I Took A Chance On Me

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Take a Chance on Me.”

What’s the biggest chance you ever took? Did it work out? Do tell!

Scene from The Devil Wears Prada
Scene from The Devil Wears Prada

I truly thought that 2015 would be THE YEAR to bring prosperity in my life.  I believed that it was finally my time to expand my career path, to have my life back on track, and finally to enjoy every moment of my life without financial worries.

But no, right after the new year, everything changed.

I lost my job due to corporate reduction (while this company hired several C level executives overseas few months ago to off-balance this cost).

All of my experience were with heritage luxury companies and jobs were dried up in this field due to rapid market change.  I felt hopeless, needed supports from my peers, but several of my past professional contacts never bothered to return my messages for any advices or leads.

Realized that I was stuck in a profession and not heading anywhere, I had to create my own opportunities to jump start a new career path for me.

I was always fascinated with social media and how its impact affects on business outcomes, social behaviors and people engagement.  So I went back to school for the first time in more than 20 years and studied Digital Marketing as a way to expand myself expertise.

Majority of my friends were supportive of this change, but some of them were skeptical.  One friend felt that I was too late in the game to focus on digital marketing with out any prior experience.  This feedback was hurtful but made me wanted to learn even more.

So, I took a chance on myself, but I had doubts about it throughout this humbling process.

I felt defeated often because there were so much new information to absorb and learn.  I was out of my comfort zone and wasn’t sure if this was the right thing for me to do.

But I DID TAKE a chance on myself.  If I didn’t, I wouldn’t able to re-create, Wang And The City, my personal blog and wrote, Shenanigans, for Blogging 101 to express my thoughts about this topic.

Because I took a chance on myself, I co-created, JPink Boutique, my e-commerce site featuring beautiful women’s accessories with everyone.

I am glad that I took a chance on myself eight months ago so I can re-learn everything about myself.  It is an on going process but I am happy with this progress and enjoyed every moment from it.  Perhaps I should also thank my previous employer for this.  Other wise, I would not have the courage to take on this chance to re-invent my self, (while coyly flipping the bird at them as my way to express gratitude).

You’ve Got The Love – Wednesday’s Lyrics

This beautifully written song covered by Florence + Machine is my “pick-me-up” song when I am down.

The upbeat tempo puts a smile on my face when I think about the great times that I have had with my dear friends back home.  The lyrics also resonate with me deeply especially when I have moments that “… I feel like throwing my hands up in the air, and Lord, I just don’t care.”

My gals from Sex and The City
My gals from Sex and The City

I am not religious, but I find this song inspiring and uplifting. The message tells me that everything will work out in a mysterious way.  It is also comforting to know that I am loved by my partner, my adorable Elliot, my sometimes dis-fucntional family and my sometimes crazy friends so I can get through my day.

So please enjoy this song and I hope it too will put a smile on your face today.

PS:  Sex and The City featured this song when all the girls reunited for one last time before the show signed off.  Of course, I teared up like a baby when this song played.

“You’ve Got The Love”

Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air

I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying, “Lord, I just don’t care.”
But you’ve got the love I need to see me through

Sometimes it seems that the going is just too rough
And things go wrong no matter what I do
Now and then it seems that life is just too much
But you’ve got the love I need to see me through

When food is gone you are my daily meal
When friends are gone I know my Saviour’s love is real
You know it’s real

You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love

Time after time I think, “Oh, Lord, what’s the use?”
Time after time I think it’s just no good
‘Cause sooner or later in life, the things you love you lose
But you got the love I need to see me through

You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love
You got the love

Sometimes I feel like throwing my hands up in the air
‘Cause I know I can count on you
Sometimes I feel like saying, “Lord, I just don’t care.”
But you’ve got the love I need to see me through

All The Single Ladies, All The Single Ladies …

Beyonce, in tiles
Beyonce, in tiles

This post is inspired by Sylvain Landry’s weekly photo challenge, On The Road.

You can spot “art” everywhere in New York City if you look around different neighborhoods closely.  There are graffiti painted murals everywhere from Hells Kitchen to Harlem. Unique statues with rich stories are placed in local parks.  Even the Empire State Building is inspired from Art Deco era, it stands proudly in Midtown and illuminates colorful lights every night.

This portrait of Beyonce was created with individual glass tiles and carefully placed on a wall.  I found it inside the bathroom of a restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, Vinyl.  Beyonce was smiling and wanted me to put a ring on her while I was urinating.  Needless to say, I giggled incessantly looking at Beyonce and truly appreciated “art” in an unusual place.

Black Is The New Black

Fall is fast approaching.  I know many of us are ready to trade in that flirty camisole, short shorts to lightweight cardigan, feminine skirt and start to embrace a new season.  According to Fall 2015 fashion presentations from New York, Paris to Milan, black is making a comeback this season.

Versace
Versace

Black is easy to wear. It is chic, sophisticated, easily coordinated with other colors to create a color-blocking story.  Black creates a slimmer shape and is forgiving.  In New York, it is like our daily uniform, we wear it for its versatility.

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Fall 2015 had several designers from Donna Karan, The Row to Alexander Wang all featured “Black” as the main color story for inspiration.  When I worked for Giorgio Armani, Burberry to ESCADA, “anything black” was my go-to uniform for versatility, classic feel, and functionality.

Dolce Gabbana
Dolce Gabbana

So don’t give away any of your black clothes yet, this trend is coming back in few weeks, my fashion peeps.

A Sweet Day

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Today Was a Good Day.”

In a Mesh gallery, show us what makes you happy. Share your ideal day, recount a memorable day in the past, or share your favorite things.

Central Park
Central Park

I enjoyed this challenge so much that I wanted to share another one with you.  Besides, everyday should be a “good day”, right?

We were able to embrace the nature and ventured to Sheep’s Meadow, Central Park’s famous area for picnic, people watching, and more.  We got to hang out with my classmates from Digital Marketing class and it was great catching up with everyone during this outing.

Most importantly, Elliot got the opportunity to enjoy this fun day with us and our friends were eager to meet this adorable being.

Elliot, my sweet Elliot!
Elliot, my sweet Elliot!

Elliot had a great time licking my classmates, sniffed scents around the blanket, listened to our shenanigans, and tried to steal a piece of salami from the plate.

My Sweet Elliot
My Sweet Elliot

It was moment like this, in the concrete jungle, hanging out with your love ones and friends, looking at Elliot’s sweet face, making it a “Good Day.”

Bowties Against Bullies

Looking great and also for an amazing cause! So happy to read this!!

Second Wind Leisure Perspectives

Bowtie

Above-Time premiered its new line of fashion accessories on August 15th in San Diego.

The buzz in the air was palpable at the premier. Friends, family, media and fashion lovers gathered for this historic event for the official brand launch of Above-Time. The models, representing diverse cultures, rocked the runway showcasing the bow-tie collection.

Taking-a-Bow Reddick (second from right) and company take a bow after the show.

The high-energy event was greeted with enthusiastic applause and appreciation from over 80 guests as models displayed a variety of bow-ties paired with both casual and formal wear. A standing ovation greeted the models as they all paraded the runway for one last look, as Carey and crew accepted the accolades from the crowd.

Above-Time was created by Carey Reddick, Jr. and his brother, Christian in early 2015. Carey, a marketing executive, had difficulty finding up-scale fashion accessories to purchase for himself. Despite the…

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A Magical Day

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Today Was a Good Day.”

In a Mesh gallery, show us what makes you happy. Share your ideal day, recount a memorable day in the past, or share your favorite things.

Jeff's Wedding
Jeff’s Wedding

Jeff and Emma’s wedding was an intimate affair among close family members and friends.  It happened four years ago and they decided to celebrate this special occasion on the island of Kauai.

Against a piercing blue sky and magnificent landscape as their background, it was a magical moment for everyone to soak in this special moment with Jeff and Emma.  It was both a special and magical day for everyone.

Family
Family

Family