Talking about Difficult Stuff – Transparency

I thought I wasn’t afraid to be an open book. I thought I was being authentically me all day errday.


I realized over the course of Ninong’s moving to a new space that there were so many things that I didn’t share that would have been great content because of fear. Fear of admitting that I felt like I was failing, fear of showing my mistakes, fear of sharing the unexpected. 100% fear, actually make that 99% fear and 1% me having no time to share it because I couldn’t move fast enough to get things done.

Looking back it made me think and meditate over it for a while. Why didn’t I share?

In hindsight, now that things are starting to settle down I should have. Actually I probably will in the future. But my point is it made me realize that I don’t share the difficult parts of my life. I mean, yes, there are definitely things that I want to keep private. But the tough stuff. The trenches, the downs, that’s where the “meat and potatoes” is of entrepreneurship.

Being authentic and transparent on the internet is hard. It’s so easy to share things when it’s glamorous, fun, and exciting things are happening. It’s way harder to share when it’s tough. But those tough moments are when it’s more humbling, valuable, and inspiring. When I watch or read about other people’s journeys those hard, vulnerable, authentic, and transparent moments are when they draw me in. They got me hooked cuz I saw some real emotion. But most of all, that’s when I saw the most growth in them.

I want to remember the moments where I pivot, grow, and change.

I don’t want to forget the times that I became better. Those moments where I’m in this dirty, muddy valley where there’s nothing but hardship in sight. Those moments when I think I’m done, it’s all over because this is the end and there’s nothing I can do to make it better. In those moments I forget that it’ll always work out in the end, but it always does. Yes, it might not work out the way I want it to. Yes, it’s hard work. Yes, it’s easier to give up. But it’s never over.

So cheers to the hard stuff! The difficult stuff, the valleys, the moments when you think you’re done. Let’s talk about it more, let’s not let fear get in the way of being who we are and what we’re meant to become.




Restaurant Feature – Ninong’s on The Filipino Channel

Ninong’s has given me and my family so many opportunities. One of them being featured in different publications, blogs, and even on TV every once in a while.

Prior to officially opening at our new location, we invited some of the friends we’ve made in the media industry to come and eat some food! We wanted to showcase some of the new menu offerings we were going to have as well as let them see the new location for themselves.

Most recently, the Filipino Channel (aka TFC) showed a segment about us on their show Balitang America from the tasting. What an honor! It was perfect timing too, we were just about to announce that we were going to start serving our Chicken and Waffle that same week. They beat us to it!

Thank you to Steve and everyone at TFC for the feature!


30 Day Blogging Challenge

I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it.

I feel like 30 days straight of blogging is just too much for me to undertake. Just like any challenge it’s meant to push you to your limit, to show you that there’s more. And that’s exactly what I’m looking for. I’m looking for some motivation, accountability, and a challenge.

By nature I’m a lazy person, a procrastinator. But what makes me get the job done is a sense of urgency. As an entrepreneur it’s difficult for me to motivate myself to get a step ahead. So a way to trick my mind into being productive is to create a challenge to hold me accountable. Then I put it all over social media thinking that my followers care that I stick to it lol. That’s when I get crap done!

So the whole point of this challenge is so I can get ahead of my blog schedule so you actually won’t see posts every day. You’ll see them as I post them (usually Monday/Wednesday/Friday). Another reason I want to get ahead of my posts is so that I can create graphics that are relevant and go well with the topics that I write about. Based on my workflow I work best if I write first and create imagery later.

I’m really excited for this challenge! I’ve done it a few times but never completed it so I’m more determined than ever to be able to do this thing!