Starbucks’ Espresso: Who was I before you?
How to bounce off the walls without doing drugs
How to get stuff done and look crazy doing it
If you've seen my videos, met me in person, or ever seen me on the dance floor (lucky you!), you ask yourself "Whattt is this girl on?" and also "I'm sorry I didn't get anything you just said." Sorry about that. But in case you were wondering how to get buzzed on life the drug-free (well, that's debatable) and stress-free way, I have some secrets for you.
Myth: I am super bubbly.
Truth: Well, this is true.
You know when this is not true, though? At 10 pm. My friends call it “The Wall”. I’m alive, ready for action, playing games, cracking jokes.. and then I’m just not. Unless I’m dancing or waiting in line for the Hunger Games movie (… this is a hopeful prediction, the movie comes out tomorrow and I HOPE I’m not sleeping in line), then 9:59pm is the last minute you will see Asia before my twin of nothing-ness steps in. She doesn’t talk, she doesn’t laugh, she stares and then she gets cranky and might fall asleep on your couch. So, am I the greatest social being to walk this planet between the hours of 7:00am and 9:59pm? Probably. But who knows what happens after that because I sure don’t. I’m sleeping.
How to do it: Go to bed early.
Myth: I have a lot of energy.
Truth: I am caffeinated.
Not that I wake up without coffee looking like this. I am, luckily, a morning person- surprise! (No surprise there, actually.) My favorite self-care ritual is to make myself breakfast, take some time to read my devotional, then go to Starbucks by myself to do whatever I feel like. Sometimes I text my best friend for an hour who lives across country. Sometimes I chat with the old man who lost his daughter this last summer. Sometimes I write down lists of ideas just for the hell of it. But I always get a double espresso. Hashtag yum. Actually, fun.fact. I hate coffee. It’s more like hashtag yuck. But that little double espresso, I can just shoot it and instead of reeling from the quick after taste, I just imagine all the amazing things I’m going to do that day because of it. Thank you dear Dopio, thank you.
Why don't I drink coffee right away? Well this article changed my life. Like in a not-dramatic-but-I’m-not-kidding way. Don’t drink coffee right away? Drink it after you have your morning spike of energy? That makes sense to me! Double shot of espresso coming right up. Oh, and a venti water, obvi, because it’s important to be hydrated, people.
How to do it: Find the right time to drink coffee- and it may not be when you think!
Myth: I have energy all the time.
Truth: I take naps.
Napping is the highest form of meditation. We all know meditation is good for you. Right? Riigghhhttt? K, good. I love napping. I literally have no things scheduled from 2:00-3:00. Did I do that on purpose? Not initially, but when I think “When would be an awesome time to do blah blah blah” that hour is NOT. I am dead beat. We’ve seen the 5 hour energy commercials, it’s the dreaded mid afternoon slump. It’s like a real thing. Have I ever filmed a video at 2:00? No not ever and never will. This can even be a lunch time nap. Eat some awesome food, take a little nap. I set my timer for 25 minutes, give myself 5 minutes to fall asleep and 20 minutes to get a dozer in. I wake up refreshed and usually amused by whatever dream befell me. (Befellll? Wth? I don't know where I got that word but I’m keeping it in there because I feel fancy.) If I hit snooze, though, all bets are off. Don’t hit snooze. Snooze is the devil.
How to do it: Give yourself a timed break mid-day. You might not have to actually fall asleep, but a little relaxation can do wonders.
Myth: I am a spitfire.
Truth: I love what I’m doing.
My mom always tells me I’ve talked fast from the very beginning. When I was three, my grandma told me to slow down because she couldn’t understand me. But I was talking to my grandma, I love my grandma! I wanted to tell her everything about my super exciting day as fast as possible. (This has continued to be a problem in my life, the whole talking fast thing. But, as I like to quote my favorite rapper besides Drake, Lil’ Wayne, “I’m not talking fast, you’re just listening slow.”)
When I have exciting news, I talk fast. When I’m feeling a shoot, my body jolts into action. When I am recording a video, I could bounce all day long from pure excitement. Excitement and sleep and caffeine, of course. What I do energizes me. I never drag my feet to my office, or to a shoot, or to a filming with my assistant. I am PUMPED. Fastest way to lose energy is to start doing something you dread. Next time you want me to clean my room, expect no spitfire. When I used to teach English, I diddd noott wanttt to get out of bed. Now I’m like WHAT?! A new day?! THIS IS GREAT!! Let’s do this thing! After coffee.
How to do it: Start doing things you really enjoy and watch the energy come out of nowhere.
How to do it honorary mention: Pay attention to what you eat.
This is a whole other post, but I know that bread makes me tired. Puts me out for days. Clogs my brain and makes my naps go from 20 minutes to a few hours. Like fall asleep without knowing, wake up crying because you don’t remember falling asleep and didn’t mean to. Once I cut that out, buh-bye snoozehood. But, like I said, wholleeeee other post.
If you’d like to see me bounce off the walls, you can see that here, here, and here. And if you follow me on Instagram @asiacrosonphotography, you will know that 15 second videos are enough to show the world that I am freaking buzzed on life.
What gives you guys energy? If you have any tips, share them. I will hoard all these secrets and be the energy queen and take over the world!! This is the plan.
Everybody just calm down, that was a joke.
Tons of love,