Perfectly Imperfect Purpose

June 07, 2021

Woman sitting on window seat arching back with head looking to the sky
“Window Seat” March 2021 in Milan, Italy

The idea of “divine timing”, and what it means in my life, today.

When we endure challenges in our life, we often consider the idea of “everything happens for a reason”. Sometimes, this may be contradicted with “right person, wrong time”. On other occasions supported, with “wrong time, wrong place”. All too frequently, I have found myself and others seeking to grasp control on situations which are beyond our capabilities.

This does not seek to de-validate or belittle the struggles we face. Whether the growth or lesson is visible in the moment or rather, down the line, each event in our lives is a tool in paving the way of our present as we proceed toward the future. Time is ever-changing, constantly flowing. There is no doubting that, with no stop either. It is up to us to take the initiative on adjusting our perspective and how we optimize acceptance of this.

Sometimes we have to acknowledge our contributions which have an impact versus those of which exceed our parameters. Often times, we endure hardships that ultimately lead to something greater than we could expect. While we can gage a concept and idea as we follow in pursuit of our dreams, we must be open to what the universe has to offer us as well.

“Divine Timing”. This concept is expressed by Denby Sheather, Shamanic Therapist at Yoga Spirit Journeys, stating “Once you’ve experienced this, you will never doubt the mysterious and magical ways of the universe again.”.

Essentially, this theory acknowledges the topic of time and how we spend it. Reinforcing the idea of our inabilities to fully understand everything, however honoring the ways we live in the now – with love and light.

Young girl watching the waves crash at a beach sunset
Watching the sunset as a child

Our energy and mindset becomes the barrier between thoughts and the outcomes. Keeping that in mind, this does not mean we necessarily anticipate things to happen exactly as we plan. Instead, this expresses how we respond and utilize this as we approach what we may not have accounted for initially.

There is no fixed timeline or path in pursuit of your goals. You are perfectly imperfect as you are, and there is beauty in this. Each and every day, with every breath, you are living in a time unlike any other as you seek your greater purpose in this world. Remember your inner child, as you kinder that youthful spirit and dreamlike perspective. Be patient toward yourself, trust your intuition, and explore the avenues as you manifest your future into reality.

A Season of Change

May 2021

Fresh Florals at the Farmer’s Market

In the midst of spring, the weather begins to warm, trees are growing, as flowers blossom.

Springtime is often attributed as a time of awakening and rebirth. This is evident in nature and within ourselves, as we embrace this time as we transition out of winter.

Spring Time

Born on April 7th, 2001, I celebrate my birthday during this season annually. This year especially, the sense of rebirth has impacted me in personal and spiritual development, as I grow and evolve with the season. As I concluded the last bit of my time as a teenager, this shift affected me significantly. In reflection, this has been met with bliss to embrace this period.

Oftentimes, I have felt present in the living body of which my mental state was surpassed. In other words, it has seemed I felt older than I am. Growing up, this was shown as I have been told I am “beyond my years” throughout what seems the entirety of my life, thus far. With birthdays in particular, I annually am met with a sense of uncertainty as I move forward into each year, unexpectant to what is in the present, unforeseeable.

Looking into the future may bring a sense of uncertainty at times, knowing we cannot plan or prepare for quite everything that is brought our way. Recently returning home from staying abroad in Milan, Italy for work purposes, I was fortunate to be brought with lucidity and reassurance for my aspirations at this point. Clarity has brought distinction with the ongoing pursuit of my ambitions as a creative. Entering 20 years of life, with 20/20 vision, there is a sense of comfort and acceptance of my efforts in making my dreams as part of my reality.

Giardini Indro Montanelli in Milan, Italy

While we cannot expect anything, our appreciation for all life brings as we work toward accomplishments toward our goals may lead us to the answers we seek. Along the path we take, come the choices we make and actions we take. In doing so, these lead us perfectly – imperfectly finding our inner destiny. Once you feel compelled with a sense of calling, taking risks and chances are necessary to achieve our destiny.

Welcoming the idea that some people, places, and things in our life are brought to us for a reason, season, or a lifetime, has been a quote which has resonated with me. In making decisions and taking leaps, I have thanks to my therapist for helping me understand we know what is rational and realistic in this sense. To elaborate, we know ourselves best and can evaluate what we do. With that in mind, along our journey, it is inevitable we are to make mistakes.

Risks are essential to be taken. In pushing our comfort zone, we push the boundaries. If we hold back, we are only left with “what-ifs”, “what could be’s”, and others left unknown. Though at times easier said than done, acting on these questions can provide the answers we seek. With courage and confidence, some of the possibilities in our ventures will bring us to the fate we anticipate. In our heads, it is much easier to sit back as thoughts of anxieties leave us in wonder. Dwelling on the past or worry in the future only holds us back from being able to enjoy our presence in the mystery of now.

April 4, 2021

With efforts in self acceptance, love, and light, I welcome springtime, as we turn the page to summer. In thanks to what was and appreciation for what will someday be. Seeking to optimize every moment that I am fortunate to see. For there is more warmth, blooming, and growth to come. Everything happens in divine timing as part of our purpose in this beautiful, ever-changing world of endless possibilities.

2020 in Review

Looking back in summary of the year from a personal standpoint.

“2020 is the year I thought I would achieve everything I had wanted. Instead, I have appreciated everything I already have.”

Masks as the “New Normal”. 2020

While I consider what this year has brought, it has without doubt been one with many highs and lows. As I navigate the uncertainty, I have been brought to recognize my gratitude for who I am from within. In doing so, I have recognized the value of my thoughts, energy, relationships, and deepest hopes and desires. 

Without a doubt, I expected this year to take an extremely different course than the way it has unfolded. As a nineteen year old, I have grown into my last year as a teenager. Although this year looked quite a bit different than I could have ever predicted, I have grown so much. In recognition of the hardships faced from a global standing, there is absolutely no way to minimize the hurt it has made in impact across the world. Keeping this in mind, I am utilizing this as an entry to disconnect from the severity of the issue we are continuing to face and work through. Amid these circumstances, I have found a closer connection to myself than ever before.

photo by Tuan Pham

To best summarize areas which have been most prevalent, I have sub-points to touch on topics of prevalent discussion. 

Mental health. Though I have come to be in tune with myself and my internal feelings, this year especially has brought attention to my mental health and awareness as well as management. Through empathy, I feel everything deeply, which can feel self consuming at times. I am concluding this year better aware of who I am, my desires and worth, as well as allowing myself to set boundaries and accept the beauty of imperfection in this world. Initially, this year started off with difficulty in this subject for myself. Fortunately, I overcame obstacles and found myself getting into therapy. Helping minimize the stigma is something I am grateful as part of my generations efforts to bring recognition and resources for all those who may need it. I found a therapist who is best suited to myself personally and have grown immensely, with internal and external results, throughout the course of my appointments. While I am credited with application of the tools I have learned to better navigate my struggles, I have immense gratitude for the benefits and how fortunate I am to receive these privileges. This year alone has near forced me to engage and look within as the world seemingly came to a pause, as we have stayed at home.

You are not alone.

Grief. I never could have anticipated events this year, which have indubitably resulted to feelings of grief. This year, my family and I suddenly mourned the passing of my Great-Grandmother, Delphine Rose. It is with immense love and appreciation, I have lived near all of my 19 years of life – thus far, with her in the home. Without a doubt, she has been a mentor and a parental figure in my life. This tragic passing has had a vast impact on my family, though we can all come together to find peace, unity, and faith. While we speak of her, it is with the utmost light and honor toward who she has always been as a person. Fortunately, we were able to gather in remembrance of her beautiful 94 years of life.

Work. The world has faced drastic impacts while continuing to recover and work through the economic and health effects, among many others, due to the pandemic. My industry in particular, the modeling industry, has been no exception. While we as a society are continuing to seek ways to best manage and work around any necessary alteration, this year has been sparse for many. In an ever-changing climate, travel has been of course limited this year. I am appreciative of the relationships I have with people within the industry, as this has led me to meeting some of my closest friends in pursuit of my dreams. Looking back, I can enjoy the shoots and bookings I was able to attend, although it further drives my ambition to accelerate and grow in this industry as the new year is welcomed.

Education. In terms of schooling, I have been able to approach learning with less self inflicted pressure and perfectionism as I better understand my own mental health management for my feelings of anxiety. My first semester began online, as I chose this option as the best fit for my personal work / life schedule, although obstacles were imposed due to COVID-19. I have maintained a 4.0 through the spring, summer, and now fall semester. While I was challenged with classes beyond my usual area of comfort from which I excel, these were overcome with further knowledge and understanding in a positive way. With this completed, I have one more semester to begin 2021 prior to my plans to transfer.

Writing. From education, I am brought to writing. In part with the status of our world, I have had additional time and regained perspective on my future plans. As I have entered college with interest in journalism, this year I connected and joined the Newspaper at my school. Utilizing this outlet has brought me great pleasure, as writing is one of my passions and a path I intend to continue with. While I continue, I was brought to create my website, with ultimate results shown as I grow to improve in my writing. Amid these outcomes, I am happy to have found this community of love, encouragement, and support toward achieving goals.

Worldview. As a nation, this year has drawn intense focus toward the status of our country in reference to subjects which have prior lacked appropriate attention. In response to tragic occurrences in events which have been issues, this year has sparked a deeper discussion on topics of humanity and rights. With that said, here are ways to help contribute toward Black Lives Matter. As for any issues simultaneously occurring, I encourage seeking further knowledge from those appropriate to bring awareness, recognition, insight, and change. I am continuing to further learn and understand how I can be a better ally and improve. In addition, I encourage using resources for Women’s Rights as well as LBGTQ+ rights. While this is brief and limited, I encourage you to seek attention to help advocate for the challenges we face in this world. With that said, click here for additional resources related to COVID-19. Within the country, tensions rose as the 2020 Presidential Election came to the forefront, also the first I was eligible and therefore voted in. Our world needs more love, progress, and growth.

Change. Without much detail, it is safe to say this year has been one of change. This is seen from new birth, loss, and other transformation from the top of this year, by welcoming my niece – Haven, a new puppy – Pearl, moving and renovating bedrooms, among a continuous list. Redirection of focus, realignment of the self, and greater emphasis on the important things within this life. While it can impose difficulty, change is inevitable in a constantly evolving universe. As there is not much else to do but to accept it, I have become more keen to shift my approach as I make effort to turn what it may entail in a positive way.

Family & Friends. I am truly blessed to have the best family and friends by my side that I may ask for. Their everlasting love and support has only become more noticeable throughout the course of this year. With changes in ways of connection and communication, I can always rely on them for encouragement, advice, a shoulder to lean on, among many laughs. In any obstacles, I am only brought to become a better person in my relationships as I apply them to myself as an individual. In continuing, I look forward to what the future has in store for us all.

Dreams & Aspirations. I have regained direction and attention in recognizing what I aspire to achieve in my life. My priorities may have shifted slightly, and not everything has become as it may have once seemed, however I feel this is at the long term greater interest. I look forward to continuing on these efforts from the inside and out, in work, relationships, schooling, with who I am and what I do at large. I have emphasized what I truly want, and look forward to how it all will come to be.

Needless to say, this is a brief summary of some of the most prominent areas targeted as this year has flowed from one area to another. I am imperfect, ever-growing and changing, and I appreciate the ways this will continue to happen as the future becomes the present.

In loving memory, of Delphine Rose 1924-2020

Cheers to 2021. May it be a year of positive health, wellness, family, friends, and dreams becoming a reality. To peace and prosperity…

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Fashion for a Feast

Reflecting on my growth and evolution through outfits worn to past Thanksgiving gatherings.

Thanksgiving 2018. 17 years old

This time of year brings emphasis to all we are grateful for. Family, friends, fashion, food. With reflection, change, and growth in the air – it is a time to see how far we come as we unite with our loved ones in celebration of the blessings we have.

While I am ever changing, my taste has continuously improved and evolved. With that in mind, through some hot and some not outfits, I always look forward to dressing up this time of year.


Starting with most recent, 2019. This past year I chose a simple outfit, but I loved it. The day was cold and rainy, unfortunately without many pictures aside from this one. I wore a black wrap dress from Express, though you cannot see it. Overtop, I wore a sweater with gold embellishments from my Aunt, with a silk wrap tied around my waist. For footwear, boots and long black socks added some dimension and warmth to this look. As final accessories, I wore gold leaf earrings passed from a family member and a gold necklace gifted from my Aunt as well. Quite literally a family day, and an outfit partially from the family.


Moving into 2018, one of my favorites. As I have grown older, it goes without saying my style has adapted and simulatenously improved. At this point in my life, I had grown into myself to start to discover what I truly feel best in wearing. The long curled hair with some hoops up high, with pointed patent faux-leather boots to toe. Again, a simple and comfortable look. A mauve-brown ruffled button up top with gold detailing. As for pants, these are basic black flare pants.


From there, we are brought to 2017. Here, it is visible that I am starting to discover who I truly am as I begin to emerge into young adulthood in the midst of my teen years. Very minimal, but still classic in that Fall spirit. A deep maroon top, tapered black pants, and boots, though not pictured. 2017 influence is high, found as worn with a lace choker and beaded nude necklace. The hair is pulled back, with a center part and waves.


Prior, we are brought to the start of my documented outfits. As it shows, I have come a long way, with certainly more room to grow and improve as I continue to evolve. Growing up, my sister, cousins, and myself have been known to take images surrounding all gatherings and events. This is beginning of high school me, though I am still young. I am dressed truly on brand to the time period and this era in my life. My hairstyle is half up half down with space buns. I dressed in an off white infinity scarf, grey cropped sweater, maroon skirt.

Also featured, the clearly edited lighting due to the use of filters… A prominent throwback in multiple aspects, with that said.

Through all considered, remember what you are thankful for. Not just for a season or a Thursday in November, but each and every day. Life is beautiful, as is progress. Looking back and sharing memories, spending quality time with those you love, and seeing how far you have come is truly valuable. Above all else, the moments create memories which last a lifetime, beyond any monetary value.

In one final note, dress up for you! As an alternative, dress down, if that is more to your preference. Whether it be simply to the living room during these times, a reason to document with photos, whatever is best to your liking as this season of life one unlike any other.

Be gentle to yourself as you are to others. Keep mindful, blissful, and safe. Celebrate with appreciation and love, as this time looks a bit different during this year.

Local Non-Profit Spotlight: Operation Empty Cages

Providing or subsidizing spay and neuter surgeries, helping prevent millions of unwanted pets in our shelter systems and reducing shelter euthanasia.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Dog in cage being pet
Dog in Cage source: Helena Lopes Pexels

RIVERSIDE COUNTY, Calif. — As a nonprofit, Operation Empty Cages provides wellness, resources, and education to people and pets within the local community. Their vision is to ensure accessible spay, neuter, and veterinary services to pet owners in the Riverside County area of California, which covers 7,600 square miles and includes large unincorporated areas within the county.

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Operation Empy Cages logo. Source: Operation Empty Cages

MSJC alumni Tiffany Hines is the CEO and founder of OEC. In 2018, Tiffany suffered a heart attack, then had open heart surgery in 2019, and was just recently diagnosed with RA, an incurable autoimmune disorder. All of these events have affected her greatly and she said, “I feared never being able to help animals again”. As she continues to fulfill the mission of this nonprofit, Hines says, “my love for animals wouldn’t allow that.”

With a unique, all-volunteer approach, OEC operates solely on donations, sponsors, grants, and fundraising provide their services to the general public. The basic intent of OEC is to provide or help to subsidize spay and neuter surgeries for pets. The services provided by OEC help to prevent millions of unwanted pets in our shelter systems and therefore, reduces shelter euthanasia. The non-profit also helps by offering microchipping, vaccinations, reuniting lost pets with their families, and reducing pet related communicable diseases.

OEC depends on the support from the community to achieve their aspirations of empty shelter cages. They seek to educate the community about the personal and collective benefits of spaying and neutering pets. While this helps prevent medical and behavioral issues, these medical procedures work to end the cycle of shelter euthanasia. Annually, thousands of pets are euthanized due to lack of homes, and other issues within the shelter system.

Woman hugging Dalmatian
Woman hugging Dalmatian source: Shevstova Pexels

Hines explained that OEC is also currently helping a local homeless community with approximately 60 dogs. Hines and the team at OEC are working on, “logistics to get them all spayed, neutered, chipped, dewormed, and flea and tick treatment.”

With individual efforts, pet owners do their part to contribute to a solution. In reducing these numbers, OEC helps families unable to afford these procedures through grants. To save thousands of lives each year with these actions, this organization is dependent upon donations and contributions from people willing to engage in any capacity they can to this work which saves lives.

OEC provides animal welfare information and services to seek necessary change in the system. With prevention programs and operation intervention, assistance is granted to keep pets in their loving homes. Applications are available online for spay and neuter vouchers for eligible families seeking these services.

There are multiple ways to help this nonprofit and to help save the lives of animals.

Woman interacting with Dalmation
Woman interacting with Dalmatian source: Daria Shevstova Pexels

Tax-deductible donations are accepted through the following:


Donation via PayPal


PO Box 154

San Jacinto, CA 92581


(951) 775-0557

In addition, OEC has an online shop.

For further contact inquires, email is available:

Operation Empty Cages seeks to help and save local pets, they explain “We are their voices.” They also are looking for volunteers of all types and can be contacted using the information above.

Reflecting on the life of Kenzo Takada

By Allison Arnzen

October 10, 2020

Paris, France

Photo of Kenzo Takada
Kenzo Takada, 2020.
Source: @kenztakada_official

On October 4, 2020, fashion designer Kenzo Takada, 81, passed away in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a suburb of Paris, France due to complications of the novel Coronavirus.

Takana was born in Himeji, Japan, on February 27, 1939, and has left a lasting influence on the world of fashion and design. Takada brought positivity into this world, and after his death it is important to examine the highlights of the 81 years of life he lived and the brand he established.

Young Takada painting
Young Kenzo Takada.
Source: @kenzo on Instagram

Early in his life Takana moved to Paris, with the dream to follow his aspirations. With intentions of a six month stay, his first journey beyond Japan soon became long term. His 1965, departure was a change that came with uncertainty. Takada discovered his way in an unfamiliar country, and he also broke barriers while working to find his place. In 1970, Takada founded the House of Kenzo, originally named Jungle Jap. As he established the world-renowned company, he served as an artistic director prior to selling his brand. His work continues to be cultivated and his legacy will carry on and impact those who follow in his footsteps in the House of Kenzo.

Takada is known as a Japanese-French fashion designer. Upon discovering his true style, he brought popularity with influence of Japanese fashion to the west with appreciation and celebration. From there, his unique approach led him to become a world-renowned figure of fashion as a designer in the 20th century. “For half a century, Kenzo has been infusing positive energy and contagious freedom by claiming a polychrome, daring and borderless fashion that celebrates nature and cultural diversity.”

Takada with his designs
Kenzo Takada, 2020. Source: @kenzotakada_official

He brought perfume, skincare products, and clothes for men and women into the world. Along with these contributions, he served as the honorary president of the Asian Couture Federation. Takada’s work challenged boundaries as he paved the way for many with distinguishable designs and experimental mindsets. His many influences are found in the colorful knitwear and the one-of-a-kind fashion shows he produced that garnered attention, and earned his place as a high fashion designer.

The brand Kenzo was sold in 1993 to LMVH. Today, Sylvie Colin is the CEO. In an effort to respect the brand, Portuguese designer Felipe Oliveira Baptista is now artistic director. Kenzo carries on with 122 stores globally, 525 employees, representing 28 nationalities which helps maintain alignment with Takada’s original vision.

K3 interior designs
K-3 lifestyle brand designed by Takada, 2020. Source: kenzotakada_official

With his continuing pursuit of design, Takada launched K3. Following his departure from fashion, his return to work led to his return to the interior design industry. By offering luxury products, Takada remained true to his style and vibrant use of colors. The team that now works alongside the launch of this brand in 2020 consists of various international individuals. The brand was founded by Takada with Jonathan Bouchet Manheim, Engelbert Honorat, Wanda Jelimini, among other team members. The K3 brand continues to follow his creative direction through the use of his creative mindset of interior design and furniture. By remaining true to his beginnings, this influence combines both Western and Japanese design.

It is with great respect; we appreciate Takada and the significance of his work. The fashion community will continue to honor and seek gratitude in his honor.

Kenzo in Photo Booth series
Young Kenzo Takada.
Source: @kenzo

Trendy Autumn Pieces

In 2020, new trends in fashion have inevitably made their way back into the limelight. As this year has provided a deeper creation of intentional styling within many, certain pieces have taken back traction in the social media scene.

Pleated skirts. In 2020, pleats have made their way as a hot item brought back into the light. Skirts provide a diverse selection in ways to be worn in both warm and cold months. Add more warmth with tights or stockings, or keep it as is.

Sweater tops. Sweater vest mania! These months have established a greater appreciation of a clothing piece which became merely overlooked. Atop other articles or worn as is, this is a perfect piece for the autumn and winter months which has impacted into a trend this year especially.

Cardigans. A simple, classic cardigan. The options are endless on the ways you can pair this. In comfort, this can be casually draped overtop an outfit, worn as a top, or styled in any other way. An underrated staple in any wardrobe.

Headbands. Hair accessories have seemingly always existed, however they have gained more traction as this year has brought increased attention towards completing an outfit. This piece can dress up or dress down any look depending on how you wear it.

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flat lay
Mirror image on phone of fall outfit.
the full look

And as for shoes… A chunky shoe pairs perfectly with an outfit like this. Wear as you please, however. Whether it be a sneaker, a boot, or otherwise – the options are endless.

From my middle school closet, I pulled this top. The cardigan, skirt, and boots were all found second hand. As a matter of fact, I used the cardigan and skirt as part of my uniform for the private high school I attended part time. The boots, Doc Marten. The headband, a simple find I’ve also had in my closet for ages.

In consideration of the aspects discussed, all signs point to “preppy”. This proper aesthetic allows for versatility in the weather, season, and details as you make it your own. In and out of a school or work environment, this outfit is a twist on the traditional look.

With that in mind, some things never go out of style. In a way to express yourself, individuality and personality allow for creativity in dressing according to what makes you feel best. With this seasons trends, stay true to you with your unique spin on articles of clothing notable as worn in the media. Keep doing as you like, there are no rules in fashion.

Finding Inner Peace in Uncertain Times

By: Allison Arnzen

September 17, 2020


Sunset over Temecula neighborhood.
Sunset over Temecula. By Allison Arnzen

Suggestions to help recenter and focus, easing the stressors of COVID-19 and the online transition to the new semester.

Throughout 2020, a global pandemic has created unprecedented times in the lives of individuals throughout the world. To help ease the impact of COVID-19, finding activities to create calm and bring individuals in tune with themselves may help contribute to comforting these feelings of worry.

Beyond the impact of Covid-19, students face additional challenges in navigating an online semester. This includes adapting to the online environment, which has led to a new shift from the face-to-face college campus setting. Learning the online format and curriculum from home, managing classes, and balancing a personal, work, and/or student life are among new challenges students are now facing.

One way to help calm anxiety and peace for students includes setting boundaries. For many, asserting a scheduled time and location to dedicate towards online schooling and studying helps differentiate the home versus work environment. By creating these boundaries, students may find better focus their time spent on assignments. Alongside this, internal stressors may be alleviated as we become in tune with feelings and expectations through the use of a routine to navigate the current predicaments.

Busy desk with laptop and assignments.

Student desk. Source: Website

Ilene S. Cohen, PhD in her article in Psychology Today called “Setting Boundaries During Coronavirus” offers advice for people-pleasers during these times. Cohen encourages individuals to bring awareness to personal boundaries, communicate them clearly, and remember that it is okay if others aren’t happy with your boundaries as you make yourself and your health a priority.

Another way to decrease the worry during Covid-19 is to keep moving. Keeping active is a way to ensure the mental and physical benefits and show a decrease in “levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, improve sleep, and improve self-esteem.” While exercising releases endorphins, it is a tool in providing a break while finding time to spend time focusing on one’s self. Finding the right choice for you will lead to individualized benefits. Taking a walk throughout the neighborhood or through a nature trail gives a change of scenery and gets your blood flowing. Play and interact with any pets you may have. In the article “Physical Activity Reduces Stress, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America found that, “…if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers…”.

Two golden retrievers on a walk.
Walking dogs. By Allison Arnzen

The third way that students can help create peace is through the use of internet workouts. As an option, online workout videos have become a great way to keep in shape during Covid-19. Whether it be through a fitness routine, or a guided yoga practice, various applications such as SWEAT, Peloton, Sworkit Fitness & Workout, Glo – Yoga and Meditation are among many choices and may be downloaded on electronic devices. Another option is to stream these regimens directly from YouTube.

The fourth way find peace during Covid-19 is by keeping a schedule. By creating a routine and organization, a sense of center, control, focus, and ownership can be found in a time of crisis. By creating a schedule to follow, this helps set expectations for the day. While social distancing and stay at home orders adapt or are encouraged, keeping track of time and items to be complete ensure a sense of completion and feeling of accomplishment. Some things you can do to help are to make a list, create a planner, find the routine which best suits you personally. Following your flow to find a rhythm helps with focus, may ease feelings of being overwhelmed, and being intentional with your time to provide a sense of normalcy in unprecedented times. Productivity expert, Tonya Dalton, says “rituals keep our day moving along but are infused with joy, pleasure, or a positive emotion.”

Another helpful tip is to stay connected. In a digital world, connection is provided right at your fingertips. Reaching out to friends through text, call, or group video calls, such as Zoom, Google Hangout, or Skype, provides a sense of community and connection in a world where face to face contact is limited. Because we must remain over 6 feet apart in social settings, socializing with others virtually can help alleviate feelings of isolation and disconnect.

Another great tip to help keep calm is to try a new activity. In any spare time, a feeling of completion may be achieved through re-engaging in hobbies from the past or learning a new one. Creative outlets allow for self-expression. Journaling may help document and project thoughts. Finding a craft skill such as sewing, or crocheting is an option in creating to mix things up. Other forms of activities can include painting, drawing, sculpting, and creating music.  Connect Health AU found pursuing a new hobby may benefit one’s mental health with reduction in stress, boosting wellbeing, forming connection with others. The website states “spending time on activities that you enjoy can help improve your mental health and wellbeing. Research shows that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from low moods, stress and depression.”

Young woman doing yoga pose.
Yoga Practice. By Allison Arnzen

And finally, be sure to check in on yourself. Recognizing the extent of the current climate is important in understanding any troubles currently being faced are difficult while pursuing an education. In addition to this, all other aspects of life inevitably continue in ways beyond a typical standard or norm.  Sarah Reichart, a behavioral health therapist of Mayo Clinic Health System states, “It’s important to pause for a moment and collect your thoughts, as worldwide pandemics can be taxing.” Recognizing potential mental and physical responses, Reichart says “It is normal to feel stressed or overwhelmed during uncertain times.”.

These times may impose newfound challenges; however, they will be navigated with strength and perseverance. Be kind to your mind. Check in with yourself. Take a deep breath.

Arrival of Autumn

By: Allison Arnzen

September 30, 2020


Woman in field of leaves with friend in fall setting.
Woman in fall scenery. source Aline Viana Prado

Honoring the transition from summer to fall in food, fashion, and lifestyle.   

As the seasons change from summer to fall, the temperature lowers and leaves change color, there are certain familiarities that seem to make their way into the environment surrounding us. 

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Boots, leaves, mug, and books. source fotografierende

Autumn is the third season of the year, which spans from September to November. From the aromas in the air, to activities, to events, to food, and decor, these are a few areas impacted by this season. With the shift in season, individuals north of the equator are impacted in their daily lives and communities as things change around them.

As the United States celebrates this time, there are many familiar ways to participate in the seasons change to “fall”. Due to Covid-19, however, this may look a bit different than years past. Here are some ways to feel engaged in this season, while staying in line with California’s current recommended health guidelines for Covid-19.

Latte in a white mug beside small orange pumpkin.
Coffee and pumpkin. source Valeriia Miller

In food, beverage, and aromatics – pumpkin spice has become a familiar fragrance which fills the air. Along with other ingredients, it is frequently added into baked goods, coffees, and other recipes, though the spices were originally intended to be used in baking pumpkin pie. This scent and flavor brings a sense of nostalgia, though it is simply a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Among the list of aromatic selections, often a blend of alternative spices, for example cinnamon, is associated with the fall season. While we relish pumpkin spice and cinnamon to eat, the season of fall seems to increase the usage of fragrance form with candles. In addition, other options to consider include apple, chai, vanilla, wood, nutty, leaves, and flannel scents. 

After we have filled the fall room with light and scents, candles are also used as decorations during these transitional months. Reader’s Digest’s architect and interior designer, Nina Cooke John, explains various ways to style your living space during this time.  She explains that implementing lights, using seasonal produce, adding textures, and welcoming the “colors of the season” are a few of John’s recommendations. She also recommends credited colors which involve an array of shades from red, to orange, yellow, tan, green, purple, in ranges of shades. While Covid-19 may increase the amount of time spent inside, arranging the home environment encourages a positive outlet to embrace these times. Whether you carve them, bake goods or pumpkin seeds, pumpkins are a classic staple of this time of year in the season and “Halloween” holiday.

Women dressed in fall tones sitting in pose by seasonal produce.
Woman sitting by produce. source Ash Valiente

Bringing in the energy of interior style may also act as inspiration to bring fall styles into one’s personal style. We can use fall colors, mixing patterns, and using various fabrics not only in your home, but in personal fashion as well. Whether sourcing from what you own or looking into thrifting or purchasing new pieces, pulling from the wardrobe allows for self expression and incorporation of the shift in season. As the weather begins to cool off, layering clothes is a way to show off your personal style in fall. Instyle’s Samantha Sutton embraces adapting not only the summer staples into fall. Sutton offers solutions to “combine fashion with comfort” with loungewear options as time spent at home increases due to the pandemic.

Who am I?

A brief background as to who I am, Allison Arnzen

While working as a model in the fashion industry, I am an active a college student studying Communications / Journalism while in my school newspaper as advertising operations and a writer.

Before that, I am born and based in Southern California, I am raised as the youngest child of four. With extreme gratitude towards my parents, I have so much appreciation and love for the support at the foundation of my heart and soul. As I have grown older, I have become the aunt to three lovely little ones. I love the sun, my family, my friends, my dogs, and try to find gratitude in every day through anything.

photo by Tuan Pham

I started in the modeling industry at age 16, back in 2017. Through this, I have work experience in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Riverside County, to internationally in Milan, Italy. My first job was creating content on YouTube. Prior to my tween years, I would make content with family and stream it online as well as conduct “photoshoots”. With that in mind, this interest has continuously drawn me in.

With a vision, I have enjoyed writing and find creative expression in art within the fashion industry. Drawn in from a young age, I remember dreaming of a life like the one I have now. Though it is not identical and no where near perfect, I am continuing to learn and find a true vision as to the right fit and meaning in the midst of everything the world has to offer. I have particular taste, but I am open to what is in store for me.

While I am continuing to evolve into an adult, one thing has remained constant in childhood and into adolescence. I have always been passionate to learn, inspire, help, and grow. Through this all, I am eager to continue to explore and see the world as I continue to find who I am.