My name is Katrina Torrijos and I am a lifestyle blogger and video creator from San Jose, Ca.
My life’s mission is to live an authentic life full of truth, creativity, and passion. This doesn’t mean I’m rejecting logic and reason, but rather choosing to live a life that people are normally discouraged to pursue.
Hella Young is a blog about self improvement and empowerment as well as celebrating and embracing being young and alive today.
After I graduated from college, I found myself just as lost as the next person who just graduated. I was so heavily involved in school and clubs that I didn’t really give much thought to what I would do after.
Subconsciously, I just thought I would work a few full-time jobs, get some benefits, settle down, and then that would be the end of my life.
Well, at least this is what my mom always told me.
After a year and a half working full-time, I went through nearly 4 jobs. 2 of them I thought were supposed to be my “long-term” jobs, but I was let go because I was “too different.”
I could not have agreed more.
With all of those jobs, I dreaded coming into work. I felt like I wasn’t growing and was only preoccupying my time. There was no place for creativity, mentorship, or growth.
I was stuck.
But since I was laid off, I also felt like I was inadequate. A disappointment. A problem.
So, my self confidence and mental health was shot and I decided to take a one-month break from working and job searching to focus on my YouTube channel and my new brand Hella Young.
The night I created Hella Young, I also decided to forget about the traditional Silicon Valley corporate 9-5 life and pursue the life and career that I want– one that is full of creativity and community.
Since then, I have decided to take initiative and take more artistic risks and go after opportunities that would help me grow as an artist. Consequently, the Hella Young community has grown, my YouTube channel branding has gotten stronger, I was able to travel to new places, and I landed my first writing gig for a women empowerment blog!
Essentially, I’ve learned that you are in control of your own life. Working a 9-5 is not the definite representation of success. Most importantly, I sincerely enjoy creating online content and using my art to inspire and motivate others to take life by the reigns and to steer it towards the direction of your own true north.
Why Hella Young?
I created Hella Young with the intention of being the source where millennials can come for a daily dose of inspiration and motivation to make big moves toward the life they want to live after college. At the same time, Hella Young also serves as a resource to help people with the everyday struggles of life.
Now, Hella Young has evolved into a community of young creatives who want to live a life that’s more authentic
Side note: The word, Hella, the word started off as an infamous Bay Area slang word. However, today, Hella has become even more widely used across the nation and is recognized by dictionaries and search engines as a real word in the English language.
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