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Well, well, well look who decided to show up to this corner of the interweb.

I know! I’m just as shocked as you are!

I will admit I’m not prepared.  In fact as I type this I’m not exactly sure what this post is going to be about so bear with me.

….Fuck …. I should have prepared.….

I guess we should start off with the mandatory introductory/ get-to-know-me post, shall we?


First things first—If you’re anything like me then you’re probably wondering…


Age, nationality, occupation, bra size?

(You know all that personal shit that shouldn’t matter but you can’t help but wonder about a blogger.)

 I am twenty-six. Mexican. I was born in Mexico-Manzanillo, Colima to be exact and now I’m living in sunny San Diego, CA. (It’s as close to living in Mexico as you can get without actually living IN Mexico.) I work an average 9-to-5 job consisting of general admin. work, nothing fancy or remotely exciting. I also dabble in freelance writing and styling…And if you’re really dying to know…itty bitty titty committee. You creep.


What’s with the blog name?

The first time I attempted to blog I did so over on Blogger under the name Within The Sun, don’t ask why. I think it was the only name I could come up with at the time in which the dot com domain was available so I went with it. My love with that domain was like a Kardashian-Humphries marriage—short lived. After a few months the name itself made me feel uninspired, it had nothing to do with me or what I was going through, so back to the drawing board I went to find myself the Kanye of blog names.

9to5Dropout is personal to me in many ways; the name came to me at a time where my life was feeling stagnant. The monotonous routine of my 9-to-5 was weighing down on me to an unbearable level. Couple that with the vicious emotional roller coaster I strapped myself into after dropping out of college where every day I told myself that I was destined to live a mediocre unaccomplished life, and then on top of that sprinkle my undeniable desire to be an entrepreneur and  TA-DA! you have 9to5Dropout.com.


Why blog?

I consider this a passion project. Like many twenty-something-year-old girls (women?) I have yet to find the thing that makes my heart flutter. I have yet to decide what I want my legacy and my contribution to the world to be. I’m doing this to push myself out of my comfort zone, to do things I wouldn’t normally dare to do, in hopes that within one of these actions I discover my true calling.


Some semi-interesting but mostly just random facts about me…

- Personal mantras? Mind over matter, Life is simple people are good, and I think therefore I am.
- Guilty pleasures? Thrifting, Hennessey on the rocks, stalking both well established and  up-and-coming entrepreneurs. Oh and let’s not  forget the tacos, lots of them.
- Dislikes? People who confuse their lack of drive with patience and people who mask slow progress (or lack thereof) with “it’s part of the process”.
- Coffee or Tea? Tea all the way. I don’t drink coffee. Gasp! It gives me heart palpitations plus it makes me poop so no, just no. TMI?
- Bad habit? I have a potty mouth, not very ladylike I know but I accept this about myself and to be frank I also happen to love this about myself. I’m appropriately inappropriate.
- I’m incredibly bossy. Not in a mean way but in the I-get-shit-done way.
- I speak really fast and loud; I’m Latina I can’t help it.
- Ironing clothes is my kryptonite.
- I’m hypersensitive to repetitive sounds. If I hear someone smacking their food I die a slow painful death.  Every. Damn.  Time.
- I’m addicted to gifs, memes, funny/ cute pictures of animals etc… What can I say I’m very mature for my age ;P
- I’m a mother to two precious babies…of the four legged kind. Oskar (Tabby-cat) and Kobe (Chorkie-dog)
- I won a writing contest in the 6th grade for a poem I wrote about soccer, because of it my mom thinks I’m a literary genius. I don’t have the heart to tell her that  as an adult I no write so good.
- I was adopted at 21 years old alongside a bunch of toddlers and newborns.

And last but not least– I’m not super trendy, I’m not very crafty, and I don’t have an overly dramatic life. I’m just your average twenty-something year old trying to keep my head above water in this sea of life known as adulthood. Shout-out to all my regular girls trying to live a not-so-average life!


If you have any other question about me feel free to comment below and I’ll try to answer them as best I can. No dating questions though- don’t make it weird.


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Back at it – Blog Launch: Take #999

Orange Tabby Cat Lying Down

This post has nothing to do with cats but what can I say I’m a rebel! Also, I read somewhere that pictures of cats can drive a shit ton of traffic to a site so yeaaahhh. Say Hi to Oskar!

I hate committing to things I can’t fully commit to. Case in point- this blog. (And all my past relationships, but ssshh don’t tell anyone.)  I’ve known I wanted to start a blog for a few years now but as soon as I hit publish on my “first post” life always seems to barge in like Whoa what do you think you’re doing, is that butterflies-in-your-stomach I sense? HA not so fast! And then shit hits the fan and blogging ends up on the back burner.

I can’t even count how many times this has happened to me. But yet the itching for blogging continues to come back, so given that’s today is the start of a new month I think it’s the perfect opportunity for me to start blogging again, consistently this time, don’t you agree? My Madre always did say that I put the PRO in procrastination.

BUT I’m officially back at it. Blog Re-re-relaunch: Take no. 999.

See you guys on Monday! In the meantime I’ll leave you with my newest obsession, this video. You can thank me later :)



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I always thought that I’d be somebody by now…

"Going Places" Neon lights sign


rowing up I always imagined that by twenty-five I would have my life figured out. Not that I would have all the answers but I figured I would at least have some of my shit together. I would have the house with the white picket fence, the husband, a stable pencil-pushing 9-to-5 job, dough piling up in my savings account, and maybe even a kid or two running around. I thought that’s what I wanted because I was taught that that’s what I was supposed to strive for and what I should want.

While some of these are things I look forward to in the future it’s not something I can envision for myself right now; Except for the dough piling up in my bank account, I’ll take that any day of the week!

I’ve fallen a little short on that spectrum— I just turned twenty-six; I live in a small studio apartment above a bar (which I love), I have a boyfriend (whom I love), a stable job (not my dream job but a stable paycheck nevertheless) and two babies (of the four-legged kind…whom I also love). And although these are things that I genuinely LOVE, for a long time I felt guilty for doing so.

I felt guilty for not having more even though I knew my version of more was different from society’s more.

What society kept telling me was that I needed stability and certainty of where my life was going. The only thing I had, and still only have, is an entrepreneurial dream and lust for living a passionate life. I want to travel, explore, learn, meet new people and pretty much just bounce from place to place without a care in the world. I want to find myself, I want to discover what my true passion is, and then I want to do THAT for the rest of my life.

There are very few certainties in my life at this point and time; the truth is– I don’t know where I’m going from here. But I welcome the discomfort of the unknown with open arms because I know that within-it lies my strength. Whichever path I ultimately pick the only thing I know for certain is that it will be the road less traveled and it will never be mundane.

This is my journey. My life. My blog. My way.

I hope you’ll join me along the way.

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