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A Little House Warming

This past Sunday, My roommates and I threw our first house warming party! We wanted to throw a house warming party because 1) We are in a totally new townhouse complex 2) We moved to OREM!! 3) We wanted to show everyone where we lived and our beautiful view of Provo because we are obsessed with it.

If you know me, you obviously know that I LOVE LOVE LOVE planning parties. It’s been a long 5 months of no party planning, so it was good to get back to doing what I love. It’s been a HUGE blessing to live with Kari and Jaime again.  Also, Camille (Kari’s cousin) is super chill and fun!  The planning process has been easy, but I was scared that not a lot of people would show up because it is Orem and it’s not your usual “Provo party” where you can walk in even if you don’t know them.

The day before any party that I throw, I get so nervous that no one is going to show up.  I don’t know why I get so nervous every time, but I just do and I need to stop.  Jaime and I went shopping for yummy treats and lights to light up our backyard.  I spent all night Saturday and all day Sunday baking! Luckily, I had my friend Steven Johnson helping me bake the chocolate chip cookie shots and Emilee Crowder come over Sunday to keep me organized. haha I love her so much.

The party started and the first to arrive was my good friend Zach Stanford!! He was in Boston with me and I haven’t seen him since I left Boston and I’ve missed him so much! People started piling in after him and it was some people we had no clue who they were and some who were my great friends! Everyone loved the yummy desserts.  As a host, I’ve never eaten anything at my parties because I’ve been picking at them all day.  I wish I did eat some treats, because they looked so good!

A lot of people showed up who I haven’t seen since I left BYU back in April.  It was good to see everyone!! I’ve been trying to hang out with friends and catch up with them these past 2 weeks.  There were so many familiar faces and people in my house that I would say “hi” to someone and then never see them again because I was busy running all over the place.  So if you’re reading this and we didn’t get to talk that much…. I’m sorry! There was a time where I couldn’t even see the kitchen floor! Everyone loved the view and I’m glad they did because my roommates are OBSESSED with it. We have a balcony and a backyard so there was a lot of room for people unlike my last apartments. I wanted more people to come to the backyard but it was super dark and some didn’t even know how to get to the backyard haha

My good friend Tanner Mouritsen drove all the way down from Salt Lake to come to my party! I’m giving him a shout out because he was one of my great friends who I met in Boston this summer. I made sure to introduce him to all of my friends because he didn’t know anyone besides my other Boston friend, Chris! I loved seeing everyone at our house warming party. My NYC friends, my Boston friends, Village friends, Vegas friends, Study abroad friends, EVERYONE!!

I was definitely in my element Sunday night. I love talking to people, meeting new people and just hosting parties in general.  One day, I’ll host parties for a living! But, that’s not for a while hahaha

So….. Confession: I didn’t take any pics at the house warming party.  I screenshot my friend’s Jaron Beckwith’s snap chat story and that’s all I have of proof of the party! haha but it’s okay because I was in the moment and enjoying every second of it. You are all the best.

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XOXO,

Liz

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#LinWedding & East Coast Adventures with my Chinese Family

Hi.

I promise I’m not lazy. Okay, maybe just a little. But, I have some good excuses. I’m officially moved into my new townhouse in Orem! So I’ve been unpacking, starting my new job and catching up with friends here in Provo!

2 weeks ago, my older brother Mark got married. WHAAAAT? I remember when we were babies sharing a room together and now he’s married! This would be officially my last trip of the summer. I came back from Ecuador, hung out in Provo for a little bit and drove back to Vegas to travel to the East Coast with my family! When I got home, I was so stoked to see my grandparents! They live in mainland China and I haven’t seen them in 7 years and they haven’t been in the states for 9 years.  I definitely grew up since then.

It was quire the adventure getting to the wedding.  Mark and Imee got married in Virginia Beach, VA and to save money, we flew to Baltimore, Maryland and then rented a mini van to drive 4 hours to Virginia. Once we arrived in VA, we went straight to my brother’s new home that he just bought and renovated.  Definitely way weird that he has a HOME.  My best friend Erick Yamagata was already at the house and all of my brother’s groomsmen as well.

We had a dress rehearsal the day before the wedding.  I’m not really used to dress rehearsals… but since this was a full on Catholic wedding we had to practice like in the movies.  It was very interesting.  I’m super grateful that I don’t have to do that for my wedding haha. After the rehearsal, we went to the rehearsal dinner at Sushi King, Mark and Imee’s favorite restaurant in VA.  All-you-can-eat sushi?? I’m down with that.  I sat at my dad’s table with my baby brother, Erick and my Step Mom.  & my dad is HILARIOUS.  I think that’s where I get my sense of humor from..

WEDDING DAY

I had to wake up SUPER early to get my hair and make up done.  I was fine with that.. BUT it was an updo and everyone knows that I look like Mulan or a Chinese boy when I have my hair up!! I went along with it because obviously it wasn’t my day to complain… and it was SO humid outside.

Mark and Imee got married in a Catholic church on the Naval Base.  It was pretty hectic because everyone had to have a military ID or your drivers license # already in the system.  A lot of people had to be escorted in and it was stressful.  But, 4PM came and it was time for the ceremony to begin. Imee looked absolutely beautiful and Mark is well, Mark.  All of his best friends from high school flew all the way to VA from Vegas and I definitely didn’t want to cry… BUT love is love and I love it. Ha! I bawled like a baby.

After the ceremony, we took tons of pictures and then went straight to the wedding reception.  It was located at The Westin hotel AKA the only tall building in Virginia Beach. Super fancy, huge ball room and everyone had a specific table and seat.  Luckily, Erick was placed at my table! The wedding party received special treatment and got served appetizer foods before the reception and we took more pics. When the reception started, the MC for the night announced each of our names to come into the ballroom and everyone started clapping for us hahahah

The wedding reception was a blast! They had a photo booth, amazing food and tons of dancing! It was kind of like a high school reunion all over again with everyone from high school there.  Luckily, Mark and I have the same friends. I had the chance to give a speech and again, I bawled like a baby.  Geeze, I just love my brother so much! I know. So cheesy. Overall, the wedding went super well and what I thought was going to be super stressful.. everything was smooth like peanut butter.

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I’m so happy for Mark and Imee.  They are perfect for each other and I’m so happy Mark found love! I’m glad I have a new sister! It’s amazing how my family is GROWING so much!

The next day, we had a huge family lunch with Imee’s family.  BOMB FILIPINO FOOD. YUM YUM YUM. I guess the bride and groom open presents in front of everyone the day after the wedding… So that’s what Mark & Imee did.. they opened presents in front of everyone.  Kinda awkward cuz they received a ton of money. At night, Erick and I walked along Virginia Beach and a lightning storm was going on.  I’m so happy that Erick flew to VA – seriously one of my best friends!

We left VA the next day and drove 7 hours to NYC. We stayed in Jersey right by the George Washington Bridge.. It was pretty funny because my parents weren’t used to all of the tolls they had to pay for.  That night, we met up with one of my step dad’s friends in Flushing, NYC.  I love FLUSHING. That’s the real Chinatown in New York.  I was kind of worried that being back in NYC would make me sad that I didn’t choose to work and live there.  I definitely did miss it, but I knew I was supposed to be in Utah and that my decision was a good decision. Walking through the streets of NYC, I definitely want to move back for sure. My family and I did all of the tourist stuff.  We went to Times Square (which they hated because of all of the tourists AKA that’s why I don’t go there anymore), 9/11 Memorial, Staten Island Ferry, Central Park, and Chinatown! It was pretty hectic since my grandparents are getting older so we had to take a ton of breaks while we were walking to our destinations.  I did get all of my family members on their first NYC Subway ride… You gotta love the 1 Train!!

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NYC will always have my heart.

Now on to DC! I’ve never visited Washington DC before so I was stoked to see all of the monuments and historical sites! PLUS. It was my birthday. so HOLLA!!! 22! We visited the Washington Memorial, The White House, Lincoln Memorial, Georgetown and a whole bunch of other memorials.  I LOVE DC.  It was so clean and quiet compared to NYC.  It reminded me a lot about Boston.  Cute cobblestone sidewalks and everything.  We didn’t have a lot of time to do everything since our flight was that night.  But definitely a great way to celebrate my birthday, especially with my family.

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I loved spending time with my family before I started my new job in Utah.  It’s been a while since I’ve traveled with my whole family.  Basically, they’re all my best friends and I LOVE THEM!! Thanks for reading and I promise I won’t slack off anymore!

XOXO,

Liz

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Life As We Know It..

I survived Ecuador. THANK GOODNESS. I didn’t have time to get my typhoid shot or take malaria pills so I was praying that nothing bad would happen to me.  Friends warned me before I left to not drink water that’s not bottled or eat anything that looks sketch. Well, I did eat street vendor food but I only drank bottled water.

It’s safe to say that I AM ALIVE AND HEALTHY.

I wrote a blog about Baños, Ecuador in my last blog post, but i’m featuring my friend Emilee Crowder’s blog post about Ecuador because she is the best at writing AKA needs to be a copywriter. Love you Emilee!

justemilee.blogspot.com – peep it!

While I was in Ecuador, I made some big decisions. Before I left, I had a couple of job interviews – one agency in Provo and another agency in NYC. to make this story short, I chose to accept the job offer in Provo, Utah. 

It was a BIG decision. A scary decision, actually. I prayed and prayed about it and both jobs were great. I just needed to choose. & Whichever job I choose, I know Heavenly Father would help me along the way with my decision.  Back in Boston, I had a really good feeling I needed to be back in Utah. & then after the MAIP Career Fair, NYC was engraved in my brain and I felt like I needed to be in the city and that’s where I belonged. New York made me the happiest person and it just felt good. Utah is also a great place.  It’s my home away from home and where I went to school. I’m 21 years old and all of my friends were still there.  A friend of mine said “Liz, you deserve at least one more year in Provo.” What did that mean? I don’t know!

The Provo agency called Plaid Social Lab is the agency that I was interviewing with.  While I was in Boston, I was freaking out that I was not looking for jobs so in my despair, I started applying online everywhere.  Someone posted about Plaid in the BYU Adlab Alumni FB page and I sent my resume to Jake, the VP of the company.  While I was in NYC, I got a text from my friend Ashley Wennerholm that they wanted to interview me. So I had a Skype interview with Jake and it went well. After the MAIP Career Fair, there were SOOOO many opportunities for me to take a job offer in NYC or just at a big agency in general. I was conflicted.

After, I left NYC, I went back to Vegas and an agency from the Career Fair contacted me right away. I was stoked that the recruiter remembered me and wanted to interview me for an Assistant Account Executive position for the Chase Bank Team. I went through 3 rounds of interviews and then left to Ecuador.  By then, Plaid had offered me a position and I just did not know what to do.  They gave me time to get back to them – so I left for Ecuador still not knowing which company to choose. I wanted to forget about jobs and real life while I was traveling, but I thought about it 24/7, it drove me CRAZY. Luckily, Kim and Emilee were there to talk to me and give me advice – even though they were more biased towards Provo.

Towards the end of the trip, I had to make a decision with Plaid. Whether to say yes or no to them.  I emailed the NYC agency to ask where they were at in their decision process and they told me that I would interview with their managing director and then they will choose their final decision by end of next week.  I couldn’t ask Plaid to wait for me any longer so I told them to move on with their lives and that was the end of it. I was going to go with the NYC agency!

Plaid really wanted me so we negotiated some things and in the end, I felt really comfortable in choose Plaid as the agency of my choice.  I remember that night I decided to live and work in Provo, prayed about it and wanted to make sure that it was the best decision.  I woke up the next morning feeling so content and happy that I knew I had to be back in Provo. I emailed the NYC agency to discontinue the interview process and made sure I could still keep in touch with them.  Everyone was so nice about everything, so it felt good that I wasn’t burning any bridges.

Since I’ve accepted the offer at Plaid, everything has fallen into place.  Before then, I was freaking out where I was going to live in Provo because I didn’t want to live with randoms and I was hoping to live with Jaime and Kari in their townhouse, but it was full. & right when I got to the Quito airport and got wifi, my phone was blowing up with texts from Jaime and Kari saying there was an opening in their basement and I was ecstatic because they didn’t even know I chose to move back to Provo! GUY, GOD IS GREAT. EVERYTHING WORKS OUT.

Coming back from Ecuador, I signed the papers at Plaid Social and there I was accepting a full-time job offer in Provo, Utah.  It felt good. Overwhelming, but exciting.

I’m excited to work at Plaid Social as an Account Manager.  It’ll be a different experience being in a smaller agency, but having more responsibility will be fun. I am OBSESSED with my new apartment that I’m living in with my best friends Kari and Jaime.  I love coming home. It’s the best.

So, I updated everyone on my life! Thanks for reading!

Xoxo,

Liz

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BYE AMMON! We’ll miss you!

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The best roommates and the best friends 🙂

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Congrats Tyler & Katie!!

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