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20 Random Facts About Me

Hello world! I’ve been trying to branch out from just makeup tutorials into other subjects. So to start off easy, I thought I would tackle twenty facts about myself in a video.

 

Here are my facts:

  1. I am a Scorpio.
  2. I am Korean American, born and raised in Los Angeles.
  3. I am a huge fan of Beyoncé and Christina Aguilera.
  4. I want to get a dog, but because I have killed off all my goldfish in the past, I don’t trust myself to be a good pet owner.
  5. I come from a Ballet dance background. I’ve been dancing Ballet since I was eight years old.
  6. I love food. Especially nigiri sushi. I could eat uni all day, every day.
  7. I love my rice. I can have it three times a day, all day, every day.
  8. I am not a fan of olives and celery.
  9. After taking public transportation for many years, I am thankful every day for my car. My car has a name: Baby Mazda.
  10. I can’t start my day productively unless I have my cup of coffee.
  11. I’m also very grumpy and disagreeable when I don’t have my cup of coffee.
  12. I think I might get my first tattoo this year. We’ll see.
  13. I am engaged to my man whom I’ve been dating for the past eight and a half years.
  14. My favorite feeling in the world is getting into bed after a long day.
  15. I prefer baths over showers. Any day.
  16. I’m not much of an outdoor-sy camping, hiking gal. You can find me in any café, plugging away on my computer.
  17. I am a lover of Nintendo games. Zelda and Fire Emblem all the way!!!
  18. I am all or nothing. I can either be extremely productive and a crazy workaholic; or I can be the biggest couch potato in the entire world.
  19. Sometimes I get into my work so hard that I forget to take care of myself: like drinking water, using the restroom when nature calls, eating meals, etc. And then I crash and burn. But I’m trying to get better at it.
  20. I love me some UFC mma fighting. Respect to all the professional fighters out there with your hardcore training and then going into the cage to shred up the octagon.

What are your quirky facts when it comes to you? Tell me some of yours!!

cheers,
alice

April Monthly Favorites 2018

 

Hallo! Here are my favorites that I enjoyed in the month of April 2018.

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ITEMS MENTIONED:

Bareminerals BarePRO Liquid Foundation

Smashbox High Definition Concealer

Aritaum Shine Fix Eyes No. 35 Jazz Lounge

Em Cosmetics Lip Cloud in “Rose Nude”

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in “Coffee Cake”

Dr. Jart Dermaclear Microwater

“What I Know For Sure” by Oprah Winfrey (Audible version)

Trader Joe’s Natural Mountain Spring Water

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cheers,
Alice

Imperfection is LIFE.

“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
-Neil Gaiman

In 2018, let us all grow,

by trying new things.

Might look silly.

Might look stupid.

But what I know for sure,

is that you and I will feel exhilarated by life,

because we gave it a shot

instead of just going to work, coming back home,

and doing the same crap routine over and over again.

It’s time to explore what’s beyond the small bubble you live in,

to invest in yourself,

and see if you can be part of something that’s beyond just YOU.

Good luck.

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2018 New Year Resolutions

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! May the next year bring only more success, light, love, happiness, $$$, and peace into your lives.

We’re officially in 2018. It’s a fresh new start, and I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling lots of hope. 2017 was a great year for me but I’m hoping for 2018 will bring out the best version of ME by further fortifying my strengths and bolstering my weaknesses.

Here are my 2018 new year resolutions. Mind you, it’s a long list. I’ve divided them into different categories:

A   S T R O N G E R   H E A R T   &   M I N D 

  • Less Focus On Others, More Focus On Me – It might be due to me growing up in an Asian family where the sense of familial duty (i.e. not bringing shame to your family, constantly being ambitious, looking good if not better than your neighbors, etc.) runs very strong. And it could also be that I’m human, just like everyone else.
    I find it difficult to not care what other people think about me. I won’t deny that I’m getting better at it, but I do notice I avoid events, situations, and/or decisions that might make me look ‘silly’ or ‘stupid’. It’s made me miss many amazing opportunities in my life.
    This year, I’m hoping to check in by asking myself, “If other people and failures weren’t a factor, would you still want to go ahead with [insert whatever it is I want to pursue]?” If the answer is YES, then I know I need to stop living in my head and create ACTION.
  • Less Thinking. More ACTION – Ties in with the previous point mentioned above. It’s so easy to remain in inertia, constantly planning but never executing. To succeed, you need momentum; to create momentum, you have to force yourself to move. I’m hoping to create more proactive movement in 2018.
  • Less DoomsDay thinking. More HOPE – I admit it: I’m afraid of failure. Though we can learn the most from our failures, let’s face it – it fucking sucks. When it comes to taking a risk in personal relationships or business ventures, I always find myself obsessing over the consequences more than the rewards I could obtain. This year, I’m hoping to focus more on what I can gain.

A   F L O U R I S H I N G   B U S I N E S S 

  • 1% More Every Day – Some people I know have AMAZING work habits. They’re like marathon runners: they can work for hours and days at a time to reach their goals. They’re consistent with set morning/night routines and can perform daily tasks like a well oiled machine.
    I have decent work habits, but I’m definitely not a marathon runner. And while I would love to have the strong discipline like my marathon workaholic friends, I know the truth: I’m more a sprinter. I can get all the work done I need within a three hour span with intense concentration and gusto but after that, I need a break. Sometimes though, I can get so wrapped up in my work that I forget to take a break. Subsequently, I crash and burn for a couple of days. Kind of like a work binge. It’s not very pleasant.
    I’m hoping this year I can adopt a less binge-y work style. Instead of panicking and thinking all of this work has to be done NOW like a hare, I’ll be reaching for 1% more everyday like the tortoise. Slow and steady wins the ultimate life race, right?
  • Youtube – Gaining 500 subscribers on Youtube by December 2018.
  • Creating Content – Creating new content on all social media platforms (WP, FB, Insta, Youtube) every week.

H E A L T H Y   F I N A N C E S 

  • Living Within My Means – Pretty self explanatory. Spending LESS than what I make. Not getting caught up by all the glitz and glamour because at the end of day, it’s just things.

N O U R I S H I N G   H E A L T H

  • A Better Diet – Especially when I’m fatigued and stressed from work, I eat very poorly. It’s so easy to eat the sodium-filled instant ramens and sweet chocolates to fuel my energy than to actually cook a decent meal. For 2018, I’ll be adopting a healthier diet by meal prepping during the weekends.
  • Eating Out Less – Eating out can be really expensive, but it can also be very unhealthy. After I finish a meal at a restaurant, my mouth immediately feels parched and dry – they’ve used MSG in their foods. One definite pro of cooking for yourself is that you know what you’re putting into your body.

 

Okay guys, that’s pretty much it for my 2018 New Year Resolutions. What are your resolutions for this year? Any new changes you want to make? Please share them in the comments down below.

Cheers,
Alice

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Key to happiness? Gratitude.

Hey guys! For those of you who celebrate Turkey Day – HAPPY BELATED THANKSGIVING! Let’s all take this as a reminder to be thankful 365 days out of the year, not just a couple days. 😉

My life is definitely not perfect, but compared to a couple of years ago, I’m doing a lot better. Back then, I wasn’t straying from the path getting distracted hardcore partying, drinking, etc.; instead, I was on the opposite end of the life spectrum. I was trying way too hard to be perfect with EVERYTHING.

So here I was on this self-destructive journey where I would try to work really hard in short bursts of motivation and energy. Little did I know that life isn’t a race, it’s truly a marathon. After a couple of months I would burn out, crash, and have to reset. It became a repeating pattern. I felt like I couldn’t even stop to smell the roses, look up at the sky, or take a deep breath in; it always felt like I was running against the clock.

I am now trying to break that bad habit by keeping a journal. It has pushed me to slow down in life and give me time to reflect on all the things I do have…instead of always focusing on what I don’t have.

Just three things that I’m grateful for. On bad days, I’m merely grateful that I have the knowledge that ‘this too shall pass’. On good days, I’m grateful for everything – that I’m alive, that I got to see the sun, drive around in my beautiful car, etc.

In addition, because I can have a defeatist attitude at times, I write down three things I accomplished that day. It can be the simplest of tasks, such as: I woke up early today! I washed the dishes. I went grocery shopping instead of eating out. Or it can be big things: I finally turned in that document I’ve been working on for weeks. I paid off all my debt. I forgave someone who really hurt me in my life.

Sometimes there’s no better cheerleader than yourself. It’s so healthy for our souls when we step back and are grateful; it’s also very healthy to give yourself a mental pat on the back.

Do you keep a gratitude journal? How do you battle your own blues in your life? 😉

Cheers,
Alice

Get to Know Me

So I usually do more formal makeup tutorials with the voiceover, background music, and (lots of) editing. To break myself out of the usual routine, I thought I would tackle the Get to Know Me tag and its thirty questions.

It’s a little bit more raw. Please try to forgive the awkward vibe; first time talking on camera felt weird.

If anyone’s interested in also trying it out, here are the questions!

Get To Know Me Tag
Found on Root Report (link): https://www.rootreport.com/get-to-know-me-tag-questions/

  1. Are you named after anyone?
  2. When was the last time you cried?
  3. Do you have kids?
  4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself?
  5. Do you use sarcasm a lot?
  6. What’s the first thing you notice about people?
  7. What is your eye color?
  8. Scary movie or happy endings?
  9. Favorite smells?
  10. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home?
  11. Do you have any special talents?
  12. Where were you born?
  13. What are your hobbies?
  14. Do you have any pets?
  15. Do you have any siblings?
  16. What do you want to be when you grow up?
  17. Who was your first best friend?
  18. How tall are you?
  19. Funniest moment throughout School?
  20. How many countries have you visited?
  21. What was your favorite/worst subject in High School?
  22. What is your Favorite drink? Animal? Perfume?
  23. What would you (or have you) name your children?
  24. What Sports do you play/Have you played?
  25. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?
  26. How many Girlfriends/Boyfriends have you had?
  27. Favorite memory from childhood?
  28. How would you describe your fashion sense?
  29. What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?)
  30. Tell us one of your bad habits!

Just Do It.

Random thought/rant of the day:

I love, love Nike’s slogan: Just Do It.

I’m realizing that when it comes to developing your artistry and creativity, you can’t always wait around until that ‘spark’ lights up. You can’t wait for the motivation to kick in to start the work. I tried working like that for a year (perhaps more? lol). I would wait for weeks at a time to push me into motion. In the meantime, the thoughts in my head would swirl and scramble around, causing anxiety in me….because I knew, in my deepest core, that I wasn’t creating any (good or bad) results for myself when I truly wanted to do the work. Then I’d feel guilty and mope around. It wasn’t a very proactive process; instead, it was masochistic and extremely unproductive. I felt that if I wanted to start anything, it had to be all or nothing and PERFECT. Because it it wasn’t, then all the work and results must mean nothing….right? Not.

Whether it’s good or bad, you gotta go in there and Just Do It. Work isn’t glamorous, especially when you’re creating your own startup. You’ll wake up exhausted, need that extra shot of espresso in your coffee, be cursing at yourself in front of your laptop while you force yourself to do something. I’ve had days like that. Funny thing is, at the end of the day when I lay down to go to sleep, I end up feeling satisfied.

It’s comforting to know that I made some progress, and that tomorrow, I’ll be able to fix it up even more and make it better. And that’s how you improve in your craft – you force yourself to do something (anything!). Afterwards, you hone in on it and make it even better. The more you repeat the process, eventually it becomes easier and more efficient. And you’re on your way to success. ❤

so yeah. ending the rant right here. Let’s Do It, guys. Let’s all hustle to make our dreams come true.

toodles,

-A

Allo! I’ve moved!

Wheeee, I’m now on WordPress! Previously I was on alicedotkay.com… but I wasn’t writing as much and the monthly fee to maintain a custom domain wasn’t feasible to me. But now I’m here, starting from scratch and feeling absolutely renewed. 🙂

I hope to write more often – perhaps every week? #fingerscrossed

Honestly, I do feel hesitant about putting all my thoughts online. But I do notice that when I intentionally censor myself, I don’t end up getting all my thoughts out of my head onto paper. And then, alas, those thoughts usually never end up on the blog; instead, they end up lazing about in head.

So this is my little promise to myself; I’m announcing it online, here, so that I can do something good with my blog. 🙂

toodles,

A