Update on 2018

Fourteen days ago, when a new year began dawning on us, I was unsure, uneasy, a little uncomfortable, and stressed. Fourteen days later, I am still a little unsure, a little uneasy, a little uncomfortable, and a little stressed.

However, since the year began, to say that nothing amazing or positive has not come my way would be incorrect, as every day, it seems like something has managed to make me laugh, smile, or even catch me off-guard.

While we can never plan out how our days, let along our years, will go by, I have been doing my best to make my days more meaningful, busy, and full of the things that make me happy.

Towards the end of 2017, I must admit I felt blinded by stressors and circumstances that I could not physically change – and, honestly, I found myself in a somewhat negative headspace. Sometimes, when tasks become overwhelming and life may seem a little more difficult, I find myself stuck, unable to think beyond the walls of my stressors.

While I still continuing to work on realizing that there are things in our lives that we can change to make things better, I continue to remind myself daily that I am doing okay, I have so much to look forward to, and that I have so many wonderful people around me that continue to help me and support me – NO MATTER WHAT.

Over the course of the last 14 days, I have accomplished some of my goals (ALREADY), did some pretty cool things, and have experienced many lovely surprises that have caught me off-guard that I would love to share with you!

  1. To begin the year properly, I made a “2018 Intentions Board,” carefully listing my hopes, dreams, aspirations, and areas in which I woud like to improve. While these are fairly vague, in some aspects, I broke down the board into categories of different aspects and facets of life that are relevant to me. From there, I made goals and resolutions, within the categories, which helps me keep my thoughts, goals, and aspirations more organized. This way of organization helps me vizualize areas in which I would like to improve, and breaks every category into subcategories that more carefully detail exactly how I would like to help myself achieve these new years resolutions. Breaking down your goals and New Year’s Resolutions into “smaller” goals assists me in following through with these plans and goals, as they provide a footmap and steps that I need to take in order to stick by these intentions.
    I am positive, as the year progresses, certain aspects of my 2018 intentions board will change. But, an intention board allows one to give each year a purpose and gives one somewhat of a plan for this upcoming year. Feel free to take a look at my 2018 Intentions Board for a more in-depth analysis of my intentions for this year.IMG_5061

One resolution I specifically set out this year to accomplish was to find another job that made me happier, as I found that I was not happy with my previous job. After tireless months of complaining and finding every excuse in the books not to apply for another job, I knew that I could no longer put this goal aside. The work environment I was apart of did not treat me correctly, was very toxic, and began taking a negative toll on my mental health. I am now happy to say that I have found another job; one that makes me happy, and with a company that appreciates my services. I am very happy with my new job!

2.  Another great opportunity came my way earlier this year, when Warby Parker, an eyeglass company, approached me, after coming across my blog! The best part? Someone on their brand management team reached out to me, after accidentally coming across my blog, and was impressed with the content on here of my blog. Honestly, the fact that someone went out of their way to look over my blog, read my articles, and assess my blog, without me mentioning it, is already an accomplishment for me. Beyond that, it was greatly humbling that they mentioned the fact that they truly would like to work with me, seeing as they enjoyed my blog – THIS WAS ONCE AGAIN HUMBLING.
After coming across my blog, the Warby Parker asked me to help them promote and announce their new Spring 2018 collection. This was quite an honor for me and such a great opportunity! When I started my blog a year ago, I would never in a million years thought that someone, or any company, would approach me to help me promote their brand. While Warby Parker is the first and ONLY company, thus far, to ask me to do something of this manner. As the year continues, I would love to partner up with more companies, bloggers, etc., in the new future, through my blog, as this is something I am very passionate about!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 preset

3. Other fun things that I have taken apart in this year, includes spending time with my family and cousins, who I am all very close with. Family is very important and I love spending time with them, as they help keep me grounded, focused, and happy. My cousins, who are all around my age, mean the world to me. Beyond that, they gave me a sense of calm and happiness just simply by being around them. I love them all so much!ajskdfjkjaskdlfjIMG_4493Screenshot (401)Processed with VSCO with c1 presetProcessed with VSCO with c1 preset
AND, I have been spending too much time (if that is possible), with my dog, Kiki, who is basically family! img_4853

4. I also made a few trips down to Denver, Colorado, where I did some exploring and found some incredible murals that are pictured below. IMG_4892IMG_4891IMG_4888IMG_4887Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

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4. In addition, I went on my first hike of the year with my brother! We hiked up the infamous Flatirons and got a great workout in! IMG_4944IMG_4951IMG_4960img_4433img_5109
And, we also took a stroll down Pearl Street Mall, visiting the beautifully lit Boulder court house and took a detour into Lush.img_4064img_4088

5. I found some time to engage in some relaxation time, as well! Or, celebrating, whichever you would like to call it!IMG_4547OWLI6026.jpegProcessed with VSCO with f2 preset

6. As if life could not get any better, my parents also surprised me with a new book called “A Book That Takes Its Time,”which is a book about mindfulness. It is not just a regular book, but contains journals, stickers, posters, activities, etc., which I am excited to dive into! While I could not take a picture of every activity, page, etc., I provided a preview below of the content within the book, and tried to showcase the nature of it! I am so excited to dive into it! For those who are interested in purchasing the book, click here! The book is avaible on Amazon for $14.98 and is worth every penny – I would 10/10 recommend.
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7. The conversations I’ve had with my friends, THUS FAR, in 2018, have been nothing short of amazing. While many of my friends are away, live in different states, etc. I have been reconnecting and staying in touch with those around me. I have had some of the funniest conversations, as well as some heartwarming ones. It is always nice to stay in touch with friends and giggle with eachother – even from miles away. I LOVE THEM AND MISS THEM A LOT.img_5118
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8. Lastly, I came across a surprise in my email about a day ago and it was completely unexpected. While I was working my other food-service job, I came across a gentleman (who I unfortunately do not remember), but nonetheless, we must have engaged in conversation when he came into to order his food. “WOW” are the only words that come to mind when I came across this, as there are not many males my age even willing to do something like this, or even speak so kindly towards me. This email, whether I am interested in pursuing him or not, resonated with me, as not many people go out of their way to do this and be so kind. I really do even know how to phrase this – but, let’s just say, this is a pretty incredible gentleman. Needless to say, I am flattered, humbled, and just “WOW.” This email has been one of the kindest surprises that has come my way and I am truly blown away. 

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To say that 2018 has not been treating me well would be a lie, while I still find myself in somewhat of an exsitential life crisis, I have found that there have been many exciting, amazing, surprising opportunities that I have encountered and memories that I have already made. It is crazy to think that this year just started.

Even though 2017 was only fifteen days ago, so much has already begun changing and evolving. Whether or not it is because it is a new year, it is because of good karma, or if it is because I have taken the power to make positive changes in my life, 2018 has thrown me some wonderful, wonderful surprises and I have found myself in a much happier, calm space. Not that my life is much different than it was in 2017, but 2018 has truly handed me some free diamonds and surprises – none of which I ever expected!

I would love to hear how everyone else’s 2017 is going, what you have been doing, the good things that have come your way in 2018, and if you have an intention board to share!
I hope 2018 has been treating you nice, as well 
😊

xo,

Aichan Tewahade


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Golden Globes 2018: What To Expect

The 75th annual Golden Globes Awards will be airing tonight on NBC at 8 p.m. Eastern time for all to see. The award show this year will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, and will be hosted by Seth Meyers.

Many anticipate that the mood of this year’s Golden Globes Award Show will be a controversial and moody.

Over the course of the last year, Hollywood has been hit with some controversy surrouding the recent spur of sexual misconduct in the industry, as many celebrities have come forward with accussations recently. To say that Hollywood has not taken a hit, or has not been greatly affected by these accussations, is a lie.

Similarly, Hollywood has also taken a hit with racial and gender inequalities, as many A-listers have begun speaking out against these inequalities. Once again, giving Hollywood a run for their money.

With so many issues coming into question in the Hollywood industry, this year’s award show is one that you should not miss out on.

While past Golden Globes’ red carpets have often been filled with glitzy and glamorous outfits, things have changed. This year, we are anticipating the Golden Globes to be draped in all black, as actresses, actors, and activists are wishing to make a statement in the support of these injustices, specifically sexual harrassment, that many women and men have encountered in Hollywood. A handful of actresses and actors, who will be attending the event, have confirmed that they will be wearing black in support of movements, such as #METOO and #TIMESUP. Whether the black dress code will be effective to protest these crimes is still up for question.

Actresses, such as Meryl Streep and Michelle Williams, have already announced that they will be attending the event with activists, including the founder of the #METOO movement.

The big elephant in the room is whether or not Harvey Weinstein’s indiscretions will be addressed. Weinstein, who has often been the focus of the award show and is always seated at the prime table, is now on everyone’s mind, as he has been accussed of sexual harassment by many women, leading to the fall of his previous Hollywood studio, Weinstein Company. Whether or not his faults will be addressed is still up in the air.

With all this commotion clouding the minds of viewers and attendees, no one truly knows what to expect this year, other than Oprah Winfrey winning the Cecil B. DeMille award for lifetime achievement. Last year’s winner, Meryl Streep, who will also be attending the event, delivered a somewhat aggressive acceptance speech towards Donald Trump, speaking out about the xenophobia and discriminatory actions that exist in our society. Many are curious if Winfrey will deliver a similar speech, addressing these relevant issues in our society.

There is much to look forward to with this year’s Golden Globes, as many are curious as to how this award show will go down.

The only way to find out is to stay tuned and turn on your televisions to NBC at 8 P.M. Eastern time tonight!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Cole Sprouse’s EPIC Comeback

Okay, remember the Sprouse brothers, who starred on Disney‘s hit, The Suite Life of Zach and Cody? Well, hop back on the Sprouse board, because Cole is making an epic comeback as a photographer, model, actor. Just add it onto his long resume!

Cole Sprouse has definitely adapted and matured since his days on Disney Channel.

The epic comeback slowly began with a slow start, after a five-year break from acting, finally wrapping up The Suite Life on Deck, with his brother Dylan Sprouse and actress Debby Ryan. In 2011, the actor took his first break by attending Gallentin School of Individualized Study in New York. After a stint at New York’s prestigious school, the twin brother made a slow comeback on social media platforms, such as Twitter and Instagram.

The Instagram came with some backlash, as fans, or used-to-be-fans, mocked his long locks, and constant low-ponytails. Perhaps, he was having a quarter-life crisis?

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It was clear that fans were not very impressed. He is now displaying darker locks with his latest, clean cut look.

After a long while of backlash, the actor finally cut the locks, began posting funny Twitter rants, and began becoming active again on social media, being praised for his funny humor and his opinionated rants.
Sprouse’s shoot with photographer Damon Baker really solidified his presence back in society, as a relevant public figure.

He also gained some audience viewership with an Instagram, which is full of his recent photography. His photography is elegant, yet has simple, minimalist look that transitions well on his Instagram feed. With his Instagram, he allows his old fans to get in touch with a different, more artistic, sophisticated side of him, displaying more than legit photographs all over his Instagram. If I were you, I would be sliding into his DM’s right now!

He completely rebranded himself in months, and now, the Sprouse brother’s are once again relevant.

You can see Cole Sprouse on CW on his new show Riverdale, where he plays Jughead.

If Cole Sprouse can turn a whole band of haters to be on his side, so can you! Maybe photography might be your key to success.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Praisin’ Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler, thank you for being my life goals, source of laughter, source of inspiration, etc. for me! This lady is truly something else. She can make even the most silent  giggle outloud. That is a powerful mechanism that few possess. In addition to her relatable, yet bold humor and powerful statements, she also is a dignified writer, releasing a few of her own personal, very comedic, hysterical novels. My personal favorite is Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, CHELSEA. And, yes this book was one of her many successes she has achieved in this recent decade.

Not going to lie, I fell out of touch with Chelsea after her days on E! Television Network. It’s not that I got sick of watching her hilarious rants about recent entertainment news, with her fellows comedian amigo; It was that Chuy left the show. Chuy made that show incredible, and I think Chelsea herself, felt like she needed to make a new, bold move.

Recently, I checked out her Netflix original series Chelsea, which I recommend to everyone. The comedic transitioned from reporting about entertainment news, and focused her comedy towards world news and controversial news, morals, ethics, broadening her audience. It is still a talk-host setting, however, it is much more professional. Not to mention her more updated short ‘do, and her very classic fashion taste that she displays in every countless episode. This girl can talk, and she can talk well. The show did so well the first season, it even got extended with Netflix for another season.

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Handler made a bold move transitioning from a television network to an online streaming network, but did managed it successfully.

Chelsea not only educates, but makes me laugh out loud, literally. I am not only learning, but laughing. Learning, while laughing, is the best way to learn. Like, I would not have it any other way. Plus, her comedic transitional tidbits are incredibly hilarious and keep viewers, such as me, interested and excited for the next transitional piece.

Learning can be fun, and so can having opinions. This is what Chelsea Handler has taught me. It is important, and if you so desperately need to have fun while keeping up with worldly news, check out the weekly updated show.

The new content is hilarious, and she has even upgraded the individuals she has featured on her show. Her content is not only fresh, enlightening, and funny, but somehow relatable all at the same time. Some may call her comedic blasphemy, but I think she is brilliant, hilarious to say the least, and one of the most diverse comedics of our time.

Chelsea can be seen as a upgrade for Handler’s career, as it has always been skyrocketing recently.

As if there are more reasons you should watch this show, go ahead…click on that Netflix original. It is great for those looking to Netflix ‘n Chill.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

PS. This is basically a creepy homage to Chelsea Handler, the woman, the myth and the legend. Enjoy it, and embrace the weirdness, please. She is everything I live for these days…Chelsea is good, Chelsea is great, I hope Chelsea sees this.