Thursday, May 7, 2015

Karina | Graduation Session | Las Cruces, NM

It's that time of year again where many will be walking across the stage to accept their degrees - a symbol of late night study sessions, lots of coffee, and many years of hard work. Karina is one of those graduates who I have had the pleasure of working alongside these past few years. She is such a shining example to her children and I know there will be so many patients blessed to have Karina as their nurse :)

Congratulations to Karina and everyone else who worked so hard these last few years!



Shot on Kodak Portra 160

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Afternoon Tea at the Palace Hotel | San Francisco

On a recent trip to San Francisco to visit my sister, we decided that it would be fun to get a little dressed up and experience afternoon tea at the Palace Hotel. The hotel's Garden Court is gorgeous and makes you feel like you just stepped out on the set of Downton Abbey (the total fan girl in me wanted to squeal and run around like a 6 year old at Disney World, but I figured that might be inappropriate). The tea was lovely and the house made scones were delicious. We both had the Legacy Blend with hints of rose and vanilla. We enjoyed just sitting there, talking, drinking our 5 plus cups of tea, and relaxing in such a beautiful environment. (Needless to say, we were good on caffeine after our tea time.) This was our first experience having afternoon tea and we definitely recommend trying this place out if you happen to be in the area!

What's your favorite type of tea? Have you ever had afternoon tea?  




More Info: The Palace Hotel offers afternoon tea Sunday through Friday from 2-5pm and a special signature tea service on Saturdays that require reservations. (Afternoon tea is the more affordable option, but tea service on Saturdays offers a lot more in terms of service and delicious goodness.)

Friday, May 1, 2015

April Film Friday

Yay for Fridays in the spring! (Boo for allergies though - just sayin'.)

Film Fridays is a monthly compilation of photos from other bloggers all over the world and this month's theme was 'Spring.' One thing I love about photography is that everyone has their own style. If everyone's photos looked the exact same, things would get boring pretty fast. Don't you think so?

If you would like to participate in a future Film Friday, just let me know in the comments below or send me an email. You don't have to be a professional or have the fanciest camera (it can be with your iphone), just show us your beautiful work! Since May is a month of many changes with graduations, semesters ending and changes in season, next month's theme will be 'Change.'

Have a great weekend! :)

Kelly | i am kelly

Nicole | Agent D'orsay | Spring in San Francisco

Allie | Sincerely Bugs | Spring in Alaska

Robyn | An Ocean Dream

Francine | Francine's Place

Erin | comadiary | film

Nicole | Three 31

Nicole | Agent D'orsay | Spring in San Francisco

Robyn | An Ocean Dream

Julie | a hopeful hood

Nicole | Agent D'orsay

Monica | walk humbly | 35mm film

Friday, April 10, 2015

Film Fridays

When I was in college, I didn't subscribe to magazines like Glamour or Lucky and instead went for Time magazine. Nerdiness aside, the reason I choose Time was simply because of the photography. Their photos made me stop what I was doing, take in the photo, feel and imagine what it was like to be there behind the lens.

And so, I wanted to start a series on Fridays featuring photography from around the world (or maybe just the blogging world). The series will start off with a different topic each month. This month's topic is spring. And although the series is titled "Film Fridays," digital photography is most definitely welcome! You don't have to be a professional or have the latest gear, I just want to see your work and your vision :)

FujiFilm | walk/humbly
Do you have any photos you would like to share? I would love to see them! Just leave a comment down below or shoot me an email!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Summer Adventures

I know that spring just arrived, but I'm already excited for summer. Since grad school will be over, it'll be the perfect time to go on an overseas adventure! We just booked our tickets, and as someone who loves to organize things (this is sometimes a sneaky procrastination technique of mine), I'm enjoying researching things to do, places to see, and most importantly, where to eat.

Although I have been to most of these cities in the past when I lived in China for a year, I am most excited to be able to share this experience with my husband. I will meet family members I've never met before and see where my husband spent his early years in Hong Kong. Oh yeah, and we will order a ton of real ramen in Tokyo :)

Have you been to any of these cities? Are you planning any summer adventures? (Suggestions of what to do and see?)

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Little Miss Four-Eyes

My 4th grade teacher wrote a letter home telling my parents that I was constantly squinting when trying to read the chalkboard. This led to my first pair of eyeglasses. I definitely needed them. I mean, my eyesight was really bad, like this bad:

Regardless, the idea of glasses made me cry. As a people pleaser who cared way too much what other people thought of me, I was a distraught little 9 year old. With the help of my loving parents, I managed to find a pair of glasses that were pink and purple, and I actually started feeling okay about everything.

Then came the teasing.

Children can be so cruel.

I remember having the honor of being hallway patrol, dressing in high-waisted shorts, frizzy hair, sneakers with socks extending up mid-calf, and adorned with my bright orange, seatbelt-like "official" sash - who wouldn't command respect looking like that?! I distinctly remember a boy making fun of me, calling me "four-eyes!!," other children laughing in response, and the sting in my eyes as tears started to form.

I partially blame my local Lenscrafters and the staff for whom, for lack of any reason whatsoever, did not decide to tell me that the frames I picked were TOO BIG FOR MY FACE. (Come on, even my grandma made fun of me -_-).

But throughout the years, I've grown in confidence and learned to accept all my physical flaws (I'm still looking at you, frizzy hair...).

Now I'm on the lookout for new glasses and I heard about Warby Parker's home try-on. No obligations to buy anything and 5 frames are yours to try out for a week - free! These glasses are so much cooler than what I had to choose from in elementary school. Now to decide which ones?

I also decided to test these glasses through "real world" situations. They seem to hold up pretty nicely :)

 Are there any fellow four-eyed friends out there who were teased?

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thoughts on Empathy

Being a nurse, I often meet people when they are at their most vulnerable. Secrets that have never been shared, terrible traumas that were hidden, and even guilt and shame that weighed heavily upon regretful shoulders. Almost never will you find a person stop another person on the street and randomly tell them such personal things. But, this is what often happens in healthcare. Somehow and in some way, there is this bridge of trust that is so quickly and inexplicably built.

Last Friday, I went to a conference that focused on infant mental health and how experiences and stressors in life - at even such a young age - can have a profound impact on a child's learning and development. The topic was fascinating and I think my brain was overflowing with so much info. One of the things that stood out was a portion of the talk that looked at sympathy versus empathy. The guest speaker showed us a video that illustrated the difference between the two so perfectly (embedded below).

I think that whether you're a teacher, a mom, an engineer, or a corporate superstar, this is something that we should all know. I truly believe that life is all about relationships and that during the crummy, trying times, we should learn how to be present for each other. Learning to have empathy is just one way to start.

What do you think about empathy versus sympathy?