The Happiness of Pursuit

Let me start by addressing the fact that, yes, it's been quite a few months since I’ve blogged or appeared on any other social networks. 

I had put myself on a temporary hiatus to work on a few personal things. Looking back on it now, I'm not sure what triggered it, but quite frankly, I had sunken into a bit of a depressive state. Throughout my life, I've come to known periods of sadness, but this was different. I lost the motivation to blog, make videos, take photos, and even Instagram (my favorite!). Slowly, I also stopped going out, I stopped working out, and just spent a lot of time at home. I continued with the bare minimum of going to school and work, and almost nothing else. Sad, I know. (-_-)*

I never could figure out why I was feeling that way, or maybe if it was the typical mid-twenties slump people talk about, but I knew I wanted to do something to make myself happier. It felt like something was missing from my life; a sense of motivation or purpose. 

Obviously now, with the presence of this blog post, I’m feeling a lot better. :) As cheesy as it sounds, I feel like I owe it all to a book. I was walking through Barnes & Nobles one day (a place I find quite comforting), when I came across “The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life,” by Chris Guillebeau. The title probably doesn't help the cheesy factor, but honestly, when you felt the way I did, it doesn't matter. At my lowest low, part of my sadness was becauseI felt that the world didn't understand me, that I didn't understand me, but this book did. 

"I felt a deep discomfort the life I had been prescribed."
"They had a life that was relatively satisfying, but waiting beyond their comfort zone, was something better."

The idea that knowing that other people in the world had felt what I was feeling was eye opening and refreshing. Guileau's book shares many stories of people he's met around the world, finding a sense of fulfillment through lifelong (and short term) quests. I'm only halfway through the book so far, which also walks you through different ways to discover your own quest, but I feel so much happier already., just knowing what to do now. One of the suggestions is a bucket list. I've put together mine here.

This blog has always been a place for me to share different looks I wear and videos I've made, but it's called "In Jen's Life," after all. I'm excited to start posting looks frequently again, but in addition to that, I want to make this a place to record my personal quest for happiness, and towards creating a better self. That's what a blog was originally for, wasn't it? It was an online diary. I didn't really understand that before, but now I do, and I have a whole new love for blogging.

It's going to be a long journey, but I'm excited to embark on it, and share my experiences with you all. I hope you're doing well, enjoyed this read, and come along with me on this adventure!  (You can check out the book here) Also, before this post becomes an essay, I'll talk to you guys again soon!

Love, Jen

P.S. Meet my new dog Lulu! :) Bruce is still very much in the picture, he just has a buddy now. Special thanks to my cousin Donald for the pictures. :P

Express sweater (similar here) & leggings | Steve Madden boots | ASOS jacket (similar here)

#Flawless

This may come as a surprise, but I'm 25 years old and last night I just attended my first concert ever. Performers have come and gone to Seattle, but I've just never felt any of them were worth splurging on. When I heard J+B was coming, I jumped on the ticket and brought my best friend Isabelle with me! I always said that the day I finally go to a concert, the artist had to mean a lot to me, and you can't top the Queen Bey!

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For my first concert, I wasn't sure what to wear in terms of concert attire, but I knew it was going to be hot that day, I knew I wanted to be comfortable, and I knew it would be cold at night. My outfit turned out to be perfected for me! Also, you could probably tell it was inspired by her Flawless video.

You can find the pieces I wore down below, as well as other alternatives for your own Beyonce inspired outfit! :) -JEN

Pictures by Isabelle Nguyen... and a cop lol

Combats + Shorts

Express crop top | Garage cardigan (similar here) | American Eagle shorts (similar here)
Steve Madden combat boots | Michael Kors bag | Ray Ban sunglasses

I've always been someone that would go out of my way to wear heels at any occasion I could, but lately, I've wanted to try to mix things up. Don't get me wrong, my heel collection isn't going anywhere! I just wanted to add more variety to my shoe collection, so I had something besides flats and sandals on my laid back days.

With all the traveling I've done recent to warmer climates, I've grown to love more laid back Summer looks. Also with Fall coming in a few months, what better transition piece, than some classic black combat boots? They add an edge to any outfit and are incredibly easy to walk in! They can easily go with any leggings or shorts for those warm Summer days. As the seasons transition, I'm excited to learn how else I can style these new kicks of mine! :) - JEN

Photos by Nicole Patterson

Sunday A Cappella with Polka Dots

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Hello everyone! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! This Sunday, I found myself in Seattle's Ethnic Cultural Theater supporting a good friend of mine singing in his first a cappella performance.

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Forever 21 sweaters // Celebrity Pink jeans // Steve Madden booties
Michael Kors watch // Express bracelets

Watching an amateur group perform really reminded me of the two years I spent in my junior high choir. Add that with my recent new-found-love for Glee and I was all smiles inside. What I love about choir is that it's about your choir's voice as a whole. No we weren't cheerleaders or star players of the football team, but I remembered we had so much fun. It didn't matter our shape or size, we just became our own mini family. That's what I saw on stage during that a cappella performance: a bunch of people with a common love for singing, having fun. JN

Remembering Michael Jackson - Black or White

Forever 21 cardigan // Old Navy rockstar jeans (again here) // Steve Madden booties

Today (and yesterday) I pay tribute with a Michael Jackson inspired military cardigan. Since it turned out my entire outfit was black and white anyways, I decided to make the pictures like so as well. Plus, "Black & White" is just a great MJ song.