I’m a sucker for good ol’ fashion-themed movies and tv shows! Lately I have been binge watching The Carrie Diaries since I’ve been obsessed with the 90s/vintage style. I love the motivation and inspiration I get from each of the strong-female leads who find a way to be their authentic self while always looking fabulous. When I feel uninspired or lost in what I’m creating, I plop on my bed and watch one of these iconic movies/tv shows to help spruce up creative ideas and remind myself that a career in the fashion industry is possible.
One of my subscribers asked for a post-grad advice video, but I thought I write it out first. It’s been 2 years since I’ve graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Business Management and Communication Media Studies. It still feels unreal that these past 2 years flew by. I learned so much about myself and my true passions. Post-grad life wasn’t all peaches and cream. I dealt with everything from family drama to doubting my skills and knowledge as a content creator.
These past 2 years have been the most I’ve seen myself grow not only mentally/emotionally, but also professionally. I have taken my passion for content creation to a whole new level by putting more effort and time into my blog as well as continuing my education by pursuing a masters degree in Strategic Marketing. Today I am sharing a few post-grad advice that I feel will help give insights on what worked for me and it might work for you as well.
Travel Travel Travel! The honest truth is that you will be working for the rest of your life, so take the time you have between graduation and scoring your first adult job by exploring new places. Trust me, traveling really helped spark my content creating passion, which has lead me to who I am today.
Be prepare to fail over and over again. Very few graduates land their dream job or any professional job right away. It really takes 1) preparation and 2) luck to make it all work out. If you fail, learn from your failure and try try try again.
This is the time to be open-minded. Yes you want that dream job, but there is a chance you won’t get it. Due to this, you will need to prepare yourself to grasp onto any opportunity that comes your way to really get the ball rolling. You never know, that one job that you didn’t completely love might lead to an amazing opportunity.
Move out of town. One of the best decisions I have made till this day. I took it upon myself to venture out and move 2.5 hours away from home. Of course, it’s best to find a job and apartment first, which I was able to tackle down within a month. Moving to a different city helped me become more independent, patient, grow as a professional, and find my true passions. Something about being on your own really opens this whole new world that you never knew existed.
Continue to surround yourself with a support system. Keep in touch with the people who matter and find the time to connect with them. When you move to a city where you don’t know many people, sometimes it gets lonely and that one phone call with a family member or friend can really help push away loneliness and help you focus on what you want to do.
It truly doesn’t matter where you went to school. As long as you know how to apply your knowledge and skills, you are just as capable as anyone who has attended Harvard or Yale. Marketing your skills and knowledge the right way, makes you an attractive person to hire.
Utilize the alumni network with your university or college to find a job. Sometimes graduates aren’t aware of the perks they have as an alumni. I recommend contacting the alumni office at your university to find out what resources and services they have to help you in your desired career field.
Lastly, be honest with yourself. Be honest with who you are and what you want out of life. The more you are aware of your true passions, the easier it is to find true happiness. I have always been a daddy’s girl where I lived my life for my family. I wasn’t 100% honest with who I was, which ate me alive last year, to the point I had a melt down. The more I became honest with my own feelings and passions, I became a better person not just for myself, but also for the people I love most.
Thank you so much for reading! Enjoy the rest of your day!
Today is the day, I go full on motivation mode with my 2019 New Year Resolutions. I will be honest that I have been slacking this week due to inner anxiety and self-doubt about myself as a content creator. I am starting off 2019 by not being too hard on myself and continue to create content that I am proud of. Since I tend to get very overwhelm with a long list of resolutions, which is why I have limited myself to 3 main goals that I know will be achievable and beneficial to my personal and professional growth.
Resolution #1: Reach 10K on Instagram
I know that I shouldn’t be focused on the numbers when growing on Instagram, but how I see it is that there are a few perks that come with a 10K following: 1) the swipe up feature for Insta-story, 2) meeting certain brand requirements where I’m not missing out on brand opportunities due to a low following, and 3) it’s a milestone I have always wanted to achieve so why not let 2019 be that year? I will say this, I’m not letting the numbers discourage me from creating content because I will always find joy in what I do. I plan to work 10x as hard this year to one day do this full-time. How I see it is that reaching the 10K mark would be like a graduation ceremony indicating that I in a way “made it”.
Resolution #2: Continue My Annual “Out of State Trip” Tradition
I’m an avid traveler! I love exploring new and old places especially if it feeds into my content creation. There is something magical about traveling that really helps me learn more about myself. Whether that is inspiring my fashion looks or sharing a travel guide with my community of #fabulousbabes! I am forever grateful for my previous travel trips because they have all played a huge role on helping me find my true passions in life.
Resolution #3: Publish 1 Youtube Video a Week
Last year was all fun and games, but I’m ready to take on my Youtube channel head on. I want to grow my channel. I know that creative content and consistency is key, SO I’m challenging myself to publish at least 1 video a week to keep my audience inspired and/or entertained.
Thank you so much for reading, it truly means the world to me!
What are your 2019 New Year resolutions? I would love to read them all!
I can’t believe today is the last day of 2018. This year has been the best and worst year of my life. Many opportunities came my way especially with brands that I adore. I never thought in a million years that I would have the opportunity to work with brands like Neutrogena and thredUP. There were also many downfalls that strung along the way, which I am quite surprisingly thankful for since I learned so much about myself and what I wanted out of life.
Here are the lessons I learned in 2018:
The power of being authentic. Being true to yourself is one step closer to finding your purpose. It wasn’t until I allowed my true self to shine that I found my passions. My passions are what saved me from an unhappy life and is now my motivation to strive for more.
Self-care is the best kind of care. This all ties back to the phrase, if you don’t take care of yourself, how can you take care of others well. I have seen the positive outcomes of self-care and it has helped me become a happier, fulfilled person. Through the practice of self-care, I have found my life passions.
It’s okay to say no. I have always been a YES person and I thought it would help me live life to the fullest. However, it wasn’t until a few months ago that I realized how my YES attitude was eating away my happiness because I was putting others’ well-being before mine. I pursued a career that I despised and lived a life that was not my own. As I started to say NO, I allowed myself to come first.
Stop pleasing other people. In the Hmong culture we are taught to please our elders, however, I’ve come to realize that no matter how much I tried to please my family members, in the end they were always unsatisfied. My mom said something to me that has stuck with me till this day – If you life your life for someone, what will you do if that someone is gone? This question made me re-evaluate how I lived my life and for who I lived it for. When I stopped pleasing other people, I found myself judging my decisions less and I became more content with how I lived my life.
Quality over quantity when it comes to friends. I will admit that I’m a social butterfly and I love meeting new people. However, it has come to the point where I have let in so many people in my personal life that it really took a toll on my mental health. I have always understood the quality over quantity concept, but it didn’t click until I hit rock bottom this year and I saw who was there for me and who wasn’t. People come and go, so keep the ones that matter most in your life.
Letting Go. Some battles are not worth fighting and some people are not worth holding on to. Definitely check out my “10 Tips to Letting Go” post on how I have let go this year to create a healthier and happier mind set and lifestyle.
Self-reflection — one of the greatest gifts I have given myself this year. I can’t express how self-reflecting on my own life decisions and feelings have truly helped me become a better person. I have learned to be in-tune with my own feelings more often to prevent future lash outs, since I use to be the person who would hold all of her feelings inside like a ticking bomb. Self-reflection has helped me develop and sustain healthy, positive relationships. Also to not be so hard on myself when I make mistakes. To instead reflect on my mistakes and learn from them.
The importance of spending time with the people who uplift you. Life is too short to focus solely on work alone. I truly feel that we were all put on this earth to empower and inspire one another. Spending time with the ones you love is one of the greatest gift to give. You’ve be surprised how much you can learn from a simple conversation.
Balance of giving and receiving. If I’m being honest, I was quite a brat in my early twenties and I received more than I gave. I didn’t realized how selfish I have become until I started to surround myself with new people who continue to give without receiving anything in return. Their lifestyle influenced me in such a beautiful way that now I’m the first person to offer help. There is a special kind of magic when a helping hand is offered without being asked.
Fake news is very real! I had my own personal experience with it and it played with my emotions in a very negative way. From this experience, I have learned to gather all the facts before judging or making assumptions about any news out there. I respect all news outlets and journalists, but it is very important to do your homework before jumping to conclusions.
Law of Attraction. I never encountered this phrase until I overheard my sister and mom talking about it. If you aren’t aware of this little phrase, it basically means “the ability to attract into our lives whatever we are focusing on”. Life is a blank canvas of possibilities, you are in control of what the finished picture could look like. Make choices and take actions that help finish that picture and if you don’t like the picture — Change it!
Thank you for reading! It truly means the world! Enjoy the last day of 2018!
Letting go is such a hard thing to do, especially if you are a type A person like me, but it is so necessary and important for your mental health. Today, I am sharing 10 ‘letting go’ tips that have helped me become a better person as well as saving myself from self-destruction. Continue reading “10 Tips to Letting Go | Windbreaker Jacket”→