Nostalgic. Invigorating. Cray-cray. Happiness. Emotional.
I haven’t spent this much time here since I was 16, and this is why I chose these five words to describe my time in California so far.
Nostalgic: I have driven by the houses I grew up in and (many) schools I attended since Kindergarten through 10th grade in Valencia and Santa Barbara. I have also made time to reconnect with friends that I have not seen or talked to in years. Nonetheless, you know you have real friends when you pick up right where you have left off ages ago without skipping a beat. We reminisced about the stupidest pranks we played on each other and laughed for hours at random inside jokes. Talk about delving into the throwback days.
Invigorating: Being in a new yet familiar environment has opened my eyes to all the possibilities Evolvemint’s mission has to offer. New and old friends have given me some great advice for future collections. They have been honest with me about their feedback and future ideas on how to improve our brand. I envision so many different avenues, I just have to smile and hit the pavement on keeping track of them all.
Cray-cray: I’m on a roller coaster of emotions. One day I’m hopeful, the next day I’m questioning myself. Sometimes I wonder if I’m crazy doing what I’m doing. To invest time and my own money; to take this risk without guarantees. But then again, life doesn’t have any guarantees, and you won’t know an outcome till you at least try it. Right?
Happiness: I can’t describe this feeling any more than how the definition of the word. It could be my nomadic spirit alongside a mantra I’ve adopted for myself.
The work I have created for myself is never ending.
So if I do the best I can each day towards accomplishing my goals, then that’s all I can physically do.
Tomorrow is a new day.
Emotional: I’m so invested in what I’m doing, it’s not easy to separate my ‘professional life’ from my ‘personal life’ because I’m living and breathing the Evolvemint mission and vision. At the same time, I am really open to listening to honest feedback because it’s the only way we can move towards creating positive impact. It’s difficult not to feel self-conscious at times.
Here are some pics that I’ve taken along the way….
In Santa Barbara – @area51 in the ‘Funkzone,’ the SB Pier, experiencing the sunset over the beach
In Valencia – Placerita Jr. High
In Santa Monica at the Pier,