Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project 2.0: #5


This was a sad week in my world…  I found out that my dad has to get a triple bypass surgery in a few weeks and he has been dealing with stage 4 kidney failure which has made it necessary for him to spend 3 days a week in dialysis.

Exactly a week ago, I found out through social media that my cousin and his 5 year old daughter were in a car crash.  Poor Izabella died and yesterday was her memorial / funeral.  Another passenger also died and my cousin and the 4th passenger are both fighting for their lives in the hospital.

It is crazy to read an article like that on the news, but to find out that it is your own family is very traumatizing.   I am so sad that poor Izzy passed at such a young age.  There is more family drama and I am thankful that I am at a distance from it all.  It is a tragedy when families cannot set their differences aside and come together.  I really think it is a waste of time, energy, and sad that those stressful memories could have been good memories.  I know that family dynamics can be complicated I just hate that so much time is being wasted like this.  I feel like it is a distraction from the things that really matter in life.

I felt very emotionally wrapped up in these 2 scenarios all week.  It is emotionally draining to know that the people you love are suffering.

On another note, I feel good about my workout habits and I hit my protein goal a bunch of times this week!


“Learn how to learn.”

  • Get your beauty sleep.
  • Follow a morning ritual and a nightly routine.
  • Complete homework early.
  • Commit and follow through promptly.
  • Create a healthy routine.
  • Eat Clean.
  • Plan ahead and prepare (keep a food journal and write a daily schedule).
  • Exercise daily.
  • Do what you Must.

My focus for January was discipline and I don’t think I did a spectacular job with these goals, but I did well enough.  This was a big month!  I moved to another state, started a new life, and started a new quarter of school.  I am glad that I can carry these goals on to the next month!

Here are some of my favorite memories from January!


“Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things.”

  • Count your blessings.
  • Learn about faith.
  • Actively build your confidence.
  • Build strength with weight lifting.
  • Believe in Miracles.
  • Believe in Yourself!

After all the sadness that has struck my family, I think these are good goals for this next month.  I would like to improve my sleep schedule (although, I just finished the last sip of my iced coffee.)  I am also going to continue with my consistent workouts and cleaning up my nutrition.

I have been feeling a strong urge to do creative things like art and music.  I got myself some art supplies on Friday night because I want to make an art journal, but I am back to feeling terrified of the blank page.  I am going to have to work on that.

As far as music, I would love to learn a new instrument like the harp or the cello, but until I get one of those; maybe I will start singing again.  You will probably notice that a lot of my pics are of me, but I really don’t know anyone here yet.  Luckily, my cats are coming to keep me company soon!

Here is my weekly Be-YOU-tiful pic!  ❤

I am so happy that my skin is finally clearing up!  It took a little while, but there were lots of big, bold, and beautiful changes taking place in my life!

How was the month of January for you and what are you looking forward to the most in February?  Comment below to share!

❤ Alana

10 thoughts on “Be-YOU-tifully YOU Project 2.0: #5

  1. So sorry to hear your news. Hugs coming your way. My husband had quintuple bypass surgery back in 1994. Numerous stents since, and when they couldn’t do anymore a pacemaker defibrillator. He has been stage 4 kidney since the surgery, and on up to 8 shots of insulin a day. Sitting next to me age 85.

    1. Thank you Susie ❤ that gives me a lot of hope. I am sorry that your husband has been going through this. I am so glad that you both have each other. You are such a strong woman and an amazing wife. ❤

  2. Hi Alana, I’m so sorry to read it’s not going well with your dad :(. And about your cousin, can’t imagine how you feel. Must be devastating. Especially that you had to find out through social media… It makes us realize we must appreciate life, which is why I find it so inspiring that even though life is quite difficult, that you continue to go towards your goals… On a side note, you look beautiful! Such glowy skin!! It’s so funny how we have similar hobbies. I’m also getting back into singing. I singing on a Vietnamese party in March :p. Pretty excited about that, but I need to get back at practicing. Be sure to share with us your creative arti pieces ;). Stay strong and positive! Sending lots of love and hugs your way! You got this! xoxo Sarah

    1. Sarah thank you! You always know just what to say and our friendship means the world to me! The sadness of the week definitely took a toll on me, but I do feel good about the fact that I am not letting it crumble me this time around. It feels good to continue with the healthy habits. And thank you! My skin was giving me grief with the stress and climate change, but I am learning to find out what it needs. It is exciting that you are singing. I didn’t know that you are a singer! We do have a lot in common. I know you are going to do a great job at the party in March! I hope you are doing well this week. Thanks again for your kind words of encouragement, dear friend!

      ❤ Alana Xoxo

      1. Hi Alana, I think we are indeed very alike. It’s great to have a friend like you on the other side of the planet :). I’m glad somehow my words can somehow help you. I love to sing, but I wouldn’t call myself a singer haha :p. Usually, I just sing party songs to keep our Vietnamese friends happy: I will survive, Hot Stuff, Let’s get loud, Poker Face, Bad Romance, Mercy… It’s always tons of fun! Have a lovely week Alana, and stay strong! You’re doing great! xoxo Sarah

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s