I’ll admit to you right now. Believing in yourself is tough. It really is hard. Because for once you are not asking anyone for validation. You’re not asking anyone if your decision is right or wrong, or if you should do this or that and etc..

You’re not asking your friend, your mom, your therapist, your psychic for advice. You just do it because you know deep down inside of you, you’re right. And I truly believe this is what matters most at the end of the day.

We are all born with intuition and natural confidence. Over time as we grow up, we become reluctant to listen to our inner voice, our needs, what we truly want because:

  • We feel scared that we might look bad and “not right” to others,
  • We feel bad because we think we owe people something therefore neglecting our needs
  • We feel afraid that we might be judged because we think differently then following the crowd
  • We don’t want to end up alone
  • We want to conform with others and please people to make them think highly of us

But you need to believe in yourself in order to grow. That really is what becoming an adult is all about. And this is a lesson I am still learning in my 20s.

When you start to believe in yourself  and act accordingly to your highest good. You demonstrate to people that your values, opinions matter as well. That you are on the same level of the playing field. But most importantly you teach people how to treat you.

If you fast forward to 20 years from now and look back at your life. I am sure you would agree that you would have wanted to believe in yourself more. Because believing in yourself far outweighs the opinions and critics of others.

Even during the most difficult times, when things aren’t going so well and you’ve got no one but yourself to depend on. Have faith and listen to your intuition. What is that voice saying? What is it that you really want? Listen to that voice that’s responding back to you.

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Happy 25 year anniversary to my beloved parents. My everything. My entire world.

The next few months I want you to start to get to know me and my family. I’m shocked and ashamed I haven’t talked much about them on my blog. I have shown pictures of them on Instagram but I think it’s time you really get to know where I’m from and who I am. 

When I see photos of them I can’t help it but think of home. My beautiful country, Vietnam.

The place where I was born, went to school and grew up my entire life. It’s so important for me to keep the traditions that I learned back home, but at the same time remain modern and progressive.

I can’t wait for you to get to know the real me. Not the version you’ve been reading back home in Vietnam on the news. All of it does not accurately resemble who I am as a person. That’s why I’m so incredibly grateful that I have my blog, my Youtube and Instagram. All these platforms where I can showcase who I am and voice my opinion.

I’m not sure what time it is where you’re from, while reading this post ,but it is 9:09pm in Los Angeles. I just finished a long day of class. I am studying philosophy and law this semester. I’m having a great time so far and look forward to Christmas break so I can be reunited with my loved ones in Vietnam.

I hope you enjoy the photo. Here’s another photo of them on their wedding day.

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I want to share with you one photo I found on Ralph Lauren Home. I love everything about this photo. It makes me smile.

I love animals: dogs, parrots, apes, gorillas, dolphins you name it! Oh and guinea pigs and cats too 😛 I especially love horses because of how majestic and beautiful they are.

I find equestrian to be such a beautiful sport. The bond that you have with your horse is such a beautiful thing to witness. I highly recommend horse riding if you have a chance.  You will feel so empowered afterwards. That’s really the reason why I started horse riding, to help me heal emotionally and become mentally and physically strong.

I moved into a new place so I’m very inspired to make it very equestrian chic but most importantly create a feeling of home.

If you are new reading to this blog, I am originally from Vietnam and settling in America has been a difficult transition. I know first hand what it feels like to move abroad and not ever feel like you’re 100% ready and settled. I want to let you know if you’re reading this that you are not alone and there are so many people in your shoes who come to America and feel lonely. I myself included. Things will get better and I know that because I have gone through a lot of dark and lonely times to be where I am now. I love the woman I’m becoming into and will continue to better myself.

Please don’t give up and never let a person or situation define you.

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It was nice to take a break from school, blogging and social media in general. I became frustrated that I was stuck in the same routine, let alone be in America for so long. I needed to go somewhere new and inspiring to feel young again. I felt like being LA too long made me lose my interest in things that I used to love like: photography, reading and making collages. While, I love Los Angeles for school/work and opportunities related to my field, there is no charm here unfortunately. Sometimes, I even begin questioning if I should move back to New York but I haven’t given LA a chance yet so it’s not fair for me to assume that the grass is greener on the other side 😉

I went to France a few months ago with my sister and we had so much fun. It was definitely worth it. I came back feeling more refreshed and ready to create more content. Did you guys like the photos we took in France? I hired a photographer and we had a blast making memories together. So how do I even begin, with summing up how much change has happened over the last few months?

I think that’s how we all feel when change is overwhelming. There are no words to describe it.

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This song and a hot warm bath sounds like a perfect way to end the night. I’m really loving Disclosure at the moment. I’ve been playing all their old songs in my car the past week and it’s taking me back to my freshmen year when I was studying in New York. After listening to Disclosure it made me think of other old music I used to love listening to growing up. Death Cab for a Cutie, Toro Y Moi, Coldplay, Two Door Cinema Club and The Beatles.

I love how music can transport you back in time. I feel younger and rejuvenated after listening to old songs. Somehow in the process of doing that I also become more grateful about where I am right now in my life and what I have.

I think especially in today’s age where everything is so fast paced, it’s nice to slow down and just pause to reflect and see how far we’ve come.

Music like this makes me happy 🙂 It makes me feel like wow I cannot believe I am 24 and living alone in LA!

What an exciting time it is to grow and learn new things.

I also added some of my favorite candles down below if you want to check it out. If you have a hard time falling asleep I recommend taking a hot bath with epsom salt or lavender oil. Plus the candles really help sedate you 😉

Goodnight xx <3

 

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