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28 Things I Would Say To My Younger Self

Wassup!

My 28th birthday just happened in November so I thought I would collect all the knowledge and new experiences I’ve gained in 2019… and make a video about it!

My younger self was painfully awkward, extremely shy, doubtful about everything, and meek. When I was a teenager, life felt unpredictable because I just wasn’t sure who tf I was. So here it is – 28 things that I would say to my younger self.

And I have a questions for you too, readers – what words would you use to describe your younger self? Tell me one thing you would say to that child if you could. 🙂

  1. Cash is KING. Don’t spend more than you earn.
  2. Stop trying to be so perfect. Instead, aim for EXCELLENCE.
  3. When in doubt, breathe. When you feel anxiety, breathe. When you’re stressed, breathe. Breathing is so good for you.
  4. There is nothing glorious about not sleeping well, not eating well, or not hydrating well. Take care of your self, because no one’s going to do it for you.
  5. Self Love does not equate to “treat yo-self.” It’s called discipline – you need to wake up every day, do the tedious, tough things that you don’t want to do in the moment, but will make you feel better in the long run.
  6. Be more mindful of how you spend your money.
  7. Nothing external can fill up the emptiness. Fill your mind and soul with good books, music, interviews of inspiring people, friends, stories, etc.
  8. Being grateful every day, especially in the low moments, will help keep the depression away.
  9. Therapy is the bomb dot com.
  10. Having mentors in my life, changed me. Molded me. And I’m thankful for it. Find people better than you, and learn from them. Be grateful for them.
  11. There is power in saying no.
  12. It really does get better. Hang in there, and keep chugging along.
  13. Life is short. Have fun.
  14. It is absolutely okay to let go.
  15. Having a social life is so important. Us humans are not meant to be loners for too long – we need to interact and support one another.
  16. If you want something, put your head down and just get to work. Stop worrying about all the small details. The longer, more consistently you grind, the better the outcome.
  17. Everything that happened when you were a minor was not your fault.
  18. Everything that you chose to do in adulthood, is. You are your own responsibility. It can be burdensome, but once you embrace it, it’s exhilarating to know you can choose your own path. And own up to your own mistakes.
  19. Anyone who tries to take away your dignity, your choice as a woman and as a human being… cut them out of your life.
  20. Don’t wait for other people to make the first move. You can be the first one to reach out too – say hello first, call them first, ask them out to dinner. People are just as hesitant as you are about rejection.
  21. Nothing ever stays secret. Be mindful of how you speak of others and yourself. Words really do cut deep into the bone.
  22. Working out is so important. It keeps the depression and anxiety away, makes you more confident, more tolerant of everyday life’s BS, and empowers you to push on. Keep being consistent with it, it’s one of the best investments you can make towards yourself.
  23. Before you buy something, always ask yourself, “Do I really need it?”
  24. Having lots of materialistic things is not sexy. Having a fully funded ER savings, an IRA, and no debt IS.
  25. Don’t read books you have no interest in, just because it was on some bestseller’s list. Read what piques your curiosity.
  26. Life feels better when you stop pretending to be someone you’re not.
  27. Just because you shout louder doesn’t mean people are going to listen to you. Speak quietly, diplomatically. Explain your point of view instead of assuming everyone should automatically understand it.
  28. There is no version of success, so stop trying to fit into this cookie-cutter version that’s not going to make you happy. Create your own version of success.

I’m Back

I think I’m posting for the first time this year. Boy does time fly!

So anyway. Hiiiii! I’m back.

I’ve been away, grinding away at other personal goals of mine. But I’m here now, and I just have to say I’m thrilled to be back. I’m feeling very inspired, which I haven’t felt in a loooong time.

So yeah, I’m excited to discover what other content I create next.

Stay tuned,
Alice

27 Things I Would Say To Myself

2018 is almost over, can you guys believe it?! Literally two days left and then it’s 2020. Time is just flying by, haha. I just turned 27 last month (any Scorpios in the house?!) and collected 27 things I would say to my younger self. I remember when I was younger, I was painfully insecure, shy, and (extremely) awkward around people. It was very difficult feeling comfortable in my own skin and I was constantly feeling “not enough” and blue about where I was going in life. I’m sure we all have experienced the same.

You hear a lot of adults say it, but it’s true – it really DOES get better.

I hope these reasons inspire you to think of your own little messages you’d send back to your younger self. Let me know in the comments down below what yours are. ❤

Cheers,
-alice.

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MUSIC BY (go check them out!):

“Memories” by Wandering

Music by Singto Conley – Memories – https://thmatc.co/?l=27B00196

Music by @singtoconley – Memories via @hellothematic

 

 

 

Fifteen of My Favorite Feelings

It literally feels like it’s been a gazillion weeks since I’ve posted a video. But it’s only been about three weeks. Maybe four. Maybe more. I’ve lost count, lol…

I’ve been feeling more experimental lately and have been trying to venture out of the usual makeup tutorials for every other video. This time I tackle fifteen of my favorite feelings in the entire world. It’s so important to enjoy all the little things in life while we go on with our obligations, right? Recognizing what makes you happy and taking the moment to feel grateful… I feel this is the key to happiness.

I was inspired by another Youtuber, HeyClaire who posted the same concept a couple of years ago. So without any further adieu, here is the video:

And the script for this video:

Hey guys. Today I share with you fifteen of my favorite feelings in the entire world.

I love being in nature as it reminds me to come back to what really counts. Mother Earth.

I am thankful for the good food,
The thirst I can quench after a long day,
And there’s nothing like that first sip of coffee in the quiet mornings.

I love traveling to a new destination,
As a woman who can carve out her own destiny and make her own choices,
Immersing myself with content that inspires me,
To being surrounded by loved ones,
and my man

Activating my body with thrilling movements,
Or taking a delicious nap in the middle of the day,
I love breathing, as it reminds me to slow down,
I’m grateful to feel strong and healthy,
Giving my body permission to release all tension…
And unwinding, as we all need rest at the end of the day.

What are your favorite feelings?

 

Cheers,
Alice.

10 Tips to Fight Burnout

Hello again!

This time I created a new video about how to tackle burnout.

Most of us have experienced burnout. It’s the last few weeks before school final exams or a humongous work deadline is approaching… and instead of feeling pumped to take on the challenge like you usually do, you’re suddenly dragging your feet. You don’t feel inspired like you used to. No matter how much you sleep/rest, there’s no relief. All you feel is a sense of dread.

Burnout is so REAL. Life can feel overwhelming and the last thing you want to do is execute self-care on yourself. These are my ten tips on how I push through the fatigue, lethargy, the lack-of motivation so I can rejuvenate my body, mind, and soul. They’re nothing mindblowing; it’s all stuff you’ve probably read online or heard from others. But sometimes, it’s good to have a nice reminder. 😉

On a side note, this video took three tries to film, haha. *hotmess*

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TIPS MENTIONED IN VIDEO:

  1. Hydration: When in doubt, just chug some water down. When I’m going throughout my day, I kid you not, I literally forget to drink water. And what a hindrance dehydration can be! You can’t focus, you’re constantly tired, and you feel even less productive.
  2. Get some good sleep: When I don’t get enough rest, I start wishing I was six feet under and never have to get up another day in my life.
    However when I do rest enough, I feel like I can handle the entire world; my coping mechanism feels strong and I feel I can handle any challenges thrown my way.
  3. Hang out with good friends who GIVE BACK positive energy to you: If you’re an introvert like me, you probably find it very difficult to make time to hang out with others. But it’s important to surround yourself with people you really LIKE and whose company you really ENJOY. Acquaintances at school or work don’t necessarily count as friends. Hang out with those who elevate you and give back positive energy.
  4. Hot bath with Epsom salt: Need I say more? This is just the bomb dot com.
  5. Write it down/Journal: Especially when we’re stressed and burnt out, there are so many thoughts and obligations swimming through our heads that just existing feels overwhelming. Vomit your thoughts onto paper whether it’s doodling aimlessly, writing a long journal entry, listing all your thoughts, drawing graphs, etc. It helps to clear the brain department so you have clarity on what your next goals are.
  6. Practice your favorite hobby – go back to the things you love!: When we’re burnt out, we’re in survival mode and forget all the small activities that bring us so much joy.
    Take a break and practice your favorite hobby. Yes, life involves working hard. On the other hand, also remember that there’s nothing wrong with having fun; in fact, it’s necessary to reward ourselves so we live out happy lives.
  7. Remember: This Too Shall Pass: When I was a teenager, my emotions were a hot mess. I remember feeling sad and thinking this was how I was going to feel for the rest of my life (sidenote: not true, btw).
    Now that I’m an adult, I know that in life there are no plateaus – there are many valleys and peaks. Even during the difficult moments, remember that This Too Shall Pass. You got this. Everything is going to be okay, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
  8. Choose to respect yourself: This one is a BIG ONE for me because when I’m feeling unhappy, I immediately go into a victim state-of-mind. I do pinpoint out the problem (which is good), but instead of taking charge and trying to fix the problem I end up taking a backseat in my own life. I start waiting for others to approach me, validate me, recognize me, etc. And while I’m in my ‘Woe-Is-Me’ state of mind, I feel resentment and beat myself up mentally.
    This is so unhealthy. Choose to respect yourself. Decide to go the difficult route of affirming yourself, validating yourself, and fixing your own problems. Don’t wait for others to save you. Take responsibility for your own life.
  9. Exercise: Endorphins are good for you! The hardest part is just entering the gym; once you’re there, it’s all good stuff!
  10. Unplug: Be in the moment: Turn off the phone, computer, TV, etc. Go outside, be with nature, and be in the moment.

Hope this helps you guys out.

cheers,
alice.

Nature Visit: Huntington Library

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To keep my promise to be more in touch with nature, I went out another adventure to the Huntington Library. I can’t believe I’ve lived in Los Angeles my entire life and I’m just visiting here for the first time.

Ugh, it was so beautiful!! And what a treat to just walk through all the different botanical gardens they have. My fiance and I ended up staying for five hours; I think we walked at least six miles just meandering through all of the gardens. My favorite had to be the subtropical gardens. ❤

I brought my camera to capture the many moments I enjoyed. It was my first time using my camera for something other than makeup tutorials, lol…

007A little creek with flowers growing nearby.

004Near the Japanese botanical gardens. The bamboo was amazing!

008DUCKY!!!!

006Waterrrrr

009The sun was beaming down on us when we visited Huntington Library. The trees stood out so vividly in the sunshine.

010The reds and the greens ❤

003Sunnies and a hat to keep the sun away.

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All different shades of pink and reds!

002Shadows.

 

012Leaves shining under the sunshine.

 

I felt so replenished and happy after my trip. I’ll definitely be going back there in the next couple of weeks. Where do you go to be with nature?

cheers,
-alice

 

Replenish Yourself.

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I noticed that I’m usually doing one of two things: I either stay home or go to work. Both are indoors and it’s so easy to feel stifled. Adding on the fact that I live in a big urban city like Los Angeles, and it’s even easier to forget that plants & trees can exist and thrive freely somewhere on this planet.

So I’ve been trying to get back in touch with nature; every weekend I’m encouraging myself to hike, go to the park, etc. Sometimes it’s the last thing that I want to do after a long week… my poor man has to drag me out, haha.

I might feel grumpy in the beginning, but it works like a charm every single time. I feel so nourished, replenished, and whole again as as person.

How do you replenish yourself as a human being? ❤

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cheers,
alice

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

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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