YouTube, self-care and stuff

Almost a year ago, I started a YouTube channel after putting it off for so long. I did it mainly to create memories to look back on and to appreciate my experiences. I just did a quick recap to kind of jump start recording / editing again and already I feel like this video is different than the older ones. I can't wait to keep sharpening this skill and improve. 

I mean...who isn't a huge fan of YouTube? I watch it for everything, my subscriptions range from lifestyle to makeup to DJ sets to food...I'm basic lol. Speaking of basic, I'm in my late 20s which means reading a bunch of self-care books (shout out to Ali Wong). Right now I'm going in between F*ck Feelings and The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck

I picked up the physical copy of F*ck Feelings and decided to do a free trial of Audible of the other book. If you haven't tried Audible you need to. I live in Kapolei with a 30-min commute so it's nice to have an audiobook / podcast playing in the background to get that mind working. After I'm done with these maybe I'll do a book review? We'll see.

Another thing that I've been into is finding out my personality type (Myer-Briggs model) with I'm at the age where my personality will not really be developing and it's pretty set. Sure I can change my attitudes / reactions and this is where the test comes in handy. It asks you a bunch of questions and encourages you to answer honestly. In the end it gives you your personality type and this breakdown of how you are in different aspects of your life (like relationships, work, etc) and it's like it knows your soul. The nice thing is that it tells you your strengths + weaknesses and how you can work with them better. It's allowed me to be more mindful and understanding about how I am and it's kinda been a game-changer. I'm all about working more efficiently haha.

The months have been going by so quickly it's been scary. I have a stacked year so I feel like I've come to accept that I'll never have a "chill" month or week for that matter haha. I gotta admit though, it's been nice to be blogging / writing again.

Some photos from last week/over the weekend. I know it's dorky but I got a middle part! I haven't had one since freshman year in high school haha. I hate how you get your hair done and you can never recreate that look again. Mahalo to Mahina and her staff at the Foundry for killing it. They have a special promo right now so be sure to check out their Instagram.

Anyway, my right eye has been twitching for over 2 weeks so I guess it's time to turn off the screen.

New perspective

I feel like every since this year started, I’ve just been going, going, going and like all of us, never really took the time to take a break and take it in. Nature and that childlike innocence has been seeping it’s way back into my life lately and it’s been refreshing.

The problems that used to drive me crazy are now just becoming smaller and smaller. I’m now clearing the path for myself from any obstacles, physically and mentally, and filling those spaces with things, activities and people that I love and make me feel happy. With that being said, last weekend I received a text from Joe Kay saying that he would be in town the following weekend. Already I started compiling lists of things to eat, do, and see that could be squeezed in a weekend. He said he was also down to play a set somewhere if it worked and then this happened:

Honestly I’m still on a high from him even texting me so hahaha. Years back I used to listen to this guy’s voice on Soulection Radio when it was on Rinse FM and it’s just baffles my mind that he’ll be playing a set with me this Saturday. Anyway, enough with my fan girl rambling haha.

I love hosting friends when they come in visit because it reminds me that, “Hey, I live in Hawaii” and makes me appreciate my home. I’m so caught up with working all the time that I unfortunately forget but I can say that I will be making more of an effort to stop and smell the plumerias more often.

That new new...

Right now I'm winding down and it reminds me of when I used to stay up really late looking for music online and just researching whatever my heart desired. I'm creating a Spotify playlist (*update here's the link for it) for you all right now to try and capture that nostalgia I'm feeling.

*Nacho Libre Voice* "Anyways," I finally switched over to a platform that works better for me and is easier for everyone to navigate.

Slight intro to anyone who is a new visitor to my website, welcome. My name is Riana, my DJ name is Tittahbyte. I came up with that name because back in college I was on the search for a really good external hard drive and I legit thought that it was called 1 Tittahbyte (we all know it's terabyte ha-ha-ha) and my friends wouldn't let it go so they just started calling me Tittahbyte. It worked out that I picked up DJing and I am from Hawaii. When people ask me what kind of music I play I usually will say that I like to play hard and soft music. Figure it out haha.

My journey as a DJ has helped me grow a stronger sense of self and made me really zero in on my values and work ethics. It pushed me to become vulnerable yet confident at the same time. Being behind the decks alone makes me feel so insecure but that feeling goes away right when I see people dance to the music I'm playing.

It's an indescribable feeling and it fills my heart with excitement and joy every. single. time.

One of my favorite photographers, Lianne Rozzelle, always manages to catch my good side. Here's one of those rare moments where I'm smiling and not doing #seratoface.

One of my favorite photographers, Lianne Rozzelle, always manages to catch my good side. Here's one of those rare moments where I'm smiling and not doing #seratoface.

Anyway. Back to this website haha. I will try my best to update this blog as much as possible. I will always update my calendar so you can see what gigs or events I have coming up this month.

New updates with me is that my store About The Goods is now open in Chinatown and I can't even explain to you how stoked I am about it.

I remember my first gig in Chinatown at the old SOHO Mixed Media Bar (I remember when it used to be Club Pauahi haha) when the owner Daniel Gray (rest in paradise, friend) gave me the opportunity to DJ the opening slot of First Friday. Not a huge deal considering it was the opening slot and no one is there except the workers and maybe some newly turned 21-year-olds but it was HUGE for me. 

I also started DJing at this new hotel in Waikiki called The Laylow and it's been amazing. The decor and vibe there is perfect.

Yo...this is just the lobby lol.

Yo...this is just the lobby lol.

Hmm...what else is new? Oh yea! I'm DJing ARTafterDARK this month on the 28th at Honolulu Museum of Art. They're having a special POW! WOW! x tokidoki edition so I'm stoked for that. Check details here.

Hope you guys enjoy perusing through my website and I hope it's not too boring. As always you can email me or hit me up on Instagram for any questions or comments about how I post too much food photos lol.

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