Lifestyle

Health Kick Hiiiiya!

I’ve been talking about how I’m going to get back into shape again and be healthier since I first arrived in Vietnam. Up until now, let’s be honest, it has not happened that is until now! After spending two weeks at home in Buffalo and gaining about 5-8 pounds, I am dedicating myself to a healthier lifestyle. I am going to do good things for my body and hopefully my body will do good things for me like not producing anymore kidney stones 😦

I am kicking off this new lifestyle of mine with a 10 day medicine cleanse given to me by a herbalist I saw here in Saigon. It was like something straight out of Harry Potter, such a cool experience! I am going to try my hand at vlogging and record this 10 day experience to share here so stay posted!

P.S. Has anyone tried this flavor of RX bars? They are delicious!!!! Tastes like a fruit roll-up but healthy which is HUGE. I wish I would have stocked up and bought more while I was home 😦 

Here’s to good health!

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Finding Happiness

Hello World! Hope y’all had a lovely weekend, my weekend was incredibleeeeee! I spent the weekend in Singapore dancing my face off at the Ultra Music Festival. Do you ever have those moments when you just stop and think about how happy you are in that exact time and place? It’s feels like time stops and you kind of leave your body for a second. Hard to explain, anyways, I do and I did as I was dancing in the crowd to Steve Aoki. In that moment and many others at the festival, I could not have been happier with my decision to buy tickets and do something I’ve always wanted to do. This the first music festival I’ve been too and after this weekend, I’m really start to ask myself why I never went to one before. But I know why, one main reason being fear. Fear of doing things alone and feeling uncomfortable. Before I moved to Vietnam and started this new journey, I would have NEVER done half the things I do here back home in the U.S. To start, I did not fully know how to be alone. I felt very self conscious and uncomfortable whenever I had to do things by myself. I know this is how many people feel and it’s totally natural. When you’re doing something alone, you feel like everyone around you knows it and that they’re judging you, totally being like “Oh that girl is DEFINITELY alone”. We all have had these thoughts and if you haven’t, I applaud you. I still have moments like this all the time here in ‘Nam but I’m working on being better at being on my own. It’s a day by day process trust me, but every day gets better especially when you start to feel comfortable enough to do the things you’ve always wanted to do. For example, going to your first music festival.

When I decided to move to Vietnam and start this journey, it was mostly because I wasn’t happy with my life back home. Yes, I have amazing friends and family with whom I love spending time with but something was missing. I have always wanted to travel, I’m the girl who asked for her passport for her 16th birthday. I did get my passport that year but did I use it anytime soon? Nope but I liked having it in case the opportunity presented itself. I tried so many times to convince my parents to let me be an exchange student somewhere, anywhere, but they did not buy it. The desire to travel continued to grow and grow inside of me until I couldn’t resist it anymore. That plus I was tired of letting fear rule my life. Buffalo, I love you, you are my home but (this sounds cliche) I knew I needed to get out and see what the world had to offer me and I’m totally on my way to finding it.

I’m starting with finding happiness. I’ve never been more selfish in my life than how I am now but I genuinely believe that we all need to be a little selfish sometimes, especially when we are young. Before I started this journey, I was in a long-term relationship, doing what I thought was best for my person and I. Was I happy? Yes, completely, until one day I wasn’t anymore. That doesn’t mean I didn’t love or care for that person anymore, I just needed time to be on my own and be unconditionally selfish. My parents raised me to always think of others and to be a kind, caring person. I can’t thank them enough for that (love you mama!!) but I’m learning that sometimes we all could use some time in our lives to be a little selfish, to truly figure out what we want out of this life. Now I’m not saying to just walk around being an asshole to everyone because you want to be selfish, no. Being selfish is a choice and the choices we make in life have consequences. I chose to move to a foreign country and my selfish actions have consequences like not seeing my family, missing precious moments and being crazy home-sick sometimes. I look at it this way, although I miss those people so much, I know I’m doing what will make me be a happier, more authentic Kara in the future and I’m happy with that decision right now. Things could change, they always do. Sometimes for better or for worse but I am learning that happiness is a choice. Your perspective, your thoughts, opinions, beliefs are all a choice. You only live once right so I’m choosing happiness. It is an everyday work in progress but I’m on this journey with a purpose so I’m not going to let myself down and I hope y’all don’t either! Rob Dyrdek says “make your own luck” but the boots says “make your own happiness” 🙂



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Hello Monday

radiate postivity

Here’s some Monday inspiration for y’all! One of my personal goals for this month was to be more positive. I’m working towards this every day & hoping I am radiating positivity. Here’s to a new week of opportunities & possibilities! Comment below with some of your goals & intentions for this month 🙂

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Lifestyle

Decorate Your Place Like a Boss

Written by Sarah Ocean

There’s nothing worse than renting a new place (especially in a foreign country), letting time pass to one day realize that the decor is the same as when you moved in. It’s especially depressing when you’ve got a bad case of home sickness, and all you want is some feel-good vibes all up in your home base. Inspired by my recent ‘slump-tunnel‘ I decided it was time to add some pazazz to our apartment in Saigon. If you’re like Kara and I, you’ve got a quirky sense of style and enjoy a creative project. So here’s how we put it to use!

Use your kitchen back splash as a memo board. For urgent messages only.S1

A wall-sized vision board near your front door. This way your friends, family and dreams can never be far from your comings and goings 🙂S2

An obvious but under-rated must-have: the magnet.S3

Better yet, the magnetic basket.S4

The kitchen table agenda. Gotta keep your affairs in order (and your priorities organized).S5

A ball-point flower pen (surprisingly comfortable to use!) dedicated for agenda use. Les Etoiles de Noala post card. S6

Yoga Mat as a reminder to be good to yourself. More motivating yet: keeping it unrolled in front of the T.V. S7

Sweet smelling candle. If you’re like me and don’t usually like the scent of lavender but can respect it’s anti-stress effects, chances are, you could get down with this smell. It’s like a candied, slightly fruity version of lavender. Subtle and divine.S8

Regardless of how people look at you, you will NEVER be too old for stickers.S9

And perhaps my favourite, a heart-warming tea towel given to Kara by her Aunt. So far, it’s lived up to it’s sentiment 🙂 S10

Happy decorating!

 

 

 

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The Bottom of the Cereal Bag

You know that horrible moment when you finish a box of cereal and only the tiny, little crumbs are left at the bottom of the bag? I’m pretty sure everyone has experienced this moment and felt the disappointment looking at the basically inedible bits at the bottom of the bag. You don’t really want to eat them like you would a typical bowl of cereal so they end up being thrown out or put back in the box that gets pushed to the back of the cupboard only to be discovered 3 months later when your mom is doing some cleaning. Well not anymore little cereal bits, humans all over the world will now be able to finally finish an entire box of cereal with no wasted material yayyyy!

I give you my yogurt parfait ft. the little cereal bits from the bottom of the bag. Cue the happy food dance!


I think we can all agree that eating yogurt itself is great and all but eating it with granola is even better. It needs some crunch. When you don’t have any granola or a motorbike to quickly go to the supermarket, one must improvise. The cereal bits granola is born. I really don’t know how I never thought of this before but my life is forever changed. So long days of buying expensive granola, the cereal bits are here to stay! Try it out and maybe you’ll be as obsessed with breakfast as I am 🙂 It’s the simple things in life y’all.

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Try It Thursday!

So I’m a little embarrassed to share this but yesterday I tried bubble tea for the first time ever in my life! Honestly, I did not think I was going to like it because I don’t ever drink milk but it was surprisingly enjoyable. I tried the Hokkaido flavor from Gong Cha and I am a fan. I can’t wait to try more of their many flavors and bonus, it’s within walking distance from my work🙌🏻😜. Shout out to my mentor Vi for introducing me to bubble milk tea, you the best❤. I’ll let y’all know when the addiction sets in. I encourage all of you readers to try something new this week even if it’s something small like ordering a new drink or flavor. If anyone has any favorite bubble tea places in Saigon or flavor recommendations, let a girl know! Happy Thursday!

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My Netflix Obsession: I’m watching…

Nowadays I think it’s safe to say that one of the best ways to get to know someone is to see what they are watching on Netflix. My current obsession is Girlboss featuring the hilarious Britt Robertson. Robertson’s character Sophia is a bad-ass 24 year old who starts her own online vintage clothing business. This show makes me feel better about not totally having my shit together as a 24 year old because I can totally relate to Sophia on so many levels. If you’re feeling a little lost in life, I recommend watching Girlboss for a good laugh and to make yourself feel better. I think at some point in all of our lives we have felt this way and this show reminds me that it’s okay. May sound cheesy but Girlboss will inspire you to follow your dreams, do what makes you happy and be a bad-ass boss babe. Slay girl slayyyy.

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