Couple weeks ago, I ran a 5k Walk-Run. The Walk-Run was one of the biggest fundraising events hosted by my company annually. I started fast jogging for a good 10 minutes, ambitiously. Once a mile passed, I suddenly felt so thirsty and was so short of breath. The rest became really rough. I had to make frequent stops and ended up walking the whole way back to the finish line. I didn’t sign up for the timing chip since I knew I could never compete with anyone.

Growing up, I knew from the start that I never had that competitive blood in me. I tried to play the keyboard, learned how to dance, played a few sports, but nothing seemed to really stick. I spent a lot of the time going to school and closed myself in the tiny back home in Vietnam and studied a lot. Fast forward to a few months ago, I learned from a Dr. check-up visit that there were 3 things I needed to keep up and on-going: strength, endurance, and flexibility. And going to the gym is one way I can keep the three at its minimal healthy level. When I was in Seattle, my boyfriend and I did an 8-mile hike up the mountain of the Rattlesnake Ledge and down the Snoqualmie Falls. You can read more about it, here. I did okay! But not until last week running the 5k, I learned that my body’s endurance is at the level zero. My whole legs hurt for a solid few days afterward.

MOTIVATION:

Social media is powerful. As a fashion blogger, I know the importance of looking good and feeling good in the clothes I wear. Talk about over-sexualized or unrealistic body ideals of girls in the media, those get thousands or even millions of likes and comments. As the matter of fact, it’s a number game for social media nowadays. As an adult, I find myself falling into that rut pretty often, and I’m sure it’s even tougher for teenaged girls and younger people. However, let’s just set all of the negativity talk aside and focus on the bright sides of things. We’re all striving for that perfect body, and for a lot of people who are into and understand it, it’s the determination and hours spent training. And thanks for social media, the inspiration is endless. You can easily go on Youtube and search for a specific workout, and I’m sure there will be tons of them. Watching it isn’t gonna do anything.

I’m the type of person who can find inspiration and can be able to inspire myself by doing all sorts of things. I usually would hop in the car and drive away. I go to the malls and shopping outlets and can spend hours looking through each rack of clothing. Finding something designer branded and cheap is my reward of the day. I’m a visual learner, so I can just bring my laptop and a journal with me everywhere. And typically, a cute local coffee shop is where I often be. With some rad tunes and a good cup of coffee, that is my happy zone! A HUMAN figure that has always served as not only my main source of inspiration but also motivation, is my boyfriend. *Let’s hope that he doesn’t see that I’m talking about him here. He’s really supportive and always motivating me to do better, to create more and be more passionate about things I create. I can go all sorts of directions from here, talking about the what and the how he inspires and motivates me so much, for days. So let’s just end it here!

So yay! I’ve joined the gym!

Thank you so much for reading! Hope you had an amazing weekend. I spent my weekend with some of my close friends for a Bachelorette party in Las Vegas and had a blast. Hopefully, I’ll have a travel blog up very soon.

stay inspired | as always

OUTFIT DETAILS: jacket and shoes: Nike (exact ones are below)  | leggings: Lululemon (old, bought on sale last year)

Photos were taken at the Snoqualmie falls and the Rattlesnake Ledge in Washington, by: Toan Chu

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