It’s the first week of August of the year 2022! Wow, I cannot believe it. I am also aware that I’ve neglected this blog (that I pay for) for more than a year.

Visiting my blog again and re-reading my past posts, I’m shocked that my last post was about Chinese New Year last year. Oh my posts were so cringy. And I’m sure they will continue to be. I need to say that so much has happened since then.

Of course, I still keep in touch with some old friends that I miss dearly. Not going to doubt that the first thing people ask is “how have you been?” That was why I started this blog, to share how I’ve actually been with acquaintances and friends. However, I never really shared my blog with them to let them know how I’ve been doing. Instead, this blog became what I didn’t want it to be – showing off how happy I am living in New York City.

To quote some random lady I overheard saying to her toddler, “You know what they say about New York City? It’s the best city in the world”. Um. okay.

For the past month, I thought of blogging again. I’m not the best writer, I don’t have a wide vocabulary but this is my outlet. If any of my friends stumble across my blog, this is for you (and me).

You know what they say about New York City? It’s the best city in the world.

Some random lady in a restaurant

This is how I’ve been or how I’ve been doing or how’s everything or what’s up.

For now, I’ve been good. And I want to continue to be good. Eventually, I’ll be very damn good.

So folks, welcome to my blog, how I’ve been. It’s pretty self-explanatory, I don’t really need to tell you what it’s about.

One thing I need to say, my SEO is still so bad. Goodness me, I really need to work on that. It’s been a humbling realization. Who knew that the intricacies of SEO would play such a pivotal role in blogging success? I certainly didn’t anticipate the depth of strategy involved: keywords, backlinks, content optimization… the list goes on. I was naively unprepared for this aspect of the blogging world and I’m seriously considering getting help from a company that offers Drupal SEO services. And maintaining privacy is crucial when your home is also your office. A virtual postal address from a major city can provide the perfect solution. With, you can ensure your personal address stays private while presenting a professional front to your clients.

Firstly, time flies and a new job.

Time just went by *snaps finger* like that. February 2021 is when I started a new job in affiliate marketing. Maybe I’ll share what affiliate marketing is. Eventually. Since no one knows what it is and I probably did a horrible job explaining what my job is. Before I give it another go, here is what Shopify’s got to say about affiliate marketing.

If you don’t know me, I started out doing tax then switched to an E-commerce marketplace and then Purchasing (and everything else because you do everything when you’re in a small company), and now, affiliate marketing. I quit my job in 2020 as I wanted to make a career switch. Of course, like everyone else, I did not see COVID coming. I spent a year looking for someone who saw how much value I could bring to them despite my lack of marketing skills. You know what they say, keep looking and you’ll eventually find it.

Secondly, a new skill.

As I mentioned, a lot has happened in the past year and a half. There were ups and of course, downs. I’m not going to lie, my downs were bad. It hit me hard and it happened in a very short period of time. Who’d knew that in just a few months, I’d find out who was really there for me and will continue to be there for me?

Thirdly, moving out.

If you’re wondering what I think you’re wondering, no, I’m still in New York City. I just moved to a different borough, from Queens to Brooklyn! Or according to some people, and I hope they’re joking, Brooklyn (and Queens) aren’t part of New York City because you got to cross the bridge *rolls eyes*

Living with my family almost my entire life (that three years studying abroad don’t count because I know I won’t be homeless after I graduate), moving out, and living with two random girls is a huge step in my 28 years on this planet.

This can be a whole post on its own. It’s not just a huge step, it’s a step I took that I’m so very proud of.

note to self: write a whole post about moving out and add it to this post.

another note to self: really start exploring my new neighborhood. It’s not to show off the beauty of living in New York City, it’s something I owe myself. Not everything is about you *wink.

Fourthly, making progress.

“Baby steps”.

“One step at a time”.

“Look back a year ago and see how well you’re doing and how much you’ve learned”.

These words are what kept me going. Ask me five years ago or maybe even one year ago and I’ll tell you I want to be the top performer of a company I join just a month before. Not only does everyone have a different journey but we’re all running a race at our own pace. A good example is my half-marathon (oh gosh, I still get goosebumps thinking of that). A few hundred people started the half-marathon or full marathon at the same time but not everyone crossed the finish line at the same time.

I want to emphasize, although it should not matter, that although I did not come first, I also did not finish last.

However, I’m still a winner and I still received my medal because I crossed the finish line and finished the race. It was a race against myself.

Sometimes I need to listen to myself because I completely forgot about this half-marathon until I sat at my desk, writing this post. That’s a lie, how could I forget that damn half-marathon, I’m so traumatized. My feet still hurt, by the way.

Lastly, stay tuned for more

I made a note to explore my new neighborhood. Now that I’m done with my Angry Orchard, I’m going to head out to a bar to just chill. It’s a Saturday night. I should leave my apartment even for 30 minutes. I just found my apartment in the Canary Wharf Apartments listing, which is the perfect location for my needs.

Thank you for reading my Ted-talk post on “how I’ve been”. I look forward to posting more because this domain ain’t cheap!

No, I mean this is my outlet ๐Ÿ™‚