Category Archives: Fulfillment

Settling In

I’m settling in very nicely into the new digs. Every time I walk Huxley I say a humble thank you to the universe that I no longer have to deal with a walk up. Huxley is also very happy here. He loves walking along the canal smelling all the other dogs and getting back to the building after our walk for treats at the reception desk. He has a favorite ‘doorman’ who is a woman named Luz. She always gives him treats and when she’s not there he looks for her behind the desk. He loves her and it makes me happy.

I won’t lie I’m feeling very spoiled here but when there’s stark contrast from what one has previously experienced it’s hard not to feel spoiled on the come up. As long as there’s gratitude there ain’t nothing wrong with the come up right? That was rhetorical obvs.

I have ALL the amenities I could ask for with door(wo)men to boot and a fantastic view I go to sleep to and wake up to. Damn am I  appreciative.

It’s pretty incredible.

The new hood still needs to be explored but I already have a couple spots that are vying to be my #1 favorite. Obviously one being a wine bar. I can’t be too far from a wine bar. It’s imperative to my being. I’m not an alcoholic. I swear.

This is a new way of living for me. I’m enjoying it immensely.

Separately, I’ve been toying with what I want to do with my free time. I’ve researched various volunteer opportunities and I’ve settled on the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. I’m currently in the application stage. I’ve attended the orientation and have had my in depth and very very personal interview.

I was told this process can take up to 9 months. One of the reasons being there is a higher need for male volunteers. Men, if you’re reading this please volunteer if you’re looking for something worthwhile. I’ve had friends involved in this program and they all tell me how rewarding it is. Given the current state of our country we really need these boys to grow into strong individuals who understand the need to lead and have empathy.

I’m very excited and hopeful I will be chosen to be a Big. Send positive thoughts my way. I strongly believe in giving back when and where I can. Usually it’s with financial support but there have been situations I’ve given my time and nothing has felt more amazing.

I’m still in the midst of figuring out what to do career wise. Frankly, I’m a bit tired of the questions around it. But that’s solely because I’m frustrated with myself I don’t have the answers yet. I’m pretty sure I need to just jump into whatever peeks my fancy and eliminate and tweak from there but for some reason I haven’t been able to do so. I’m not sure what the fear is behind it. But I think I’m getting to the point of exasperation and the only thing to do from here is take action.

Sigh. Life. Amirite??

Tomorrow I head East to Long Island to partake in tasting of the wines. I’m really excited. I don’t have any trips planned yet this year. Although it’s intentional, I still need some exciting adventure to satiate my wanderlust.

I’ve realized it’s important for me to have things to look forward to otherwise I get sad. Because I don’t like to be sad, I make sure fun things are on the horizon.

Here’s to fun things and here’s to settling in!


Moving. parts.

So here I am in Fort Greene in Brooklyn and I am at the end of my apt lease. Again. I swear the time just speeds up year after year. Honestly, I wasn’t looking to move this time around but in weighing out the pros and cons most signs pointed to moving. I’ve had roommates for most of my duration in New York minus a year spent on the Upper East Side and it’s been such an adjustment. Because it’s not just having a roommate but having a roommate in a small New York apartment with a shared bathroom.

Obviously, not ideal.
So I took to the streets again to find a new apt. One that was perfect for me. One that I could really make mine and truly be happy and cozy in.
Ring the alarm!
I found a studio apartment that I love. I don’t know too much about the neighborhood but the building is fantastic, the studio is perfect for me and Huxley and the amenities had me mad crushing from the first moment I laid eyes on them. Like I was crushing hard guys.
In Cali I had the amenities and the washer and dryer and the space and all the things. In New York you really choose how you want to spend your money and make sacrifices and compromises on what you truly value.
I’ve spoken to a lot of people about how I’ve moved so much in the short time I’ve been here and a lot of New Yorkers have the same story. It takes a while to figure out what you can and cannot put up with and there are so many variations of that when living here that it’s really just trial and error.
It’s also a fantastic way to become familiar with different neighborhoods. Albeit, a bit cumbersome.
I did a lot of traveling last year (Cuba, Dominican Republic, San Diego, NorCal, Chile/Argentina, Paris, St John USVI) and I feel tremendously grateful I got to do so. Especially in part because I’m working a job that I’m not taking seriously and also because my rent has been the cheapest it’s been this whole time I’ve been in New York.
This year my focus is changing a bit. I’m starting to get serious about finding a new career. I want to strengthen and build upon the relationships I have here that have become important to me. The flip side of that is to let go of relationships that I feel don’t serve me and align with who I am /want to be. That includes culling my social media “friends”. I will become more involved in community volunteering as well as continue to resist and fight the good fight for basic human rights. I want to take a class or two. And lastly I want to have a home that makes me feel good and enables me to make better choices because of the peace it brings me. If that means no more walk ups, paying more for amenities and rent, ditching the roomies etc I am willing to do so.
As always there are a lot of moving parts to being a grown ass person. There are choices given and decisions to be made. I’ve said it before life keeps lifin’. Even if you choose not to participate.
It’s going to be a good year. I feel more motivated. More myself. I know more of who I am which is a great feeling. I’m past the funk and the processing of my feelings and emotions and beliefs and unfulfilled expectations. Now’s the time for action and doing while continuing to process. In this space I am able to be me, do for me, and celebrate me whilst all of that happens.
I’m into this new change if that means that things will settle more in the long run. I feel a bit more grounded so time to start making magic again! Wish me luck!

About time

So I’ve never really put myself first. The first time I ever really truly put myself first was when I decided to move to New York. And let’s be real, I upset a lot of people. I was living with my cousin at the time and I had to break the lease. He was pissed at me. My friends and family didn’t understand why I had to move instead of staying in our comfortable Bay Area suburban bubble. They were kinda pissed with me. My best friend was pregnant and I didn’t stay until her baby was born. She was pissed at me.

Thing is, I’ve always lived my life according to other people’s validation, approval, and acceptance.

New York was the first time in my life that I stood for me. I was erect in my belief that this was not just what I truly longed and desired for but I know it was something that would catapult me into something bigger than the life I had led.

So. Here is is.. yes I feel the life that I led wasn’t big enough for me. Please don’t get it twisted. I’m not saying I was better than the life I had. I am saying that it no longer satiated me. I couldn’t quell the voices that were so loud and so clear in my head telling me to leave and do more. Should I have ignored them I really believe that I would have lived a fine life. I would’ve been complacent as I continued to mature and develop in character. I would’ve ignored the nagging in my own heart and mind. I would’ve traveled maybe once or twice a year. I probably would’ve met someone and settled down and moved to the South South Bay or out East and bought a house I responsibly could afford and had a beautiful family.

That’s not who I wanted to be or what I wanted in my life.

Again, I’m not saying it’s wrong or am I putting it down or think I’m better than. It just wasn’t for me at the time nor at the present moment. There is no judgment.

The last few years I have made such a concerted effort to be true to who I am. To at the end of the day know that I’ve done the best with what resources and tools I have.

Here’s the thing. That decision to put myself first genuinely catapulted an actionable behavior change in me. Since then I’ve been trying to hold true to who I am and what I want and need to light my soul on fire.

I always thought that to be loved and to heard and accepted I had to constantly make others happy. If I’m being honest, also parallel to that, I pushed away the people that made me a priority and took my own happiness and love in a high regard. Those happened to be most, if not all, of the important romantic loves of my life.

Anyways. Another time and place for that.

So I put others first. Ok, you need me to drive to whatever function so you can drink and be carefree or not put miles on your car? No problem. It’s my birthday? No worries, I got this. I’ll still drive. I’m a good drunk driver. Oh, the bill is short for a group of how ever many? I mean, I already covered my tab and an additional 20% but this poor server only makes minimum wage and has to deal with assholes while being on their feet all damn day.  That would suck if they don’t get a good tip. I don’t mind hosting your baby shower, wedding shower, engagement/bridal shower, birthday, holiday party, whatever and put in the effort to decorate by doing things like cool diaper cakes I googled on YouTube because I know it’ll make you happy. And I want you to know that I truly want to celebrate this big momentous occasion in your life.  Also, it’s the holidays I want to make things special. I like being surrounded by people I love. I should definitely plan a get together where we can all encourage and celebrate each other and just give thanks to our sisterhood. I’ll make sure to take it on and make it a tradition every year so everyone knows how special I think they are. I would love to have a regular get together I should probably host brunch every Sunday but not ask anyone to contribute by bringing food, helping cook or clean because it’s my idea and I don’t want to put any one off…..

I don’t want to sound like an asshole here. These were all choices I made. And I made them happily. I loved doing things for people. I loved knowing that I did that. I made you smile. I made you feel cherished. Now you know you’re special and I think you’re worth it. I see you. I love you. I wouldn’t take any of it back.

All I’m saying is that now I am learning to do for me. I’m choosing how to spend my time. I’m saying no to things that 1. Doesn’t feel right or 2. I don’t want to do.

Imagine that.

Liberation. Freedom of choice. Empowerment of putting myself first.

Not everyone will be on board. I’m sure I will piss a lot of people off. That’s usually the case when your needs don’t align with others’ convenience. Hah. Thing is, I used to care. I find myself caring less about what others approve of these days and more about what serves me.

Funny thing about all of this? I’m liking myself more and more every day. There may be some casualties along the way. Oops. Not my intention! I just want you to know if you find yourself on that end is that I have no ill will or mal intentions. Im just finally putting myself first because honestly, if I don’t no one else will and it feels fucking good. So, I’m sorry you feel hurt but thank you for being a part of the process.


I’ve had a pretty emotionally charged year and there is no sign of it ending anytime soon. I keep being reminded by all the powers that be (ie my coach, my therapist, my friends, the universe…) that I am exactly where I need to be.

Only in the last few weeks have I really felt the comfort in being present. Mind you, I’m still not completely 100% comfortable with ambiguity and not being “there” yet, wherever “there” is. However, I do feel like I am where I need to be. There are things I’m now consciously working on to alter my mindset and the toxic stories I’ve told myself over my lifetime that no longer serve me.

I am now an emotionally equipped adult with the aptitude, the insight, and the wherewithal to make sound moral and healthy choices. I have to tell myself that. I’m not dependent on these stories and beliefs that I learned to survive as a child. I want to be free of these harmful beliefs because I want to be the best version of me. I want more for myself. I know I can be better.


This is huge guys. I’m in a place where I am consciously aware and practicing daily how to negate bad thoughts and bring in positive ones. I’m learning how to trust myself, the process, and the universe.

When I started this year I decided my work was TRUST.

It’s so fitting. I’ve made peace with saying goodbye to friendships that no longer serve me. I had to trust in the fact that I lost my job (for political reasons) so that I could make space for something better. That space has allowed me to really look inside myself and start the real work. I’ve been ‘working’ for years on myself. But this shit I’m currently working on is deep. It’s digging through my soul’s crevices and dark corners to bring shit to light I’ve tried so hard to suppress and ignore.

Looks like you can’t really get over anything until you really get into it and fucking feel it. Huh. Imagine that.

When I become present I see the magnificence in it all and I feel more connected. Not just internally. When I say connected I mean connected to the world. To life. To everything that’s bigger than me and us.

I am exactly where I need to be.

With all that I am learning I’m also trying to prioritize myself. That means listening to what I really need. I’ve historically been the doer and the over-extender. The one that made other people feel special to show them the magnitude of how much i really love them. A part of me feels that in doing all these things I will get love in return.

The fact is. People will love me if they want to and it’s completely out of my control.

It’s been exhausting. I kept waiting for my turn while still over extending. It doesn’t usually come and that’s ok. Because frankly, this was my shit. People love me in the way they know how. And if I’m going to be honest I have a lot of love in my life. I choose to act in ways I thought I had to for love.

Looks like I have other choices.

I’m going to put my Self  first. I want to give myself all the love I give out. I know that this will be uncomfortable for a lot of people. For example: when one decides that a friendship doesn’t serve them anymore people will have thoughts and feelings behind it. That’s ok. If these people with these sentiments love you they will respect your decision even if it changes dynamics and status quo.  Ask me if you need more examples. I have them.

It’s tough to feel like I’ve disappointed others. I’m working through this whole ‘prioritizing myself’ thing and all the super charged feelings and reactions I have to things.

Just know that by being a better me I will be a better friend, better sister, better partner, better worker. Trust.


3 year love affair

New York and I are celebrating our 3 year anniversary today. It’s been an amazing 3 years with so many incredible ups and a fair share of downs. We’re still learning each other me and New York. But wow, what an amazing time we’ve had.

Because #lists here are a few highlights…

Awesome New York’y things I’ve done:

  • Opera at the Met
  • Watch the balloons for the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade be blown up
  • Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • Karaoke in K-town
  • Dumplings in Chinatown
  • See the Rockettes holiday spectacular during Christmastime
  • Philharmonic in Central Park
  • Watch the SF Giants play the Mets at Citifield
  • Yankees Games
  • Islanders vs Rangers at Barclays
  • Picnics in Central Park
  • Summer Movies in Bryant Park and along the Hudson
  • Staten Island Ferry
  • Dance on a float for the PRIDE march
  • Attend Protests in honor of democracy, equality, and morality
  • Walk the entire length of Summer Street
  • Cheer on friends run the New York City Marathon
  • Eat at incredible restaurants
  • Live in 3 neighborhoods in Manhattan and now 1 in Brooklyn
  • Eat at Smorgasburg
  • Amazing shows on Broadway (Jersey Boys, Lion King, Curious Incident of a Dog In the Nighttime, The Humans, Kinky Boots, Les Mis, Aladdin, On Your Feet, A Bronx Tale)
  • Shit shows on Broadway (School of Rock, Oh Hello, Fully Committed…)
  • Attend more shows/performances off broadway – Hasan Minhaj’s ‘Homecoming King’ was a big one to highlight, Opus Cactus by MOMIX was another
  • Go to comedy clubs and have a star make a guest appearance (Jim Gaffigan at New York Comedy Club)
  • Go to the Sakura Matsuri cherry blossom festival at the Botanical Garden
  • Live jazz at jazz clubs in the village
  • Montauk
  • The Hamptons
  • Random street fairs

Awesome New York’y things I’ve still to do:

  • Endless list of eats
  • Billy Joel at MSG
  • Helicopter over the city
  • Shakespeare in the Park
  • Walk around the Cloisters
  • Picnic on Governors Island
  • Attend a live taping of a show
  • Watch a movie at IFC, Paris Theatre, Nitehawk, Foreign Film Art house Cinema
  • Transit Museum
  • Upright Citizen’s Brigade
  • Bushwick Graffiti walking tour
  • Sunset drinks on the Met rooftop
  • Check out St John the Divine Cathedral
  • Double decker bus tour
  • Manhattanhenge
  • 9/11 Museum
  • High tea at the Plaza
  • Rolffs for drinks at Christmastime
  • Watch the tree lighting ceremony at Rockefeller Center
  • Ice Skating in Central or Bryant Park
  • More amazing broadway shows (Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Beautiful, Miss Saigon…)

In addition to the above so many amazing things that have happened since I’ve lived here. Too many to list out for now. But trust me I am grateful and loved.

Tonight in honor of me and New York I’m having a dinner with a handful of my favorites then hitting a rooftop bar. I’m toasting this beautiful relationship I have with this incredible city. It brings me joy to celebrate so that is exactly what will be happening.

Thank you for enriching my life and helping me grow New York. I love you.

To let go; to bring in

As the year comes to a close I’ve been doing a lot of self reflection. There was a night I gifted (well not quite gifted since it’s something we should give ourselves more frequently with zero guilt) myself where I sat down to be with my thoughts while I drank some fantastic wine with a smell good candle lit and Huxley snoozing on the bed by my side. It’s kind of incredible what a treat a night to yourself spent in the way you want to does for your being. It’s so completely underrated. 

I suggest you all give yourself a night immediately. 

You guys, I’ve done a lot this year. And it’s crazy to think I just realized how much I’ve done. I tend to jump in headfirst and boom there’s autopilot. It used to work for me. It was a survival skill I learned very young to help me through life that I now know wasn’t easy, ideal, or to be honest very loving. I don’t want it to sound like love was lacking in my life but the love was conditional and hard. It wasn’t conducive to a child’s growth or mindset.

But what I want now for myself is to be more mindful. I want expansion. I want to be seen. And by doing/having/being I will then create so much more opportunity in my life. 

I’ve learned that what I tend to do is expend ALL energy I have in work, friendships, whatever. And then as fast as I started I’m left exhausted, tired, and heavy with no energy. Ugh. It’s depleting. And it’s not sustainable. 

I’ve learned a lot about myself over the past 5 years. And I haven’t done it without help. 

If ever there was a segue to the idea of therapy I’m going to take this as it. 

Therapy is important. It is fruitful to being a well rounded person who can look at their hardships and give themselves love. Love to forgive. Love to accept. Love to take action. 

I cannot stress this enough. Therapy is important. It can have a negative stigma and that’s bullshit. 

Would you ask a sommelier what wine they recommend that pairs the best for the plate of food you’re about to order at an established 4 star restaurant? Did you not have a coach to guide you and challenge your physical and mental strength and capacity for whatever sport you played in school or professionally? Do big wig executives not have a board of trusted advisors to check in quarterly on the roadmap and to advise them of sound decisions to ensure a company is headed in the right direction? 

Then why the fuck as a human being living as an adult do you not have a therapist or life coach who has studied, mastered and understands human behaviors, thoughts, and emotion. It’s imperative as a citizen of the world and if, at the very least, as a person who craves something beyond them, to understand who they are by unearthing what they came from to discover who they want to be. Read that again. Please.

You guys, your ego is an incredibly powerful thing. It can hinder so much of who you are. But by acknowleding and recognizing how and when it shows up and why will allow you to move mountains. 

By any means do I think I am moving mountains but by every fuck out there I have the ability to do so. And there’s a fuck for you if you think otherwise.

I am a better person for asking for and seeking help. I’ve always had a problem asking for things. I had pride. I had ego. I had insecurity. 

Now? Now I have and am still learning love for myself. And compassion. 

I want so much for myself. I know you do too. We owe it to ourselves to give ourselves all the resources to actualize our wants.

This is my life. I have to remind myself that I have time. I also have the skills and resources in abundance. 

So this is me. 

I am so grateful for what 2016 has brought me from experiencing the opera at the Met for the first time, to the travel to far away lands, to all the glasses of wine and bowls of fondue at Murray’s Cheese Bar, to those bartenders at Murrays Cheese Bar who didn’t judge me for all the glasses of wine and bowls of fondue I scarfed  down and instead hooked me up, to my super who unclogged my toilet and gave hux love, to drs appointments and physical therapy for my knees, to all the people that have visited me and shared with me their first New York moments, to the seamless food delivery guys that brought me lunch at work daily, to Huxley’s sweet lovable nature, to being able to surprise my best friend on her birthday, to all the apt cleaning I did resentfully, to the subways that came at just the right time, to my shitty narcissistic boss, to becoming a certified coach, to the friends that I’ve laughed and cried with, to saying goodbye to my brothers, my mother, and Becca who beacame one of my best friends, to the overpriced New York everything, to the Greek guy who reminded me how I want to be loved, to being published in a handful of online articles for work, to my rooftop views, to relinquishing my Cali license, to 2016 and everything in between. 

I let go of stories I narrated to myself that don’t serve me. I let go of the negative ideas and perceptions I held of myself. I thank them for the lessons I’ve learned. I am grateful for everything. I hate the turn of connotation of the word has taken but I will say it. I feel blessed. 

For 2017 I bring in expansion. However that means. I say yes to love, to opprtunity, to life.

I breathe it all in. I expand. 


There are so many wonderful things to be grateful for. With Thanksgiving this past week it’s a really great reminder to give thanks and have gratitude (especially in lieu of the current state of our country). 
I try to keep daily reminders of gratitude. Sometimes I forget to write them out but never am I not grateful. 

In honor of Thanksgiving and because #lists below are all the things I am grateful for in this moment:

  • Friends and family near and far more specifically… 
  • – my mom. I miss having her around. Especially now with her being in the Philippines she’s so far removed from my life. She has done so much for me. I miss her terribly. Wish I could be around her for the holidays.
  • – my brothers. One in the army and one in the air force. They decided to dedicate themselves to the good of the country and I look up to them for doing so. I also appreciate them so much more and spending time with each of them separately earlier this year has made me closer to them and that means the world to me.
  • – my sister and nephew bear. They came to visit me in New York not too long ago and it wasn’t easy but I needed it. Not being able to see my nephew grow daily and hang out with my sister weekly breaks my heart.
  • – my Bay Area friends. They are so much of me. They are beautiful in every way. They are supportive and loving and incredible. My life is lacking without them. I feel it every day.
  • – the one very special friendship I made in New York. B, you know what you mean to me.  Thank you. 
  • – the friends here I have that get me, love me, accept me through this very weird strange transition in my life. 
  • Taking a risk by moving to New York City. It truly is one of the best cities in the world and the most culturally diverse. I fell in love with this city 9 years ago and held on to the dream that I would one day live here. Dream realized.
  • Having a good job at a great start up company that provides benefits, unlimited paid time off, awesome coworkers, and a bi-weekly paycheck
  • Huxley. 4 and some change later my little pup continues to teach me about responsibility, love, playfulness and companionship
  • My west village apt. Before I set out to New York I envisioned living in this area. 3rd times the charm in in my New York apt search! I’m surrounded by endless amazing restaurants, great subway lines in short walking distance, Washington sq park, dog parks, Hudson River, and great boutiques. My apt is cozy, gets amazing light, has a responsive helpful nice superintendent and an amazing roof deck. I hit the New York apt jackpot
  • Travel travel travel. I’ve had some pretty incredible trips this year and have even more on the horizon. My perspective has broadened because of it and I’ve met some incredible people along the way. Not to mention strengthened existing relationships that were already so dear to me and on top of all that I’ve seen beautiful sights.
  • My health. Things are a little worn down but it just gives me character. I’m healthy and I have a full functioning body. 
  • Pretty things. Flowers, sunsets, architecture, stylish clothes, my west elm mid century dresser. I like pretty things.
  • Everything I learned from coaching. It opened up a new world for me. One for which I will never look at things the same. I realize from it that I have so much to give. That there are people walking around that also have so much to give. It’s a beautiful community. 
  • Choices and opportunities and signs of goodness that continue to show themselves to me. 

I’m so very grateful. There’s so much more that I haven’t listed. One of my best friends is in town this week. I had thanksgiving with a small group of humans and 2 of which are people I’m only starting to get to know. I spent the day happy. It will be one I know I will remember forever…

Lastly, I am thankful for you. Thank you for wishing me love and goodness in my journey. I will never take that for granted.