Crazy to think it’s been one whole year since I bought my first home in Denver, solo.
Since then, I’ve learned a LOT about what it means to buy a home, be a homeowner, and manage a property. But as I’m reflecting on this whole last year, I remember how freaking OVERWHELMING it was to even think about getting started in the whole home-buying process.
And so, why not share some of the steps I took/things I learned? Maybe one of y’all will buy a home and invite me over for a lil vacay ;)
Hawaii. What a magical, MAGICAL place. Gorgeous islands where you can lay out on the beach OR go hike a volcano, eat fresh cut pineapple or freshly caught seafood. Seriously, it is magic.
I just went to Maui for 6 days and here are my recommendations!
Let’s talk about how to save your money, on the daily, monthly, and long term scale!
Although I'm not a client, I recently chatted with a @JohnHancockUSA financial planner. One of my 2019 goals is to make sure my budgets are in check (especially since I just moved to an uuuuuber expensive city).
Here are some general finance tips I have learned, as well as what has personally worked for me!
GAH where to even begin! Tokyo was insane and delicious and sensory overload and kind and tradition and modernity, all steeped together and served in a steaming melting (hot)pot.
I was there mostly for work so I spent the majority of my time at the Google office there :) But, I did manage to get about 3.5 days of sightseeing in, so here’s what I covered! I would DEFINITELY go back to see the rest of Japan. Kyoto… Osaka… Hokkaido… GAH I want everything.
Anyhoo, here’s the list!
Wait, Chi… did you like.. skip the whole section of retirement?
Yeah, yeah I hear you. It might seem crazy to talk about “early retirement” before even talking in depth about retirement generally, but I just wanted to talk about the third principle (check out Principles #1 and 2 in the previous post) that also rocked my world and dramatically changed how I approached my own personal finances. I promise, we’ll get to Retirement 101 in later posts. ;)
OKAY! So the very requested, long overdue series on Finance is here. Every Friday for the next month, check in to the blog for a new post about finances and how to be a BOSS at handling your budgets!
I grew up in San Diego, CA.
Which means that I am a total baby when it comes to dealing with the cold.
Which also means I take my winter gear VEEEERY seriously! Lots of folks have asked me what my favorite winter gear is, especially when it comes to being outdoors! And with my recent cross-country roadtrip with my Dad through Colorado, Utah, Nevada, and California, I DEFINITELY got to test out my gear. So here is a roundup of my favorite items:
Bowel movements. Pooping. Constipation. Digestive health. Not the most sexy of all wellness topics, am I right??
And there’s SUCH a taboo about it! It can be really embarrassing to admit that you have problems in the bathroom.
But hey, I’ll admit it.
If I’m not careful, it can be easy for me to be constipated or bloated — especially when I am traveling. Things can feel out-of-whack, and when those signs hit me, I know it’s time to pay more attention. Anyone else feeling me on this?
So I thought it would be a good time to dive into some basics of digestive health and how probiotics can play a good part in keeping things moving!
How to Find Your Sole-Mate
One of the biggest questions I get asked on Instagram is: What is your recommendation for running shoes?
My answer: It depends… on what feels the most comfy on your foot!
To which… lots of you probably roll your eyes and say, OKAY well what does that even mean??
Don’t fear! Here are 3 simple steps to finding your sole-mate:
7 Days in Switzerland!
Switzerland is easily one of the most breathtaking, beautiful place I have ever been. And I live in Colorado with the Rocky Mountains. Something about those Alps seriously just knocked me off my feet!
Anyways, here are all the places I ended up going during my time. Some of my all-time favorite areas were Interlaken/Grindelwald and Bern!
Hi, I’m Chi.
And I never thought I would have a job as a “designer”.
Seriously. When I was growing up, I wanted to be a writer. Then a figure skater. Then a doctor. Then I got to college and had NO CLUE what I wanted to do. I felt all this pressure to figure out what I was going to do when I graduated and… I had no clue. It was terrifying.
To end up here, where I am today, blows my mind. Here’s my story:
Specifically, here is what I packed for travel in Switzerland, Italy, and Turkey!
Things to know: I knew I would have to pack for multiple climates and activities. Trail running in Swiss mountains is a very different wardrobe than sight seeing in Istanbul and going out for drinks in Italy! Also, my trip dates were September 28-November 3, so I knew I would have some late summer/early fall weather. But above all, everything I packed I had to make sure that I could wear them in at least 2 of the following 3 contexts: hiking/exercising, sight-seeing, fancy things.
However, there are definitely things I learned from this last trip. Hopefully, you can use my packing list (and things I learned) as a good starting base for YOUR awesome trip! As always, depending on where you will be and what you will be doing, some of these items aren’t necessary. If you’re going to Milan in December, it’s going to be very chilly and winter coat season. If you’re in Rome in the summertime, prepare for some sweltering heat! For general tips and even more ideas on what you might need, check out Pack Hacker!
Headed to Denver and wondering what you should do?
Look no further! Here is my top picks for sights to see, foods to eat, and things to do!