I’m So Thankful

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

I’m sitting here at Coffeebean with Charlie and enjoying a tea latte just running the memories of this Thanksgiving holiday in my mind. This will be our last Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday as “single” people. For whatever reason, I guess because the wedding is always on my mind, I can’t stop thinking about this fact.

Charlie and I have been dating for almost 7 years now, and we’ve made alterations to our holiday agendas to fit in all our family gatherings. I think we’ve got the system down pretty good, definitely a lot of switching around and compromising. Next year, who knows if our system will even matter. Maybe our family will be coming to us, maybe we’ll combine celebrations…who knows. All I know is, I always feel so loved this time of year and that’s because we always see family more often during the holidays.

This year, with all the things we have on our plate, I am so thankful for my family, my friends, and my relationship with God. A time like this help reinforce in my mind that tangible things are temporary but the bond of a family is everlasting. Through thick and thin, in good times and bad, whether we like it or not. And for this, I’m so thankful. For all the times they’ve listened, let me VENT, given me advice, comforted me as I cried, supported me, and kept it real…those are the things I always take with me. The moments, not the items.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am so grateful for every single person in my life and the simple fact that God put them there for me to meet.


Hello Kitty Carnival 2010

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Eye Candy, Personal

I was 4 years old, it was my first day of pre-school. There I was with my mismatched outfit (my mom promoted independence and had let me pick out my clothes for the first day of school) and my pink Hello Kitty backpack and red Hello Kitty lunch pale – complete with matching tupperware and thermos! Ever since then, I have held Hello Kitty and the rest of the Sanrio crew close to my heart.

Yesterday was the last day of the Hello Kitty Carnival. When my friend Iris told me about it, I had to drop everything to go! We went last night with David and Charlie and had a blast! Don’t know about the guys, but Iris and I had so much fun! :D

It was perfect timing, I needed something to cheer me up and inspire me. Hello Kitty has a way of doing that. When I walked through the hallway into the room, I just couldn’t help but smile. The room was filled with gigantic balloons in the shapes of the characters, there was a minigolf area and an area to play carnival games. There was an arts and crafts area and face paint (had to do it! go laugh at my picture below). There were food trucks, a gift shop, and my favorite part, the art gallery.

Being around all the Hello Kitty and Friends visuals made me feel like a kid again. A time where I was carefree, a time when I loved all things pretty, a time when I was really happy. That’s what Hello Kitty brings to me, and I’m sure, so many more people. No matter how old I get, I will hold a special place in my heart for her.

In case you missed it, here’s a video NBC did covering the event.

So thank you, Hello Kitty, for all the smiles you bring.


Inspring Space

Author: Kissa  :  Category: business, Personal

Because of this whole house debacle, my office has been put on hold. Since we’ve had to begin our search for our home all over again, I kept telling myself it seemed pointless to unpack all my things only having to pack it all up again once we find our new house. So I left it, unpacked, unarranged, uninspiring. Looking at the space it looked like a tornado of paper, nicknacks, and JUNK had hit the back half of our living room.

But thanks to an inspiring conversation with Eve from Oohlala Weddings I decided it was time to make some changes, even if I have to pack it all up again later.

It feels so good to have my office back. It feels serene and a place where I actually want to spend time in.

Anyone else want to share what their office looks like? :)


Making Things Happen “Happened”

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Career, Personal

I woke up 10 minutes before my alarm on Thursday. When that normally happens, I tell myself I have a little more time to sleep. But nope, not Thursday. It was a great day…the sun was shining, the weather was in its mid 70s, and I felt like a million bucks. I had been looking forward to this day for months.

I remember sitting in my bakery about 6 months ago and reading Lara’s blog about the first Making Things Happen Tour. I told my intern, Sarah, that one day I would be a part of this event. It was one of the events on my list that I knew I wanted to be a part of. In my head my participation in this event wouldn’t be for a while. I just wasn’t in a place financially to be able to afford it. Then, it happened. I saw Lara’s tweet about a scholarship and thought to myself, “Why the hell not?” Worst case scenario is I put out my life’s drama on to her ever-popular blog and I don’t get it. I knew I’d get to go eventually. So I got the courage from somewhere and spilled my heart out all over her blog:

Carissa: I’m a dreamer. I love to dream BIG. When I decided I wanted to be an entrepreneur 5 years ago, I had no doubt in my mind I was doing the right thing for me. I was fortunate enough to have found the wedding industry and all the great people that work in it at an early age. Since then, the people I have met, the things I have learned, and the clients I have worked with confirmed that this is where I’m supposed to be. But 3 years ago, things started to change. My mom and my dad lost their jobs within months of each other. My fiance (boyfriend at the time) and I didn’t think that it would be much of a problem for my parents, they’re very strong and have taught me everything I know (not just how to be a successful entrepreneur, but how to value family, friends, and all the blessings God gives). But as time went on, things just weren’t getting better. I talked to my boyfriend and told them I needed to help them – in any way I can. We agreed it was the least we could do after all they had done for us, and just because of the mere fact that they mean everything to me. We talked about our plan for the future and my parents decided to take a leap of faith and invest into opening a bakery since my family has been baking for over 30 years in the country where they were from. Long story short, we made it happen. Our family opened the bakery in October of 2008 and all of us put our heart and soul into our business every day. We’ve slowly been growing and are continuing to grow, which makes all of us happy. But all of our savings (including my parents’ savings and retirement) has been exhausted into the business. There were many bumps in the road in opening the bakery and it required money, a lot of money. And though we are growing at a steady pace, the bakery still requires us to invest a good amount of money to pay for the expenses. We all knew it was an investment and we all agreed that it would be worth it. We believe in what we have to offer that much, but my fear would be that what we have isn’t enough and we would have to close down. If we did, my parents would have no savings to fall back on and I feel like we’re backed into a corner. Because of the bakery, I’ve had to put my business on a temporary hold to help them until they are on their feet and my fiance works many many hours to help us stay afloat. I know that the MTH tour can change my life. Not just mine, but my whole family. I have been following the tour since the first one and know that there is so much opportunity that presents itself through this intensive. What’s funny is I know what I need to do, I know the dreams I have can come true, but sometimes the opportunity is bigger than you. Twitter: devents July 26, 2010 4:34 pm

Wow, what a drama queen. :P Anyway, I was dying to know the results. A little while later, Lara announced the winner…and it wasn’t me. So I just felt enormous jealousy for the person (haha!) that won and reminded myself that I will be able to attend some day, it just wasn’t my time. Well, low and behold I get a call from an unfamiliar number a few days later and it was Lara on the other end! I couldn’t believe it! She explained the situation and gave the opportunity enabled me to go. I was floored!

So here we are, back at November 11, 2010. Thursday. That was the day. The day I felt…no, the day I knew…would change my life. I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know anyone that had already attended, but I knew I was excited. I made a video of my experience from the day, and though I was terrified I felt the fear and did it anyway as we would say.

MTH2010 Los Angeles – Carissa from Carissa Solomon on Vimeo.

After it was all over I felt…overwhelmed, loved, pumped, excited, grateful…and so many more feelings. I just remember at the end of the intensive telling Lara that I felt like I needed to take a deep breathe and exhale. And when I exhaled, it just felt like so much. So much so that I couldn’t get it all out. It took me 3 days to really take it all in.

For me, Making Things Happen “happened” at the perfect time. A time where I need to remind myself what I’m all about. A time where I need to be the person I was before all those negative things happened in my life. These realizations became evident as I let it marinade in my mind and my heart. Even Charlie said I was changed. He said I’m starting to become the person I used to be, the person I want to be.

This journey is far from over. It’s step 1 of my journey. But hey, that 1 step was probably the biggest step I’ve had to make. I can’t wait for everything that is on its way. I’m ready to get the momentum going!


ME – Kissa – Entrepreneur

Author: Kissa  :  Category: business, Career, Personal

I’m taken away..taken away to a place I have not had the opportunity to visit for a long time. And I miss it here.

I anticipated it before I even walked through the Westin LAX that yesterday would be a life changer. But I was wrong. It wasn’t just that. In a way, it was more of a “taking me back to a life that I was happy with” sort of day. A much needed reminder…no…eye-opener. But enough of that. Yesterday’s events deserve its own post dedicated just to that. Stay tuned for that later today. :)

I am itching, though, to show off ME. And yesterday is helping me to investigate who that is. I’m not really sure who “me” is just yet. And I don’t know, maybe it’s just going to be a continuous soul search. What I’ve come to realize is that’s okay. I need to appreciate and love who I am now, who I was, and who I will be. Thank you to everyone that touched my life yesterday. I have all of you to thank for that.

Yup, this is me. HELLO WORLD! Nice to meet you. :)


I Don’t Want to Forget

Author: Kissa  :  Category: Personal

I arrived early. I think I’d feel less anticipation if I arrived right on time and didn’t have to wait here, relaxing. Hmmm…relaxing. That’s something I don’t do. I think that’s why my mind is now taking me over and won’t stop flashing the possibilities of what may happen after today. But I do know one things for sure, I don’t want to forget this feeling.

I only get this feeling right before I get on stage to perform. That feeling where you know that when you step into that place. That place of the unknown, things will never be the same. In that short amount of time, your life can change forever. That feeling of nerves and butterflies in your stomach. That feeling of your adrenaline taking over your body. You wanting to explode and let it all out already, show everyone what you’re made of.

But this time, it’s different. I feel, actually…I know, that life changes TODAY. How do I know? Because I’m going to make it happen.


What the Hell is Going on?!

Author: Kissa  :  Category: business, Career, Personal

2011 is fast approaching, I know you feel me on this one. Before I know it November will be over. Thanksgiving, Black Friday festivities, a move to a new house, a long string of shows and performances, and a possible vacay in Vegas will be behind me. And yes, you guessed it, that’s JUST November’s agenda. Then here comes December, with the Christmas shopping, the holiday card printing, the orders of pastries by the dozen, the time with family and friends, the parties, and the hustle and bustle that everyone goes through to end the year “on a good note” as a good omen for 2011 comes in a near second in the race.

Well, I’m no different. I want to set that good omen for next year. Today, a few minutes before I decided to write this post, I am making plans. The days of my living day by day are now over. The plans for the future are what’s most important, and first on the agenda: PRIORITIZE. I’ve got to funnel some things out. I have to evaluate what is most important to me and make the magic happen. I’ve realized 2010′s theme was running around like a chicken with its head cut off. So for the record, it ends here. I’ve got to do my damage control, clean up a few messes, capitalize on opportunities, and start running. I’ve got to make the decisions, hard decisions, that will shape my future and be good for the long run instead of search for instant gratification now.

My life is changing and though I know this it’s hard to admit. Sometimes the things I hang on to is that part of my adolescence, my start in my career, the things people tell me I shouldn’t let go, but have to. As time goes on, it becomes more and more difficult for me to figure out where I belong. And I think these 2 months left in 2010 will be a push in the right direction. Okay maybe not a push, because I feel I’ve already got that. But more of a momentum to keep me going. Thankfully I’ll have the Make Things Happen Tour coming up in a week. I think it’s coming at just the right moment in my life.

SO, here is me. Just me. Being proactive. I’ve made this declaration..to myself and the internet. And I know what I’ve got to do. So beware, step 1, I’m coming for you.