I got featured on Stylust Magazine yesterday as a part of their Maker Series, which was super cool to see. It makes me feel very official (that someone wants to profile me and ask me for a discount code for their readers). The always amazing photos by Dan Chern Photography were also very helpful in making me feel super official, because he made my workspace look so AWESOME.
I think that is the secret behind my life now: when I hear people think that I am cool or "going places," I realize how deceiving social media is bc I am definitely not that cool and "going places" takes lots and lots of work, most of which is not Instagrammable.
Stylust asked me a couple of questions about my work and also random life things like what can't you leave the house without (I was deciding between sunglasses and a Tide-to-go pen (bc I spill everything on myself, always) but I thought the blog was a little too classy to show my true, messy colors). One question they asked me, "What advice can you offer aspiring creators?" was a little awkward for me to try and answer, so I asked myself what advice I love hearing from others and crafted my answer:
I think that is the secret behind my life now... I realize how deceiving social media is
I’d share what I have to remind myself with every day: TAKE A BREAK. When you’re passionate about a big project, it’s so easy to obsess and write a to-do list that never ends. During weeks where I feel like I can never get through what I have to do, I feel slightly panicky “wasting” time reading a book on the train or eating a long dinner with a friend— but then I have to remind myself that breaks are recharging time! Don’t spend all your time working or thinking about what you have to get done; you’ll go crazy and you’ll forget to pause and enjoy life a little."
I wrote this response to them about a month ago, so I kind of forgot what questions I had answered when they posted the feature. It was a little ironic that these words of mine were posted yesterday, because I had a mini freak-out about life, emailed my manager that I needed to skip work to take a self-care day, and lied in bed for 3 hours listening to Harry Potter on audiobooks till I fell asleep.
This summer has been crazy for me. I started Bloc's 12 week intensive UI/UX bootcamp in June, and worked out a deal with my manager to cut back some hours during that time, but still work. So between Bloc, my day job, and Pickles, some weeks it just got very, very overwhelming. It hasn't been a bad summer by any means: I got floor seats to see Taylor Swift, visited a swimming hole along Yuba River, went to Disneyland with my family.... but upon reflection of the past 3 months, I probably should have done a little less.
I love, love, love everything I am currently involved with, especially with Pickles— but it is definitely a journey to figure out how to balance it all :)
It was a little ironic these words of mine were posted yesterday