Let’s Talk: Quarter-Life Crisis

Let's Talk: Quarter-Life Crisis

The idea of a quarter-life crisis seems like a relatively new idea but it’s not. I feel that since life is lived in such a public way because of social media, we see this more often. Honestly, one of the reasons I love the movie Reality Bites was because you get to see them struggling and showing how life isn’t so easy. It’s not the easiest place to be. We’re supposed to be adults with responsibilities but we don’t feel like we know what we’re doing.

That’s what gets us to a quarter-life crisis. There’s so much uncertainty and we’re not supposed to show it because then people will look down on us. It’s a stressful situation to be in. So let’s talk about quarter-life crises. 

So what exactly is a quarter-life crisis?

Well this can mean different things for people. Essentially it’s a time in your twenties where you start questioning life. Are you in the right job? Are you friends with the right people? The questions keep going. Our twenties are always painted as such a fun, freeing time in our lives, but there are people that expect us to make big life decisions, sometimes decisions we’re not really prepared to answer. It’s the most uncertain time in our lives. We think about what we have done or haven’t done and wonder how it will affect our future.

What can we do?

Don’t fret. Yes, that’s easier said than done. But you know when you panic, everything gets more tense. (Read Matthew 6:25-34, so helpful) Find someone wise who gets it to talk to. There’s a lot of people out there that may thing you’re overreacting or not understand that this is a serious state of mind, so find someone that can give you genuine advice. But it’s very important to take a second to regroup (in which ever way you prefer, I love trips) and just gather your thoughts. Sometimes we get here because we want to rush life and see it speeding by us, but we really have to stop and see what it is we want. People may think it’s counterproductive but do what makes you focus and what can get you on track.

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What do you think of this? Have you ever felt it? Let me know your thoughts!

Blogging When Working 9 to 5

Blogging When Working 9 to 5

Blogging full time would be a dream. But for me, and many other bloggers out there, that’s not the reality. Blogging in itself is a job so when working a full time job, there’s a lot more energy that goes into running it. It’s definitely an extra challenge we have to work through but it’s not impossible.

It’s tough and I know it gets really tiring trying to make it pan out. Let me go through some of our struggles and give some tips on how to make it work.

Blogging When Working 9 to 5

Let’s talk about some struggles:

Time

Probably the biggest and most obvious one. In between commuting and working, there’s little time to dedicate to the blog. It’s hard to sit and write post when we have to be at work. Or finding a good time to just unwind and blog. It’s the biggest challenge we face and one that we have to work with. If only there were more hours in a day. 

Community

With not having ample time, it gets tough to connect with others. Blogging is awesome because we can be a click away from someone in another part of the world, but having times of our day booked up makes it hard to bond, especially with different time zones, it gets a bit hard to connect.

Opportunities

I live in California pretty close to Los Angeles. Sometimes I get invites to great events but can’t make it due to work, and if you know California, traffic. I tend to miss out on opportunities because I don’t have the time and access to them, it gets frustrating. 

Try these tips:

Planning, Planning, Planning

The most obvious but one that’s honestly the most important. I was never a planner but once I got an editorial calendar, things changed. There’s sadly no way around this. Scheduling everything will keep you on track and show you how much time you can spend working on something. This is the best way to doing both.

Treat this like a job…

If you really want to be serious about blogging, treat it like a job. I know that doesn’t sound fun when you already have a job, but it will help you keep deadlines and be wise with your time. It all goes back to planning. If you see it as a job, you will allow the ample time to work on posts and create good content.

…Or Not

 

Sometimes the other perspective is not to see it as a job. There are always other priorities that come first and it’s okay to take breaks from blogging. This way you’re not rushing and posting posts written with half the effort. But it also releases the stress of feeling like this is a must. Your blog will still be there at the end.

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What are some ways you manage blogging and a 9 to 5?

A Day At LACMA: Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time

A Day At LACMA: Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of LACMA. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

If you make your way to Los Angeles or just browse through Instagram, LACMA is one of the most popular and recognizable spots. From their popular public sculpture Urban Light to ancient art, LACMA is a center of culture. They feature art that spans history and the globe and one of their current exhibitions is Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time, which is open until May 7th.

Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time looks at these two artists and their surprisingly parallel works. Pablo Picasso and Diego Rivera are well-known, even to those not too familiar with art. Although many of their most popular pieces show their many differences, both artists have connections and similarities that are shown throughout the exhibition.

The exhibition takes you on a journey through five different sections exploring artworks by both men. Starting at the academy, where the foundations are laid, we get to see the stories of Picasso and Rivera unfold as they take on their training, Picasso in Spain and Rivera in Mexico, and their earliest creations. Picasso and Rivera’s connection started in Paris and we see how they intertwined while experimenting with Cubism in Paris and how they dipped their toe in the avant-garde movement. This unique approach to art led to artworks that showcased their differences while using similar techniques. A personal favorite is Rivera’s Sailor at Lunch compared to Picasso’s Student with Newspaper.

Picasso and Rivera’s aesthetics further take shape in the sections titled Return to Order and Indigenismo. Here you can see Rivera’s Flower Day, one of his most recognizable works and, for this exhibition, the first time it is shown at the same time as ancient Chalchiuhtlicue sculptures. They may be connected in many ways but they also have their unique way of portraying life. The last two sections, Rivera and Pre-Columbian Art and Picasso and Mythology, are devoted solely to each artist and their separate portrayals of cultures.

A Day At LACMA: Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time A Day At LACMA: Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time A Day At LACMA: Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time

I’ve heard about both Picasso and Rivera in classes and seen interpretations of their work, but it’s an experience to see their real work in person. It’s also interesting to know that they not only lived at the same time, but they were connected in many ways. I grew up in a Hispanic home so I’ve seen Flower Day in prints and so many different ways but seeing it in person was surreal and made me realize that it truly has a deeper meaning.

LACMA is open Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and is closed on Wednesdays. The Picasso and Rivera: Conversations Across Time exhibition took me approximately 50 minutes to go through, so make sure to plan your trip accordingly. There’s so much to see! Also, your ticket to Picasso and Rivera includes admission to many other exhibitions and the museum’s permanent collection.

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For more information on the exhibition, check out LACMA’s page. You can easily buy tickets online here in advance or get them at the door. Plus, when you buy the Picasso and Rivera exhibition tickets, you automatically get general admission!

Words: Talking With God | Adam Weber

Words: Talking With God | Adam Weber

I received this book from Blogging for Books for reviewing. All opinions are my own.

Prayer is one of the most challenging things in any relationship with God. There’s misconceptions that it has to be long and boring or just reciting the same words to God over and over. But prayer is more than that. For any Christian, seasoned or new, prayer can be completely foreign but it’s time we start focusing on it.

Throughout Talking with God, Adam Weber introduces prayer to people who may not have any experience with it. Something I liked is that he reassures everyone to not feel ashamed that they’re just starting to pray more. This helps put you at ease and focuses you to pray for a relationship, instead of doing it out of guilt.

Weber goes by steps and eases you into the idea of prayer. He uses anecdotes of his life to better explain his reasoning, which most happen to be really funny. These help and make the book livelier, which in return, helps bring up the point that prayers shouldn’t be dull and boring. Prayer needs to be conversations with God like we would have with a best friend.

The book wasn’t daunting and was clear, simple, and to the point. It definitely helped ease my anxiety about prayer and gave real practical prayer advice you can apply to your life immediately.

If you want to start praying or just want to learn something new, Talking with God is a good and quick read that is sure to help.

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What books have helped you lately?

Tamales with Doña Maria Mole

Tamales with Doña Maria Mole

Mole has often been seen as a special occasion meal. But it is so easy (and delicious) to incorporate mole into every day meals! Doña Maria mole sauce is the easiest way to incorporate mole into any meal. Mole is a traditional meal, one that you can achieve with Doña Maria mole, but there’s so many ways you can make it work.

Tamales with Doña Maria Mole

I come from a Mexican family so food is a big part of our culture. Mole is one of the dishes that’s reserved for holidays, festivities, and get togethers. But thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way!

The Doña Maria mole is super convenient (and comes in a cool glass container) and gives you options. You can go the simple route and make traditional mole. But you can mix it up! Doña Maria has plenty of recipes on their site so check it out if you’re drawing a blank. My mom is the master chef in my family and she’s so creative so I recruited her to create a fun recipe. Something I grew up eating are tamales! Just like mole, they’re usually reserved for special occasions, but why not have them everyday. Combining tamales and mole was the best decision ever, because it was so good!

Here is my Doña Maria recipe!

Tamales de Mole
Serves 6
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Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr 30 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 Pounds of Already Prepared Masa Harina
  2. 1 Pack of Corn Husks
  3. 1 Doña Maria Mole
  4. 2 Pounds of Boneless Chicken
  5. 1 Tablespoon of Salt
Instructions
  1. Start by cooking the chicken and and adding the salt.
  2. Once the chicken is soft, start pulling it apart.
  3. Put the corn husks in a container with warm water so they can get soft. When done, set them aside.
  4. Put a pot on the stove and follow the directions on the Doña Maria Mole jar.
  5. When the mole is done, grab a corn husk spread the masa harina (dough) and add 2 tablespoons of mole in the center. (Or as much as you like)
  6. Put the tamales in a steamer and let them steam for an hour and a half.
Adriana Renee http://adrianarenee.com/

Tamales with Doña Maria Mole

Check out a short video where my mom helped me make some!

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Do you want to try this? Don’t forget to check out Doña Maria and pick out a recipe to try!