Hey friends,

Happy New Year to everyone! I hope nothing but the best for you all in 2019. Today is the first day of the New Year, and I spent the morning reflecting. People often make New Year resolutions, but truth be told, many give up a couple of months into them. A friend asked me what was my New Year resolution? My answer to him was:

  1. To continue to push myself, both mentally and physically.
  2. To continue to be optimistic and help others how I can because I believe in the law of attraction.
  3. To grow my business in the mental wellness space (if you are curious, feel free to inquire).
  4. To continue to foster relationships with my friends and loved ones.

Nothing really changed for me from the goals for 2018. This inspired this blog because if my goals didn’t change, how was 2018 for me? There were ups and downs, just like everything else in life worthwhile. But if I had to sum it in one word: amazing. I’d love to hear from you about your goals and your reflection back for 2018 too. Feel free to connect!

I’ve met amazing friends, business partners and became fulfilled for the first time in a long time. I looked at my photo album to pick out some pictures to document the year.

Earlier in the year, I went to a Starbucks do some work prior to my meeting. I saw Adam reading a book by an entrepreneur I’ve been following. I struck a conversation with him, and found out we have a few things in common. Prior to leaving, we switched contact information and stayed in touch. He’s a fitness trainer in Orange County, CA. I later on had him record his story, which is very inspiring: https://www.wisithj.com/2018/10/01/adam-to-from-depressed-immigrant-to-fitness-trainer-changing-lives/

Below is a picture from when I visited his training facility to donate money for his charity (this was his birthday wish).

I connected with Non Wels of You, Me, Empathy via Instagram. He made stickers by the same company I’ve used prior. I found out he’s around the same area as me so I reached out to him to organically connect. We met at a Starbucks half way from the both of us to share our stories and interest in the mental wellness space. If you want to check out his podcast: https://nonwels.com/you-me-empathy/

One of my friends from Philadelphia was moving to Los Angeles. We had been friends via Instagram for years because we share the same interest in fashion. We went to the Saved By The Bell pop up restaurant in Los Angeles and connected in person.

I connected with Rob of http://www.robs10kfriends.com/ because I have heard of the project he is doing. He’s on a journey to meet 10,000 new friends to form real relationships. It caught my interest because I also enjoy organically connecting with others. I truly believe that your vibe attracts your tribe. And as a new project I’m launching in 2019 in partnership with Rob, I’m also meeting new friends in the Los Angeles area: https://www.wisithj.com/2018/12/30/friendship-project-making-new-friends-in-los-angeles-ca/

I’ve always said a friend is a friend to me, regardless of how we’ve met. My interest in fashion has created so many friendships that I’m forever grateful for. My buddy Josh stopped by Los Angeles from China so we hung out.

Through my journey in the mental wellness space, I’ve connected with so many passionate individuals. I met Lea, who is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist as well as an Energy Healer. I’m happy to partner with her on our mental wellness endeavor. I also went out to her practice to get to know her story: https://www.wisithj.com/2018/10/23/lea-mendoza-what-is-energy-healing-or-energy-work/

Volunteer and charity work was something I focused on this year. My mentors and successful friends are the most giving people I know. They taught me that it’s your duty to help others how you can. My colleagues and I volunteered at Operation Gratitude to make stuffed animals for children of parents that will be deployed overseas.

I had the opportunity to go back to my alma mater (California State University, Northridge) and speak to the students who were graduating. I focused speaking on life lessons that I’ve learned along my way. The experience was empowering and I hope to do it again.

I focus on being the most optimistic person I know because you truly don’t know the effect you can have on people. One of my old classmates reached out to me and said that he’s been looking at my posts from the background and appreciate the positive vibes. It turns out we are nearby each other and connected for lunch. We hadn’t seen each other for about 8 years prior!

Another charity effort we did was packing coats to be given out and school supplies for the kids in need. The quote from the picture below is from Gandhi.

I usually feel a bit down during the holidays, but I was totally fulfilled and grateful by helping others. I learned to appreciate what I have. I found out that a friend is on the board for a large event on Thanksgiving Day aimed at providing food and clothing to the homeless and low-income families. It was a pleasure to help out. It makes me want to do more in the future as well.

My buddy Adam has been watching my charity work from the background and wanted to help out. He contacted a couple of friends to help out at this event where we packed fruits and vegetables to be given out to those in need. We sorted and packed over 21,000 lbs. that day.

I usually take a vacation in November for my birthday. The trips were always with friends, but this year I took my mother on a cruise to spend quality time with her. We spent 5 days without cellular and Internet connection. At first, I wasn’t sure how it would work out given that I rely so much on the Internet. It turned out to be a very refreshing experience to disconnect and spend time in person with her.

I wrapped up the year by helping out in a local Adopt A Senior program. I was given a list of things a senior wanted for the holidays. These seniors do not have much and for many of them, these gifts will be the only ones they get. My friend Adam, once again, helped out and adopted a senior of his own.