I am on a journey to live a life I love and to fill my life with the things that truly bring me joy... my dream job, loving relationships, financial abundance, a healthy mind and body, and a deep spiritual connection with all that is. I am living consciously to create a life filled with all the things I love.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Go For Your Dreams!

I just watched this video of Kandee, the makeup artist, who shares her heart and her story about what she went through to get to where she is today. It is truly inspiring and I wanted to share it with all of you. We've all gone through some rough times, but if we follow our dreams, there will be a way to make it happen!

Hope you enjoy!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

New Ideas for a New Business

I recently took a continuing education course at F.I.T. called How to Plan, Style, and Merchandise Your Apparel Line. It was a 2 day course that covered everything I wanted to know about how to get samples made, manufactured, and sold into stores. I'm so glad I took this course because I finally have all the answers to all the questions I had. I've been trying to get these questions answered by people working in the industry, but the people I've met have limited experiences and were not able to answer my questions. The process of creating a product and taking it to market seems less daunting, since I now have an idea of what it takes.

The course also included a guest speaker who teaches the Global Sourcing class at FIT. It was a great lecture that provided us with lots of resources to help us find sample making and manufacturing capabilities overseas.

Lately, I've been getting some ideas on potential products I can create. I know I will be going into fashion and will eventually create my own fashion line, but until then, I am hoping to create a simpler product that can take me from where I am right now to owning a sustainable business that will provide quality eco-friendly products for people, but also will bring in enough revenue to help fund my fashion design line.

What I discovered is that you should not expect to make a profit in fashion for the first few years. Imagine not knowing this and going into it expecting your new line to support you and pay for your living expenses. That would not be good. At least now I understand that quite a bit of capital is needed to start a line and I will need to find additional ways to support myself financially until the business starts to bring in profits.

I plan on starting with selling hand-made items until I have some more cash, or a business loan, to start my bigger ventures. Meanwhile, I'll have to juggle classes and currently my internship. We'll see how it all pans out. I'm enjoying myself learning how to make new things and learning a lot through my classes! I just recently learned how to draw and render fashion sketches. You can check out my design blog of all my design and craft related work. I will be posting things once I have photos of everything.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Self-Made Millionaire at Age 14

This is an amazing story about Farah Gray, a self-made millionaire at age 14. Watch his story here:

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Soup Kitchen in Brazil

Last December, I visited Abadiania, Brazil with my family to visit John of God's healing center. My sister, who had gone a couple of times before, showed us various sites in the neighborhood. One of our various neighborhood trips was to the soup kitchen on the other side of the highway from the healing center. This was where the locals lived, and many of them were poor.

John of God built a soup kitchen there where people could come and eat hearty soup several times a week. We visited it to see what it was like. I was surprised by what I saw. It was nothing like what I had imagined. I imagined a small little room that served soup on picnic tables. I was expecting a very modest place that was dim, basic, and all brown or beige in decor. After all, it was just a place to serve soup.

When we arrived, I was surprised to see a bright white and blue structure that was decorated with Christmas decorations. It was during the holiday season, after all. I did not expect money to be spent on such festive decorations. Walking inside, I was pleasantly surprised by the beautiful paintings that hung inside. The interior was bright and airy in the warm summer weather. How nice. It was the best soup kitchen I've ever seen.

Here are some photos of the exterior with Santa and his reindeers.

The portrait is of St. Ignatius de Loyola.

Here is a picture of the front door:

The interior as you walk in:

A view of the front door:

The window to the kitchen:

The most beautiful painting I ever saw painted of the Virgin Mary above the doorway:
Something that really surprised me was seeing all the kids in the soup kitchen. It's sad to think that children are going hungry because their parents don't have enough money to feed them. Hopefully this family has everything they need and is just supplementing their meals...

A little girl at the water fountain:
A picture of the actual soup that is served. It was very hearty and yummy. They didn't skimp on the soup recipe.

Inside the kitchen:

What surprised me the most about this soup kitchen was not only how clean it was, but after we ate our soup, we were given a tour of the rest of the building. There was a lot more to see! In the back of the building, there were clothes, food, and all the basic toiletries and necessities that families might need.

A kids room in the back:

The back area is quite large!

There's lots of food stored in the back! It's so neat and orderly!

Not only is there a lot of food, but look at all the clothes and how organized it is!

They even have soccer balls and soccer shoes for the kids!

Look at the toys!

Santa in the window!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Organic Food Delivery

I received my organic produce delivery from Urban Organics in NY. This is what the box looked like:

I must say, I was a little surprised that it just came in the cardboard box with no insulation, nothing to protect the veggies and fruits, and everything was just placed on top of each other. I guess I was spoiled by Chicago's Fresh Picks. They have everything in this nice reusable plastic container that they pick up from you the following week or whenever you schedule a pick-up. It also has insulation inside that keeps it cool just in case you come home late on the day of delivery. I guess just putting everything in a box is an economical and eco-friendly way to do it as well. I'm just glad I finally have fresh organic veggies and fruits! It's much cheaper than buying at the grocery store.

I didn't take any additional pictures since I was eager to just unpack it, so I'll take more photos of it after the next delivery. We scheduled for every 2 weeks just in case we don't go through everything because we're eating out or traveling. It does look like it's a week's worth of produce, so we may increase the delivery time and possibly add an additional juicing box. I'm considering juicing and using the pulp to make some baked goods for breakfast. I'm slowly going organic and vegetarian so that I can make it a lifestyle.

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Friday, July 3, 2009

Success Story: Sung-Joo Kim

It's rare to hear about a Korean woman who was listed in Wall Street Journal's top 50 women to watch, but I recently read an article about Sung-Joo Kim, founder of a company called Sungjoo Group and chairman and chief executive of MCM Group who that has done just that. Read more about Sung-Joo Kim here.

If you've heard of any other amazing success stories, please send them my way.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Most Profound Question

This video was just too funny. I just have to share...

A question from a guy to Abraham Hicks.
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