New York in beginning of this month was a lot of everything. All of my anxieties came out to play as I boarded my flight. Arriving at the massive Javits Center overwhelmed me to the extent that I had to hide in the basement and gather my thoughts. But oh boy was it worth it. I’m SO ready to keep confronting my comfort zones, and I’m even more ready to go back to The Big Apple - hopefully next month. This is the craziest experience for me, but when I push the limits and break the barrier that my anxieties put up for me and emerge on the other side, I truly feel like myself again. So that’s the only way. Forward. #newyorkcity #business #perspective #anxiety #comfortzone #entrepreneur
I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about my core values recently; tapping into what’s actually important to me and trying to cut out everything I think I’m supposed to care about. It’s not an easy task (sadly), but I’m quite happy with where I’m at right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This exercise is all about getting better at living true to these values on a daily basis. It’s not about perfection, but it’s about improvement and being committed to improving. So why these 8 values? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ J U S T I C E - Never accept something that’s fundamentally wrong even though it might be easier. Always, always do the right thing. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ H O N E S T Y - This has dual meaning for me: never lie and always speak the truth. The lying part is not hard for me, but speaking my truth is where I want to improve. Never choose silence over saying what might be hard, but honest. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ P A T I E N C E - Always be patient and focus on long term happiness over short term gratification. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ K I N D N E S S - Just be kind to other people - even the ones that might not deserve it in the moment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ G R A T I T U D E - Be grateful for what you have and focus on that over complaining and dwelling on everything you don’t have (yet). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ N E V E R J U D G E - Thinking that you know what other people are going through is arrogant. Never judge, ask questions, be curious. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I N D E P E N D E N C E - To me, independence is the only true freedom. Don’t be dependent on anyone else for approval, money or happiness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A C C O U N T A B I L I T Y - Being accountable for every aspect of my own life means that I have the power to change what I don’t like. Always take full responsibility of what’s bothering me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thoughts?
When I woke up this morning, I didn’t feel well rested. Unable to fall asleep again, I instinctively reached for my phone and somehow ended up spending about an hour watching mindless, yet funny, videos on YouTube. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It soothed me in a way, and I was smiling. It felt good. I fell right into the instant gratification trap that feels great momentarily, but ends up costing you your long-term goals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I got up, showered, and walked to my office (the weather was gorgeous and I needed the fresh air) while listening to an inspiring podcast about self-awareness. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Today hasn’t been the most productive, but valuable content has been produced - content that will be able to live on the internet forever and (hopefully) bring value to someone, anyone, whether tomorrow or in 5 years. And that fuels me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Would I have laughed more if I’d taken a day off and spend my time on instant gratifications? 100% yes. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But I’m also very aware of the fact that the right to relaxing and hanging out is a privilege you earn. It is earned by a general satisfaction of your situation, and that’s just not where I’m at right now. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ There are too many things in my life that I want to change, too many goals I wish to achieve. And I know that in a 6, 12, 24 months it is the days like today that will have brought me closer to those goals. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So even though the office is empty, and I must admit that the loneliness gets to me from time to time, remembering this keeps my soul on fire. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And that feels pretty fucking great.
I’ve been seeing a lot of people posting these, and thought it would be fun to look back 10 years. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I honestly can’t believe the picture on the left is 10 years old. I was 17, in Florida, holding a baby alligator. On my first vacation as an “adult”. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It was back when I still dyed my hair dark brown, was in the awkward process of growing out my bangs, and (apparently) before I had eyebrows. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I was also confused beyond words, in and out of being depressed, struggling with finding my calling in life. I had recently moved out and was working 2 jobs while in high school to pay for my life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A lot has changed since. The past 10 years have been a crazy roller coaster of emotions, struggles, happiness, reflection and adventure. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 10 years ago I would’ve never imagined that my life would look like this a decade later. But I’m so eternally appreciative of everything that has happened. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’m proud to have been independent for 10 years. Proud to have travelled to 20+ countries. Proud to have moved to The U.S. like I always dreamed of doing. Proud to have taken chances and followed my heart, even though it has always caused me immense fear and anxiety (it’s always proven to be worth it in the end, though). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Most of the time I don’t feel like a grownup, and even as I approach 28 I’m mindful of always being open to taking chances and following my heart - even though it might scare me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Holy shit, life is equal parts amazing and crazy - and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Excited beyond words to see what the next 10 years have in store for me! 😍 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #2009vs2019 #throwback #lifeisbeautiful
There are a LOT of reasons that I love living in The U.S. - but the people here might be my main one. Like this guy who just crashed my photo shoot in DTLA and were the sole reason for this awesome little photo series! LA, I ❤️ you!
Here’s a sneak peek of a video I just posted to my YouTube channel (there’s a link in my bio). I’ve wanted to revive it for a while, but I didn’t know what to post on there. I never really connected with my old content, so now I’ve decided to talk about everything that I’m passionate about! In this video, I talk about my deepest fear: regret. This is the main reason why I always try to live a free life and not let my decisions be made by anyone but myself. I also share two exercises that have helped me overcome my doubts. Hopefully this will be meaningful to you! (The audio is not great - my microphone didn’t record, but I know that sharing what you have is better than not sharing because it’s not perfect!) 😎
Watching this little baby of mine (@piecesonpaper) grow is equally exciting and nerve wracking. Trying to fall in love with the sales process, conquer my fears and believe in shooting for the stars. ✨ . . . #entrepreneur #prints #growth #focus #dreams #goals #believe
“Isn’t it fascinating how we like all the same things?” My dad said while we were sitting on a bench, enjoying this view. I love making memories with him when he visits - still crossing my fingers that he’ll move here someday soon! ❤️#mydad #losangeles #hiking
Making moves towards getting a real office instead of working from home. Thanks for the tour today @wework - the view from the 35th floor of your Gas Tower location in #DTLA is quite spectacular and something I could get used to... 🏙 . . . . . #office #wework #gastower #gascompanytower #downtownlosangeles #business #selfmade #entrepreneur #moneymoves #femaleentrepreneur #piecesonpaper #proud #inspired #motivated #letsgo