What the heck am I supposed to do with my life?!?

It’s that time of year, students have returned to classes, the mid-drifting begins from

I’m going to rock this year! I’ve got all my supplies, I’ve got my organizer, bring it!


I hate this class. Maybe I want to switch my major? But I’m paying for this… What do I really like to do.. ahhhh!

*Enters rabbit hole of no answers*

My favorite vlogger made an amazing video that sums up what I have learned. After having many breakdowns along the way – and still figuring things out – I’ve come to a level of relative contentment after watching it.

Why are we asked what to do for the rest of our lives when life is not something that can be so easily planned out? What if you like one thing but not the other? What if you thought you liked something, but after having some experience doing the actual work… was it what you imagined? Maybe, maybe not.

But don’t settle. Keep your options open and surround yourself with people that will support you, and create stuff. I’m currently working at 3 different places – I am learning a lot about myself, and about what kind of work environment I like.

I feel like I can’t be working for somebody else on their projects. I have to have my projects – speaking of which big things are in store! Pun intended. I’ve moved my bigcartel store to Etsy where I have my zines but I’m in the process of book writing. Yes, I know – one at a time. But I’ll update you more on that soon. I’ll be having a pre-order soon for independent copies and what exactly it will entail.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!


Letter Writing, Craft Fairs, and Nerds

  Yesterday I had the wonderful opportunity of attending the Renegade Craft Fair and I connected with some great organizations and independent businesses. It’s so exciting to see that despite big business and corporations looking like they have a monopoly … Continue reading

Freestyling in Education, Life, and the Journey

Neil Gaiman talks about education, jobs, and how he came to where he is in this fantastic speech. It resonated with me so much in regard with learning. The universe works in mysterious ways, and I joke about it with my friends all the time.

“It’s a sign!” 

The Universe is saying something!”

But if it wasn’t for those little subtle nudges I wouldn’t have taken the plunges that I would have today – joining the UnCollege Movement, taking my TESOL exam (that was with the helpful nudge of NPR!), or going to China with the Global Education Partership

It’s scary but thrilling. Moving and still. And the learning that I have done this year just makes me realize that I have so much more learning to do. I leave for Shanghai on Sunday, and then will be in Kunming until the beginning of August.

If you get anything from this post – listen to the little nudges and take into account the little serendipities. You’ll be quite surprised where they lead you.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

Flying For the First Time (Boston)

So I flew for the first time on Tuesday and Wednesday. It was on Spirit Airlines, it seemed inevitable with the research I was doing on frequent flyer programs that I should fly soon. Also, my parents wanted to make sure I wouldn’t have a panic attack on the 14 hour flight to Shanghai next Sunday. Because, you know, you’re floating in the sky…

It was absolutely fantastic, you soar up into the sky. Clouds look like white mountains, you float – but it doesn’t feel like floating. I know millions of people fly every day, especially people that are travel hackers, but it was my first flight since I was a baby. I had my nose pressed up to the window maybe 80% of the time, and then I remember I had work to do. I brought my laptop, “Steve,” aboard with me and finished editing some photos for work as well as

writing up some projects for a super secret opportunity I will share later.

I flew out to Boston to meet with my best friend Melody Liu, who I’ll be staying with in China. We discussed the documentary, education, and I got to meet some of the fantastic faculty that were featured in our dream collection for YEMS video.  I’ve also finished up a book review  project for AERO.

I will be speaking at the conference, doing a Q and A regarding my documentary but also different experiences and resources I have found so far. And after working for AERO, I’ve discovered and learned so much about unschooling, various educational methods, and alternative schools. Self-directed learning in general is what I really like. And books… lots and lots of books.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

Saying Thanks! (and a little giveaway)

I just finished my last final today! Now I have more time to focus on actual work work. I’ve got a few more books to review for AERO, writing, and actual cleaning to do. I leave in 17 days for … Continue reading

Recording Things in Education

Yesterday I measured my luggage and started making final copies of travel things I

had to bring. Checking things off my luggage, and making sure that I was prepared and had all the necessary numbers and contacts written down.

I also found a little recycled travel journal that I’ve started writing with for the trip. Two summers ago, every single morning I would write three pages in a journal. Mostly streams of consciousness, dreams, and frequently to-do lists for that day. I wanted to make sure I recorded down all the emotions, challenges, and

experiences in writing. My documentary is not solely focusing on me. It’s about one of the many paths that one can take with their education. There’s no one-size-fits all as I’ve learned these last few months.

From UnCollege to the Eduventurist to the many mentors I’ve found along the way.  Your life path is totally dependent on you, people’s contributions to you, and your contributions to people. I hope that with my documentary and the pilot program of The Global Education Partnership I continue to grow, but also create things that will help others on their own life-learning.

Hope you’re all living a BellaVie!

Still figuring it out – the documentary, teaching, zines, and all I do

After searching for videos to post for work on AERO, I stumbled across Tavi Gevinson’s Tedx talk on still figuring it out. Being a long-time  fan of her teen girl blog Rookie and how it’s totally zine, DIY, and real (rather … Continue reading