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Today’s post a little different than usual.

Last week, Makito and I shot at the 6th street bridge in Downtown LA before it was closed down for demolition. It was a beloved site for many Angelenos and a ton of people came out that very same day to take pictures, walk across it, even scale the scaffolding one last time. I used that bridge many times over the past weeks to get into Downtown LA, and I grew rather fond of the view of the skyline as I drove across it. Besides making way for more modern infrastructure, the old bridge was also beginning to show signs of wear and tear, and is becoming structurally unsound.

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It got me thinking about my own life, that my world views are beginning to show signs of wear and tear. I’m at an interesting point in my life where I have a clean slate to work with. It’s a new year, I’m beginning a new chapter of my life, and I’m starting my career here in LA. It’s time I start casting aside modes of thought and inhibitions that are holding me back.

I have many insecurities about my future, about this blog, about pretty much everything in my life, to be honest with you all. My entire life has been one huge list of goals and checkpoints; finish middle school, pass high school, graduate from college. I’ve always had a clear point to reach and multiple factors to gage my success. But now, I don’t. It’s like I’ve been walking a well paved path for myself and now I’ve reached unchartered territory. And. It. Scares. The. Hell. Out. Of. Me.

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Like this old bridge, even though the thought of having someone to guide me and tell me what the next step should be is comforting and easy, it is structurally unsound and won’t sustain me in the future. As uncomfortable as it will be, the only solution is to tear it down, and build something new.

So this year, I’m going to work hard to fight these insecurities, stop making excuses for myself, hustle, and build something long lasting. I’m going to have big ideas for my career and for this blog. As the old bridge comes down, and construction begins on a new bridge, so too will my blog and I.

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My best friend tells me that our 20s are for hustling and that’s what I plan on doing.

So let’s get to work.

#OOTD

Tee: Zara

Vest: Express

Jeans: Lucky Brand

Coat: Crossroads Trading Co.

Shoes: Aldo

Watch: Aldo

Bracelet: H&M

Shades: ZeroUV

Photography: Makito Umekita (Instagram)

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