Considering a lifestyle change

2019 was the year I have been waiting for awhile to come. Why? because it was the year that will change my life and my family’s lives as well. We have big dreams and plans for this year. Sometimes things happen in between your dreams and plans and you get pushed back further because of those circumstances. I do have the power to change them or keep moving forward. I’m a very optimistic person because I chose to be and I’m also a Christian. When you read Gods word, it gives you hope, strength, courage even through your trials in life. 

I had a rough start in January and it carried on till now. There were some good days in between but other than that, most were not or they were ok. I’ve always wanted a lifestyle change since I was in my late 20s. I don’t know if people have a mid crisis but I did. I’m also very ambitious and I like to learn new things especially in the creative and technical areas. My life really changed when I became a Christian. It made me dream bigger, not really on material things but rather my purpose to help people. I didnt know what that was until maybe I was 29-30. I became an LMT and as much as I enjoyed it, I didnt have a business plan or a backup plan if things didnt work out. I wouldnt say I failed my business, I gave up too early and I wasnt prepared of how it was going to affect me and my family. So after a year, I had to make a new decision, that was going back to being an employee. I got blessed when I got a job that I wanted. I am very thankful for it, but as the months and the years go by and circumstances arise, you start reconsidering a new lifestyle. You look back at what happened, you start asking yourself questions and at the same time you need to be practical because other people depend on you and it holds you back from taking another risk. 

I had thoughts of wanting to travel and move to another country for a few months for the experience, to live in a new environment and rediscover your purpose in life in the past. I’ve always know who I am in my 20s and its been challenging to pursue it in full force because my energy is sucked in by my day job, my kids and all the things around the house. Tonight for the first time ever, I actually thought of truly wanting to move out of the country. My parents are retiring soon and I am looking for a change. I would like to wake up and just live and not worry of what to wear, what time do i need to leave to get to work, where do i eat lunch and how long should i take a break, what time do I pick up my children, do I cook dinner or buy dinner and what time can I actually shower and or go on my MAC. I missed when I was on maternity leave for 3 months straight, even if I wasnt 100% feeling okay. I never had to think about those things, I did most of the things I wanted to with no  time limit. I have several months to think about whats important and focus on that, what goals did I plan and how do I achieve them this year. One thing is for sure is I definitely want a lifestyle change. I need to find my life balance once again. I know God will guide me throughout this journey in life as he has always done and continues to do so. 

 

Passion for Photography

Have you ever thought you can make a living doing something you love and enjoy? Something that can also be evergreen? Evergreen, what’s that? The first time I heard that term was when I listened to all these entrepreneur podcasts on my iPhone. I would say anything in the arts is usually evergreen but most  are in photography and video, because theres so many people out there that always want to learn those types of art and technology is always growing and improving.

I’ve always loved art since I was kid, but it was when I went to college when I was inspired to do graphic design and photography. It was a passion of mine back then and still is. Everytime I tried to go and do other things, it always lead me back to those types of art. It just comes natural to me. I have so many ideas and designs that most people will never see, but I have put some out there for the world to see. Check out my very first online portfolio here: http://7sdesigns.carbonmade.com

There’s so many places online to make a living off photography and graphic design. One of the sites I recently came across, I actually signed up a year and half ago was Minted.com photographer program, but you know, life happens and I got distracted and totally forgot about it. Well I’m finally starting to go back to it since I am feeling inspired and creative lately.

This program is awesome and if you’re into photography and graphic design, I highly recommend. http://Minted.com I haven’t tried any of the design challenges yet but I will soon. The prizes for the winners are cash and who doesn’t like cash and also your design gets featured on their site to sell and make more cash.

Please check out my store.http://aj7sdesigns.minted.com for holiday cards, special events like wedding invitations, birthdays and announcements.

 

7Sdesigns

The first online business I created was 7Sdesigns.co

I contemplated on what I wanted to build. I wanted to incorporate all the things I enjoyed the most which was my graphic designs and fashion, so 7SDESIGNS was created.

You will find some of my graphic designs and also shop my favorite fashion styles.

7sdesigns.co

 

10 Things to Pack for Vegas

I’ve been in Las Vegas since January 2007, almost 12 years and I can’t say I love it here because I like to live where there is a beach. I think it’s alright to live here, but I think if you’re just visiting, you will definitely enjoy it. I first came to Vegas when I was 21 and it was like WOW! All the lights, casinos, shows and especially the food. It was awesome and I got experience with my loved ones which made the trip better.

I didn’t really know what to pack when I first came to Vegas, but it really depends on the season you come to visit. Lately, the heat has been staying longer from April - October. That is six months of heat. It tends to be cold or hot in April, but otherwise, it’s warm and then extremely hot 100+ in June -September.

  1. Lip Balm - Its really dry here and you definitely need that lip balm everywhere you go.
  2. If you’re coming during April - October. I would definitely bring 1 light jacket or 1 long sleeve, the rest should be shorts, short sleeve tops, tank tops, flip flops and sneakers for walking.
  3. If you’re coming during November - March. I would definitely bring jackets, long sleeves, maybe a scarf and boots.
  4. For the girls - crossbody or messenger style bag for easy on the go when shopping and or walking around the strip.
  5. If you plan to go clubs, Ladies - nice dress and heels ; Men - nice button down shirt, jeans and dress shoes. Boots are not accepted.
  6. Camera/Video - Although our smartphone can take awesome pics/video, sometimes a better camera/video can be better if your like me. I love to take high quality pictures and video so I can showcase them online and print them.
  7. Of course - your toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, perfume/cologne. I do like to bring my own shampoo/conditioner in travel size because I am really selective when it comes to my hair.
  8. Lotion because its really dry. I mean it.. It is really, really dry here. Vegas is the dessert. When I was in Hawaii, I rarely put lotion, but when I moved here. It’s definitely a must.
  9. Sunglasses or a Hat - I have to wear sunglasses everyday because I am always out everyday. The sun is hot and you definitely want to protect your eyes.
  10. Sunscreen - Look for a makeup or lotion that has sunscreen protection. Especially when you go out during the summer.

I know there’s a lot more, but I’ll keep this list to ten items.

I hope you enjoyed this post and please feel free to leave any comments or email me.


Enjoy your visit to Vegas! The best time to visit is April or October.