Another year flies by. By God’s grace and love, 2018 was another momentous year. This is our 2018 Year in Review.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Did you know that 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 7 men in the United States and globally experience sexual or domestic violence? It’s unfathomable how high the odds are.
For immigrant women, 1 out of 2 Asian Pacific Islander (API) have been physically, sexually, and/or emotionally abused. And perhaps it’s cultural, but it’s been found that API women are the least likely to report abuse.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and this month is dedicated to increasing awareness about domestic violence (DV) and how widespread domestic violence is. DV isn’t limited to physical abuse but can take many forms and describes as sexual, financial, emotional, and psychological harm.
South Bay CPAF Fundraising Event this Saturday (10/14)
As some of you know, I serve on this non-profit group in South Bay LA called the South Bay Advisory Council (SBAC), which is part of the organization Center for the Pacific Asian Family (CPAF). It’s an organization that advocates against family violence and violence against women. They provide a 24-hour in-language hotline and intervention services, emergency shelter programs, transitional housing programs, prevention and community education.
There’s a transitional shelter in the South Bay and SBAC decided to put on an awareness/fundraising event this weekend, Saturday, 10/14. We’re fundraising for the Wellness Scholarship Fund that promotes and encourages self-care for the women at the shelter.
Learn how you can make a difference
I would love for you to join and learn about issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and how you can make a difference. Tickets are $10 per person, and that includes lunch. There is no obligation to donate when at the luncheon; however, there will be a silent auction and you can get started on early holiday shopping. You can bid on luxury sunglasses, YogaWorks monthly passes, a Trader Joe’s gift basket, Starbucks gift cards, and more!
We’re really trying to establish a greater presence in SB and have more community partners, so please share this with your friends and family who may be interested.
South Bay CPAF Fundraising Event
Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
Time: 11am – 1pm
Location: Brogino’s (2423 Artesia Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA 90278)
Purchase $10 tickets via EventBrite // https://www.eventbrite.com/e/south-bay-cpaf-fundraising-event-tickets-36418160699
Join the South Bay Advisory Council (SBAC) CPAF Fundraising Event among community friends and partners, to make a difference in the lives of the domestic violence and sexual assault survivors we serve. We invite you to join in our fundraising efforts to raise money for the Wellness Scholarship Program and other services for clients living in CPAF’s South Bay Transitional Shelter.
The event will include lunch, a silent auction, and an introduction to CPAF’s South Bay Advisory Council presence in the community. Join as we not only celebrate our achievements but also duly recognize the strength and support of our united efforts.
If you aren’t able to make it but would be interested in donating, please follow the instructions below. All donations are tax-deductible.
You can donate via this link – http://nurturingchange.org/donate/. Under the “How would you like to direct this donation” select the “Survivor Wellness Fund – SBAC.” Your donation will help the women at the shelter!
Hope to see your beautiful faces Saturday!
Center for the Pacific Asian Family // nurturingchange.org
You know that feeling when a dang good show ends?
Two Sundays ago the spellbinding HBO hit limited series, Big Little Lies, aired its much anticipated season finale. It surely delivered in resolution and clarity (as a well as heartbreak) since it strung us along in suspense and intrigue for the past seven weeks. Wayne and I were captivated and mesmerized from the start. We watched from the first airdate of the premiere and it was agony having to wait a week in between episodes, let alone almost two months for all our questions to be answered. It was well worth it though.
For those unfamiliar with “Big Little Lies” a disclaimer: highly provocative and intensely addictive–you may never put the remote down! Based on Liane Moriarty’s novel, this murder-mystery dark dramedy revolves around the seemingly perfect lives of three women (Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley) and their families in Monterey. There’s a murder and the storytelling is told through the police interrogation of other community residents. With a show that is created and written by David E. Kelley (The Practice, Ally McBeal), directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (Wild, Dallas Buyers Club), and starring an all-star cast, it’s everything you crave from compelling storytelling and brilliant acting. Yes, it’s THAT riveting and irresistible.
2017 is here and I’ve always been an enthusiast of new year’s resolutions. However, resolutions shouldn’t only be made at the beginning of each year, but a continual practice throughout the year. Instead of writing resolutions for just this year, I compiled Life Resolutions that I can base yearly resolutions on.
By God’s grace and love, 2016 was another epic year in the record books. I swear each and every year breezes on by. I’m certain it’s because we’re thoroughly enjoying life’s blessings to keep track of time.
2016 has been another big year of change, followed with a new mindset, challenges, adventures, and opportunities. Wayne has been woodworking and building furniture. I recently left my corporate job to pursue my creative passions full-time. Bentley is still a gem of a pup and loves napping and belly rubs.
- Traveling near and far to celebrate eight weddings and a few births
- Chaperoning high school students for a Model United Nations debate conference and hitting all the tourist spots in New York
- Vacationing in Maui for a friend’s wedding and exploring the grand Na Pali Coast in Kauai
- Camping and stargazing with family and friends in Joshua Tree
- Celebrating our three year anniversary by eating our way through Japan during the autumn season
- Our community garden growing strong
- I booked a university ad campaign and am currently on a billboard (My first acting job!)
My favorite purchase in 2016 was the 1 Second Everyday (1SE) app. It’s a modern day video diary. Imagine your life as a movie. It’s a step up from just taking stills or making a photo album of the year. It’s nostalgic to see the finished video. I realized my day isn’t as mundane as I thought and this app enabled me to see the beauty in my everyday. I love how my year turned out.
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#GirlBoss is much more than a self-help business book
NastyGal is not your mother’s taste (in fashion) and neither is Sophia Amoruso’s cheeky, self-help business memoir, #GirlBoss. I absolutely savored every piece of advice Amoruso dishes. I appreciate her self-awareness, ability to blaze her own path (on her own terms and with her unique style), streets smarts, sassy humor, and practical advice for those who want to be their own #GirlBoss. The illustrations drew me in as much as her inspirational bite-size quotes. She writes with a truthful vulnerability and shares her fair share of lessons learned.
For those who aren’t familiar with Amoruso, she went from a hitchhiking, dumpster-diving, community college dropout to creating a mega fashion brand, Nasty Gal, that has sold over $300 million in vintage and new clothing and accessories. Her humble beginnings started with an eBay store and she was a one-woman enterprise–mastering the skills of thrift store shopping, bargaining, photographing, copywriting, marketing, and shipping logistics. Talk about wearing multiple hats! She was her own start-up company. Her business may have seemed to grow overnight like a rags to riches story, but she worked her tail off because she finally found her passion and a clear purpose of who she wanted to become and what she wanted to accomplish in life. I finished this book in a day and furiously took notes.
learn // Lynda.com Online Learning // Learn a new skill online, on your time
Want to be a Graphic Designer, a Portrait Photographer, or just got promoted and want to learn the fundamentals of what makes a good manager? As a self-help book enthusiast and advocate of continual education, I geeked out when I learned about online learning sites like Lynda.com. Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals.
Want free access? I went bananas when I learned my County of Los Angeles Public Library card gives me free access to Lynda.com. This is a $29.99 value membership, for free!)
- Learn more about free access to Lynda.com.
- If you don’t have a library card, sign-up for a free card..
- Find your local County of Los Angeles Public Library.
- Once you have an account, log in to Lynda.com.
In honor of Voter Registration Day, do your nation a solid and register to vote in this year’s presidential election. It only takes a quick 1:34! That’s faster than me writing this post. Our generation is a big voting bloc and can actually make a difference in deciding who our next president is. Continue reading
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Hello, and welcome to It’s Jou Life! We’re Wayne and Jennifer, a (relatively) newly wed couple who found love in the most unexpecting place. This is our DIY / lifestyle blog—musing about natural, healthy, artisanal living, and everything in between.
We started this blog because our family and friends always ask us how we grow our own organic vegetables, what is Wayne woodworking on now, to send over our miso black cod recipe, what snacks stock our pantry, a tutorial on that cute zippered pouch, tips for marathon running, where do we worship, what to bring for a camping trip, what’s Jennifer’s skincare regimen… you get the idea. This is our way to share life’s loves.
Last week has been an ever changing rush of feelings–a whirlwind of emotions, thoughts and confusion in response to the chain of events that has happened in our nation. As I try to make sense of it all, tears fill my eyes when I think of those who are suffering and those who are mourning.
Hatred and racism breeds from places of fear and insecurity. And it’s clear as ever to be reminded we must practice love, empathy, patience and understanding with one another. We must continue to stand with those who are marginalized and oppressed and raise our voices to be heard.
Over the weekend Wayne and I celebrated the marriage union of our good friends, Kelsey and Dave, at an elegant outdoor ceremony in Newport Coast. Their officiant, Pastor Kim, gave a beautiful speech. What resonated with me is his wish for them to keep Christ at the center of their marriage and hearts. That is the perfect advice for a long-lasting marriage. When you have true Union with Christ, that is when you understand what it’s like to have Christ in you and you in Christ that you start asking WWJD and He guides you in life’s decisions with confidence. Just as long as the intense love for Jesus and the gospel is hearts center, the marriage will be just as everlasting. Because God is love.
My heart broke again hearing the shocking news of my high school friend, Chelsey, pass away from breast cancer. She was diagnosed just two months ago and left this world too soon. She was a kind soul with a spark inside her. She is my symbol of hope and strength as she never once questioned her circumstance and was always the foundation for her family. She has a strong community behind her. The outpouring of love and support for her is beautiful. Chelsey–you are dearly missed and your spirit lives on in our hearts. Our thoughts, hearts and prayers are with your family. Please keep her husband and 9-month old daughter in your prayers.
If you know Chelsey from Cerritos High and/or want to help in any way, feel free to donate to her GiveForward page, here. Anything helps.
It’s always difficult to find comfort when we’ve been rattled by violence and tragedy, but it sure is comforting that it’s our community who comes together, looking for hope and healing.