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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Note to Self

Spring brings out this feeling of a fresh start and it's different from that "brand new year" feeling that I can't explain. The past two months have been extremely hectic and the last month, especially, was full of stress, anxieties, and I'm just glad that it's over. While the weather finally gets warmer and  the flowers begin to bloom, I've had some time to really think about things. This post is going to get a bit more personal. To be honest, I'm just writing and seeing where my mind takes me.

The world isn't always going to work in your favor. There will be challenges and unexpected events that are beyond your control. You'll get anxious, you'll feel alone, there will be nights that you just feel like everything is wrong. But here's that reminder that time goes on, and everything eventually passes. This is your reminder that you have overcome things in the past and you can do it again. It's okay to not be okay, it's okay to remove yourself from a situation that just isn't good for you mentally or physically. Maybe both.

It's okay to take a step back and reset if that's what will help you feel better. It's okay to lean on someone when you need to, but it's also important to be able to trust yourself that you can manage on your own as well. It's normal to overthink and feel overwhelmed. You are human. Take a step back, breathe, and figure out what is the best way to handle it. Start small, take it step by step, little by little.

Rest. Give yourself a break. Remember that you can do anything, but you cannot do everything. Stay hydrated, focus on your hustle, and don't talk yourself out of the goals that you really want to achieve. Believe in what you're doing and what you're working towards. Don't doubt yourself and take leaps of faith when you're given the opportunity to. Love yourself and treat yourself right. We're all going to be okay. May the Spring season, and beyond, be filled with light for you all.

Captured By: M. Panlilio

Saturday, March 31, 2018 Toronto, ON, Canada

WeWork: Balancing It All

Becoming a full-time influencer is exactly that, it's a job that is 24/7. It doesn't begin at 9AM and it doesn't end at 5PM. Everyday has work involved, but here's the thing: it's work I absolutely love. Every morning, I wake up loving the path that I chose. I chose to be my own boss, to take this plunge into the world of social media after graduating college, and I have not regretted it since. Blogging is a career path that has allowed me to call my own shots, to travel and see the world, and work with some really incredible companies and brands.
I recently travelled to Toronto to hang out with one of my closest friends, but even when I'm getting away from home, work still needs to get done. I checked out the WeWork locations in Toronto to get some things crossed off my to do list. We came across the Richmond St. W location, took some photos in the area, and then we got some work done at the latest location on Bloor Street.

It was fun checking out WeWork in another city, each one with its own style but still somehow still in sync with the other locatons. Although my trip was booked primarily to just get out of the city and relax a bit, I still had to get through a long to-do list I was trying to catch up with. After sitting down and focusing for a few hours, I was able to get a lot of work done and continue to enjoy the rest of my time in Toronto. It's always balancing work and fun whether I'm away or at home.

So how do I juggle blogging and this industry with the rest of my life? A lot goes on behind the posts that make it online, so it can get tricky sometimes making sure I do what I need to get done, and I also do what's good for myself and everything else in my life. Luckily, I've been a pretty organized person for as long as I can remember, but here's the system that works for me that might help you guys!

A few nights a week, when I can find some time before bed, I make a list of the things I need to do. Sometimes it's a week out, sometimes more. If there's something that I know is happening, I'll write it down. The sooner it needs to get done, the higher it goes on the list. And this list isn't strictly work, I'll include errands for the house, nail appointments, brunch or dinner with friends, a movie, etc. Everything goes on the list and then organized/edited as I go along.

After the list is done, things go in the calendar. Deadlines, meetings, events, when things need to be sent in by, when things need to be posted, etc. Once all my work stuff gets planned out, all the other things get planned out around those things.

Weekends are usually with Marco since we don't see each other during the week, running errands with him, hanging out, taking photos, but also just resting and relaxing. I'll try to plan things that are in the city during the week to be on the same day. If I have an event on a certain day and I can schedule other things to be on the same day, I will. Designating certain days in the city gives me flexibility to stay home a day or two during the week. And I need that.

City days are usually filled with meetings, seeing friends, heading to a WeWork location to answer some e-mails, edit, and write, shooting content for Instagram and the Blog, attending events, and heading home around or after dinner time. These are the days that I also usually really get my steps up. When I'm in the city, I walk everywhere so I'm able to squeeze in a workout too.

These are my off days, but even then, I'll still get some work done at home. There will be days that I'm literally just in my PJ's and no make-up, but I'll get a lot of product shots, edit a bunch of content, clean my room, and also get to binge watch some of my shows. Some days at home include filming for YouTube so for this, I'll need to change out of my PJ's and put on some make up, but it's still a day at home to myself. My "me" time is so important and I don't feel fully recharged unless I've had at least a day to myself before tackling a busy few days ahead of me.

Mental health is so important. The work and life in general can get overwhelming. There have been so many times that I've made the mistake of spreading myself too thin, where my anxiety has gotten the best of me. And as much as I love my job and what I do, in order to continue to love my work, I need to do my job with the most positive mind. Putting down the phone, stepping away from the computer, having time to myself whether it's meditation, sketching, etc. Those things help me clear my mind and get me ready for those busy days ahead.
March has been such a hectic month, but all the hard work has become extremely rewarding and I can't wait to share with you guys what is coming up next. This Spring season is going to be incredible and I'm still pinching myself over what's ahead. WeWork's motto is "Do What You Love" and I've learned so much about the world and myself by pursuing a career that is pretty unpredictable. It has kept me on my toes, taken me out of my comfort zone, and pushed my limits. But with any field, finding that balance has been the key to my chosen career path. If any of you have struggled finding that balance, I hope my tips can help you out. I hope everyone had an amazing March and wishing you all an incredible April.

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This post was sponsored by WeWork, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Thursday, March 29, 2018

#AllTheFeels in Lou & Grey

I've always been a creature of comfort, and when it comes to loungewear, I'm extremely picky. But my go-to pieces that I know will never let me down are from Lou & Grey. They have some of the softest pieces I've ever felt against my skin and I love how chic everything looks both at home and when I'm out and about. Shop some of my favorite pieces from Lou & Grey down below.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

WeWork: Do What You Love

I have been welcomed to the WeWork family and I couldn't be happier! It's definitely a better work situation compared to getting distracted at home or sitting in a coffee shop and hogging that one table for hours. I now get to call this home when it comes to getting work done while I'm out and about in the city.

WeWork is a global network of workspaces where companies and people grow. It was actually a research topic I selected for my senior thesis in Interior Design just because I was so fascinated by the concept and loved how each location was unique but still had that WeWork company feel to it. This is ideal for anyone that is looking to have a set workspace for their company with the opportunity to grow that space as your company grows.

As a full-time content creator, I've always got to have my laptop with me when it comes to work. Sometimes the Wi-Fi at the coffee shop isn't so great, I need to leave my house because there are too many things distracting me. Some coffee shops don't have bathrooms or they're too crowded and I can't find a seat. The list goes on when it comes to trying to find a place to work which is why WeWork is perfect for me, and it could be perfect for you.
135 W 41st St 5th Floor New York NY 10036
They have tons of locations across New York, even expanding to other cities and countries as well. For me, their Midtown location is my current home.

For the past month, this has been my home base and I've been loving how easily accessible it is no matter where I am in the city. The space isn't too crowded during the times that I'm there and I typically like to tuck myself away in a booth and really get focused on my work. My membership is a month-to-month hot desk and this is definitely a great spot for anyone that likes being near Times Square or Port Authority. They've also got a great coffee bar that I like to post up next to from time to time.

When I stopped in for the first time, I was greeted with big smiles and immediately felt like family, something I've actually felt in all the locations I've visited. So don't worry, it's going to instantly feel like home.
79 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA
The NoMad location is perfect for anyone who is typically in the Flatiron Area. It's a multilevel WeWork and I was so surprised by how much was in there! I believe it's one of the more heavily populated ones as well so you're definitely going to be mingling with a ton of other creatives and businesses here.

I love their pastel pink conference room and being able to get some work in there by myself was so peaceful, I actually managed to get a lot of work done. WeWork takes up 10 floors in this 17-story building and although that may sound a little intimidating, trust me when I say you'll be able to find your way around. There are so many different set ups that will make sure you find a spot that will make you extremely productive. Whether you like to get work done with a bit of noise, or you need a bit more peace and quiet, NoMad has that for you.

If this location interests you, being near Flatiron, be sure to check it out soon because their building is almost full!
134 N 4th St, Brooklyn, NY 11249, USA

This might actually be my favorite location of them all. Large bright windows, tall ceilings, comfy sofas and a ton of conference style seating. I just love how open WeWork Williamsburg is. I'm not in Williamsburg as often as I'd like to be, but for this location, I can definitely make the trip out here more often! It's such a beautiful space and even their enclosed offices still have stunning light spilling into each one.

Not to mention I love a good marble table and actually wound up sticking around for a few hours. It was one of my most productive WeWork sessions before my trip to Bali and the Philippines, and thank goodness for it because I was definitely behind on some work. This space is perfect for anyone that is typically in the Williamsburg area. Although this location only has one floor, it's one floor that really counts because it really is so beautiful.

If you love lofty spaces and bright airy vibes like me, then this location is probably the one for you. Already thinking about my next visit here because I just really loved it that much.

WeWork has been the perfect home for my productivity because it's got everything I need to get through my inbox, to-do list, and even get a lot of writing done which actually takes a lot of focus for me. Over the next few months, I'll be checking out more WeWork locations and share some blogging tips with you guys including how I stay organized and on-top of things, my work environment, and of course include all my favorite details about each space in hopes that it can help you find your WeWork home!

Stay tuned for a lot more with WeWork and if you have any questions, just leave them down below or check out their website for additional information on how you can join!

This post was sponsored by WeWork, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018

InterContinental Times Square

Perched above the busy theater district, I found peace and quiet at the InterContinental Times Square. Everyone knows how much I love the city, but I don't always love the noise and business of it all. That's why when I have these NYC staycations, I love being able to peak below from the comfort of my room. InterContinental gave me one of the best views I've had in a while, and I fell in love with the city all over again.

The room was comfortable for two, with a spacious king size bed in front of a panoramic view of midtown Manhattan. If you're looking to be in the center of it all, with Broadway shows on your to-do list, this hotel would be ideal. I remember nights peering out the window and seeing the lines to Broadway shows, not to mention there's an amazing selection of my "must-try" NYC eats right downstairs or across the street.

A special thank you to InterContinental Times Square 
for hosting me for a much needed city staycation.

300 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036, USA