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Well, well, well, look who decided to jump on the blogging bandwagon.

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 stuff that shouldn’t matter, yet 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. I also dabble in freelance 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—sad and 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…

NYE US San Diego Grant

Cheers to 2015 & what’s to come!

– Personal mantras? -Mind over matter - Life is simple, people are good - I think therefore I am.
– Guilty pleasures? Scrounging through thrift shops, flea markets & estate sales. Tacos. Hennessy on the rocks. Reading blogs. Stalking self-made entrepreneurs on the low.
– Dislikes? People who confuse their lack of drive with patience.
– 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. That being said: I love steamer, I would marry it if I could.
– 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… If you can’t tell by now I’m very mature for my age.
– I’m a mother to two precious babies…of the four legged kind. Oskar (cat-tabby) and Kobe (dog-chorkie).
– 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.

Toodle-Loo Mother F*ckers!

Just Kidding, be my friend?

Signature Erika Ping 9to5dropout


The Beginning


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.