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As summer winds down and makes way for fall, I’m looking back at my 2020 Summer List–it looks like I was very all or nothing. The things I did get done, I really got done and the things I didn’t were basically left untouched! 😅 Here’s a little bit more about each one–


Visit the South Coast Botanical Garden with Valentine
OK, so I ended up not actually going to this particular place but my goal with this was to get out with Valentine and I was able to do that this summer! We went for a hike in Palos Verdes, we hung out at the Bluffs in Long Beach, and we had a few safe/socially distanced/masked hang out with my close friends (along with many car rides to the post office, pick up food, etc.) But I now have an eye out on dog-friendly nights at the garden and hope to check it in the future!

This was the last thing I added on my list and I ended up defining this as time of devices and taking time to read! I have been reading the daily entries in The Book of Awakening and I have a few pages left in The War of Art! I am also about a quarter of the way through A Song of Wraiths and Ruin and started Ghana Must Go.

Launch Year 2 of Better Letters In 15
I am really excited that not only did I launch and complete year 2 of the Better Letters In 15 Challenge, but I also launched monthly mini-challenges! The phrase for this year’s challenge was “Trust Your Creativity” and the first mini challenge for the month of September is back to basics–practicing the alphabet and creating a lettered piece with it. You can sign up here which will then give you access to all the emails, free PDFs, and challenge prompts! I’ve been sharing my practice and progress over on Instagram!

Hike Eaton Canyon
Due to the crazy heat I was not expecting, I didn’t hike Eaton Canyon but I did hike a Palos Verdes trail! My goal was just to get out in nature and so I consider this done because of that :) It was a beautiful day and we got there early enough where the heat wasn’t an issue. I do look forward to going to Eaton Canyon though–I haven’t been there in many years but it used to be one of my favorite hiking places!

Unpack One Box
It will be a year in December since I moved here and yes, I STILL have unpacked boxes! I wanted to go through at least one box this summer and I spent a Saturday afternoon unpacking jewelry/jewelry boxes and sorting through everything into keep, donate, and toss categories.

I am REALLY on a mission to only keep things I use and need and to get rid of as many things as possible so it felt really good to get this done! I still have several boxes to go and hope to tackle them all by the end of this year! Getting through just one box does encourage me and make me feel like there’s a light at the end of the tunnel!

Donate 10 Items of Clothing
Again, I am really trying to pare down! When it comes to clothes I think I’ve done a pretty good job of that but there are always things I don’t wear anymore or can’t let go of due to sentimental reasons so I thought I’d try to find 10 items to donate. I ended up being able to let go of much more and filled up a trash bag!

I’ve been trying to go through my clothes more often so they are in the best condition possible when I am donating and can have a good chance at a second life! My ultimate goal is to create a capsule wardrobe and no longer have to get rid of or get more clothing items.

PS: If you have a hard time getting rid of clothes, I have found that taking a picture of it, or you in it, or making sure you have a photo of you in it can really help with letting go!


Learn 10 Chinese Characters
At the time when I had created my list, I was on a roll learning Mandarin on Duolingo. I thought I’d take it a step further and really try to learn 10 characters like the back of my hand. I went as far as choosing the 10 words and making flashcards but they ended up sitting on my desk–oops! I still would love to learn these words–they are all food related so I can hopefully order vegan food the next time I am in Taiwan–so I think I’ll try to stick them up in my kitchen and try to familiarize myself with them!

Create Painting with Art Meditation Kit
This is actually something I was really looking forward to doing! Originally I planned to do it on my birthday as a fun way to kick off the new year but since it landed on a regular work day, I wasn’t able to find time to squeeze it in. I hope I get to open it up and try it soon though! If you’re interested in learning more about these awesome art boxes, head over to Masterpeace Box for all the details!

Do 5 Push Ups
I am a member of Bounce Society (super fun trampoline full body workouts) and have been working out regularly but man push ups are such a struggle for me!!! I would love to be able to do just 5 push ups really well and go from there! My plan was to do 1 push up a day and build on that but I ended up having to pause working out altogether for a week or so and really fell off the bandwagon on this one! It’s still a goal of mine though and I think in order to succeed at this one I need to create an actual schedule so I can slowly but consistently build up to the 5.

Release Brush Lettering Kit
I’m super frustrated with myself that this has taken me so long to put together! I think there are two reasons I have been getting in my own way for this one and I think it’s because I want it to be perfect and I am worried about translating a live in-person workshop into a kit. But I know these are just things that are creating resistance and I am determined to finish and release it so I can share brush lettering with more people!

Overall I’m really happy I was able to do at least 6 out of the 10 things and I’m not beating myself over what I missed! It’s been helpful just having the list and putting it on my fridge since that means I see it *several* times a day lol.

Fall is just a few days away and I am looking forward to making my fall list! If you’d like to join me, you can download the 2020 Autumn List template by signing up for the newsletter to get instant access to the PDF library:

FRIDAY, SEPT 18TH | #011

Friday 9-18-20 Photos
This rich and bold portrait of Justice Ginsburg is by Desiree Kelly


I have heard how blue light blocking glasses can really help keep our eyes from getting tired or strained and decided to give them a try! Between the computer and phone, I know I am staring at a screen a lot more than I should and it’s probably not so good for my eyes. I’ve been wearing them consistently for about 5 days now and personally feel like they have made a difference! I got this Maxjuli pair because it had really good reviews and were very affordable ($6.99)! I am definitely going to keep on wearing them.


I received a Vegancuts subscription as a birthday gift from my friend Faith and I have really been enjoying them! I just got my second box and wanted to share the contents. It includes both sweet and savory vegan snacks, a beverage, and part of the proceeds from each box supports animal sanctuaries! Most of the snacks are made from natural ingredients or organic and are pretty health conscious (so if you’re looking for brownies and chocolate chip cookies this probably won’t be the right fit). This is such a fun treat for yourself or as a gift to your plant-based, animal loving friend!


Melissa of Poppi Seed Market and I are very excited to bring you this Free/Fundraiser “Boo!” Lettered Pumpkin Workshop! Join us for one of two virtual workshops and learn how to letter “boo!” in calligraphy and letter it on to a pumpkin. 100% of donations collected will be used to plant trees to help restore CA forests lost in the wildfires. $1 = 1 tree planted through the organization, OneTreePlanted. Donation amounts are completely up to you and if you are unable to donate, you are still welcome to join! Click on the link above to learn more and sign up. We invite you to join us for some Halloween fun and help us reach our goal of planting 100 trees!


I learned Friday evening of the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Thank you to Justice Ginsburg for all that she has done. I hope we can continue do all that we can to continue the work she has done and honor her legacy. The link above is to a New York Time’s article and I also wanted to share Ruth Bader Ginsburg in art and words from The Washington Post. The beautiful portrait in the above photo was created by Desiree Kelly.

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FRIDAY, SEPT 11TH | #010

Friday 9-11-20 Photos


Valentine loves coming with me to drop off mail at the post office! I think it’s a nice way to break up the day and go for a quick ride. Sometimes when we get back, she’s not ready to go home and won’t budge from her seat! I’ll have to go around, open up the passenger door, and carry her back in lol.


I’m very excited that Sweet Deetails will be carrying Atiliay’s cards for a cause! Dien’s order helped to provide 40 meals and I am really glad we could do some good together :) I can’t wait for the grand opening! If you are in the Cerritos/Artesia and surrounding area and need a cake, be sure to check out Sweet Deetails!


I had back to back Zoom meetings earlier this week and had so much fun at both! The first one was an online workshop I taught, hosted by Masterpeace Box. It has been a long time since I’ve done a workshop and it was really fun to be able to do it online and create together!

The other meeting was a surprise virtual bridal shower for my friend, Erin! Although we can’t gather in person, it was so much fun to be able to celebrate her this way! We made signs, sent her a package with a bride tiara and sash, we coordinated our outfits, played games, and gave her our best marriage advice! I think the best part was the “How Well Does The Groom Know The Bride?” game–we had to secretly get the groom in on it and hearing their answers was hilarious! Congrats, Erin!

With everything happening, sometimes I forget how good it feels to connect face to face! Get some of your fave people and schedule a virtual meeting :)


This past week has felt so eerie and strange with the sun glowing red and the sky a grey orange instead of clear blue. It makes me so sad that CA is on fire again and I can’t help but think of what humans have done to cause this, whether it’s a party trick that went wrong or global warming. I feel especially sad for the wildlife that has been affected–they are just innocent bystanders. Here are a few ways we can help: Herd and Flock Animal Sanctuary, One Tree Planted, and California Fire Foundation.


“Michael Hingson was on the 78th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He says the first indication that something was wrong was the sound of a muffled explosion. Then the building began to tilt, and he felt the floor drop like an elevator. But Michael Hingson didn’t panic because his guide dog, Roselle, was calm.” Click the link to listen to this podcast episode from This Is Love.

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Friday 9-4-20 Photos


Last Sunday I met up with my fellow animal lover, card maker, and good friend of The Paper Wilderness! We did an outdoor, masked, socially distanced meeting because we are collaborating on a new product and had to go over samples! Valentine came along as well and we walked to The Bluffs and had our meeting there. The weather was perfect and it was so great seeing Jenna! Val also had a great time! Can you guess what we are working on?? We can’t wait for the big reveal which should be happening soon!


“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” – Albert Einstein

Earlier this week I got the chance to meet up with Susan and her son, Brandon! I brought Valentine and we enjoyed a wonderful morning walk together. We stopped for awhile at a corner where Brandon could watch the trucks passing by. Each time he saw one he would get excited and smile and point at it. I loved his reaction and it reminded me that we should live our lives just like Brandon, with wonder and awe of all the things around us, as though everything is a miracle!


I absolutely love my new candle made by Prosperity Candle, available at Gifts For Good! Not only is the black and gold so sleek and beautiful, but what I love most is that each candle provides 12 minutes of employment for a refugee woman rebuilding her life in the U.S! You can purchase the candle at the link above and learn more about how they help here. Thank you Jessica for the thoughtful gift! PS: Fun fact: I had the chance to work with Gifts For Good in the past–it was so much fun to see a box from them at my doorstep!


One of my favorite things ever is already cut fruit–you don’t need to do anything, it’s just ready for you to eat! 😃 I got a special surprise delivery of this beautiful platter of cut fruit–it totally made my day! Thank you so much Faith and Yossi! #fruittimeisthebesttime


I am so lucky to have so many thoughtful people in my life! I got a second special surprise delivery, this time from Jenna and my Godbunny Loulou, with help from Alex! 🐰 It was such a nice way to end the day and vegan food and flowers are my fave! PS: How cute is the card from Jenna’s paper goods line?! See the entire collection here and you can find her on Instagram too!

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Pro tip on how to feel young: forget how old you are because you can’t do math and/or have a bad memory, think that you are a year older than you actually are for the first 7 months of the year, then one day be reminded by a friend that you’re completely wrong and get 7 months of your life back! 😂

As I start my 36th year (not my 37th as I had previously thought for pretty much all of 2020 lol), I decided to pick a word like I do in January for the new year, something representative of my personal life. It came to my mind very quickly: journey.

I’ve been learning and understanding more about what it really means to focus on the journey, not the destination. I can feel that lots of changes are ahead, but I want to try my best to remember to embrace and appreciate each step instead of looking past everything for a final stop that really doesn’t exist!

I know when I look back one day, it will be very clear that everything was happening as it should’ve been all along–even if it’s a little tough to see that now.

Art has played such an important role during every stage of my journey. To celebrate another year of being able to create, I made a donation to Inner City Arts to support their work in providing arts education to the youth of Los Angeles.

Located in the heart of Skid Row, ICA believes arts and creativity are transformational and strives to engage young people in the creative process in order to shape a society of creative, confident, and collaborative individuals.

I volunteered there for a summer several years ago and had an amazing time helping students with their stop motion videos, art projects and collages, and so much more! If this cause speaks to you, I invite you to learn more about what they do and help art become a part of someone else’s journey too ❤️

PS: The best gift of all truly are the amazing people I am lucky to have in my life! Thank you for the love and kindness you show me, today and everyday!

PPS: Brian from the Backstreet Boys married his wife Leighanne 20 years ago today! I love that their anniversary is on 9/2! 🥰


Friday 8-28-2020 Photos

I totally thought today was Thursday until about 2PM in the afternoon! I feel super discombobulated now but here’s this week round up. Take good care and have a good weekend!


It’s never been more clear to me than now how important it is for us to vote. If we want to see the much needed change we need in our society, I don’t think we can do it without letting our opinions and voices be heard in this way. If you need to register or know someone who does, head over to Voting and politics can be really confusing but I think this site does a great job of making things easy to read, understand, and take action. Not only can you register to vote but you can check to see if you’re already a voter, learn about the electoral college as well as each candidate and their stance on various topics.


Thank you Violet for this adorable mask made with photos of Valentine’s head! :D I thought this was such a fun gift! You can get your own made and at and the best part is that they donate to The Arrow Fund, a non-profit that provides vet treatment and shelter to animals who have been victims of torture, abuse, or neglect.


My friend Archna told me about this game a few months ago and I immediately loved the concept and the questions that were being asked! Lucky for me, she gifted it to me for my birthday and it arrived the other day! The purpose of this game is to help players dig deeper and learn more about themselves and the other players. You can learn more on their website or Instagram. Here are a few more examples of the questions the game comes with: Who in your life can you be the most vulnerable with? What insecurity of yours holds you back the most? What lesson took you the longest to unlearn?


This passage from The Book of Awakening by Mark Nepo really speaks to me:

“Of course, there will always be times that we need to find our very precise way. But more often than not, our image of a destination is only a starting point that we cling to needlessly. When we can free up our sense of needing to arrive in a certain place, we lessen the weight of being lost. And once beneath arriving and beneath our fear of failing to arrive, the real journey begins.”

The older I get the more I understand what it means when people say it’s about the journey, not the destination. I think a lot of stress I have created has come from being unsure of where I am going and feeling like I need to. I want to try my best going forward to trust that I will end up where I need to be.


My morning and evening walks with Valentine, feeling the sun and breeze, seeing the beautiful sky and clouds. It’s such a great time to be quiet, to reflect, or to just put everything out of my mind and enjoy the moment.

My latest show obsession, Master In The House. I started watching it because my other latest obsession, Lee Seung Gi, is on it but I really love the other cast members and show itself! It’s a Korean variety show where the 4 hosts spend 2 days and 1 night with a master–someone who is an expert in their field–to learn from them. They range from accomplished entertainers and athletes to monks and dog trainers. There have been so many incredibly interesting people and while there’s lots of silliness, fun, games, singing, and dancing, the show has also moved me to tears (sobbing actually) and made me think. One of the masters talked about two questions that has really stuck with me–what do you want to be? Who do you live for? There are clips on YouTube and I watch the full episodes using the Rakuten Viki app. There’s a free 7 day trial but there are over 100 episodes of this show, each being an hour long at least, so it has been impossible to binge and I have signed up for another month of it lol.

This weekly Friday series is a simple way of documenting and sharing. To learn more about how it came to be, read the the very first post. To see all Friday posts, click here. I hope you like it! :)