New Portfolio & Revamped IG

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So if my readers didn’t already know or don’t follow me on social media, or simply didn’t read my last entry from yesterday — I dedicated an entirely new website to my photography, and I kinda revamped my photography account on Instagram to reflect the steps I made towards putting more effort into making my photography dreams into a reality.

I made my portfolio using Squarespace. They weren’t kidding when all of the sponsored bits of the YouTube videos I’ve watched mentioned how easy it is. I think I was skeptical and hesitant because of 2 main things: MONEY and EXECUTION.

I don’t really consider myself to be one of those individuals who live paycheck to paycheck, luckily, but also I wasn’t exactly sure how wanting to put forth a portfolio would be worth my return on the investment. Along with having much less opportunities to “go out there” and take pictures, and then have the time to edit them, and then post them. It seemed like it would’ve been more work than what I would get out of it all in return.

But after I really looked at my life, all of my youth wasted on working my 9-5, I finally decided, “I’ll never be able to do it unless I do it now.” All that motivational reading from scrolling through all the positivity posts on Instagram and words of wisdom from some of my favorite poets and authors and even mentors at my day job, really helped put me in that mindset to just go for it. Now if only I could do it for other things… I’m still working on it. But for now, this is a good start.

Taking this first step wasn’t as bad as I thought, but now is the time to keep going. I feel like I’ll be struggling, but I know I’ll never understand what progress I’ve made if I wasn’t struggling. Right now, I’m struggling with creating some kind of routine. The next project I gave myself is to go through my cousin’s wedding photos, edit them, and post them on my portfolio. This is what I get for having burst shot on and ending the wedding day with 1200+ photos to go through for the selection process. I’ll get through it somehow… Just need to take it one thought at a time.

With the Instagram account (, I’ve been taking small steps and keeping up a routine that I just suddenly started doing out of the blue. I started posting 1 thing a day on the account early first thing in the morning. Honestly, it started in the midst of me writing an email to a client, but as stated before: “I’ll never be able to do it unless I do it now.” So we’ll see how this goes…

That’s all I have for tonight. More soon!

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2020 Vision

It’s 2020, and I’ve still got a lot of planning to do for what I want to do and accomplish this year. I’ve told myself before 2019 started that I would start making things happen. Lo and behold, of course, I did stuff but not noteworthy of being considered accomplishments towards a better me.

But it’s 2020, and I’m getting the hang of actually setting realistic goals and accomplishing them. Here I am, freshly 29, and still struggling with those baby steps… but I’ve always said that I’m still moving forward and past all of the obstacles.

For starters, these are the journals that I will be using throughout the year.

The dark green journal on the left is my planning journal, which lists the important tasks and events of the year, along with some spreads that will help with my planning.

The white journal in the middle is essentially like a diary, where I pour out my thoughts and recap my day if I feel it is worth documenting. I started with the idea of using this secondary journal as a way to unleash my unorganized thoughts since I wanted my planning journal to be clean and uncluttered. But in the midst of going through depression in October and November, I was in dire need of an immediate outlet that allowed me to unload all that was stressing me out or made me cry. And trust me when I say, it helped to unload on paper. So, I will be using the white journal for both my unorganized thoughts and as a diary.

Not too long ago, I remembered that I had some thin Moleskin notebooks that I originally bought to start my bujo journey a few years ago, but my heart and mind weren’t fully in it yet. The black notebook with the “love” and pineapple stickers on the right has some attempted planning pages and “word art”. But now, I’m going to use the rest of the pages for scratch notes, brainstorming, and doodles.

I would’ve posted a still of the page in my planning journal of my goals for 2020, but there are a lot of personal things on there that I do not want to share. However, I will share these:

Long Term

  • Travel the world
  • Make photography into a hobby (or profession) that pays
  • Achieve minimalism
  • Maintain healthy diet & weight

Short Term

  • Go to my first EDM concert: EDC in Las Vegas, May 2020
  • Stay in touch with my family (This originally said “parents”, but I just had the thought of keeping in touch with the lot of the family I know using today’s technology of Messenger, and maybe the occasional handwritten letter or card)
  • Clean out my emails – both personal and work
  • Do something creative every other day

I have way more short term goals. Some of them, as I was listing them here, I realized could be considered long term goals. Some of the short term goals I have are in relation to a long term goal, like “lose 10 more pounds” goes with “maintain healthy diet & weight”.

Regarding the photography goal, I’m a step into achieving this goal and I’m happy to say that I have been approved to be a contributor to gettyimages and iStock. I have not yet submitted content, but I’m working on it. More general updates on this will ensue once I learn more about the Contributor Community.

To achieve minimalism is something that I’ve been trying to do all year last year, and it’s slow progress. On a random day last year, I watched an episode of Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and I was fascinated by the thought of minimalism, mostly through her way of teaching: to keep things that “spark joy”, and say good bye to what doesn’t. After watching all of the episodes, I’ve become all about “sparking joy”. Honestly, I just love that phrase so much. “Spark joy.”

More recently, Brandon’s roommate, Jesse, recommended a book to me with the similar concept of minimalism, called Goodbye, Things. Not long after the recommendation, I started reading a long excerpt of it on Google Shopping results, and I immediately wanted to read it. Of course, my want to order the physical book holds me back from the concept of minimalism when I could’ve purchased the e-book version. But oh well.

The last goal that I wanted to expand on is the one saying “do something creative every other day”. This goal came to mind after New Year’s Day, and I thought, “Hey! This could help me with not only having a side project to keep me busy outside of work, but it also gives me something to look forward to that’s different from my normal routine.” Using my creative juices in this way, I believe, also helps me get out of my comfort zone and break out of those creative blocks that I always have.

Recently, I had a longtime friend ask me if I could make a prayer card for her significant other’s grandfather. It was a small job that I was glad to take on, and it took me picking up Photoshop again and relearning how to use it.

The next thing you know, a few days ago, another friend of mine a few states away asked if I could help her with a new intro video for her YouTube channel. This is a bigger job than the last, but it’ll help me bring back my video editing skills. This one is currently in progress, and I’m unsure of the process it will take me to get through it, but I’m doing it. I’m kinda being a yes woman, if you think about it.

Lastly, for now, this is an ongoing “project”… and it’s helping my cousin, who recently got engaged, plan for her wedding! I’ve never been so excited for weddings before, but now I am. There’s a whole lot involved that I have no prior experience with, but I’m getting out of my comfort zone and learning something new with this. And I couldn’t be more excited for my cousin, but also about the process of going through this in general.

For the future of this blog, I am thinking to post only 1-2 times a month. Maybe one post to give a monthly update on my life and another post specific on my recent photography journey. Who knows. I’m still planning that out too.

I feel like there’s more that I’m leaving out, but I have to end it right here. Gotta put in some relaxation time, watch an episode of The Magicians and fit in some Stardew Valley before the night ends…

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New Beginnings. Again.

Canon EOS Rebel XSi & bullet journal entry

Hello, again.

I brought this site back to life to help me “rediscover” myself. I’ve been going through some really tough times recently. Times that brought me to what feels like my lowest low of my almost 29 years of living.

Moving out of my parents house for the first time and living on my own this summer has really made a big impact on my life recently. I was excited for this new chapter, but it was inevitable to face the challenges that came with it. And here I am, in the aftermath of my recent mental breakdowns that have been building up since the moment I stepped into my first apartment.

The website, this time around, will be focused on bringing back an old hobby that was prominent in my high school years: photography.

I was part of the yearbook committee for a couple of years in my high school career and remembering how I was an editor as well as one of the many photographers of the committee brought back some thoughts that I had buried since then. Life gets busy and you forget some things along the way. But everytime I get the chance to recall things that once made me happy or gave me some kind of impactful (is this even a word?) experience, I always get in a mood to put myself back in my shoes from back then. I used to believe that life was beautiful, regardless of the shit that happens. And it was the little things that made everything else feel much more meaningful and real. And with photography, it helped me realize all of it… from looking through the viewfinder at inanimate objects, to seeing the resulting photo come out looking great sometimes, and other times, just downright not as good as seeing the real thing with the naked eye.

So here we are, with a brand new look, new logo, and whatnot. Still some parts of the same ol’ Anne, but continuously bettering myself.

The featured photo is taken from my Galaxy Note9 of the ol’ reliable Canon Rebel XSi that I had handed down to me from my dad in my sophomore year of high school and a “self-discovery” entry from my bullet journal, which is another hobby that I picked up some time last year.

I will be back for more… but for now, enjoy.

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