If there was a song to sum up my idea of Summer 2020, Lana Del Rey’s Summertime Sadness is the jam right now. Lana Del Rey is such a mood of 2020 to me right now, going through the ups and downs, feeling all the feels, and finding a balance between the sane and insane if that makes any sense at all. This issue is a little less personal development and more fun ideas and ways I’ve been staying busy & having fun.
THREE WAYS TO ENJOY YOUR SUMMER IN 2020
1. Social Distanced Summer Picnic
My friend and I were talking about different ways to spend time with each other in person while following the guidelines and one of the ways we came up with is have a summer picnic. You can obviously just go and get takeout or pack food and go to a picnic table, or if you are wanting to put a little more effort into going all out (because let’s face it, we have the time to do it), look up ideas on pinterest for outdoor picnic ideas.
2. Drive-By Beach Trip
The idea of taking a trip to the coast driving the 17-mile drive is my ideal thing to do at the moment. I’ve taken a couple of trips alone, just me, my car, and good music driving to the coast with the windows down by the ocean. There is something so calm and peaceful about it that makes the long drive so worth it. It also gives me the opportunity to not be on my devices and get true alone time. Now that the beaches are beginning to open up, it will be nice to also get out and enjoy feeling the sand and water on your feet.
3. Listening Parties with Friends
I remember when I lived in LA, I was on FaceTime with my friends until very early hours of the next morning listening to Post Malone’s new album Hollywood’s Bleeding the night it came out. It was just a few of us but it was such a fun time. Now there are online raves (which I got on a couple and they’re actually pretty fun!), but you can even do your own listening parties on zoom, houseparty, FaceTime, etc. with your friends and enjoy music, snacks & drinks, and good conversations or bad singing virtually.
3 Go-To Summer Drinks
I have been big on making different types of drinks for years and creating recipes for drinks that I do with my friends during the holidays. Over quarantine, I’ve been coming up with a few drinks that I’ve made at home that have become my go-to drinks.
Iced Mocha w/ Whipped Cream
Iced Mocha w/ Whipped Cream
6-8 oz. Coffee (fresh preferably)
3-4 Ice Cubes
Sugar to taste (or sugar substitute; optional)
1/4 c. Heavy Cream
1/4 teas. Cocoa Powder
Instructions: Whip up the heavy cream until firm and has become whipped cream. Mix the coffee, cocoa powder, and sweetener together until combined. Pour into your glass of cubed ice and top with whipped cream. You can sprinkle a little cocoa powder over the top to elevate the presentation. Enjoy!
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Sweetener of choice
10 oz. Water
Instructions: Mix water, lemon juice, and sweetener until well combined. I usually use about 7 stevia drops (a healthier alternative that actually helps if you have those allergies!) to sweeten for one drink. Add cubed or crushed ice and enjoy! Variation: Blend this with 12 ice cubes to make a “frozen lemonade!”
Topo Chico Infused Waters
8 oz. Original or Lime Twist Topo Chico
1/4 Cucumber, 2 Strawberries and/or 3 Raspberries
1/8 teas. Fruit extracts (optional)
5-6 Ice Cubes
Instructions: Slice up about 1/4 of the cucumber and arrange fruit of choice. If you’re using a fruit extract, mix that with your Topo Chico. Arrange ice and fruit together in a glass and pour in your flavored mixture and mix to cool. Serve chilled and enjoy!
ANNOUNCING: BOSS CHATS W/ BOSS LADY DUO
Well, if you haven’t seen the extension of LIFE ON POINTE, my mom and I have started a podcast called BOSS Chats. We are interviewing incredible business people who have found success in the business world and ask them questions about the industry as they offer their knowledge in regards to their area of expertise. We are extremely excited to share this with you! You can find us on lifeonpointe.org/bossladyduo, anchor.fm/bosschats, and follow us on instagram @bossladyduo. If you have any questions about the business world, please send them to email@example.com for suggestions and feedback!
Listen to our episode with Eric Yun on marketing strategy here!
Song: Chains - KylEast | Choreography - Ellie Kim | Cinematography - Michelle Ju | Editing - Yingru Huang
When KylEast first sent me this song before it came out, I was impacted and touched by it. The sound made me want to move immediately and the lyrics were impactful to the thoughts causing eating disorders. Yes, it’s a heavy topic of conversation, but it is real, and I wanted to start bringing awareness to it because it is a problem in the dance community, both in the academies and in professional companies.
I don’t mean to bring negativity to the world of dance, but I do mean to shine a light on things people are too afraid to talk about. The bright side is that with time and the correct guidance, you can overcome eating disorders. You can overcome the thoughts and the demons that come with having it. Being someone that struggles with anorexia, I have learned this and I’m blessed that I have a support system around me with my family, friends, and other dancers who remind me of my goals and that they want me to be healthy and whole. I feel the love in it.