As 2020 is coming to an end, I wanted to post one final life update before the new year! Despite everything going on in the world, it has actually been an oddly blessed filled year for me – in more ways than one!
In September I bought my first house at age 26! I’ll do an empty house tour of it in the future! In October I made over 13k in a month (not too shabby for a free art degree!). Being able to give back to my parents is one of the most rewarding privilege that I am so thankful to be in a position to do so. And finally, I am engaged! God literally put love at my door step when I first moved here to the city. My future fiancé just so happened to be my next door neighbor and we’ve been together ever since! Even after three years of dating, I knew we were going to make it down the aisle only after a month or so. In our case, the saying rings true – when you know, you know!
Every time I reflect back, I am always amazed by how much my life has changed! I grew up in a small town in Ohio where both of my parents worked in a local metal factory. I didn’t have a lot growing up, so the life I’m living now is something my younger self would have only dreamt of. Moving forward I have A LOT of big plans for the spring of 2021. I will finally have more time to work towards some of my personal life goals and I can’t wait to share with you all then! ~b
I just wanted to jump on here and share a quick life update and show ya a glimpse of my new workspace. 🙂 My company moved into a huge building in a corporate park area this past May. It’s walking distance to a bunch of restaurants, grocery stores, the YMCA & a movie theater. The building itself is very standardized corporate America, nothing out of the ordinary by any means – but I am in love with my new office! It’s so spacious and has a ton lot of natural light. There’s also an attached balcony if I ever want to step out for some fresh air! I can even control the temperature in my own room now, which is so great since I am always cold!!
I haven’t gotten around to decorating it yet, but it’s on my list of projects to work on. I just have so much space now that I am not even sure what to do with it all. I have thought about getting a hammock at one point though, lol. I figure it would make my office the most fun to hang out in. I love creating a room that feels homey and inviting, it helps with my workflow! Anywho, I know I’m really lucky and blessed to have a good stable job. I don’t think I express it nearly enough, but I do feel very much appreciated here. I’m not sure how long I will stay or where life will take me down the road, but I am thankful for where I am at. ~b
There’s a running joke at work that every time I try to go on vacay, something disastrous takes place. True real-life examples;
Last year in May, my brother and I bought tickets to take my parents to Paris for the first time using WOW airline. It went out of business one month before our flight. However, we did manage to get a refund and luckily found affordable flight deals through Chicago’s airport.
In October, I was planning a trip to Japan but ultimately didn’t get to go. The weekend I was flying, Toyoko was hit by Typhoon Hagibis.
This March I was all set for a 2 week trip to Patagonia, South America. But, of course, that’s when Coronavirus was starting to rapidly spread and everyone’s life was put on pause.
Did I mention that this all took place within a year? What are the chances, right!?! Lol, so I have a lot of PTO at the moment but realistically I won’t be going anywhere soon amid this outbreak. In addition, I’m needed at work because of the cutting of staff. As some of you guys know, I work in the event industry which has been largely impacted by COVID-19. It was utterly devastating to watch people’s life get turn upside down with the massive layoffs. & To be honest, I felt guilty about the whole situation. Here I am, feeling quite burnt out from not getting to go on a vacation. But my position at work was secure while others that worked for decades were losing their jobs. On top of that, I have multiple streams of income and enough in my savings to buy myself a property. I didn’t have to worry about taking care of a family during a crisis. I had SO much to be grateful for, but it was hard not to see the negatives happening all around me.
A lot of people won’t come out of this okay. That’s just the reality. There needs to be more support to aid the public during these difficult times. It’s hard to comprehend how advanced the U.S. is but how far behind we are in taking care of our people. So many were already struggling to cover their basic necessities – food, shelter, and medical care even before the pandemic. That’s why I think all Americans should have the right to universal health care and rent shouldn’t cost you an arm. I’m hoping change will come as a result of these issues being brought more into light. But who knows what these next few months will bring. It’s truly unprecedented times we are in, and the fact that this is a global issue makes it all the scarier. I guess it just puts into perspective how minuscule our own problems are when you look at the bigger picture of life. Before this, I was disappointed of all my canceled plans. Now I can’t wait until this is all over so I can just fly home to see my parents. Sadly, it takes being in quarantine for many of us to simply slow down. Many of us are wired to be constantly working and on the go that we often forget to take the time to reflect and enjoy. At least that’s one of the positives that came out of this month. When the time comes to be with loved ones again, we will appreciate everything even more. #WeAreAllInThisTogether . ~b
Life lately! Where to start, where to start…. I feel like so much has happened in the past few months that it’s hard to summarize it all. In short, life throws a lot of curveballs at you — so you mind as well not plan at all. Lol. The biggest dilemma that I am currently facing is my living situation for next year. Last month, I was considering (for like 2 seconds) of putting a down payment towards an uptown condo. I know, crazy right? It was a future investment property kind-of-thing. Anyways, that plan is no longer realistic because I might be moving out of the city into the suburbs for good. Which I was actually kind of okay with it at first, but now it’s like a big question mark looming over my head.
The company I am currently with is moving to a new corporate building. It’s literally ginormous and like a maze. We will be transferring everyone by the beginning of 2020. My current options are to either stay and have a long commute, move, or look for another job. But I am leaning towards the first two alternatives. I have a pretty good gig and I know a lot of modern millennial gals would love my position. ( I work in the special event industry – think parties, festivals, weddings.)
Anyways, living in the city is a huge privilege and a lifestyle that I definitely took for granted. But I am fortunate to have at least experienced it in my early 20s. The city surrounds me with skyscrapers, opportunities, and love which keeps my heart wanting to stay there… I haven’t completely decided what my next move is but I will know by the end of next month!
Also happening next month is my fall trip! I will be flying out to Japan in mid-October! I bought these cheap tickets in July and it was a spur-of-the-moment purchase. I love traveling internationally so I am looking forward to this adventure! Hopefully, when I get back I will have some cool pics to share!
In this post, I also included a picture of the art painting that I just recently purchased for my office. I love the piece because it’s like an explosion of happy colors on canvas that instantly brightens up the room! In addition, a white mini couch was also added to my workspace. I might be 25 years old but I still very much dislike the taste of coffee, so a power nap at noon on my sofa will do. #IWillSurviveAdulthood – one nap at a time. lol. I’ll be sure to do an updated office tour before my company moves out!
Lastly, I just wanted to mention that I just traded in my iPhone 7 for the iPhone 11! I think I’ve been living in the dark ages so I’m sooo ready for this upgrade. I always wanted to do a “what’s on my iPhone video,” and maybe I will this time around! Anyways, that’s all for this very long life update. 🙂 ~b
Hi all! I recently got back from a trip out West. I was there for a few days to visit Death Valley National Park + Valley of Fire State Park. I always find it refreshing to travel and experience different sceneries every now and then. I did a couple of mini photo shoots while I was there and can’t wait to share them here! But in the meantime, I have a few throwback outfit photos from Vietnam that I will be posting to my blog.
Also in May, I will be flying out to Paris. My brother and I gifted my parents with a vacation to France this year. We’ve both been out of the country multiple times but my parents have never been to Europe. I am excited to whisk them away to a place that I love. It’s going to be a lot of fun and one memorable family adventure! In addition to France, I will also be in Belgium and the Netherlands.
Last October, I spoiled myself with a Prada Saffiano Double Cuir bag so the next video I will probably be making is an updated, “What’s in My Bag.” You guys really seemed to enjoy my last one and I like the creative challenge of creating a stop motion. In the future, I would like to expand to more lifestyle video content. However, I think my youtube channel will always have a strong emphasis on home decor and tours because interior design is something I truly enjoy.
In 2019, I plan to relaunch my Instagram and post more frequently on that social media platform. It’s been something I’ve been really wanting to do. There’s actually a lot of projects that I would love to work on for my blog/video etc. but honestly – as of right now, I just create content whenever I have the time or want to.
Lately, I have been really into decluttering. Over the years, I have accumulated so much stuff that does not add value to my life. I have owned things for the sake of having things. There were items that were practically brand new and never used. I have come to realize how wasteful and unnecessary all of this was. I am not a minimalist by any mean nor do I aim to be, but I am in the process of slowly letting go and organizing. I want to redirect my path to living a more intentional life filled with patience, balance, and gratitude. ~b
Hello there & happy Friday! I just wanted to make a short post and write a quick blurb of updates.
In the next few months, I will be collaborating with West Elm on a redesign project of my boyfriend’s apartment. We are transforming the studio into a sophisticated space for the two of us. It’s going to be a lot of fun and I can’t wait to decorate it! In addition, I am going to be a part of their upcoming fall advertising campaign. It’s a tremendous honor and I am so grateful for this opportunity! I have been a huge fan of West Elm for years now. I absolutely love their contemporary aesthetics and passion for helping customers express their unique style.
The second big news is that I will be going to Maui and Honolulu for roughly two weeks this month. What a dream to go on a tropical vacation! This is my very first time visiting Hawaii and I’m on cloud 9! It’s going to be quite an adventure and I’ll be sure to take a ton of Instagram-worthy pictures. Hopefully, when I return home, I will have some good content to share with you all. ~b
Hi guys! I’m excited to share my travel plans for the next two months! I feel extremely privileged to be able to travel as much I have in my early 20’s. I know there are so many people that rarely ever have the opportunity to go on a vacation. So with that being said, I feel immensely blessed.
Sooo where exactly am I going? Well, spring is great time to travel because it’s not the height of tourism season, making flight tickets more affordable. In March, I will be flying out to Salt Lake City, Utah and in April, I will be adventuring to Maui, Hawaii!! Fun fact: my flight ticket to Maui was $425 round-trip + Salt Lake City was $263 round-trip. This is an amazing deal considering I live on the East Coast. Both getaways are going to be about a week long so I have been planning and watching travel guides like crazy! I am most excited for Booneville Salt Flats + Haleakala Sunrise.
Other possible travel plans in the future include Texas in the summer, Alaska in the fall, and maybe an international trip! Key word:maybe...I’m kind of pushing it, but a girl can dream! I absolutely love traveling so I can’t wait! 🙂 ~b