Category Archives: Inspiration

823. She Thinks of Me.

823 - Thinking of You

Soley has zee best timing. I freakin swear, maaaann! Just when those annoying doubts started to sprout up again, I got a full dose of encouragement and support via email.

It’s the simple things…


And I suppose timing too.

Just last week when I was out with Cat getting fondue for dinner after a stressful few days, I received a few surprising texts from Soley.

Sole: You need to move to _____.
Me: I do! Why my dear?
Sole: Jus been feelin like telling u that.
Sole: gut insticts / put the _____ in _____ / bay area will ALWAYS be waiting for u / goldfish is only as big as the bowl / bigger the bowl, bigger the potential growth
Sole: Life is too sort to be living just one. Live as many different lives as possibly can / sj check. Davislife check. SFlife check.
Me: Wow. Thank you so muchhh! I appreciate you so much! Love you 🙂
Sole: U been desiring…follow ur desires b4 momentum /motvation fades …..;D
Sole: *Sole wave high five!!!!*

I’m truly lucky & blessed. Seriously. How often do you find friends that unselfishly tells you to leave them just to follow a dream that seems so far, so unattainable, so unrealistic with no guarantee of a happy ending (whatever that means)?

She’s the Jazz to my Will, the Harold to my Kumar and the Biggie to my Tupac (except living).

sole notes

She left this on my bedroom door a few months ago after a sleepover and it's still there. And yes, we speak in braille. ❤

I am so thankful for people like her being in my life and I only hope that I can be as supportive and encouraging to the people around me when given the opportunity. Gotta pay that ish forward, nahmean?!

And by the way, the above text in the email is from Timothy Ferriss’s The Four-Hour Workweek, another book gathering dust on my “night stand” (it’s actually a fireplace…but same thing…kinda).

Anyhow, after refueling myself with a bit more confidence and drive, I guess it’s time to suit up again! And prepare to do battle for a dream that is worth dreaming…


Another AdVENTURE / The Journey. Not the Destination.

I wasn’t going to say anything to anyone nor was I going to freakin write about it here, buuuuuut I felt the need to. I was actually going to do a photo update on my NY & DC trip (I know. I know. HELLA. FUCKIN. LATE. haha).

But who knows. Maybe in years (or even months) to come I can go back to WordPress and remember today as the day…I signed my soul over.

WOW. Dramatic much?

Just a little.


I guess it’s not thaaaaat big of a deal. But then again, it has the potential to be.

I’m trying not to put all my eggs in a basket  but I’m pretty excited and scared as a muthah. The next 2 months is gonna be a doozy…

Good bye, friends!

Good bye, free time!

Good bye, Thursday-Sudachi-sake-bomb-and-90s-night! #sigh

Hello, hard work!

Hello, hustle grind!

Hello, adventure (see what I did there? ;))!

That is all I can disclose at ATM. Which is basically a whole lot of nothing. Haha! My bad for being so cryptic/short. Let’s just hope errything falls into place and if it doesn’t…

Well. It’s all about the journey right? Not the destination?

Life is a journey,
Not a destination,
There are no mistakes,
Just chances we’ve taken
Lay down your regrets cause all we have is now

…sometimes you feel like you’ve got something to prove
Remind yourself that there’s only one you
Just take a moment to give thanks of who you are.


How Bad Do You Want It?

How bad do you want it? How much is it worth? What are you willing to do, to give, to sacrifice, to put in to make your dreams come true?

It’s easy to talk about. It’s easy to think about and get lost in. But are you willing to put in all that you have to make a dream into a reality?

I used to crack jokes and talk about how we shouldn’t chase people (as fine as he may be…daaaamn), but rather chase our dreams. What I’ve come to realize is the difference in being an idealistic dreamer chasing our dreams vs. living out our dreams.

You want to be an actress? You want to change the world? You want to save lives? You want to be the best engineer in your company? You want to open up a clothing store? Whatever it is you want out of life, big or small, how are you getting there? How are you working your way closer to that goal? Get up from your lazy ass, stop talking and start doing. Start living.

Instead of merely chasing, go out there and do something about it. Go LIVE your dream. Time is never going to slow down for you. It’ll keep on moving as you should too. And like my boy A. Rock said, “you can dream a little dream or you can live a little dream i’d rather live it cuz dreamers always chase but never get it.”


How bad do you want it?

But more importantly, how are you going to get it?

Ode to Meow-sic

“Don’t be THICKE. You don’t need a DOCTOR to figure it out. MUSIQ doesn’t all consist of the mainstream or those who are NOTORIOUS or BIG like pop stars. It doesn’t have to be the STORY OF THE YEAR either. I like the music that has ROOTS. It ain’t gotta be a TRIBE of GHOSTFACE people from the WEST or your GYM CLASS HEROES. It can come from the COMMON people caught in a FIASCO along with the future LEGENDs of the MOS DEFinately dope, the most NASty, HIEROGLYPHICS-writing, DILATED PEOPLES with my fellow SOULJAHs and OUTKASTS, the world has ever known.”


Starting Anew

Oh. So if you didn’t know…I moved to San Francisco this past mid-March. After months of debating whether I should/should not make the move and having many friends push me towards “the right” direction…I finally pulled the trigger, packed up my belongings, and moved to the Mission.

It’s only been a few months and so much has happened already! Now that I got all my traveling (for now) out of the way, I’ll be staying local and will most likely have a few stories to tell as I explore this beautiful gem of a city.

Also, I’m planning on being better at this blogging thing. As busy as I am on the reg. I need want to share my thoughts, experiences, adventures and most importantly…misadventures in my new home, “The City.”

I’ve been in crazy busy bee mode for the past few days weeks months year and many friends and family have asked me what I’ve been up to and what’s going on with my life. With so many events to plan, projects to design, new places to explore, destinations to uncover…this might just be the most efficient (though less personal) way of sharing.

So here goes nothing, SF. Please be kind.

And let’s hope I can make it past 2 posts this year. (haaaah)

“I’m always out there thinking maybe
Could this be a big mistake?
Have I made the wrong decision?
Is this the right road to take?”

“And I feel the fire burning deep within my soul,
Struggling for protection,
When I reach it, let me know!
And I feel I need some guidance,
But my heart won’t let it show,
And although the road is frightening,
I’m gonna make it on my own!”

To My Philanthro SF Hipster Sisters

Below is an email I sent out to the lovely ladies of Philanthro SF. It’s been a stressful month or two and we are TWO days away from our benefit event for The Somaly Mam Foundation.

I figured I’d pass along my daily dose of inspiration to these amazing women I work with. Why not, right? It only takes a few minutes to encourage and enlighten someone. And hey, if the roles were reversed, I know I would appreciate a pick-me-up here or there.

Anyhow, I am just grateful that we will be able to witness the fruits of our labor soon. Hopefully! Fingers crossed! 🙂

To my hipster sisters,

Although we might be a bit nervous or stressed (stop stressing.. think about the WRINKLES!!!) on how Saturday’s event is going to turn out, just remember..

As much sweat, time, and tears we’ve put into this night, we are doing it all for an amazing cause. I don’t think any one of us would be putting in the amount of work we have unless we believe in what we’re doing and posess the drive, the motivation, and the passion for those who needs us most.

So no matter what happens, whether we are successful or whether we fall flat on our faces, just remember that we took a risk in dabbling in something new and experimenting with our collective ideas–to throw an event in foreign territory, the Mission, and to put on unfamiliar, operational elements, a cover-band concert.

Although I may not be as eloquent as many of Matt’s inspirational emails, I just want to encourage and engrain the fact that we have been innovative and astonishingly creative in turning our ideas into a reality. Happy hour events? A double-day event of walking and dancing? A silent art auction, live music AND food tasting all in one? Ridiculous.

We are the youngest chapter incepted, yet I feel like we’ve gone a long way in growth and advancement. That in itself, is pretty damn amazing.

There will be elements out of our control and things that come unexpected, but one thing is for certain.. we CAN control how ridiculously cute and smashing we will look this Saturday!!!

Some of you have asked what we should wear or what “hipsters” are. I have attached a folder of images that hopefully can draw some inspiration on what to wear as well as a link to an ironically funny, poke-fun-of-hipsters YouTube video.

All of you are staggeringly amazing and beautiful so have fun, dress to impress, and more importantly work your inner self like it’s nobody’s business! It IS all about the attitude.. after all.

Remember clothing is a choice. We were born naked. Fresh is an opinion, love is objective, taste is selective and expression is my favorite elective. 😉

– Jenn “J.Sweets” Nguyen