Intro + Summing up 2019 + Goals for 2020

Hello my foodie people! Welcome to my blog, my name is Jasmine, local Seattle foodie, graduate student, and currently obsessed with cake and sweets.

As the title suggests, this post will sum up my 2019 in a very general way, as that was my first year as a food blogger, and go over things I wish I did better, what I loved, and my goals for 2020 and beyond.

My 2019 Journey

A very happy Jasmine after a long grad

I started my food Instagram account in March of 2019 with a simple post about strawberry bingsoo from Milkie Milkie (although there’s nothing simple about a delicious shaved milk dessert). Not my best work, but hey! It jump started my page as a food blogger.

2019 was both a fun yet hard year for me. I graduated with a BA that spring, but also started graduate school in the fall. This stopped me from really going out to try new restaurants and enjoy my beloved food as I wanted. It honestly stressed me out when I didn’t have any photos to post and I assumed I’d lose all my followers if I didn’t keep it consistent. The stress wall honestly hit me so early on. I really had to step back and reevaluate why I started this page in the first place. Many people encounter this rut, I just so happened to hit in within a month (pretty impressive, right?). What allowed me to continue was remembering just how much I enjoyed experiencing food and telling other people about it. I loved describing food in a way that would make others salivate. That’s why as a kid, I always wanted to be a food critic, and although that never came to fruition, here I am, with my Instagram page and starting my blog.

So if you know me, you’ll know I am very, very shy. Good in a one-on-one situation, horrible if there are more than two people. I am extremely proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and making new friends in this wonderful community. I took a lot of initiative and messaged others first, went out of my way to approach others first, and did my best to not hide in the corner of the room every time I went to an event. Through this, I was able to really grow as a person, both in how I carry myself, and how I interact with new people. I’ve made so many new friends (shout out to my food bestie Diana!) who have introduced me to new cuisine and who I can share my love of food with. It’s so hard to find friends willing to wait 1+ hours in line for food, but I finally found my crew and we’ll ride into the food sunset together with full bellies.

Jasmine enjoying so looong pho noodles

2019 was great, but I wish I did even more. I wish I took more photos that I was proud of (as I get frustrated sometimes and give up) and I also wish I stayed committed to my longer post captions. That was something I prided myself on and my consistency towards that act was humorous. I felt myself getting lazier and lazier with each post, and that wasn’t something I enjoyed nor something I wanted to show my followers (whether they realized the inconsistency or not). I’ve tried to improve my captions recently, but it no longer felt the same… hence the blog! I realized that I’ve wanted to start an actual blog site for a long time, but never knew what to write about. I guess I just didn’t realize I could’ve been writing about food this whole time. But here we are! 2020 is here, and I have new goals for myself!

My 2020 Goals

While I was never one to have a new years resolution, (do people actually stick with those?) I did want to set goals that aligned with my general wish to improve myself. Since starting graduate school last fall, I have never felt more accomplished, more happy, and stronger in my life. I truly feel like I have a hold on what is happening and that I have the proper tools to live my life and be successful academically and in my career. I can’t say this is true for everyone, especially at 23, so I know I am lucky to have an amazing support system in the form of my mom, boyfriend, and dear friends both old and new.

Back to my goals now… I wanted to be able to write more. I have enjoyed writing for as long as I could remember, (my earliest story I remember writing was in Kindergarten, about a pack of shadow wolves who looked for the chosen one to save their kingdom… ya know, the ushe) and it has become a hobby, as well as a part of my career now. But ever since I started college, I hadn’t done as much free writing and it took me four years to realize that I thoroughly miss it. So I finally found the courage (and time) to start this blog. I bought my own domain, sat down in front of my computer, and realized I had no idea what to write. Would people care? I mean I’ve already written almost 1000 words here and I feel like I’m just rambling. And honestly…. I just gotta remember that it doesn’t matter. I love writing, and as a passion of mine, I need to remember that I am doing this for myself and that anyone who wants to join me for the adventure are more than welcome to do so. My second goal is to get an internship, which has nothing to do with food, but hey, its my blog so I’m going to put this here. I have been stressed out of my mind about finding a policy internship for the summer, but if I’ve learned anything in life, its that things will fall into place as long as you try your hardest… which is exactly what I am sorta doing at the moment.

About to devour this bingsoo

But there you go! My two goals for 2020, write more consistently (I’ll try for a post a week), and get my internship. I guess I also want to pass all my classes, but that’s a given… so two and a half goals for 2020! This was pretty long, sorry and thank you for reading this far. To all my followers from Instagram, thanks for the support! And to any new readers, don’t let this long post scare you and please follow my food journey. Love you all, and I’ll see you next time for some good eats.

TL;DR

Hey guys! Names Jasmine, I like writing and hated that I didn’t do it that much in my undergraduate. But now that I’m in graduate school, I wanna try to do it some more so here I am writing about my love for food! Hope you join me on my adventure to find some good eats 😀

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