Recap of 2016 #inbusinessandlife

Hi! Long time no blog. It’s been so long that it’s actually now 2017. You last heard from me here back in November 2016. Yikes. Hopefully less of those gaps will happen this year. I do post on Instagram pretty regularly though, and I did mention on instagram that my word for 2017 is CREATE. There’s a lot I’ve been wanting to do that I hope to finally do (and share) this year with you.

In the meantime I wanted to share the highlights of my 2016 here to kick off the year. I’m just a normal girl trying to build a life that I’m happy with/proud of. I haven’t done anything crazy or mind-blowing but I do feel like I changed my life which was also many years in the making. Although I moved here in July 2015, it was only until 2016 rolled around that the ground stopped shaking from transition and I could rebuild the foundation of what would be my new self/ life here in LA.

Here are my personal highlights of 2016:

1) I simplified my life. Moving meant I had to condense and get rid of a lot of my belongings. Living in a new place meant that my network/friend base started from scratch. I could say no to a lot of things (like happy hours and places where drinking was involved). I came to a point where it was less stuff and more quality.  I’m still getting used to the space I have and being ok with the fact that it’s not filled with something.

2) I met someone and shared my life with someone who changed my life. It was a guy I loved deeper than I had ever before. It was my healthiest relationship. It was long distance which was new to me. It was someone who healed a lot of the hurt and disappointments I had from my past relationships.

3) I also had to let go of that person after we broke up on good terms. You can read more about that here: Broken up but not broken. Letting go of someone who meant so much to you- your best friend, confidante, lover, adventure buddy- is not easy but I did it and I’m excited for what’s next.


4) I became braver. There’s a funny thing that happens when you do things you thought you couldn’t. You get more courage. I did so much of that by being in a new city. Whether it was finding a job, meeting new people, exploring new places, finding a place to live, writing more, all the things that required me to put myself out there made me gain confidence and build the courage to be more of myself and do more of what I like/care about. Thoughts on why I know I will be successful here even though I am a nobody now.

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what my blog looked like before

5) My blog got a makeover. It happened in a really random way actually. I met my web designer in a LA housing Facebook group and though apartment hunting didn’t work out, we stayed in touch and he ended up helping me with this site. He’s one of the nicest guys I know and I couldn’t be more grateful for someone like him to have helped me with my blog. Thank you!!

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6) I had the opportunity to interview and write pieces on Jenn Im and Eric Nam for Kore Asian media’s 2016 annual issue. Meeting young, talented and down to earth people like them gave me hope and also reminded me of my love for sharing people’s stories.

7) I started a YouTube channel which I plan to make more use of this year. Editing video is not a skill-set that comes naturally to me so I hope to work on that and create some content that cannot be put into just words.

8) Got better at letting go of things I can’t control, and letting go of things in general. This goes to show how much better I’ve become at being myself and knowing what is/isn’t good for me. I’m such a perfectionist and harsh critic, but I’ve gotten better and focusing on what I myself can change and leaving everything else to come into place.

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Whatever your accomplishments, big or small, I hope you’re happy with where you are now, and if not we have yet another year (and every day of the year) to do and be better/more.
Here’s to 2017. To new beginnings. To doors closing and others opening. To “AGAIN”.  To the pursuit of something better.

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Wow thanks for writing and being vulnerable and sharing.
You met a guy… but then it didn’t work out. But I love how positive you are and have learned from the experience.