"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. Let me back up 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. 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 joke and puzzles, 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, 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 finally decided to start this blog, to exercise the creative part of my brain I felt I was losing touch with. It’s such a release to write about something I enjoy and see my ideas come to life.
Starting my Virtual Assistance business came next, and this step felt so natural for me. I love to write (especially content that will help others, like reviews!), and I love learning new skills that expand the virtual world for me. After learning so many new things, I want to put them to good use! If you're a business owner, web entrepreneur, or blogger who needs extra help, I would love to put my skills to work for you. Check out my business page here for information!
With that, thank you for reading until the end. And I'd like to leave you with one more thought I try to live by: do what makes you feel alive or what brings you pure happiness. Whether you want to start a blog/business, 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 and business sooner. Life is too short! 🙂
P.S. In case you are still reading (and bravo if you are), here are some random facts about me:
-I love Disneyland! Growing up in Los Angeles, I've been going there since I was about 3 years old. That feeling of nostalgia is what keeps me going back year after year. You are never too old for Disneyland!
-I love Star Wars too. My boyfriend and I are big fans and have even attended Star Wars conventions. Yes, I know that may come as a surprise but they are a lot of fun!
-Cooking and food are my other passions (besides creative writing). I started out making dumplings as a toddler, and my love grew from there. I probably would have attended culinary school if I had the option as a teen. But never say never! When I travel around the world, one of my favorite things to do while abroad is to eat! I love experiencing the local food.
-I love cats and adopted two kitties a few years ago. I was born in the year of the tiger, so I like to think that's why I love cats, tigers, and leopard print so much! (I love dogs too, but grew up with pet cats as a child.)