertips. There are stressful things about the city life; like muni buses that are sardine packed full of people, absolutely no parking anytime after 5pm, and random strangers cat calling at least once a week on the street. And don’t even bother asking me how much I’m paying for rent, cause it’s what you expect plus more. So I don’t know if I’ll be living here forever, but right now this city is exactly what I need.
When I’m not at work, my life has been decorating my beautiful apartment and lounging on my velvet blue couch and watching HGTV (getting even more ideas for my place.) I’m really loving how my place is turning out, and I hope to post an apartment tour soon. I’ve also been working on some other side projects like illustrations so I’ll try to add more of those to my site as well. I’m currently updating my portfolio with all the new design work I’ve done this past year, so check back on my design page to see all the cool stuff I’ve been up to. Since I’m trying to be more transparent online, so I hope to be doing more blog posts more recently than once a year. But who knows.