I write this in caps because life is truly beautiful. I’ve been thinking about the next moves I want to take in regards to my body, my career, and the many other facts that affect my life: from friends, potential partners, to gambling, to everything in between.

And, I realized I’m truly happy when I stay true to myself. What do I mean? Staying true to myself means having the self-discipline and tenacity to create things that showcase the best parts of my personality.

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Contemplating Everything: One Messed Week

I’m failing at every aspect of my life right now. It doesn’t look good and I’m contemplating on whether or I’m headed in the right direction in my life. Direction as in career goals, career milestones, life-style, health, and everything in between that someone needs to stay happy.

I’m not sad or depressed. I’m merely disappointed that I’m turning out to be a nobody. It’s rather sad. Yes everyone, here I go again with another disheartening blogpost… but there will be a glimmer of hope at the end of this post.

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Unhealthy Relationships

I was watching a Buzzfeed Short about unhealthy relationships and I couldn’t help but to think of my relationship with my ex. For reference, here is the link to the video and I suggest you watch it because it’s powerful:

I’m crying right now. For the first time, I’m actually crying my past relationship… Yes, that’s correct. When my ex-girlfriend (of 6 years) and I broke up – I didn’t cry, I didn’t moan, I moved on with haste.

I’m tearing up right now.

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How To Overcome The Fears of Rejection: a response for a high school student who is applying to college


Ever since I wrote a detailed post about “How to Get Into UC Berkeley” I’ve received hundreds of e-mails from students requesting I proofread their personal statements: I always try take the time to help! I’ve met many wonderful students in the process & I’ve even met a few in real life!

A few days ago, I received a different type of letter. This student had an inquiry about the fears of rejection & how to accept rejection. It couldn’t come at a better time (b/c I’m going through a failed project at the moment) & thought it would be best to write my response through a post.

Letter from The Wonderful Student in Florence: 


Kathryn – this blogpost is for you! Alright, let’s start this thing!

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Keep Pushing Forward: Dealing with Struggles

Before I begin I want to say I received a wonderful comment from my last post. Here it is:


I really needed this comment (thank you Kirsten) because the video she is talking about, the current video I posted this morning, was one of the hardest shoots I’ve ever done in my entire life: it took over 2.5 months to conceptualize the idea, 4 weeks to shoot (4 days of shooting), spent over $500 to make it happen, had audio issues on two days, camera issues on the next, got kicked out of a campus on the last day of shooting (unusable UCSD footage), and it took over 35 hours of editing because I had four different ways of telling the video’s story.

I persisted because the idea is NOT just about one video. It’s about two. But, we’ll get to that at the end of this post.

Let’s begin…

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