Better

The last month had been really stressful for me, and that explains my last post a little bit. I was stressed about a friendship, some drama, work, and being homeless. I was actually breaking out (well, breaking out for me, anyway – my boss said there wasn’t anything wrong with my skin) from all the stress, but now the friendship is right back on track, I no longer have drama, I got over the obstacle at work, and I just signed a lease today! Problems solved! At least for the time being, anyway! (And Friday morning I instantly noticed that my skin was starting to clear up!)

Work was a major one – for some reason my confidence was slipping, and it was affecting my performance which was in turn affecting my paycheck. This week I finally got it back, remembered how to have fun at work, and immediately my results showed!  Last night I had a one-on-one meeting with my boss, and I’m excited to get back on track to my next promotion. I know what I have to work on now, and am no longer worried about the sales portion of my job. I’m back to being a rockstar, like I used to be! 😉 It was actually probably the toughest struggle I’ve had so far at work, and although I know that there will be many more struggles as I keep going through the program, I’m feeling quite triumphant at the moment and am just going to savor it. My boss also said that this is major milestone for me 🙂 I’m still determined to stick with it, I’m still determined to succeed, and I’m still very grateful for the opportunity. I love my boss, too, and it helps so much to have such a positive role model – especially one that’s your boss! So I’m also very grateful that he’s my boss. I just had to say that.

As far as being homeless, I am officially moving into my new place tomorrow! I love the apartment. It’s a great deal, and I’m excited to have my own bed and room again! And a closet! My clothes are so wrinkled from just being piled into a suitcase the whole time. haha I still need to get a desk & chair for my room, a dresser/drawers and possibly a nightstand, but I’ll do that after I’ve moved.

AND my sister is coming to visit next week! I am so excited. I still haven’t really figured out how I’m going to leave a key for her…but I’ll figure that out too. I can’t wait to see her, I’ve missed her!!! So much. Yay sister!

So, although it’s been a tough month, things are looking up again and I’m excited again, and everything seems to be turning around again and I am better. 🙂

Advertisements

Please Support Me!

One of my dear relatives was recently diagnosed with ALS, and as sad as this disease is, I recently accepted the challenge of participating in The ALS Association’s Walk to Defeat ALS in the hopes that this is something I can do to help him.

Often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive, fatal neuromuscular disease that slowly robs the body of its ability to walk, speak, swallow and breathe. The life expectancy of an ALS patient averages 2 to 5 years from the time of diagnosis.

Every 90 minutes a person in this country is diagnosed with ALS and every 90 minutes another person will lose their battle against this disease. ALS occurs throughout the world with no racial, ethnic, or socioeconomic boundaries.

This crippling disease can strike anyone. Presently there is no known cause of the disease though support is bringing researchers closer to an answer. In the mean time it costs an average of $200,000 a year to provide the care ALS patients need.

The ALS Association is the only non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure.

I am asking you to help by supporting my fund-raising efforts with a donation. Your tax-deductible gift, no matter how big or small, will make a difference in the lives of many! It is faster and easier than ever to support this great cause – you can make your donation online by simply clicking on the link at the bottom of this message.

Any amount, great or small, helps in the fight. I greatly appreciate your support and will keep you posted on my progress. Thank you for your support!!

Please click here to support me.

Family

The hardest thing about this move so far hasn’t been working on my feet for endless hours a week and having one day off, or the extreme cold (it’s extreme for me, anyway), or even the whole moving thing. It’s being away from my family. I miss them so much it’s insane. I mean, I do like living on my own, but sometimes I just want to be in the comfort of home. It’s only been 5 months but I’m already planning on going home for Christmas – come hell or high water, I’m gonna find a way to get home for Christmas this year because I really cannot imagine going for longer than that to see my family.

I’m lucky we’re so close, but it really sucks to miss them! Especially since I recently realized that my sister is my most favorite person in the world – there isn’t a kind of love that I have for her that exists in me for anyone else right now. It’s part fierce protectiveness (I’m a Leo – loyal and protective of those I love!), part complete affection (especially when I think of her when she was young), and part just the way our relationship is – I can tease her endlessly and we both love it, and I know her better than anyone else. I want her to move to NYC and live with me for a few years at least, it sucks being apart.

And my grandma recently moved to Hong Kong as well from Cali, and I’ve always been close to her ever since I was little, with it probably stemming from the fact that everyone always said I looked like her when I was young. 🙂

Anyway. Guess I just want to say that although I love living in New York and love the opportunities that are opening up to me, it’s still hard being away from the fam, and I honestly cannot wait to see them again!

MmMm FOOD…! (and fam)

I’ve been having such good food the last few days – Saturday was Grissini (scroll down for Grissini info) at the Grand Hyatt, where I had a seriously melt-in-your mouth delightful beef carpaccio w/rocket (or arugula, depending what country you’re from) and slivers of parmesan, and for my entree had a pesto lasagne. I’m not normally a huge fan of lasagne, but I do love pesto, and this one came in a little clay dish, and each layer was thin and delicate, piping hot and just totally scrumptious, for lack of a better word! I shared the tiramisu for dessert but it was only ok, too creamy for me personally.

Sunday dinner was at Spoon at the Intercontinental (where that weird spork is from in the photo above), and I had the duck foie gras with this ginger sauce and a herb salad that came on the side. It was SO GOOD. I don’t even like ginger, but the sauce was delish with the foie gras, and it was quite a large piece and 2/3rds of the way through I had to pause because I felt like I was gonna have a heart attack. Entree was the shell pasta with ham and truffle in some sort of cream sauce, which was also really good (I love truffles, and I love cream sauce for pastas), but not exactly spectacular (then again, how spectacular can pasta really be?). 

Last night dinner was at Cafe Deco on the Peak – not exactly fine dining, but it was still really yum. Had a Caesar salad to start (nothing special, but I really wanted salad suddenly last night) and then ordered the truffle + prosciutto pizza that also had rocket/arugula on top and some parmesan cheese. Seriously, if you ever go to Cafe Deco I highly recommend it.  SO GOOD. Sadly I couldn’t finish it, even though I tried really hard to! 😦 lol (We were at the Peak to show my cousin’s friend the view, but unfortunately yesterday was raining cats and dogs the entire day and at night, and the Peak was foggier than ever. From the restaurant we could barely even see across the street to the Peak Tower!)

Also sadly, I didn’t take any pics. I probably should have, although I would have felt kinda self-conscious. LoL

(No, Andre, I’m not fat. Psh.)

On a totally different note, the lil sis, my parents, and my grandma are all arriving later today! As fun as it was having the apt to myself, I’m excited for everyone to get back. I’m sure home will be really very noisy (lil sis has a tendency to sing and dance around the house, or my dad will be chasing her around the furniture as she runs away squealing “SAVE ME! SAVE ME!” lol) but it’s gonna be so much fun. 🙂 I love my fam!