Lifestyle

Hustle :: The Power Within and How I Style My Hair

I’m a big believer we all have something to offer this world. We all have to know our value and should bring that to each day. T3 Micro asked me to be part of their Power Within Campaign and I was honored to say yes! This campaign is about sharing our unique story and experiences defining who we are. They asked me what’s my “Empoword”, aka what ignites my inner spirit and inspires me to feel confident. The word empowering me most is hustle.

For as long as I can remember, my parents taught me the best thing I can do is work hard, really really hard. Not only did they teach me this, they lived it. My whole family immigrated to the U.S. from Communist Vietnam. My Dad, a former South Vietnamese soldier was in a concentration camp. When they arrived in Texas, they immediately started working. My Dad worked at 7-Eleven overnight while attending college. My Mom worked as a tailor at the Crescent Hotel while also going to school. They both raised three kids while doing this. When my Dad was able to get a better job, his 7-Eleven had to hire seven people to replace just him. Now that is hustling. You cannot control how much raw talent you have or your abilities, but you certainly can work extremely hard to make up for it. Read more…

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A Weekend in Washington, D.C. :: Travel & Food Guide

On Johnny’s most recent trip to visit me, we decided to spend a weekend in Washington, D.C. I needed to work on most weekends while he was here, but luckily the only one I wasn’t working on turned out to be the Fourth of July weekend. At first, all we could think of was how many tourists would be there during America’s birthday. However, both being the children of immigrants, we couldn’t think of a better time or place to go. Here are our favorites and highlights of our trip. Read more…

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Blush Romper + Fruitive in Coastal Virginia

It is no surprise I love food. Growing up, my Mom would cook dinner every night and it was sure to be scrumptious! I love staying in and whipping up a yummy dish. However, discovering new restaurants is also a passion. The first certified organic fast-casual restaurant in North America, Fruitive really changes up the healthy eating game. Their newest location in quaint Ghent is bright, airy and welcoming – just what you would expect for Norfolk. They had Johnny and me in recently and treated us to some delicious eats! I have experience with their liquid meals, but this was my first time really eating at Fruitive. In typical JonaKim fashion, we got a nice variety and not surprisingly, quickly ate it all! Read more…

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Roots Planted in Dallas with a Custom Map Poster

This console is the first thing you’ll see upon walking into my apartment. Whether I’m coming back from a hard day of breaking news or coffee with friends, I enjoy seeing a glimpse of home thanks to my custom map poster. I miss home every day. That’s why I am partnering with Your Own Maps to bring a piece of Dallas to Norfolk. The San Francisco-based startup created my custom map poster and handles the entire printing process. Read more…

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His & Hers Fitness :: Simple Couples Workout

Hey Y’all! I am getting lots of fitness-related questions, so I want to share with you a fun simple couples workout routine you can do anywhere. Both Johnny and I are former athletes, so staying strong is important to us. Johnny wrestled and I was a competitive figure skater. I remember when we first started dating, a lot of our dates would be at the gym, ha! Read more…

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