Never Forget Where You Came From

This is a shot of me looking to the left out in San Francisco.

Photo credit goes to Julia O Test


This is a close up of me sitting down holding my head on my hand.

Never Forget Where You Came From

October 27, 2017

Never Forget Where You Came From

With the title of this post, Jennifer Lopez is coming to mind. 

Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got 
I'm still, I'm still Jenny from the block 
Used to have a little, now I have a lot 
No matter where I go, I know where I came from

I was just in Kansas for a conference with my colleagues. When I say colleagues, I mean my corporate colleagues and not my blogging colleagues. Throughout the conference, everyone asked me what I do. I would introduce myself as a Senior Account Manager with the agency I work for, but I would always throw in that I'm a professional blogger too. 

As I started to think about it more and more, I realized that between my two true jobs (neither is a hobby people) I become a bit overwhelmed, but I do feel that I've learned to manage it all fairly well. Over the years, I have strayed away from reviewing any and every single product that is put to the market in the beauty industry. That gets too complicated and doesn't make sense anymore. The launch of every new thing is not worth everyone's time, but some are more notable that others. This is where I determine what I even want to share with you. However, throughout all this hustle and bustle, I've realized that I am spread very thin because there is no way I'd be able to manage all the possible work there is to do. I can never get ahead. I'm always catching up and trying to race a deadline.

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This is a shot of me as I walk down the street in a Charming Charlie lace dress.

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The 2 job story

For those of you who know me personally, you know that I have a corporate career in the tourism industry. I work for an agency that builds websites, databases and essentially does all the marketing services for destinations around the world. Visit Phoenix or Visit Norway can be our client. Whether it's a city, a region, a state or a country, it doesn't matter. We have clients from all parts of the world, and they all have different needs. Over the past 5 years, I have gotten to dwindle down my client list to only the clients I can manage and have great relationships with, which has made my corporate job so pleasant and I genuinely love it. This started back in April of 2013, so in a few months I'll be at 5 years with my company. That's insane!

Now rewind back to January of 2013, during my senior year of college. My professor asked us all to create a blog and write 10 posts about a topic we felt passionate about, and could write 10 different posts on. Back then, I choose music because I went to a lot of festivals. After the responses from my friends, and even strangers!, I realized I wanted to keep the blog going and write more for an audience I may never get to meet. With my passion for beauty, I decided I would buy some of the latest makeup I was interested in and then, do a detailed review on if the product was worthy of purchasing or if anyone reading should seriously save their money for something better. Back then, it was just my opinion and there were no strings attached at all. There was no sponsored content, brands didn't know about me or the industry. It was just a cool way to connect with people from all over the US, and around the world!

Fast forward to today, where my audience expands over 500,000 people (insane!) and blogging is no longer just my past time or a hobby of mine. It is definitely a job. One that needs help, which is why I contract a few people to help me with day to day tasks, manage my Pinterest account, help with engagement, SEO, development, design and so forth. Otherwise, it would be near impossible to manage 2 full time jobs on my own. No one makes it to the top alone.

It takes a village to help me work 2 jobs like this.

I am beyond lucky to have such supportive and amazing people around me to help with it.

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Let's pause for a minute from the story, and let me tell you about this incredibly adorable ootd. This gorgeous dress from Charming Charlie is perfect for the upcoming holidays, and works wonderfully with these heels from Lucky. I bought a similar pair almost 2 years ago, but these are very close. 

When it comes to the jewelry, I am wearing a few pieces from a Charming Charlie ring set.

I have been raving about Monica Vinader for a bit of time now, and I just adore the pieces I picked out, and I wear them all at once. These stud earrings, which I mentioned in my dermaplaning vlog, are much bigger than I expected. They are beautiful and definitely more on the heavier side. The best quality studs I've ever owned. Monica Vinader is known very much so for her friendship bracelets, and I love them. When it comes to the particular one I purchased, I decided to go with customizing both the outside and the inside. On the outside it reads <3 Ada <3 and on the inside I had "Aaron" written there. That way he could always be close to me, even when I'm traveling. Super cheesy, I know, but I really do love it and it means a lot to me. That's all that matters, especially when you're customizing something. Finally I got two different rings that I have managed to take off maybe once, and realized it's easier to just keep them on through everything. This hammered ring is so easy to add with any look. It's unique in its own right. The riva diamond hoop ring is easily one of the most popular items I've seen a lot of U.K. bloggers rock over the past few years, and I just had to have it.

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Because I have clawed my way through to get an incredible corporate job, and also to make my blog successful, I am really passionate about business and women in the workforce. The fact that we can do a whole lot these days is so enticing and truly inspiring. We need to keep putting our minds to it. I came to the United States with not a dollar to my name, and I've worked my way to get to a place I can save money, have a 401K, travel the world and enjoy all that life has to offer. It didn't just fall into my lap. I genuinely worked hard for it day and night. I don't sleep much to be quite honest, given all the responsibilities I have, but I prefer it that way. I can sleep on vacation.

So there, my biggest advice is to pursue that dream no matter what. No matter where you come from. The other important thing is to be humble. No matter how far you get, never remember where you came from. Whatever that goal may be. Don't let anything get in the way of what you want, because if you want something enough, you will be able to find your way to it. Hard work pays off.

What's your goal? Where do you come from?

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In this shot, I am twirling as golden hour sets in in San Francisco.