11 Easy Ways to Save Money

I recently had a wake-up call with my finances when I realized that I was spending too much money and needed to scale it back. I thought I have always been wise with how I spent my money, but I was really going out of control with buying clothes, eating out, etc. So, I buckled down and found a few ways for me to save money. Here are my tips: Continue reading “11 Easy Ways to Save Money”

I Gave Up Drinking Coffee for One Week. Here’s What Happened

I. love. coffee. Everyone who knows me knows that I love coffee and need to drink at least one cup every single day. However, I’ve noticed that lately I’ve been feeling more anxious, and I know that caffeine can heighten these symptoms. So, I did a little experiment and did the unthinkable (for me): I gave up coffee for a week to see what would happen. Continue reading “I Gave Up Drinking Coffee for One Week. Here’s What Happened”

How I Cleared My Skin

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to wear less makeup and focus more on skincare. I do not have perfect skin by any means, and I made it a point to figure out a skincare regimen that works for me.

A little background: I did not have any problems with my skin until I started wearing makeup in college. I developed bumps on my cheeks and had breakouts all over my T-zone, so I would wear two layers of foundation to make sure everything was covered. I also used to use skincare products specifically for oily skin, and even had a prescription for clindamycin as a topical solution for a few months. For the next five years, I was convinced that my skin was oily and tried to find the best products to ban any shine because oil = pimples. Or so I thought. Continue reading “How I Cleared My Skin”

How Raising a Cat Helped Me as an Editor at a Parenting Magazine

The valuable lessons I’ve learned as a cat mom.

I know nothing about raising kids. I did not grow up with younger siblings, and I really only had two different types of pets: a rabbit and two Betta fishes. And just between us, my dad took care of my rabbit more than I did.

I’ve always wanted a cat, and one day I decided to take the plunge and adopt my pride and joy: Mochi. Continue reading “How Raising a Cat Helped Me as an Editor at a Parenting Magazine”

Exploring Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn Museum

Last weekend, I took a quick trip to Washington, DC and had the opportunity to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Hirshhorn Museum.

A little background information: Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist known for creating dot patterns through painting, drawing, sculptures, film, performance, and immersive installations. Kusama lives by choice in a psychiatric institution and continues to create art. She sees polka dots in most of the world and some of her art stems from psychological trauma and hallucinations. Continue reading “Exploring Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors at the Hirshhorn Museum”

Tips for Visiting Turks and Caicos

A beginner’s guide to visiting Turks and Caicos Islands

As I mentioned in my previous post, I visited Turks and Caicos this past March, and as amazing and relaxing as it was, I learned a few things that I will keep in mind if I ever decide to visit again, or if I visit another Caribbean island. Here’s my guide to visiting Turks and Caicos.

We flew into Providenciales, also known as “Provo.” It is the main island and most developed. Most of the hotels are located in Grace Bay, the northeastern part of the island, however we stayed at an Airbnb in Sapodilla Bay, which is a more secluded area and apparently home to luxury villas, which brings me to my first tip: Continue reading “Tips for Visiting Turks and Caicos”

How a Flight Delay Helped Me Stop and Smell the Flowers

When I realized what matters most to me. 

Back in March, I went on vacation to Turks and Caicos with my boyfriend. I booked the flight on New Year’s Day because I knew I needed to visit a tropical paradise in the middle of winter. Little did I realize that this vacation would coincide with the biggest storm to hit the East Coast this year: Winter Storm Stella. I mean, how was I supposed to predict a late snow storm in the middle of March, right?

The vacation was from a Saturday through Tuesday and Winter Storm Stella was expected to hit on Monday night. Everything was going fine until I woke up on Monday morning and realized that my flight was probably going to get canceled.

“What’s going to happen if I can’t go to work on Wednesday as expected? I have so many deadlines to meet.”

“What’s going to happen to my cat, will she be okay for another day?”

“What if I can’t get on the next flight out of here if they only have two per day?” 

I panicked and looked through flights leaving that afternoon. There was one scheduled to leave at 1:16pm and I didn’t know what to do. I was sobbing to my boyfriend like I’ve never cried before because on one hand I felt all of my work obligations on my shoulders. I went on vacation to take a break from work, how was it that I was still stressed out? On the other hand, I did not want to cut this vacation short. It’s not every day that I get to visit a Caribbean island, and I felt that I did not experience it as much as I wanted to. So, I had a decision to make. I booked myself onto that flight at 1:16pm.

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