ocean tides rising

level up because you can (part I)

2021, aka Year of the Level Up.

I can’t believe we’re almost through Q1. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ™ˆ

It’s been a really hot minute since I’ve updated. I’ve been busy living life because words don’t teach, life experience does. While it may feel overwhelming in-the-moment, I now see the events of the past few months as the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

It’s always a data-gathering experience โ€“

I don’t like this, I like this. I don’t like this, I like this…

And on and on it goes…

These are the aces I hold in my back pocket for 2021. ๐Ÿ““

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person on a tree swing along beach

my biggest life lessons from 2020

Words Don’t Teach, Life Does

2020 has been a treasure trove of life lessons and most of it has left me feeling kinda lost and emotionally raw.

I’m not a fan of regurgitating the past unless it helps me move forward. If I could pick out the ๐ŸŒˆ and silver lining after the storm, I’m all for it.

Now that I’ve somewhat lived past *it*, I can talk about the life lessons I’ve learned thus far.

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Blonde wearing a dress on the beach being her true self

my greatest power = being my true self

The pandemic has helped me rediscover that being my true self = my greatest power. โšก

Besides the obvious because-it-feels-better, it’s also because things *work out even better than I could ever imagine* when I’m being myself.

Let’s ๐ŸŒฎ ’bout it. :):) Read More

free flowing ocean waves along shoreline

letting freedom ring & setting myself free

July 4th is a day I celebrate freedom and here’s my favorite Independence Day one-liner. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I see Celsius and raise you degrees of #FREEDOM!

This year, July 4th has a special meaning because I’ve decided to pursue forgiveness. 

This all started because my coach called me out for not having done “the homework” as I talked about about my wins this week on our call this morning. I shared my wins with the coaching group but I was angry. ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

It’s true.

I haven’t done “the work” because I just can’t be motivated to work on the computer when I’m chained to it for 40 hours a week. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

I realize what a cop out excuse this is as I’m typing this out now but I have my reasons for not wanting to do “the work”. 

I think it’s because addressing this stuff hurts. Read More

girl swimming under water

now what?

Doing the Unthinkableย 

Well, I did it โ€“

The perfect storm presented itself to me and I took my calculated leap of faith. That’s right, I walked away from my known hell to seek unknown heavens and I am proud of this. #micdrop ๐ŸŽค

I spent the first 24 hours re-living it with Darryl and the ones closest to me. At first, I was really angry and resentful but my coach gave me a way to frame all of this. She told me,

Everyone played a perfect role for you to get to this point. Forgive them. They helped you discover what your true gifts are and the faster you feel better, the faster the the crowd you’re meant to serve appears. โšก

She’s absolutely right.ย 

Getting Clear

My vision gets a little clearer each day. I have about 80% of my grand vision hammered out and I think that’s plenty. As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. says,ย ย 

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. โœจ

I made room for even bigger blessings in my life and now, it’s time for me to go swim. ๐ŸŒˆ

The featured image in this post sang to me. She made the leap, now she must rely on her skills to navigate this vast open sea full of adventure and treasure.

Ok, so now what?

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Darryl at Elton John's piano

a father’s day tribute to my startup dad

Funny story โ€“

Last weekend, I called Darryl up after I told him I was going to social distance from my phone for 48 hours. I asked him, “Can you not tell that I’ve failed miserably at staying away from my phone?” ๐Ÿ˜† He laughs and then tells me,

You didn’t fail, you just found another way to succeed. ๐Ÿ’ก

He’s right. ๐Ÿ’ฏ

I mean, I’ve been stuck in a rut for the longest time but I didn’t need the full 48 hours phone-free to break up my routine and rediscover the things that bring me joy. It always feels good when I honor people by telling them exactly how they made a difference in my life.

Without further ado, here we go!

I met Darryl about three years ago in 1871’s Kitchen 2.0. (1871 Chicago is the tech incubator we both work out of.) He randomly walked up to me and asked me if I had a doppleganger who taught calculus in the building. ๐Ÿคฃ It was there that I learned that he’s the Founder and CEO of mwseqโ„ข (pronounced *music*), a powerful online community that’s setting out to Harmonize the Worldโ„ข

The pic above was taken at the Legal Operators Virtual Happy Hour, where he edu-tained (get it? educate + entertain) the crowd with stories on technology, innovation, his love of music, and the driving force behind his company โ€“ all while playing a curated list of songs on Elton John’s piano at 2112 Chicago, the incubator for creatives downtown. Read More

Round Window View of the Ocean - Photo by Johannes Rapprich from Pexels

all is well (part II)

Appreciation is the highest vibration ๐Ÿ’•

I’d like to start the second installment of my *all is well* series off by expressing my sincere and heartfelt appreciation to all those who have made my quarantine life easier these past few weeks.

I’d like to start with the healthcare workers, nurses, doctors, hospital personnel, police officers, and everyone who is on the front lines playing a critical role in controlling the pandemic. Thank you for working hard to keep all of us safe. โœจ

I’d also like to thank all the amazing people I had the opportunity to rendezvous with these past few weeks outside. Special shout out to the staff at my local Target for manning the shopping carts with an associate who sanitizes shopping carts for all customers who walk inside. Last Saturday, I went out for my weekly grocery run there and my experience was nothing short of memorable in the best way possible. I was greeted several times by several people in different sections of the store right down to the cashier who remembered me from several visits ago. She asked me, “Are you the one who bought an air fryer a while back?” I was so surprised she remembered me I told her: Yes, that’s me! How are you doing? I don’t remember the rest of the conversation but I do remember walking out of the store feeling like there’s a shred of light that’s glimmering through all of this. Thank you for doing your part to make me feel safe and welcomed while I’m gathering my supplies for the week. ๐Ÿ’—

Last but not least, I’d like to thank the Amazon drivers who dropped off all my items with care. I actually got a text from a driver named Michael asking me where it’s safe to drop off my package. But that’s not all, all of my supplements, protein bars, and weights have arrived in perfect condition. Thank you for dropping all of my items with care. 

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for everything all of you do to allow me to stay at home. ๐Ÿ’– Read More

light shining through clouds in open sea

all is well (part I)

Even with the recent turn of world events, I’d still like to think that all is well. โšก

I’m not a fan of regurgitating stories unless I can tell them in a way that’s beneficial. My coming to terms with the initial shock of the global pandemic became a brilliant jumping-off point for my glorious expansion.

My fabulous backstory

Three weekends ago, I text one of my mentors at the incubator because I knew he lived alone in Chicago and wanted to see how he was doing. (This was after working remotely for four days straight and hearing about the madness that was already happening in the city on the news.) He told me he just saw two guys getting into a fight over the last ribeye at Trader Joe’s just now. I swear, you don’t make this stuff up! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜Ÿ

Later that Saturday night, I walked into my local Target store and saw huge merchandise gaps everywhere. Empty meat, dairy, and milk sections. I’ve never seen anything like it. My first thought was: PANDEMONIUM. HAS. STRUCK. THE. SUBURBS. ๐Ÿ˜ฑ Read More

staying balanced

Since this is the first post in Always Hungry, I think it’s fitting to share the inspiration behind why I chose to dedicate a whole section of my blog to it.

True to the tagline this blog: “Simply goals & sustainability, obtained” this is a major arena where l demonstrate how I live this consistently.

FOOD is part of a balanced diet. โšก

Years before this blog was even created, I discovered that I loved showing my creativity through food. Cooking still brings me great joy till this day because I see it as an act of self-care. It is my undying belief that busy โ‰  food has to take a backseat. โšก

Which brings me to the value prop of this section:

I will show you guys how to prepare recipes that are easy, pretty to look at, and most important of all, fricken’ delicious. ๐Ÿคฉ

(Like seriously, where do I sign, right?) โœŒ๐Ÿ˜Ž Read more

the coast is clear

Oh haiiiii, me again. ๐Ÿ˜Š

I felt compelled to write this post because like this man sitting on the rock here, I’m ready to set sail on my new adventure. ๐ŸŒŠ

This brings me to a time where I interviewed Grandma Peggy for an assignment in undergrad. I had to interview someone who’s two generations older than me and write it up. Of course, I knew *exactly* what I wanted to hear Grandma talk about: her escape from the Viet Cong regime in the late 70s. Read more