Good Bye 2017, Hello 2018

Before ending 2017, I had a few more things to do.


I flew back to good ole Louisville, Kentucky to spend the holidays at home. I got to catch up with family and friends, try hot yoga for the first time, eat some HOT CHICKEN that I’ve been seriously craving, and do one last photoshoot!




I was surprised by how much I missed the ease of life in Louisville: traffic wasn’t hectic, lines for restaurants weren’t bad, homecooked meals at Mama Tran’s were always there, and I didn’t need a GPS to get everywhere. Life seemed so easy.

Then I remembered. When I first moved to Louisville in 2007, it wasn’t like that.  I had to work at it, explore, repeatedly drive to learn the highways, and go out to meet tons of people before finding my own little niches.




I know that this is just what I’ll have to continue doing over here in Los Angeles, California. I’ll have to work on exploring this city, finding a balance in my life, incorporating more of my creative passions into each week, and basically, just putting myself out there and not allowing myself to settle into whatever feels “comfortable” or “easy.”


So here’s to 2018: a year of pushing the limits, making dreams real, and living in the moment.  



I’ve already made my first move to following this path by completing the edits on my friend’s end-of-the-year photoshoot in Louisville. Here are a few shots below, and the rest can be found in this gallery.


For anyone interested, she also has a BlogIt is currently under renovation for the new year, but will be up and running shortly.  She’s an avid foodie, travel lover, beauty expert (in my opinion), best friend, and her name is Mia Nguyen

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Finally, I can’t help but end this post with a quote from The Office that I’ve found time and time again to be so relevant. We have to remember to appreciate what we have right now, because otherwise, we may just end up reminiscing about what we had while we’re living “the dream” that we sought.


“The weird thing is now I’m exactly where I want to be. I’ve got my dream job at Cornell, and I’m still just thinking about my old pals. Only now they’re the ones I made here. I wish there was a way to know you’re in “the good old days”, before you’ve actually left them. Someone should write a song about that.” 

– Andy Bernard (The Office)

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