I'm writing this post in an all-inclusive $800 per night luxury hotel room. Except I'm not paying for it. It's for work. 😅 I see a view of the yellow autumn leaves of Palo Alto from my floor to ceiling window. 🍁 Fred & I are eating breakfast in bed. I'm sitting on a king size bed with lush white pillows & blankets. I'm working on a post right now. I Air Drop a couple photos from Fred's phone to my computer. I respond to some emails. I take a swig of my latte that room service brought up. ☕️ This is what I had in mind when I thought of being a blogger, digital influencer, digital nomad, blogging + social media coach, whatever you want to call me. However, this is not my every day. After nearly 5 months of entrepreneurship, I'm usually at home in athleisure wear, messy hair, no make up on. I'm normally hunched over my laptop with a sexy view of my apartment parking lot. I adore being spoiled & traveling & enjoying afternoon hors d'oeuvres, but it's not my every day. I think it's important to say that. As a digital-focused society, we tend to see bits & bobs of someone's life, not knowing what happens the rest of the time. We don't often witness someone's four-day old greasy hair or their brand new batch of pimples or their stress of negotiating with brands. The cozy white slippers & the tasty pistachio strawberry waffle are super awesome & utterly appreciated. Just yesterday I woke up on a lumpy air mattress. I woke up 23 times, my back aching. What you don't see is the SIX YEARS it took to get here. 😅 Just yesterday there was no TV in the mirror. Just a long drive. Just life. Just work. Just living. Just me & the world. No pillow mints. No robes. No hors d'oeuvres. No complimentary cocktails. No infinity pool on the roof deck. Just me. Being a blogger is AMAZING but this isn’t my every day. So, that said, I’m going to go enjoy this while I can. 😘👩🏻💻
Autumn in Portland is a beautiful sight. You'll see bold & bright trees of orange, yellow, & red. You'll spot a blanket of rainbow colored leaves on the ground, perfect for taking a selfie or Instagram shot. You'll find yourself walking in mist of rain, struggling to stay dry. On average, it rains 150 days each year in Portland, Oregon. Make sure you're prepared for your fall trip, link in bio with all the details! 🍁✨ Hope you’re having a great day! It’s raining! ☔️
This photo was taken 3 days after I quit my corporate job in June. I felt excited & hopeful but also petrified. Sometimes I feel like I’m losing my marbles, no clue what I’m doing as an entrepreneur. I feel overwhelmed with the unknown, the obstacles in my way, & I’m not sure if any progress is being made. But then I get little signs from the universe. Like an Instagram message from TAZO tea saying they want to send me something via snail mail. 🍵 Or the French Ministry of Agriculture wanting to do a sponsored campaign to promote French wines & cheeses. Yes, they’ll ship everything to my door. 🧀 🍷 Like... ok. Thank you. I needed this today. Remember that the scary moments, stuck moments, frustrated moments, moments of doubt, are often the window to the beautiful moments, the powerful moments, the moments that matter. ✨ Hope you have a productive, remarkable, happy day. your friend, Carmen 👩🏻💻
Paris is the type of place where you can close your eyes, spin around, walk five steps, find a cute spot, order something, & wind up with delicious food. Well, that's the case for me anyway. Whether you buy your food from a local grocery store, a bustling restaurant, or a small farmer's market, you're bound to find some tasty morsels in Paris, France. I’ve been to Paris four times & the food ALWAYS amazes me. ✨ Tag a friend you’d eat all these pastries with!