Life Update: 10 Things


It’s been a while since I’ve done a more personal post for you guys! I miss the days when I could blog more frequently but these days I’ve been swamped with so many different projects that it’s hard to find time to sit down and write. Even though my living situation is a bit more organized, I’m still trying to sort outย my life at the moment. It’s been stressful to balance it all but I’m just taking it a day at a time! But now that I’m settled into my new home, I thought I’d update youย on what I’ve been up to lately!

ONE // Living in the desert is SO different from life back in LA. I have noย major complaints here though. There is NO traffic, we don’t need to get on a major freeway to get to local places where we need to be (literally feels like our own little world especially now with snowbirds out of Palm Springs for the hotter months), and BEAUTIFUL scenery and lighting for photos. There are some sacrifices living here, however…

TWO // It’s been difficult to make new friends in my age range. To be honest, it’s a predominately retired community which means that I’m practically the only one in my 20’s living in the area… for a homebody like me, it’s not a big issue but it never hurts to have a friend or two, right? Well, to be fair, I’ve just moved here so I’ve got some time toย hopefully meet new people soon.

THREE // There is no good Asian food here. And the Asian food that they do have is SO EXPENSIVE! Okay actually, we just discovered a Thai restaurant that’s decent in downtown Palm Springs but it’s still extremely pricey. Literally double the price of what we used to pay when we lived in Hollywood. Which leads to my next point…

FOUR // We’ve been cooking at home A LOT more now. I sort of like it because it’s not only helping us save $$$, it’s also healthier. We’ve been trying new recipes with Hello Fresh and I’ve been learning how to cook more Asian food to satiate my cravings for that. Plus, we’re taking advantage of our 10x upgraded kitchen in this condo (compared to our LA cave ;))

FIVE // I finally joined a gym and it feels SO GOOD! For the 3 years I lived in LA, I never joined a gym because getting to one would always take forever even if it was nearby. I do not miss the city traffic at all. It feels so refreshing to be able to block out a time in my day to dedicate to my body and well-being ๐Ÿ™‚

SIX // Starting out at the gym, I mostly participated in the fitness classes but now have moved on to learning how to use more of the equipment. I find that while the classes are fun once in a while they don’t do anything substantial to help me build muscle or add seriousย definition. As terribleย as I am at Zumba though, I do enjoy the idea of working out to music and getting my heart pumping. Yoga is a bit harder to get into for a full hour but I love the body sculpting class (the one that I feel is most hard core and actually works my muscles).

SEVEN // This might be a little TMI, but my underarm hairs have been growing like WEEDS out here. I’m not sure if it’s due to the extreme desert heat or what, but it’s pretty bothersome having to shave just about everyday now. And this is coming from a girl who doesn’t even have much body hair on a general scale. With that said, I finally caved into laser hair removal and have my first appointment this comingย Monday…ย not sure if I should be nervous going in for the first time. If any of you have done it I’d love to hear your experience!

EIGHT // I have probably gotten at least 5 shades darker than I was when I lived in LA. In fact, I’m 100% sure I’ll be having year-round tan lines because I’ve heard that we only get 3 weeks of winter here. I got a pineapple float and thoroughly enjoy bringing it out to our 2 pools to unwind for a bit during the day. It’s been quite the conversation starter!

NINE // I AM NOT BLIND ANYMORE! Those of you who have trusted me driving you in the past year or so are the real MVPs LOL! I hated wearing my glasses despite my horrible vision and was always too scared to use contacts. Then in January of this year, my car got broken into and my expensive Gucci glasses (that were rarely worn to begin with) got stolen. As soon as we moved to Palm Springs I decided to do my eyes a favor and get them checked… and got contacts! OMG, talk about getting out of my comfort zone. It was a huge ordeal for me to put them in and take them out for weeks. Poor David had to holdย me down on the bed and pinch them out for me. I’m a huge baby when it comes to this stuff… I know. But I’ve gotten a little better now thankfully ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s amazing being able to see clearly again especially when driving.

TEN // It’s a lot more motivating to go explore your city and do things when there is no traffic. I feel like in just a month, we’ve done a lot more exploring in the Palm Springs area than we ever did living in LA together for 1.5 years. We’ve gone sightseeing up in the mountains (way different terrain, snows up there while it’s 100+ degrees down here in the desert), stargazing inย Joshua Tree, and enjoying the gorgeous resort views in the vicinity.

So there you have it — a quick little update on my life! What have you guys been up to? Would love to hear something interesting going on in your life in a comment below! XOXO

Photos by David Potter

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  1. Your dog is so cute! I can’t believe that there’s snow so close to where you live which is so hot! Must be interesting being able to experience both worlds so easily haha. My husband has a business trip in Canada next week so I’m tagging along! Can’t wait ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I’ve been to Palm Springs before and actually love it there! I had no idea it was mostly old people because when I went I was with a group of friends and of course we just spent our time exploring downtown. Glad you’re loving it there so far!

    1. So glad to hear you like it here! Yeah, I think in the touristy spots there may be some younger crowds but I’m about 10 minutes from downtown in a community that’s a bit older (still Palm Springs but tucked away in a neighborhood sorta).

  3. I am shy so when I moved I was super nervous about making new friends (it is so much harder in your 20’s). I now can truly say that I have met some wonderful people, and even made a best friend in the process!

  4. Awww, I love this update on your life in the desert. I know it’s a big change but there is definitely lots of good out of it. I got my first laser last year and I LOVE it. Totally worth the pain. And I totally know what you mean about being blind. I was totally blind and contacts is life changing. After that go for LASIK which makes life 100x better. =) I love that you are hitting the gym. You have an amazing body regardless but it’s important for us to build muscle and strength as women. Sounds like a great move so far and hopefully you can make some younger friends at the gym. =) Have a great weekend babe! xoxo, Christine

    1. Thanks for sharing your experience with laser with me Christine! Omg I hope it won’t be too painful LOL I’m usually a sucker with pain but my underarms can tolerate quite some pain so I am hoping I’ll be okay. Did you get LASIK done?! How was it? My bf is thinking of getting it done hahaha. But for me I think I will stick with contacts for now… ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Your photos in the desert have been so amazing! What a great location for photoshoots! I hope your laser hair removal appointment goes well. Please let us know how it goes. I’ve been wanting to get that done for a while. My underarm hair grows so quickly!

    xo, Jo

    1. Thank you so much Jo! I just got back from my first treatment and it was really painless (good thing). BUT I don’t see any noticeable results yet. I heard that you aren’t really supposed to after just one treatment though so I’m hoping that in a couple months I’ll notice some good results. I’ll keep ya posted!

  6. Moving to a new area can be so lonely but at least you have your boyfriend & your pooch!! Hopefully you meet some people at the gym โค๏ธ Good thing you have a pool! It’s gonna feel so good when the heat comes! xx Nicole

    1. So true babe! I don’t think I would have moved out here if I was single LOL it’s just such a lonely place otherwise… lol. I am a homebody so I don’t mind being alone most of the time but it’s always nice to have someone else around. It would be nice to have a tanning buddy and friends my age to do fun things with but hopefully with time I’ll meet good people! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Isn’t he so adorable!? We got so lucky rescuing him at a local shelter in LA before moving here haha! YES I was totally thinking about starting an Asian restaurant here lol I’d make a killing!

  7. I love your pug! We used to have one, and I miss her so much! Glad you are getting settled into your new home and hope you enjoy it there!

    1. Thanks Brittany! We rescued him from a local shelter in LA earlier this year before we relocated to Palm Springs. He’s been such a sweetie and I’ve definitely grown to LOVE pugs. I get so excited when I see another pug LOL! Sorry to hear that you lost yours! I can’t imagine losing my precious S’mores!

    1. I know! I totally relate about the friends thing. OMG you’re from Thailand!? So you know what legit Thai food tastes like lol! You’d probably hate the Thai food here then. HAHA.

  8. Awe what a fun new chapter you’re in!! Your pictures have been even more beautiful than they usually are with Arizonas landscape ๐Ÿ˜ Sending you lots of positive vibes that you find a new little friend๐Ÿ’– The universe is pretty good at delivering us what we need๐Ÿ”ฎ๐ŸŒŒ Jealous of that Natty tan you have ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป I need to get on your level๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’–

    1. Thank you so much darling! It’s on my bucketlist to visit Arizona soon — I passed through it briefly on my road trip to the east coast last year but didn’t really get to spend that much time there. I’m sure there’s plenty to see. Thanks for the love! xo

  9. That is awesome!! Being tan all year round definitely sounds amazing ๐Ÿ˜Š I actually just started doing laser hair removal half a year ago! I’m a little over halfway done with my treatment. It does hurt to me but it’s over within minutes so it’s worth the pain! I’ve already noticed my hair growing back thinner and slower which is good and lots has fallen out already! Hope it works well for you! ๐Ÿ˜˜

    1. It really is amazing! Thanks for sharing your experience with laser hair removal. You’re so right — it doesn’t really hurt and hopefully it will be worth it. I had my first session today and don’t see any noticeable difference but I heard you’re not supposed to anyway on the first time haha. Glad to hear that you are seeing results though! Hopefully I will too… ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Our lives are basically twinning it seems. Only one fact differs and that’s you moving to somewhere a bit more quiet, whereas I moved straight into the buzz. I am ever so grateful for signing up for a gym membership too and just having began an IPL-treatment (what I didn’t mention in my blog post is that I do my arms too) I can tell you it works, doesn’t hurt as much as you’d think and having done it twice, I haven’t shaved a single time since which is such a relief. We need to take time and catch up on each other’s lives some day, babe!

    1. Awww haha it seems to always be this way Thomas! Hope you are loving your new home and I’m glad that you joined the gym too. So it turns out the laser hair removal I signed up for is an IPL treatment too. Today was the first session and no noticeable results but hopefully in time I will start seeing results like you are! It didn’t hurt at all which is great news hehe ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s chat soon! xo

  11. Stunning shots!! Good luck in the new city! Looking forward to future updates!
    Adi xx

  12. It sounds like you’re adjusting pretty well to Palm Springs! I’ve never lived in the desert so it was an interesting read. And you’ll get used to the contacts, I’ve been wearing them for years now and touching my eye feels as natural as brushing my teeth by now. But I want to get laser eye surgery, my boyfriend recently got it and he can’t stop raving about it.

    1. Thanks Maria! Glad I was able to give you a glimpse of desert life. I hope that I’ll get used to contacts just like how you have… haha still feels a bit foreign to me but it’s definitely been getting better. My bf wants to get laser eye surgery too!

  13. I am getting ready to head to LA for school. The traffic is my hometown is picking up but nothing like LA. I know I will miss some things in my hometown like my family mostly. My grandparents were in the desert for 3 years and they loved it. Your photos are incredible – just beautiful, What a backdrop!


    1. Thank you Yuka! I had my first appointment today and while the results from the first session wasn’t substantial (couldn’t see a difference actually) I have heard that it’s supposed to get better after a few treatments. It wasn’t painful though which was great!

    1. LOL! Phew, finally someone out there who can be open/honest about it, and relate to me! Lol. Where are you moving babe?! Good luck with the move and I hope you love your new home as much as I do! xx

  14. Thank you for sharing those amazing updates in your life! I’ve been living into a elders zone for a couple of years and I know exactly how you feel. Don’t give up! There, somewhere is hidden a son or a nephew your age. Visiting his fox every week! Just ask!

  15. I feel like we’ve just sat down to drink some coffee and catch up! I’m glad I finally feel like I know what you’ve been up to. I try to keep up on Instagram, but sometimes I definitely miss things! I’m glad you’re enjoying your new home in the desert (I gotta get that rose gold luggage and get my butt out to see you hehe) and I’m so happy you’ve found a gym you like and you’re finally getting used to contacts (I don’t think I could ever wear contacts – they scare the daylights out of me haha). Thanks for filling us in on your life!

    Stephanie //

    1. Aw babe! I would love to actually meet you in person and having some coffee while catching up. Maybe one day ๐Ÿ™‚ You’re always welcome to come visit me! We live in a much bigger place than our old LA apartment so I feel more comfortable hosting people now LOL. So, go for that rose gold luggage and get your booty over here! xoxo

  16. Umm excuse me.. you have 2 pools?!?! I’m packing my bags and heading over right now! I’m glad you’re settling into the new location and wish I was there so we could be neighbours – can you imagine how much fun we’d have?! Also loving the TMI on your underarm forrest too ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha! love ya

    Helen xx

    1. Yes!! One’s more like a party-appropriate pool while the other is more of a lap pool. But since it’s mostly old people living here the party-appropriate pool is more like just a cool shaped pool that old people (and me) go out to tan and enjoy the sun at haha. I would LOVE you as a neighbor! We would have so much to talk about and do everything together. Please do let me know if you’re in the area though as I’d love to meet! And I really do hope I can make it out to Sydney soon maybe after you get back from Europe ๐Ÿ˜‰ xoxo

  17. I love the personal posts from you. This seemed like a real awakening. It made me remember what it was like when I first moved to the edges of greater LA after being in Santa Monica Beach for just a few months. I’m glad you’re making the most ofnit. Saving money is great when you find a great space though. It’ll give you a chance to splurge when you travel ๐Ÿ’• I’m glad the contacts worked out and hopefully you’ll make some good friends who live only a short drive away very soon!


    1. Thanks Miki! Life here is definitely a big change for me but a good one for sure! I love it here so far and am definitely making the most of it. My pineapple float would agree ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha! Come visit me soon <3 xx

  18. Loved your life update babe, its always nice to do one and glad to hear you have settled in and trust me you will make friends your age soon, you are a sweetheart , for now enjoy what you have ๐Ÿ™‚ I need to do another life lately post too next week, I have quite a few updates..hope you have a awesome Monday mwah xx

    1. Thanks darling! I hope I can make some new friends soon. I’m not exactly desperate for new friends but as I said it wouldn’t hurt ๐Ÿ™‚ hehe I’d love to read a life update from you!

  19. I love Palm Springs!! So pretty there! And I’ve done laser hair removal several times on my underarms and it only hurts for like 5 min. It’s so worth it though!

    1. I’m glad you like it here in the desert! I had my first appointment today and surprisingly it wasn’t painful at all! But that might just be because my arm pits aren’t as sensitive haha. If this goes well I might go for the brazilian too!

  20. I love reading personal posts about you Sharon!! haha, I love the openness about your point 7, We do feel closer to you after reading all ten things about you <3 I should totally do something similar like this in the near future. Thanks for keep us inspired!

    xx, Jessie

    1. Aww thanks Jessie! I’m glad you enjoy the personal posts — I’ll try to do them more often hopefully in the near future. I’d love to read one from you too babe! I’ll be looking forward to it xo

  21. Yesssssss girl! Welcome to the laser hair removal club! You are going to love it! I know what it’s like to move to a new city and have a hard time meeting new people. I hope you make some new friends soon! Or I can always come to visit!

    1. YES! I have a feeling I’m going to love it. It didn’t hurt during my first session today so I guess that’s good news. Now just hoping that it will be effective though LOL. They say no pain no gain, right? I’d love for you to visit me one day! If you’re ever flying in Palm Springs let me know and we can go grab a bite! xo

  22. Firstly, your photos are stunning.

    It sounds like you’re having to do a lot of adjusting but it’s great that you’re seeing the positives in your move too. I had to chuckle at the underarms hair thing. I guess our bodies react to their environment as much as we don’t want them to!

  23. I love your blog! the pictures are sooo nice and your dog is adorable!! thank you for the life update. I need to be like you when it comes to cooking at home and also working out

  24. Your blog is so pretty! I hope that you find some friends in your age range. And good for you for cooking more meals at home! I love cooking at home. It definitely saves money and is healthier. Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. This was such a great post to read! Your photos are gorgeous, as always! I have trouble making friends my age in the city as well, I think that’s a universal one, but I can imagine it’s harder in a desert community where most people are older. I’ve never been to Palm Springs but it looks beautiful! BTW your dog is the cutest!

    Ellie |

    1. Thanks Ellie! It does suck that it’s harder to make friends but I think that also comes with age and being out of college and whatnot too. I’m such a homebody, even living in LA I didn’t make many worthwhile friends. But the good thing about that is there’s never any drama ๐Ÿ™‚ haha! Looking on the bright side whenever possible!

  26. Ahhh it’s so nice to hear a little update! I’m glad that the move brought along a ton of good things such as no traffic and more freedom to explore! It sucks that there’s no decent asian food around ya and that your armpit hairs are growing super fast. That’s such a weird thing but I hope the laser removal goes well!!! Let me know your thoughts ๐Ÿ™‚ Super glad that you’re settled in! Living in the dessert sounds so cool. PS aren’t contacts lifesavers?!

    With love, Jenn

    1. Yes babe! Been loving it here so far despite the little cons hehe. I’ll have to let you know about the laser hair removal, though I think I probably won’t see drastic results for another year since the treatments are so spaced out. Let me know if/when you’re in the area and we’ll explore together. Contacts are amaaazing!

  27. Its very interesting to read this post and see the comparisons from LA to Palm Spring!! Im glad you are liking your new city- home and for sure if I ever come down will let you know. As always love all the pictures


  28. Really enjoyed reading your life updates babe! So glad with less traffic, you’re able to get more things ticked off your list! I’m in the same boat as your on the underarm hair haha need to get laser done too! Hope it goes well for you ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, your photos are beautiful as always!x- Mitra

    1. Thank you for stopping by Mitra! I’m glad you can relate with the underarm thing… lol! I’ll have to update you guys on my laser hair removal in a year (I think that’s how long it’s going to take to see results honestly lol). xx

  29. Aww thank you so much for sharing your personal journey moving to Palm Springs! I sometimes want to live the city as the traffic does drive me crazy! I am sure you will make lots of friends with time and yay for being healthy and tan. Haha

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