In January 2013, I was fresh to San Diego, knew maybe two people, and was relearning how to drive after years of New York City life (for real). My technique for fighting this fish-out-of-water feeling? Attend networking and creative events like it was my job because, hey, I didn’t have a job anyway. One of the first events was a San Diego fashion blogger meet-up at the W Hotel, and it was there that I met the lovely Paulina, a financial analyst who moonlights as a fashion blogger over at Lil Bits of Chic. She was so sweet and welcoming, and in these past two years and I run into Pau all over town at events. It’s always such a joy to see her smiling face.
I’m also so impressed that she holds down a busy day job and still has the time to have grown an impressive blog following. She’s been featured in Lucky, People StyleWatch, Redbook, and other outlets, and today I wanted to feature her on My SoCal’d Life. (That’s better than Lucky anyway, right?)
Today the born-and-raised San Diegan talks about the book she’s re-reading and the place that makes her get all the “I love San Diego” feelings…among other things.
Neighborhood: Eastlake, Chula Vista
Profession: Financial Analyst by day, Fashion & Lifestyle Blogger at lilbitsofchic.com by night!
What did you eat for breakfast today?
Today I worked out of our office building in La Jolla, so I treated myself to a bagel and a cup of regular Starbucks coffee from the cafeteria downstairs. I swear, I’m starting the diet tomorrow! *wink wink*
What’s the best thing about your job?
Best thing about my day job as a financial analyst is the stability (steady income and work). Best thing about my “after-hours” job as a fashion blogger is that it keeps my creative side fulfilled and allows me to tap into my passions.
The worst part about my day job is it can be stressful with deadlines, projects, and meetings. The worst part about being a blogger is the time management; wanting to do more but not having the time to do what I feel I’m capable of doing in that area.
How do you tackle a creative block?
I change gears. I’ll take that time to do stuff around the house, work on my day job, watch the Real Housewives of whatever—basically do anything that has nothing to do with being creative. As I see it, a creative block is my artsy side telling me to take a break and refresh. I have to trust that the ideas will start flowing again and they usually do.
What are you currently reading?
During our recent move I uncovered a box full of books I acquired during my college days and found a book that was given to me by one of my career mentors called, The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary into Extraordinary by Joseph A. Michelli. I remember reading it then and forgot where I left off, so I started from the beginning a couple of weeks back. It’s interesting because I’m reading it from a whole new perspective as a “bloggerpeneur” wanting to take my blog from ordinary to extraordinary.
What’s your favorite spot in the city and why?
My absolute favorite spot is Harbor Island (like Island Prime, Tom Ham Lighthouse area) with a gorgeous view of the San Diego skyline, sunshine, boats, and all of those quintessential San Diego activities. It always evokes a “I love San Diego” from the fiancé and I.
What was the most awesome thing about today?
The most awesome thing about today was that I got a lot of stuff done and I had enough energy to do it! Typically after a work day filled with conference calls followed by about an hour of traffic, all I want to do is be a bum at home, but today I went to get a manicure, met with my friend to give her an old futon, had my 11-year-old niece over at my house to work on her speech about how kids today take things for granted (how cute is that?!), and I even wedding planned. It was a day full of random productive activities!