"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." Maya Angelou
Welcome to L.A. Vida Color!
You might be wondering what this blog is all about. I started this blog because well, I love blogging.
Let me backup a little bit and explain...
As a kid, my dream was to be a writer. I was the biggest bookworm, and devoured books like Nancy Drew mysteries, Baby Sitters Club, really anything I could get my hands on. Even old encyclopedias lying around the house! Reading inspired me to write, so I began writing on pieces of computer paper. Just silly little stories about animals that could talk, or whatever my creativity ran with.
When middle school rolled around, we finally signed up for dial up internet. The internet is still probably one of the most life changing things I’ve ever experienced. Seriously though. We take it for granted now, but at the time I was overwhelmed with how I could connect with people around the world and how any information I wanted was available at the click of a mouse.
While online, I discovered the concept of an “e-magazine”, and eventually created my own. Basically I wrote my own newsletter, with silly jokes, contests, and whatever else I wanted to add, learned some basic HTML on how to make it somewhat aesthetically pleasing, and sent it out to my list of subscribers. I don’t know how, but I managed to gather a few dozen subscribers on my mailing list!
After I started high school, I became more interested in makeup and clothes. But I still spent hours and hours online. I scoured Makeupalley.com for makeup reviews and swapped makeup with other members. I started a Livejournal as a personal online diary type of thing (because we all know how everything in high school seems REALLY dramatic), but also used it to discover other people posting about their outfits, makeup tutorials, etc. I guess you can say it was an early form of blogging for me! But I didn’t really share my stuff with others, I was writing mainly for myself.
Later on in high school, I joined the yearbook staff (yes I was a nerd!). That’s when I really discovered how much fun it is to write for others too, not just for yourself. I didn’t mind spending extra hours after school, working on my copy and editing yearbook pages on our colorful Apple computers. We won awards for our yearbook (yes, there are national yearbook awards!), and I realized how great it felt to write for other people to enjoy. I try to keep this in mind when I write for my blog, and to provide something valuable to my readers (you!).
Sadly, I stopped writing after I started college and graduate school. Life got busier and busier. I felt more and more burnt out over the years, especially after I started working. Even though some people might say I am “successful” by society’s standards, I started feeling less and less fulfilled (more on that another time).
All of this led me to starting my blog. Although it’s often stressful running this blog, I am honestly happy I did it (I hope I can say this in 1, 2, or 5 years too!). It’s such a release to write about something I enjoy, and see my ideas come to life.
I know this is a long-winded story, but I wanted to share it because I’m sure many of you may feel the same way about your situation. I read an article recently where it talked about how many of us define ourselves by our work. For example, when someone asks you, “What do you do?”, most of us respond with what our jobs are. Not what makes us feel alive or what brings us pure happiness. The article suggested taking up a new hobby to help remedy this problem.
My point is, whether you want to start a blog, to travel around the world, to learn a new instrument, to adopt a kitten or puppy, whatever it is, just do it! I only regret not starting my blog sooner. Life is too short for these kind of regrets.
With that, thank you for reading until the end. And I hope I can provide you with something of value here at L.A. Vida Color.
P.S. In case you are wondering, the photo above was taken on a trip to New Zealand. The wind blowing my hair across my face is a reminder of that moment in time.
Yes the wind was blowing, and yes I was cold. But when you're seeing that gorgeous view with your own two eyes, you're just thankful to be there. You don't have a care in the world in that moment, and life is beautiful. And I think everyone can use more of these moments in their life.