24th Birthday in Italy
© 2016 Millennial Entertainment, LLC
This project was totally winged.
I had originally planned a production that was Los Angeles based in California, but… Life isn’t always as peachy as Instagram and I wanted a break from my environment. So, I used that as an opportunity to visit my childhood bestie, Alexandra, who moved to Italy while we were back in high school.
Instead of going straight into the project, I really wanted to simply enjoy my life in a new space to hit the refresh button. Alex picked me up from the airport and we got situated. Then, we did the tourist thing, except, SHE was my tour guide, of course. Her boyfriend at the time, who is now her husband (more on that on my “Bachelorette Party in London” blog) cooked for us some deliciously homemade Italian AND Romanian food. Sorry, I probably ate too fast and didn’t give myself time to take photos. #fatass
We also met some beautiful people from Turkey. LOVE making new friends with great vibes!
I was also following @shaymitchell on Instagram and saw that she was ALSO in Italy at the time, so I thought, what the heck, why not invite her to my birthday dinner? I didn’t really expect her to respond, cause “who am I with 800 followers at the time to associate myself with an influencer of 18million followers” but worth the shot.
A little back story on that, I first found out who Shay Mitchell was while I was shopping at the mall in El Paso, Texas back in 2013, when I was still actively serving in the U.S. Army. Some stranger came up to me while I was looking at some accessories, “Excuse me - you look ALOT like Shay Mitchell”.
Me: I’m sorry, who?
Her: Shay Mitchell.
Me: (Blank stare)
Her: From Pretty Little Liars.
Her: You should look it up. You look so much like her.
Me: Oh okay, thanks?… :)
So, I looked it up, watched maybe three episodes, found her on Instagram, and hit the follow button.
Oh yea, I was also trying to dip into the Youtuber thing and thought of doing some wine venting, so I called it “Wine with Nauli”…
But then I saw it on Shay Mitchell’s YouTube channel like, kid you not, a few days later after coming home from Italy. So, I unlisted my Youtube video… Hers is probably more interesting anyway. I just talked about girl problems and my journey to finding my career path.
© 09/11/2016 STEPHANIE NAULI
Then, I started growing my Instagram and strayed away from YouTube, but I realized that I have so much other content I can share that could inspire other travelers!
I also decided to start vlogging and blogging, thanks to @garyvee, my marketing entrepreneur inspiration. Yes, it took me three years to realize I should blog about this. Don’t be mad. I’m just a big introvert, so this is a huge step for me. Well, 70% introverted and 30% extroverted. Anyway -
Believe it or not, I tend to feel like I can always do better, do more, learn more, and it can be a blessing or a curse. A blessing is when I see it as an opportunity to grow and a curse when I see it as a 20-something-year-old who isn’t doing enough with her life, cause I just don’t stop, and I’m BARELY learning to give myself a break.
So, documenting everything, and sharing it with you, is my proof that I’m actually doing something with my life, thank God.
Maybe you’re like me and like to overwhelm yourself for whatever reason, adding all this pressure to yourself to be more useful to society and go bigger, be better… but, trust me, there’s so much more to life than just advancing. Don’t wait like me, til you’re a stage away from cervical cancer, to realize it’s the journey and the little moments that are the things that will last forever, that add the most value to your life and you can never earn them back. Money and fame, you can earn anytime with the right strategy in place. It’s a MARATHON, not a sprint, as experts say. Might as well enjoy it along the way.
Btw, if you want to learn how I fought cancer, read this blog here.
Now, back to the “Millennial Anthem” project… it actually started when I saw all this mumbo jumbo bashing millennials all over YouTube. It. Was. Infuriating. This was all coming from older generations who act like they never had to graduate college, or drop out of highschool to get a job, or live at their parents house. On top of that, Millennials, anyone born from 1981-1996, have a growing number of self-made 6-7 and multiple-figure income earners! Sorry, not sorry, that we don’t enjoy a 9-5 desk job and we rather save money, grow our own business, MAYBE climb the corporate ladder, and change the world. It’s a good problem to have, don’t you think?
As for the “entitled” ones, that are giving us a bad name, who feel they don’t need to lift a finger to get a raise, well… there are “those ones” in every generation. So, let’s not hold the Millennials, solely responsible. This is why I wrote, produced, and co-directed the music video to my original song, “Millennial Anthem” featuring @ebbieakbar, who I met through a mutual friend that I invited to my recording session at Paramount Recording Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
Ebbie Akbar just started flowing during the bridge to my track in the studio and I told her to lay a verse. So that’s how she landed the feature! She couldn’t make it to Italy and it was mostly my fault, cause I was so eager for a temporary escape, that we just shot her scene of the music video in L.A. Sorry, Ebbs! I honestly think her line makes the track though. Cause majority of it is just me singing a cadence (the military veteran in me).
This was ALL done on my iPhone 6s. YUP. I literally produced a location and crew for Los Angeles and said f*** it, I’m going to Italy, and shot the music video on my iPhone, then came back, and shot Ebbie’s scene.
HAPPY 24TH, TO ME!
©2016 Millennial Entertainment, LLC