Saturday, March 21, 2015

To my younger self

YouTube started the #DearMe campaign in honor of International Women's Day, which was on March 8. In all honesty, I didn't know the day even existed until I saw it all over social media. I think it's great that we have a day where we can celebrate the women who've made an impact on our lives and the world. And if you're a woman, you can celebrate yourself!

The campaign allows you to write a letter or "talk" to your younger self. I had the letter you're about to read in my drafts for a while now. It came across my mind at 12:31 am so I thought I'd continue writing it. Even if no one reads it, that's okay. Ultimately, this letter is for me and this opportunity to talk to my younger self is pretty darn neat.

Dear Sarah,

As you get older, you'll start to realize that popularity, boys, the brands you put on your body, and the 10 best friends you currently have, really aren't that important. You'll realize that doing well in school, speaking your mind, doing what you truly enjoy, and surrounding yourself with a few, good people, are. The people you are close with right now won't be in your life forever and that will break your heart. However, you'll be okay. 

Life is beautiful and it is also fragile. Treat everyone you know with respect and love. We need more love in this world. We need more kindness. We need more humanity. I see so many homeless people on the streets of New York, looking hopeless and scared. It breaks my heart. I wish I could feed and provide shelter to every single one of them. However, it's simply not possible. Why am I telling you this? I'm telling you this because you're in a very good place. You have a roof over your head, a loving and supportive family, an education, friends, food, and clothes. You are very blessed and fortunate compared to a lot of people.

Work on being the best version of yourself. Make a positive impact on this world. Kindness, love, patience, humility, generosity, and hard work never goes out of style. On the other hand, Myspace does. You may not be a straight-A student right now but eventually, you start caring a lot about getting good grades and you work your butt off in school. That doesn't make you a nerd. That just makes you cool. Although you still love to sing, you'll discover new passions. You're currently working in New York and you've developed a huge sweet tooth.

You're going to make a lot of decisions and you'll regret some of them. But that's okay. Don't live in fear and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Mistakes are beautiful. Life is beautiful. You are beautiful.


Your older self

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Eating, sipping, and living in New York

A good day in my book includes a good cup of coffee, a run around the neighborhood and a lot of chocolate. January 24, 2014 was a very good day. 

I took the bus into New York and went searching for a chocolate chip cookie, coffee, and chocolate. My friend recommended Culture Espresso one day so I went on Yelp to read some reviews. People were going on-and-on about their chocolate chips cookies and I had to taste it for myself. It was crispy on the outside but soft and moist on the inside. Very cliché but how else can you describe a cookie that's been done the right way? Unfortunately, it lacked that fresh-out-of-the-oven texture, which I was desperately seeking.

My next stop was Blue Bottle Coffee. The cafe felt cozy and the interior is modern and simple. I ended up reading a book while I sipped on a macchiato. It was a little too bitter so I added milk. I felt like I was making a faux pas but I'm not used to drinking really strong coffee.

Afterwards, I wandered around to see what else was nearby. To my surprise, I saw the Flatiron Building from afar. It's probably not a big deal to most people but I never saw it in person. What a beauty. On another note, I received some good news today! My aunt has a vacant loft in her apartment, located 2 blocks away from the building, and said I'm welcome to sleepover a couple of days a week. It's such a cool and strange coincidence. I guess stumbling upon the building was foreshadowing something really good.

Other places I went: ROYCE' ChocolateEataly, Grimaldi's, The Cellar

Monday, January 5, 2015

Goals for the new year

Happy new year! I celebrated it a little differently this year but nonetheless, the night was lovely. A new year comes with new goals. I feel like I've matured a lot this past year and have a better sense of who I am, and who I want to become. The goals I made for myself will help me become stronger (mentally and physically), healthier and happier.

- Drink more water and tea (less coffee)

- Exercise at least 4x a week

- Be kinder and more patient

- Consume less sugar (this may be a difficult challenge)

- Continue to stick up for my beliefs and respect myself

- Check my phone less, especially right before bed

- Worry less and stop trying to please everyone

- Carry my camera around for those impromptu moments

- Read more

- Spend more quality time with God

- Write a list of goals for every week

Revised on January 13, 2015

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Cookies, Candles, Chocolate

As of late, I've been treating myself to a lot of sweets (what else is new). Danish butter cookies were a staple in my household growing up. When I saw this tin of nostalgia at my mom's holiday work party, I got really excited and I ended up taking them home. My favorite are the pretzel-shaped ones and the ones with the raisins.

Candles make my room feel cozy and this pumpkin scented one smells so good. I got it from T.J Maxx on clearance. I'm not one to splurge $60 on a candle because I use them up really fast.

Caramel, salt, and chocolate? How could you go wrong? These Charbonnel et Walker truffles are dangerously good. I just love the packaging. I'm not going to lie. At first bite, I thought the salt was overpowering but then I got used to it. I think the salt balances out the caramel really well.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A new chapter

Life has been pretty great lately. I'm done with finals and my official graduation date is January 19, 2015. My commencement ceremony will be held in May, however. I got a 4.0 this semester and I'm so happy I finished strong. When I found out my final grades from my professor, the first person I called was my mom. I really couldn't have done it without her support these past couple of years. I'm glad I can graduate with zero regrets because I know I did my best.

I'm really excited to see what opportunities come my way and enter a new chapter in my life.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Spur-of-the-moment trip to Princeton, NJ

I never thought I'd find myself walking through the pouring rain for a good 15 minutes for a fat sandwich. But that's exactly what I did with my friends last night and I have no regrets. What sandwich is that good, you ask? The (extra) dirty sanchez from Hoagie Haven in Princeton, NJ. The dirty sanchez contains a chicken cutlet, American cheese, mozzarella sticks, fries and sanchez sauce. If you want extra sauce, which is definitely necessary, you have to ask for an extra dirty sanchez. The first bite was heavenly and I found myself taking huge bites of it because it was so good. I had to remind myself that the sandwich isn't going anywhere and that I can take my time. 

Afterwards, feeling full and content, we walked over to House of Cupcakes and got 3 cupcakes (2 cheesecake brownie, 1 carrot cake) to go. I scarfed mine down the minute we got home (I sound so ladylike). They actually renovated the bakery and now sell donuts, and other treats! I'm definitely going to try a donut another time. Fun fact: The founders competed in Food Network's Cupcake Wars and won!

I always enjoy going to Princeton because of the atmosphere and food. The university is beautiful, there are many shops such as J.Crew and Paper Source and plenty of restaurants to try. 

Hoagie Haven
242 Nassau St, Princeton, NJ 08542 

Other recommendations: buffalo fries and El Mexicano

House of Cupcakes
32 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ 08542