Blogging Hiatus

New York Minutes By July 26, 2016 No Comments

First bump. From early July 2016.

I’m not too big on goodbyes. Plus, my husband is convinced that I’ll change my mind down the line, so “hiatus” it is for now. 🙂

In an effort to simplify and further streamline my life, I’ve decided to quit blogging for the time being. Yes, these efforts were perhaps fueled by my pregnancy news. However, this decision feels like a long time coming.

My thoughts on this and why I’ve decided to halt blogging activities.

1) As a New Yorker—or simply a working adult—I feel like my life is highly ‘calendarized’ as it is: I work from 9 to 6 Monday to Friday, teach yoga twice a week (down from four times), so that leaves me with the weekend to get any personal writing done. True, I could use my lunch hour or every now and then during lulls at work. But really, the weekend has always been my assigned “writing time.” However, come Monday, I usually end up feeling guilty for not having “accomplished” anything, when in fact, I should chill out, calm down, and accept that weekends are for resting, for meandering, for whiling away one’s time, binge-watching on Netflix—and that’s okay. One needs to recharge their batteries. So that’s what I did: accept the realities of my current lifestyle, the need to recuperate…and get plenty of sleep.

2) I first started blogging in 2003. I was recently featured in our company’s Snapchat story and our social media manager showed me that someone, a girl named Jen, had sent a Snap in response, saying that she used to read my blog back in the day—”Whineybaby” (yikes, haha) which later on became “Chocolate Soundboard”—and then NY Minute Now at its current iteration and URL.

This makes me wish that I didn’t decide to ditch blogging but the truth is, the climate of blogging is so different now than it was back in the day. And that’s actually okay. I am simply embracing the reality that I haven’t really been actively participating in this activity at the level one needs to deem it worthwhile. I have such high regard for blogging and my friends who blog and have this as their main livelihood. It takes time, discipline, and consistency to achieve their level of success and readership, which unfortunately and admittedly, I have not devoted as much of.

3) That being said, I have quite a bunch of unfinished or unedited posts. Having come from magazines, I can’t seem to shake off the “create and collate” system that delays my posting of things. When I read drafts, I notice that there isn’t that much left to be edited or tweaked, and these posts just stay there in limbo. My hope is to get to post those still.

So yes, a goodbye of sorts, but not really. Simply carving some time for myself and this upcoming bundle of love, so as such, parking the blog for now.


I’m still lurking in social media (I did quit Snapchat too though) so if you’d like to stay in touch, just add me on Facebook. Every now and then, I still post on Instagram too. 🙂

Ipsy April 2016 Glam Bag & NEW! Around The Blox

Beauty, Events, Hair, Lifestyle, Makeup, New York Minutes, Shopping By April 17, 2016 No Comments
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Three awesome products from the Ipsy April 2016 Glam Bag (the pouch is so cute too!): Em by Michelle Phan Waterliner in Chocolate Dream; Starlooks Luxe Longwear Eye Pencil in Jet; and Crown Brush C427 Duo Fiber Blush Brush.

I’m still working on the Too Faced Sweet Peach and Zoeva Rose Golden Eyeshadow Palette post, you’ll see those words hyperlinked once it’s up. 🙂 In the meantime, I wanted to give a quick shout-out to two new things in the beauty and lifestyle subscription space, the April 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag (check out my review of the March 2016 Ipsy Glam Bag here) and a supercool “monthly entertainment concierge box” called Around The Blox—very exciting! 🙂

Yoga Notes: How I Became A Morning Person

Inspiration, Life & Times, Lifestyle, New York Minutes, Yoga & Wellness By April 12, 2016 No Comments
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Times Square, one very early morning. The longer you stay in New York, the more likely you end up avoiding this area. But if you happen to be walking around when it’s practically deserted, indeed you see a beautiful cityscape.

This week marks the end of my stint teaching the Monday 7 am class at Sonic Yoga. I’ve taught this early-morning Vinyasa yoga class shy of one year, and now I am moving to the Thursday evening time slot.

I am not a morning person by nature: If and when left to my own devices, I would go to bed between the hours of 2 and 4 am and then wake up at 10 am, or maybe even sleep in until noon.

However, years of working in corporate New York, and now yoga, have changed my circadian rhythm of sorts.

By the way, I’ve just looked up “circadian rhythm” (to make sure I was accurately referencing the term) and I stumbled upon the following from the National Sleep Foundation:

“Changes to this circadian rhythm occur during adolescence, when most teens experience a sleep phase delay. This shift in teens’ circadian rhythm causes them to naturally feel alert later at night, making it difficult for them to fall asleep before 11:00 pm. Since most teens have early school start times along with other commitments, this sleep phase delay can make it difficult to get the sleep teens need—an average of 9 1/4 hours, but at least 8 hours.”

(News Flash: I was NOT a lazy teen, after all!!!)

In recent years, I’ve managed to force myself to be up, out, and about early. At work, it makes a good impression and I’m actually able to get things done. In yoga, getting to the studio early ensures I am calm and composed by the time the students trickle in, versus dashing in all frazzled and stressed (which still happens occasionally when the MTA truly messes up).

A few years ago, while in between jobs, I actually did go back to my old (or natural) sleeping pattern. However, I noticed that I wasn’t making a lot of progress on my job search, so one day I decided to start getting up at 7 am and walking to the park. For the first few days, I could not stay awake after breakfast, so I went back to bed for mid-morning naps. But believe it or not, by the following month, I’d landed a job.

I’m not saying that one can’t be productive nor that it isn’t  worthwhile sleeping and awaking late. Things I’d worked on in the wee hours—when my mind is clear and I am laser-focused—have yielded beautiful results. Much of the back-end, nuts-and-bolts tinkering on this blog happens late at night on some weekends. In fact, I’ve scored a previous job from responding to a Facebook message at two in the morning, sent by a former coworker who lived in a different time zone, saying that her cousin just tweeted about a copywriting position and she thought I should holler back.

In my first Be Kind, Be True, Be You post, I’d mentioned prominent and successful people who happen to be night owls: President Obama, Mariah Carey…and I’m sure there are many, many others as there is plenty of research extolling the benefits of sleeping and rising late. Just check out the search results when you type in “famous night owls” on Google.

I believe the takeaway here is adjusting your body clock according to what improves your current quality of life. I say this in yoga class a lot: Leveling up sometimes means charging forward, but other times, it’s the dialing back that creates a springboard that propels you forward. Same with rising early or later—which one creates improvement in how you enjoy life?

Ipsy March 2016 Glam Bag Review

Beauty, Hair, Makeup, New York Minutes, Shopping, Skincare By April 5, 2016 2 Comments

I know it’s already April, but here’s my Ipsy March 2016 Glam Bag Review. 🙂

It feels like I’ve lived in a bunker all these post-beauty-editor years and now I’ve emerged, and left and right, there are all these AMAZING products churned out by cosmetic companies and more notably, vetted by AWESOME YouTube vloggers. I’ve recently been watching Nicole Young of Young Wild and Polished (I wanna be friends with her! Nicole, if you’re reading this, hi!) and Manny MUA (who just hit 1M subscribers! Soo thrilled for him!). ADORE! (Yes, that’s a lot of all-capped As, exclamation marks and parentheses. 🙂 )

Given my recent “reintegration” into the world of beauty, along with more frequent trips to Sephora, I also reactivated my Ipsy subscription. Here’s what was inside my March Glam Bag and what I thought about the products:

This Amazon Japan Dog-Lion Ad Should Win An Award!

New York Minutes By March 25, 2016 No Comments