this time next year

March 1, 2017

A few years back, when I was still living in San Francisco, I was on a date. This story isn’t necessarily about him (although we’re still friends!), but it’s more about those questions that you find yourself asking when you’re “trying someone on.”

“If you could go back to school tomorrow, what would you study?”

“You’re throwing a dinner party and can invite anyone, living or dead. Who do you invite and why?”

“Which Friends character are you?” (Mine’s a combination of Rachel and Monica with a dash of Chandler.)

And of course, there’s always: “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

Each one’s loaded. You size each other up based on how thought-provoking their answer is and bonus points are awarded if you’re the one asking really obscure questions. Case in point: I recently had a date ask me, on a scale from 1 to 6 (yep, to 6) how “lucky” in life I felt, which lead to a really interesting conversation about the circumstances we’re born into and how aware we are of them.

Anyway, back to this date in San Francisco. Instead of asking me where I saw myself in 5 or say, 10 years, he asked where I saw myself in a year’s time. Close enough in the near future, but just enough time to mix things up. And without hesitating, my answer was, “I’ll be living in New York, working on my blog full-time and freelancing for Elle Magazine.” I think he appreciated my specificity and we moved on with the night.

And perhaps quite fittingly, several years later, I thought of that very night as I was walking to my local bodega, around the corner from my apartment here in New York City, where I live and work on my blog full time, with one mission: to pick up a copy of the March issue of Elle Magazine, which includes yours truly in a two page advertorial spread with St. Ives Skincare. Needless to say, it made me smile. And made me realize, sometimes you just need to put things out into the universe. It always has a funny way of bringing it back to you.

Here are a few selects from the spread — hope you guys enjoy them as much as I enjoyed working with their team to create them!

Photos for Elle Magazine in the March issue, on newsstands now!

10 thoughts on “this time next year

  1. Hi Krystal, Can you do a post on skin care. Something inclusive for different skin types and women of color, perhaps.
    Thanks so much for your post. I’ve been following your blog for a while and really appreciate learning from you.
    Cheers!

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