So, I've taken an unexpected year-long hiatus from this blog. Within the past year, I've gone on multiple trips, gone through brand coaching/transformation for this blog, started a small business and graduated from college! So while I've been gone for quite some time, I've also improved. Thus, gives this blog post the name "I'm back and I'm better" which is also a reference to the Bryson Tiller song Don't. Where has Alyssa gone?
In the past year that I've been MIA from this blog I've gone to:
- Joshua Tree National Park
- The Rise Festival in the Mojave Desert
- Sequoia National Park
- Lone Pine and the Inyo County
- Oahu, Hawaii
I will be posting a blog for each of these trips soon but in the mean time you can check out this video I made that has snippets of some of the places I've been to this past year!
What do you mean brand coaching and transformation for this blog?
One of the main reasons I took a hiatus from this blog is because I wasn't happy with what it looked like. I felt like it looked very amateurish and it left me feeling unmotivated to post anything. So I took the initiative to research how I could make my blog better. This led me to an amazing human being by the name of Devan Danielle. I sent her an inquiry about working with her and in a short time she responded. Not only did she respond but she took the time to actually look at my blog which showed me that she really cared about helping me. With just a few email exchanges and a video meeting, we were in the process of redefining my brand strategy and brand design. I honestly didn't know what to expect but Devan exceeded my expectations! We worked on my vision, voice, and visuals. In the next couple of months, you'll be able to see my vision and voice emerge and hopefully you all like my new visuals (new logo)!
Devan did an amazing job and I recommend her to anyone who is lost in their brand and needs some coaching and new visuals. She goes above and beyond what is asked and is simply just wonderful! The mountains you see in my new logo were hand crafted and made out of potatoes! Potatoes?! Yes! You heard me, I said potatoes. She cut little triangles out of potatoes to make stamps so that she could get these unique one of a kind textures for the mountains to give my logo an organic look.
I am so thankful to have come across this beautiful soul and I am thankful for all that she has done to help me get the most out of our sessions. Now that I'm confident in the way my blog looks and everything in my life is kind of settling down I'm ready to return from this hiatus.
You started a small business? Tell me more
So in October, I was talking to two of my best friends and we were all talking about how we wish we could do what we love without the restraints of our current jobs. Then, a light bulb went off for me and I said "but wait! what if we could?! We should start a small business" and thus Make Life Countemerged! We are a work in process but in a nutshell, we are an adventure loving trio who leads by example. We strive to spread our mission which is that "life is about more than just existing, but LIVING" We have learned through experience that life is too short to live a meaningless life, so we endeavor to take our dreams, turn them into reality and find true happiness within. We plan weekend events to help people escape from their 9-5 jobs and enjoy the outdoors while making their life count. We also do things such as beach and trail clean ups to give back to the outdoors and to encourage others to do so as well. We are a work and progress and I hope to share more with you as we grow and develop.
^ Sneak peak! We'll be launching soon so stay tuned
You graduated? With what? Now what?
Man, if I could just count up all the times I've gotten this question...lol. I graduated with a degree in Human Development from California State University San Marcos. I honestly don't know what I'm going to do with it yet. BUT I'm not afraid to explore and enjoy the journey as I figure it out. I mean Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, and Oprah Winfrey didn't have it all figured out right away. I've been in this long process of applying for jobs for the past several months trying to get my foot in the door to gain more experience. It's been a struggle and I'm experiencing what I like to call "post grad life crisis." I know that this is just a road block but it's going to leave me with more strength and resiliency than I came in with.
I'm back and I'm better and I'm excited to continue on sharing my journey with you all through this blog.