Earlier today my cousin and I decided we'd brave the heat and downtown crowds and take a visit to The Broad with our niece and nephew - why we thought that'd be a good idea? I'm still trying to figure that one out honestly. For those of you who aren't familiar with The Broad, it's a fairly new art museum that opened up in downtown LA. I'm not going to go into too much detail about it, but if you're in the LA area looking for something to do, I'd definitely recommend setting out some time one day to visit. You can check out everything you need to know here: thebroad.org - and just a note: the museum is free admission (they get you with the parking costs though, so make sure to plan your transportation accordingly) and there is the option of getting reserved tickets, but to keep it real, the chances of you getting those are pretty slim as it's still really new. Just bring your water and be prepared to be standing in line for an hour... or a few!








































Aside from a few melt downs, thrown pacifiers and snacks thrown everywhere, I had a really great time today. It was the first time in a long time that I've gone somewhere like this and actually got to enjoy myself with no anxiety whatsoever. If you have anxiety or agoraphobia you know how difficult it is to put yourself in a situation with tons of unfamiliar people and I was actually surprise that the whole time I was there not only did I not experience any type of anxiety, but I wasn't waiting for it either. Usually on the days I'm lucky enough to have little to no anxiety, I'm unable to bask in it fully because I'm constantly waiting for a trigger. So today was nice, I really liked it.  I'm looking forward to hopefully going again soon with some friends (no kiddies this time!).

If you guys like these sort of picture diary posts, please let me know! I've found that I really love them and if you guys enjoy them as much as me, maybe I'll get that little push I need to start exploring this city I'm living in and document it for all of us!

Have any of you visited The Broad before? 


KRISTINA X 

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THE BROAD MUSEUM



Dear January, 

It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that we're now a whole month into the New Year. These past 31 days have flown by. Despite how quickly I feel it's gone, the situations I dealt with felt as though they could have lasted a lifetime. 

I lost one of my pets this month, her name was Zoey. Her life expectancy was only 3 years and she ended up surpassing that by a couple of months, but that piece of knowledge didn't soften the blow for me. It's strange when you think about it - how attached people can get to animals. They become a part of your daily routine, life and most importantly a member of your family. I do still get sad when I realize she's no longer here, but like my brother told me, we all have her a good life and she's was shown love up until the very end. 

Unfortunately, her older sister, Daisy, is on her way out as well. She is on her 4th almost 5th year now, so she's surpassed her life expectancy too. The other night she actually nearly passed, I remember holding her that night and just knowing she was minutes away from death. Somehow, though, she's managed to gain some strength and weight back on in these last few days with the help of some TLC. I'm not entirely sure what happened or what changed, but I'm happy it did because we all get some more time with her. She's still very frail and shows clear signs of age, but she's alive and as frisky as ever. My little girl is a fighter! 

Minus the sad bits you held, there were some good times held. I'm slowly trying to build my life back up again - the social aspect of it at least. Having dealt with crippling anxiety/agoraphobia for so long, being home bound and on my own is what I'm use to and most comfortable with, but I'm trying and that's all that matters at the end of the day, right? I'm going out a bit more, pushing myself over the limit. Challenging myself with new experiences and new people. I've learned not to set any goals or resolutions for myself as I feel those only lead to negativity. You get down on yourself when you don't complete that certain task, or reach that goal in x number of days. Why does there have to be a timeframe? Accepting the fact that you couldn't do something, but always trying again is the healthiest option in my opinion. 

I went to a content creator event just before you ended. No amount of explaining the struggle I went through to make it out to that party would give you an accurate representation. I spent most of my day with my anxiety eating away at me from the inside out and by the time it came to leave, I ended up bursting into tears on the because I didn't believe I could do it. But I did it. There were tears - lots of them, ruined makeup, hugs and comforting words for my big brother, an excruciating 30-40 minute car ride there, but I did it. I, Kristina, actually did it. This day was so incredibly special to me, not only because it was the first ever blogger event I had been invited to, not because I got to mingle and be along side creatives I watched on a daily basis, but because I proved the great amount of strength I hold inside of me. I proved that I'm stronger than my anxiety - it's going to take pain and lots of tears, but I can do it. I just have to believe. 

Oh, January, you've been filled with lots of laughter, tears, joy, hurt, loss, eagerness, but most of all hope. I'm thankful to have gotten through the first month of this new year and I'm looking forward to seeing what February has in store for me. 

Yours sincerely, 
KRISTINA X 

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A LETTER TO JANUARY



As a blogger myself, I feel like constantly being on and reading other blogs like it's sunday's paper is something you're expected to do - and just kind of comes naturally. If I'm being straight up with you, though, that's just not me. I'm more of a youtube person, honestly. I can watch videos from the moment I get up in the morning right up until I go to bed at night, without getting bored. 

The habit of only visiting blogs when I randomly find a link on twitter is something I want to change. I feel it's an essential to constantly be up to date with what other bloggers are doing - not to copy there style (Please don't do this, this is probably one of the biggest pet peeves I have. Be you, not a replica.) but more so to help create your creative process get jumping and just to help you get inspired overall. These five blogs are ones that I've found myself constantly revisiting in that past few months. Not only are the pictures and look of their blogs extremely aesthetically pleasing, but their actual content is fantastic. 






I honestly couldn't tell you how I came across Lavinya's blog, but I'm so glad I did. The look she has going on her blog is so clean and fresh looking - and don't get me started on her wardrobe. Every single clothing item she has, I need. She is one of my favorite bloggers, if not my favorite blogger at the moment.



I initially came across Jomy on instagram. She's gorgeous and I love her style! She does beauty and fashion posts on her blog and also has a youtube channel.




I know a lot of people are turned off by specific looks, fonts, etc of a blog - I won't lie, I am too, but Yasmine's blog is definitely worth sticking around for! I've been following her on twitter for a while now and she is so incredibly sweet and has an amazing style. Her pictures are always so crisp and clear, definitely check her blog out if you haven't already. 


Stephi is also a blogger I came across through instagram, I was first introduced to her content because of her friend Jomy (blogger mentioned at #3). Not only does Stephi have an amazing style, fantastic photos and an eye-pleasing blog, but her writing is incredible. There's something about it that's just so soothing and she has a way of keeping your attention the whole way throughout. 

Who are you current favorite bloggers + where you already following any of the lovely ladies mentioned above? 

KRISTINA X 

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MY 4 FAVORITE BLOGGERS AT THE MOMENT

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