What is this Blog?

If you’re reading this first post, let me start by saying “thank you” for taking the time to click on the link wherever you may have seen it – Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, my IG story, my boyfriend’s IG story, etc. Your choice to tap on the link meant that you were interested enough to see what this blog is about and I’m very appreciative of that.

This is new for me. Well, new for me in this day in age. I’ve previously used Tumblr as a blogging platform but I used it more for re-blogging relatable posts and the occasional “let me rant about my thoughts and feelings.” This blog however is intended to display parts of my life that I’m open to sharing with everyone who chooses to follow.

My closest friends could tell you that I am a very closed off person; I’m quiet and wary about who I come in contact with, which of course, is true. I have overcome a lot of challenges in my life including my relationship with both parents, my family, previous ex’s, decreasing my group of friends, my weight-gain to weight-loss to weight-gain, battling anxiety and depression and more. I want to be able to share these stories with all my readers including you. Maybe you’ll find that you can relate to some of these posts and could imagine putting yourself not only in my shoes but others as well. Join me on this journey as I share my past, current, and prospective stories.

With that being said, hi, my name is Jennifer and if you know me, you know that I also go by “Jtran” or “Jen;” whichever you prefer. I’m 26 years old and I was born and raised in San Diego. I’m a first generation Asian American. I am a full-time worker, part-time student, and I love being… just me.

Being “just me” means a lot to my heart and soul. I’ve lacked confidence for many years. This was mainly in part to my family and their cultural values. I am the opposite of most Asian stereotypes. I am not a straight-A student. I did not go to school to become a doctor or an engineer. Math is my worst subject. I’m not living under my parents roof until I get married.

I guess you could tell by now, I did not meet my family’s expectations and you know what? I’m okay with that because I’ve learned to set my own expectations. No matter what the outcome was in all that I do, I told myself to always do it with the utmost effort that I could give, work hard, and to never up. Along the way, I built the confident to love myself for who I am and realized that I’m not here on Earth to impress anyone more-or-less but surprise myself at what I can do. This is a big part of who I am. Can you relate? Was there a time that you felt that you couldn’t love yourself for who you are because you’ve spent more time listening to others judge you? Have you ever done something for yourself that still surprises you to this day? Just a couple of questions to jog your thoughts. Be you, do you and don’t let anyone get in the way of finding yourself-love.

I’m excited to start this blog and give you all the chance to get to know me better, if you choose. I may have already bore you with half the stuff I’ve shared and you may not having any interest following me on this blog and if so, thank you taking the time to read and I wish you well and happiness in all that you do. To those who are finding more of a interest in my new “blogger” life and will be sticking around, I can’t wait to share more stories and experience that you can hopefully relate to.

Until the next post, just be you,

Warmest love and support,

#beingjtran ❤️🌻

Relatable + Empathetic (2019)

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