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About

 

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Albert Facultad Photography

 

At 25, I had a quarter life crisis. With a comfortable 9-5 job, no weekend work, and so much free time, what could be wrong?

 

Key word here, comfortable.

 

What was missing was the challenge, the desire to push beyond my own boundaries and excel to be the best person I can be.  As one who is always striving for more, I took action.

 

Turning my comfortable life upside down, I quit that comfy job and its benefits to be a benefit-less intern (thankful for Obamacare!). I changed my life and learned more than I ever thought I would.
Now, all the dots have connected. I am able to happily utilize both my left brain and my right brain, and even more, lucky enough to do it as a career. Nothing like truly enjoying what you do, every day, right? I get to write about my favorite things (like food! design! mcm design!) for popular blogs, including Brit + Co, Design Milk and Houzz. At the same time, I get to chat about exciting trends in social media for companies like Yelp and Piqora. It’s pretty awesome.

 

Thank you so much for stopping by, and feel free to contact me if you need anything.  To work with me, please head to the press page.

 

NN

 

While I do have a blog here, it’s mainly personal updates. If you’re looking for my thoughts on fashion, food, music, and art, go here and don’t forget to follow me on Instagram for photo porn on the reg.

 

29 Comments
  • Vivienne
    Posted at 11:51h, 04 March Reply

    Dear Nanette,
    I am personally inspired by your quick bio! I am currently going through my own crisis. I am turning 23 in a few months and graduating with a B.S. in hospitality management. I am planning on pursuing interior design in September. It has always been a dream of mine to find a career that will let me express my creativity and let me dream. I guess my biggest question is, whether or not I should be concerned with finding financial stability or chasing my passion? I’m assuming following my passion is the right path, but was it a struggle for you to move from healthcare into the design field? I would be so grateful if you had some wise words to share! I don’t know you, but I am so happy that you were able to pursue what you love!

    xoxo,
    Vivienne

    P.S. What drew me to contact you was your piece on laser-cut nori, lol.

    • Nanette
      Posted at 22:09h, 21 April Reply

      Hi Vivienne,
      So sorry for the late reply! All my comments got filtered and I didn’t see any of them. Gurrrrrrlll I totally feel ya. I would love to chat more! I have to say, I took a big risk (quit my stable, full time job) and became an intern for about 5 months. It was really scary but I was lucky to have a family that supported me if I needed it… but I never really did! I was pretty stressed out trying to find a job after the internship, but fate was on my side and was able to find a new career that supported me! So I would definitely go for it. I really believe that if you’re truly passionate about something, the money will follow. If you want more deets, go ahead and send me an email about greetings@nanettewong.com, I’d be happy to tell you more!

      so happy the laser-cut nori was what brought you to me. it is one of my most faaaaaavorite things EVARRR! Cheers! -Nanette

  • Louis Alvarez
    Posted at 18:22h, 08 March Reply

    I just came across your work in design milk, folowed the link and… Just wanted to say hello. Can’t get into your portfolio page though.
    I am a indusrial designer (mostly furniture) and artist.
    Cheers

    • Nanette
      Posted at 22:06h, 21 April Reply

      Hi Louis,
      Drat– good to know. I’m looking into it now. Thanks for stopping by! Your comment got filtered, so apologies for the late reply. Would love to see your work!! Thanks for saying hi! Love hearing from readers 🙂

  • Megan
    Posted at 16:27h, 21 March Reply

    Hey Nanette,

    I just found your blog through Design Milk. I love the overall vibe of your website and Cultural Chromatics! Looking forwarding to pinning a lot of things! Your story of making a drastic change in your life is inspiring. It takes a lot of confidence to do something that crazy and I applaud you for that. One thing that I also found inspiring is your humbleness. You were willing to start from the bottom as an intern after a few years of being in the workforce. I feel like that’s very hard to do, especially for our generation. I am currently a business/marketing student at UC Irvine and hope to return to the SF/Bay Area and work for a global advertising agency or Fortune 500 company after graduation. I know that you also work as a contributor for other blogs and websites. Can you tell me a little bit about how that works in terms of work life balance?

    Best,

    Megan

    • Nanette
      Posted at 22:48h, 21 April Reply

      Hi Megan,

      Thanks for stopping by and saying such kind things! Being an intern is definitely humbling and I definitely learned a lot having to start over again so late. To be perfectly honest, right now my work/life balance is an interesting topic. I work a lot these days because I feel like I’m making up for lost time. However, although it’s work, it’s not really “work” at the same time because it’s all something I want to do. I definitely don’t go out to ‘party’ as much these days, but I think that’s a conscious decision and not because of everything I do. Having so many things going on really makes me prioritize what’s important and cut out certain things that weren’t as stimulating or helpful in terms of growth. However, I still try to make time to even just sit around and just vegetate, or read Game of Thrones, haha! I have to say, working more has taught me a lot about organization, and it’s also taught me some valuable lesson about self worth and learning to manage time. I can definitely tell you even more if you want, go ahead and send me an email at greetings@nanettewong.com. I hope this has given you something valuable as well! Btw– sorry about the late reply, my comments were getting incorrectly filtered to spam. Which brings me to something else I wish I had time to learn… web design. hah! Maybe in a few months. Hope to hear more from ya and thanks for stopping by!! Cheers, Nanette

  • Terry
    Posted at 06:25h, 28 July Reply

    Hello Nanette,

    I just wanted to say that I also had a 1/4 life crisis and didn’t know until now that anyone else got them!

    I’m glad you’re finding your way.

    Best,
    Terry

    • Nanette
      Posted at 23:51h, 02 October Reply

      Thanks Terry! Quarter life crisers unite!

  • Christian
    Posted at 22:18h, 21 October Reply

    Hi Nanette,

    Glad to hear that you chose the path you’re passionate about.

    Many people ask themselves the same question “What am I doing with my life?” but at such a later time in their lives.

    I’m happy you found your way at a young age.

    Christian

    • Nanette
      Posted at 18:54h, 20 November Reply

      Thank you so much, Christian!! Appreciate the kind words 🙂 xx

  • Rafael Concepcion
    Posted at 17:34h, 01 January Reply

    Very inspirational Bio Nanette! I did a similar thing at 28 and yes its a bit scary but worth every moment! Passion is what drives us to become better and live life to its fullest. Happy NEW YEAR

    • Nanette
      Posted at 23:01h, 10 February Reply

      Agreed!!

  • Marci Klein
    Posted at 13:31h, 11 January Reply

    Hi Nanette,
    I found your blog through some of your articles in design milk. I too have gone through a 1/4 life crisis, however that would put my life expectancy at about 120 so maybe its more of a mid-life crisis. Anyway, I have just made a major 180 in life, leaving a 20 year medical career to seek more creative pastures. I am current working on a new modern furniture line and learning on the fly how to be an artist, a product designer, entrepreneur, marketer and photographer. And I thought being a doctor required a lot of knowledge! This has been a crazy exciting ride so far but I truly love every minute.
    I look forward to following your posts and seeing where life takes you.

    • Nanette
      Posted at 23:02h, 10 February Reply

      ha! As they say, better late than never! I love that you still went for it! Inspiration for me as well. Congrats to you and I can’t wait to see what you whip out next!

  • Tracy Ambrose
    Posted at 10:19h, 30 January Reply

    Nanette, a friend of mine saw one of your designs, I think it was some type of sound system. Can you tell me where I could find one to purchase? He loved it! Thanks so much.

    • Nanette
      Posted at 23:02h, 10 February Reply

      Hi Tracy, I don’t actually it design– he may have saw an article I wrote about a sound system? I would go to http://www.design-milk.com. Good luck!

  • Katie
    Posted at 15:31h, 04 March Reply

    Hi Nanette, your lovely little blurb totally resonated with me – I’m 25 and have just quit my job to give life a go overseas. A little scared what this big, wide world has in store, but fingers crossed I can get it together like you have! Keep on killing it, you’re an inspiration to the rest of us x

    • Nanette
      Posted at 15:55h, 04 March Reply

      I’m so happy to hear that– it inspires me to keep going! I am sending you over lots of well wishes and I can’t wait to see what you unleash! Good luck and keep me updated!! xoxo N

  • clement Lee
    Posted at 19:04h, 04 March Reply

    Hi Nanette,

    It’s Clement, and I found here via a “rainy pot” article you wrote on design milk. I was so impressed by your short bio and I admired your courage at the age of 25, clapping. I also asked myself the same question “What am I doing with my life?!” when I involved in an international commercial spy lawsuit. I was always a top in grades student in all my school life, also published a quality paper after my master degree in US. I then had a “dream” offer (according to all my friends) to work in Germany as a solar cell R&D. I traveled through 14 European countries and more than 100 cities within those two years and suddenly I lost my faith. Exactly like you, I asked myself who I am and what should I spend rest of my life on? After the lawsuit, I quit my job and started to learn organic farming on my native land. During farming I regained my faith and now I have a very strong determination to pass forward the organic spirit and happiness to people. Thank you for sharing your story and it’s really touched.

    Thanks,
    Clement Lee

    • Nanette
      Posted at 15:53h, 26 March Reply

      That is so awesome, Clement!! You are the one to inspire me! It sounds like you have come really far and I really admire the risk you took. Please keep in touch!! xx

  • Elies
    Posted at 05:43h, 04 August Reply

    Hi Nanette,
    Actually don’t even know how I landed here but your story is exactly what I’m going through! I’m 25, experiencing this weird quarter life crisis (didn’t know it existed) but after reading your bio I actually started feeling better. Awesome way to give your life a new direction, congrats for that! Thanks for sharing this 🙂
    Am getting closer to know what I want my life to be and your bio definitely helped me keeping faith.
    Cheers,
    Elies

    • Nanette
      Posted at 08:50h, 04 August Reply

      That’s so great, Elies! I’m really happy to hear that. Best wishes to your future! xoxo

  • Rebecca
    Posted at 00:50h, 23 September Reply

    Hi Nanette! Like everyone else here, I’m also a quarter-life-crisiser and am in the middle of getting things on a new track. I quit my job as a management consultant last year at 26 and moved to Berlin, where I’m just trusting in the new life that I’m building, without any plan, just what feels right. I still worry I’m judged as being the ‘corporate person gone off the rails’ (and worry about many other things) but I think that’s mostly in my head – even my ex-colleagues see how much better life suits me now!

    Anyway… my point is that it’s really nice to see someone ‘on the other side’ of the quarter life crisis and happy ^_^

    All the best,
    Rebecca 🙂

    • Nanette
      Posted at 09:38h, 23 September Reply

      Taking that first step is really the hardest! congrats on moving to berlin. I think it will be amazing for you. I have a friend who did that and loves it!! Wishing you the best 🙂

  • Dorja Benussi
    Posted at 10:53h, 04 November Reply

    Just wanted to say hi while I’m here. 🙂

    • Nanette
      Posted at 11:00h, 04 November Reply

      Hi!

  • Stef Thompson
    Posted at 12:18h, 01 June Reply

    Hi Nanette! I think your work is amazing and I really admire how you challenged yourself to become what you wanted to be. I’m a recently graduated girl (22 years) and I live in México. I studied an animation degree but I can’t say I enjoyed too much my university experience because there was a programming focus I just hated. Now that I’m a graduated I realize how much I need to learn regarding to creative media. I love illustration, graphic design, motion graphics and content marketing. I really want to grow in those fields. What advices can you share from your experience to improve and learn? (Taking into consideration how challenging is this once you’re twenty-something with a pressure to work and use your time wisely).

    Thank you!

    Stef

    • Nanette
      Posted at 06:43h, 06 June Reply

      Hi Stef, I understand how you feel! It’s actually quite a lot, I can give you more of my thoughts over email if you’d like! greetings@nanettewong.com

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