Raise your hand if you want to wake up every morning looking and feeling your personal best? Focus Beauty and Brows founder, Christina Chang, has dedicated her life to providing the highest quality of services and products to making that dream a reality. Located in Seattle, Washington and the Bay Area of California, Christina offers cosmetic tattoo services for permanent eyebrows, eyeliner, lips, and removal. This is going to sound generic, but Christina is truly the BEST at and has PERFECTED her craft + is one of the most genuine people I have met. This is why I wanted to spotlight her business as a Secret Gem of Seattle!
One afternoon, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and saw that my friend had reposted a picture of one of Christina’s amazing brow transformations. I was mesmerized! The brows were beautiful, and I couldn’t imagine waking up with brows like that without at least 45 minutes of playing in my makeup. I immediately clicked on the Focus Beauty and Brow Facebook Page and looked through the rest of her work. All the brow transformations were nothing less than perfect and I was so intrigued.
I reached out to Christina to inquire about her services and now, after a great experience, I too wake up with flawless brows! At this point, multiple family members and friends have all gone to Christina and have nothing but raving review for her and her service.
Something that is very important in customer service is the quality of care you’re given and whether or not you actually feel like your desires are being heard and met. Christina goes above and beyond to provide the service we as consumers crave. Who is Christina and how did she get into doing permanent makeup + changing people’s lives? Let’s ask!
Who is Christina Chang? Founder of Focus Beauty and Brows.
When I asked Christina “Who is Christina Chang?” here was her response. The person whom I have known myself to be for years was a publicly shy, unsure, and unconfident individual. What has changed? Me. My mindset. My FOCUS. About a year ago, I took a leap of faith – quit my 9 to 5 – and went full force into doing brows. Quitting my stable job was scary, but I knew in my heart that corporate world wasn’t for me. I wanted to make others feel beautiful and confident through brows. I was obsessed with brows. My hubby would see me on IG constantly looking at brows. I remember he caught me secretly crying one day as I became torn with decisions to provide for my family or struggle financially. He witnessed my dilemma, and wanted me to be happy, so he pushed me to quit. He told me it was ok that we will struggle a bit, but we will be fine. Just hearing that from him was so encouraging I cried in relief because his support was just what I needed.
What drives me is FOCUSing on my passion and finding any way to fuel this passion because money won’t last—relationships will. My goal is to always FOCUS on my purpose: making my clients happy. I invested more money on trainings to become better. At first, I was spending more than I made, but I reminded myself of my end goal—to create bomb brows. I am so grateful to all my wonderful clients, who have placed their trust in me. Without you guys, I would not have become the educator I am today and focus on teaching my principles to my students. YOU are my purpose! ✨
Well, I think it’s now evident why I feel Christina is inspiring and beautiful, inside and out. There isn’t much more left to be asked aside from “Where is Focus Beauty and Brows located?” and “How do I book a session with Christina, ASAP?” …
Depending on her schedule, Christina is located in SEATTLE, WA at Thanh Salon (320 E. Meeker St. Kent, WA 98030) or the BAY AREA, CA at Salons by JC (43473 Boscell Rd Suite J3 Fremont, CA 94538). A full list of her services and prices are available on her website. You can follow Christina on Instagram at @focusbeautyandbrows or like her Facebook page.
When you reach out to Christina, be sure to let her know that Eryn from Passport Proverbs sent you and tag me in a picture of your transformation on Instagram at @passportproverbs.
Catfish Corner Express’s unique flavor has been a staple in Seattle for over 30 years. According to their mission statement “the location and owner may have changed, but the taste and legacy continue to bless Seattle residents new and old for years to come.” Reopened by the grandson of the original owners, Terrell Jackson known as “Catfish” since he was young (@Catfishjackk) and his partner, Raevyn Rainwater’s (@RaevyRave) new location is thriving and serving the delicious food us Seattleites love.
Catfish Corner was founded in 1985 by Terrell Jackson’s grandparents. When reopening the business, Terrell’s mission was to “bring a staple back to the community and serve Seattle good food product.” His passion is rooted in seeing the customer’s reactions. The customer keeps him going.
Catfish Corner has a 4-star rating on YELP and is full of reviews from satisfied customers. An example of a stellar YELP customer review reads:
“Best fish, prawns, hush puppies, BURGERS even and Gumbo in the area! Excellent to grab food for the family and take home. There is something on the menu for everyone. Love the attitude from the new management, the beautiful lady (Raevyn) that greets you when you walk in and takes your order, she adds a nice touch. What more can I say? It’s absolutely great food with amazing customer service.”
Felecia Michelle Letcher
We asked Terrell and Raevyn a few questions about owning and operating a business.
What is the toughest thing is about running a business? What advice do you have for future business owners?
Raevyn: The toughest thing for me about running a business would be balancing business with having a social life. I stay so busy with everything that I rarely have time for anything else. My best advice for future business owners would be to never give up on your goals or dreams. Always surround yourself with people with genuine energy. Always focus on the positives and put God first, ANYTHING is possible!
What is it like owning
and operating a business together and being a couple? Do y’all have any tips
for maintaining a healthy work & love balance?
Terrell: It depends on what type of business you’re running; it can make it run really well or sometimes harder. And it really depends on the couple as well. My advice for a good balance would be to make sure you guys also have time separate from each other, so you can miss each other.
Raevyn: It’s extremely hard work and it gets extremely challenging. I just focus on the end goals and supporting Terrell with his goals and ambitions. When you see all the progress you’ve made or how it affects the community in a positive way, it’s rewarding. My tip for maintaining a healthy balance would to just have a good form of communication.
The most important fillet (see what I did there?) I asked Terrell for was their SECRET INGREDIENT.. He responded by stating “my food is special because I prepare everything with passion and I send out every order as if it were my own!” .. Well, there we have it, secret ingredient revealed! You’re welcome. 😉
Located in Skyway, right off of Renton Ave, make sure you give Catfish Corner a try next time you’re in the area (11805 Renton Ave S, Seattle, WA 98178, United States). In addition, they have a location opening soon off of 23rd and Jackson in the Central District!
Looking to embark on a short but meaningful adventure? Amman, Jordan is the perfect place to visit. Here are a few things I think you should know before visiting!
Are the “fashion police” on duty in Amman?
As I’m sure you’re aware, Jordan is a fairly traditional Islamic country. To feel most comfortable as a woman, I’d recommend dressing more modestly than you would on a daily basis in a Western country. Shorts, short sleeves and short skirts are by no means prohibited, but visitors may feel more comfortable following the local customs. Nothing very form fitting, long sleeved shirts, long pants & skirts, no plunging necklines… Well, you know how to dress modestly! Oh, if you do decide to wear a lower cut neckline, definitely wear a scarf around your neck so that you don’t draw attention to your chest area. Hair wise, 90% of the women I interacted with had their hair covered but I didn’t feel uncomfortable having mine uncovered.
Hot or Cold?
I visited Amman, Jordan, it was the middle of January. Daily high temperatures were around 53°F
and did not exceed 62°F. The Weather Channel and Dark Sky are both great applications
to download to track the weather, no matter where you are in the world.
What was YUMMY
in my TUMMY?
foods are very tasty and unique.
A traditional sweet treat that I tried while in Jordan was a dish called KUNAFA. This is a very popular traditional Middle Eastern dessert. While doing my research I noticed that there are a few different ways to spell this dish. Kunafeh, Kunafa, Knafeh or Konafi… Anyway, this is a layered dessert with a base or filling of stringy cheese, similar to a mozzarella. The top layers are a crisp semolina pastry or vermicelli, all soaked in rose scented sugar syrup topped with other ingredients such as nuts (depending on the region). I’ve never tasted anything like this before and I definitely recommend giving it a try if you’re in the mood to stimulate your taste buds.
What’s your favorite food? One of my favorites are hot wings! While in Amman, I visited a restaurant called Buffalo Wings and Rings. If you need a hot wing fix, while in Jordan, I defiantly think this spot will satisfy you.
In my opinion, the
Jordanian currency (dinar) is very picturesque. The Jordanian dinar has been
of Jordan since 1950. If you don’t have time to exchange your currency
before you arrive, ATMs are available throughout the country and credit cards
are widely accepted. Don’t forget to check with your bank for any potential
international ATM fees or direct card charges that may apply during travel,
before you embark. Many banks charge a percentage for each transaction and
often more for ATM withdrawals.
Coffee Lovers Unite!
It wouldn’t be right to end this post without mentioning the 24-hour STARBUCKS I visited. Though their original roots are in Seattle, Washington, Starbucks Coffee is a global company with stores in 65 countries, including 600 stores in 12 Middle Eastern (@starbucksmiddleeast) and North African countries.
“Starbucks has a role and a meaningful relationship with people that is not only about the coffee.”
Located in the heart of Amman, the 24 hour Starbucks branch that I visited was full of vivacious Students studying. It was 3 levels high and nearly every seat was taken.
I asked a barista what the most popular drink sold at this location was and she informed me that was Turkish Coffee. Have you ever tried Turkish Coffee? If you’re a coffee lover, you’ll definitely enjoy it?
@starbucks – Will you please add Turkish Coffee to your USA store menus? We love and want to indulge in it also!
Due to the fact I only visited for a few days, I would like to return to Jordan to explore a few other sites. A few that I am interested in are the Dead Sea, Petra, the Ma’in Hot Springs, and the Walls of Jerusalem. Please send me a message about your experience if you’re able to or have checked them out!
Walk with the wise and become wise. – Proverbs 13:20
Eryn Iman traveled to northern Italy and enjoyed 7 days of serenity and sustainability. She enjoyed learning more about the modern-era relationships between humans and the environment while enjoying delicious pizza, pasta and wine.
Ever since I saw a photo of the azure blue waters of Verona and the delectable looking pasta and pizza, I knew I wanted to visit Northern Italy. The areas I visited (Ponte Arche and Torbole) were small and intimate but filled with TONS of information, fun and historical relevance!
My experience in Northern Italy was nothing short of perfect. I know this sounds very generic, but it was truly a life-changing experience. I’m blessed that I was able to learn more about myself and my passions, while also eating yummy foods and exploring sustainable practices. I hope you enjoy this guide I created to 7 days of serenity and sustainably in northern Italy!
Day 1: Ponte Arche
Check-in at the Hotel Posta
The reason I want to start by mentioning my stay at the Hotel Posta is because the owner, Tanja, was one of the most genuine people I have ever met. One afternoon, she had a talk with our group and a lot of what she said to us stuck with me. The purpose of her talk was to tell us why she is passionate about the career she’s in. Tanja started by reminding us that:
“… everyone has a gift and it’s important for
us to selflessly help others with our gift. If you give, you receive.”
time of this trip, I was entering the last year of my undergraduate studies and
excited but nervous about my next chapter. Seeing her genuine passion and
having her remind us that we all have a path meant for us was exactly what I
needed to hear at that time. This nugget is an important reminder at any stage
in life though. At one point her life Tanja worked very hard to migrate to the
USA and work there with her son. In the midst of telling us the story of her
journey, she reminded us that:
“If you have a goal, you do everything! There
is nothing that stops you.”
was younger, my Father would always tell me that there is no need to stress
about anything, God will work it all out and stress adds nothing but negativity
to your life. Tanja pretty much told us the same thing. She said that in her
“It’s bad to keep everything inside, it
creates stress! – Keep yourself and your body free of bad feelings! Your
subconscious is real and stress builds in your body and will show in your skin
or cause other health issues.”
I’ll never forget meeting Tanja or these nuggets she left us with and if you want to stay at a warm and friendly hotel, I definitely recommend the Hotel Posta.
to the Area
beautiful greenery and mountains surrounding Ponte Arche were so refreshing and
a nice change of pace from busy and congested Los Angeles (where I was living
at the time). Honestly, all of the greenery in Ponte Arche made me feel
homesick. Initially, all that I could think about was Mt. Rainer and my home
city, Seattle! Seattleite’s, when you visit, I want to know if anyone else
draws any parallels between Italy and Washington State.
primary aspect of the region of Northern Italy I really appreciated was the
educational components. On our first day in Ponte Arche, we received an
introduction to the area. One introductory presentation that stood out to me
was one on Trentino’s environmental policies by Elena Guella. Elena is a
consultant for the Sustainable Development and Nature Reserves Office of the
local government (Provincia Autonoma di Trento). I thought that when Elena
“where people put money is where people care.”
sadly a great way to summarize politics everywhere. Another standout quote from
Guella’s presentation was:
“men are not only destructive; they can also
of times in conversations about modern-day sustainability, people speak
negatively about the relationship humans have with the environment. It was
refreshing to hear someone speak positively about the power we have to
implement change and development in the world.
Ponte Arche: Fiavé
to Fiavé (2 miles, 400 ft elevation gain).
We started this day with a LONG hike. Not only was I reminded of the beauty of nature, I was also reminded that I need to work out more… BOTH reminders were very humbling! Anyway, the destination of our first long trek was the Castel Campo Sustainable Farm.
Guided visit at Campo Castle (historic residence and organic farm)
the woman who owns the Castle property was SO inspiring. The way she cultivates
the fields is highly sustainable. She started off her explanation of their
practices by saying:
“We should try to go along with nature’s
rule. Life was created by nature, not us. I try to observe, then apply!”
simple statement, yet, so powerful. If more people truly lived by it, the world
would be a different place. I don’t think that prior to this trip, I’d ever vsisited
a field where the natural process of nature was the sole entity sustaining the
crops. Marina reminded me that:
“You don’t have to empty a field to grow
the way she grows their crops, they don’t use pesticides, waste fuel OR give
the crops any water, they just allow for nature to flow naturally. How awesome
is that? Marina ended our tour of the field with a quote that’ll stick with me
for a while. She said:
“We are part of something, we are not the
owners, we are not masters of the world. If we keep thinking that we are the
owners, we are not going to survive!”
In addition to gaining a lot of knowledge while at the castle, I also gained a FRIEND! I know that this was not the point of the trip BUT my favorite part of visiting the castle was getting to snuggle with Baby Leah (Marina’s granddaughter)! Marina’s whole family was genuine, welcoming and intelligent.
Ponte Arche: Fiavé
Vist at the Fiavé Pile Dwellings Museum and Archaeological Park
Our visit to the Fiavé Pile Dwellings Museum, followed by the archeological park was a full circle learning experience. At the museum, we learned about pile dwellings. This term refers to the piles supporting the wooden decks on which dwellings were erected. They weren’t built over the water but rather the banks of the lake, this made the conservation of them easier due to the fact they weren’t fully submerged.
While in the museum, my group was tasked with learning about the cultural and environmental factors that shaped the everyday life of the pile-dwelling inhabitants. Something that I found particularly interesting was that the traces left by cutting tools on animal bones make it possible to identify the way in which the animals were butchered, and the meat consumed along with the use of bone, teeth, and leather.
As we were walking back from visiting the pile-dwelling site, I looked up and saw rays of sun shining through the clouds onto the mountains and fields. I think this was one of the most authentic and humbling sites ever. I could just feel the warmth of God radiating and felt so blessed to be on this trip, learning about the importance of the environment and sustainability. This quiet minute of reflection gave me time to make a promise to myself that I am going to make sure I live a life where I am always practicing things that help sustain the environment, not hurt it.
Ponte Arche – Trento
to MuSe in Trento
Our visit to the MUSE museum ignited my inner curiosity, fueled my passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking! The MuSe embodies a modern, innovative and sustainable institution. The museum is built like a mountain and as you climb up the stairs, each floor hosts different exhibits with each topic building on the previous one.Unlike most museums, there isn’t a lot of writing in the exhibits but rather there are different experts standing near each exhibit, eager to answer questions. The engineers of the museum purposely did this because they want to encourage human interaction and promote the reciprocity of learning. In addition, also with the intention of creating a different and more interactive experience for museum visitors, unless they were super rare, most exhibits were not in a case!!
The Tropical Butterfly House really brought science to life for me (it also reminded me of the butterfly exhibit in the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, Washington). Our tour guide, geologist, Marco informed us that the butterflies typically arrive as pupae and some of these butterflies will start emerging the day they arrive or the next day. Other species may take a full week before they reach adulthood. After emerging, they may live for a week or maximum, a few months. Interesting, right? Hopefully academics and engineers follow the unique model of the MuSe museum and structure more museums like this because humans everywhere can benefit from this type of teaching! Maybe, just maybe, some of us can take our inspiration, energy & creativity and build a museum like this in LA or King County?
Ponte Arche – Storo and Brenta
Visit to Armanini Fish Farm
Visiting the Fish Hatchery was such an unique experience. Fish can live in different types of water. They have 4 farms with different types of water for the fish. At the facility we were at, the river water that they used varied in temperature depending on the season. They put different types of fish in different containers based on the water and where they can survive. Exportation wise, in this area they had a lot of problem with connection because of the road. They used to mostly sell to restaurants nearby. Many logistical issues exist at this fish farm and the mountains being remote and isolated are a significant reason why many people don’t live there. It’s admirable that they’re able to keep their business running! Now, they only sell to big distributers because it’s easier for them. Prior to this visit, I hadn’t really thought about where my fish was coming from. Now, I am going to try to be more cognizant of where my food is coming from, especially when eating fish!
hike to learn about pastoralism in the Dolomites (life in malga and
The Dolomites were BREATHTAKING! There were a few times when we were hiking up that I lost my footing and thought that my life might end BUT I’m here! Lake Molveno was BEAUTIFUL! It was formed about 5,000 years ago by a landslide and is the deepest lake in Trentino. It’s about 4,000ft deep and is one of the largest alpine rivers! It was one of the most remarkable sites I have seen. I am not really able to put into words how beautiful the sites were or how surreal the views were. In addition, visiting the cheese making laboratory that we stopped at midway through our hike and discussing “food mileage” was very thought-provoking.
Dr. Fissore said something that really stuck with me and I need to put into practice.
“It is better if
we are cognizant of the food we are eating, season by season, like clothing.”
I have a “want it now at any costs” mentality
and I need to get rid of that. I need to eat fewer foods that aren’t locally
grown and cultivated and more foods that are natural, locally grown and
Torbole – Riva del Garda
of the Riva del Garda Hydropower Plant
This visit built on our previous visit to another hydroelectric power plant run by the same company. As an aside, I think it’s great that our daily activities, concept wise, built on each other.
Anyway, this plant was unique because history and sustainability were directly intertwined. This plant has been in operation since 1929 and is still in service, using the water from the waters of Lake Ledro, a natural lake formed in the ice age. The force of the falling water is transferred into electricity that powers the region. The multi-stage pump was very interesting to see! The process of releasing the water back into the environment was super cool. It fascinates me that they can take the water from Lake Ledro, run it through their process, and return it to lake Garda without any contamination. This is hopefully an example the USA can better adopt and a step for us to move towards more green energy practices.
and Geology of the area
Today was pretty special because we got to experience something that the public and many Americans don’t normally get to, but should! We had the opportunity to visit a few historic sites related to World War II and the arrival of the US Army in the Garda region.
Our first stop, which was the one closed off to the public, was the Air Raid Center. This was where people went to hide from bombings! It was initially a German bunker, but when the Germans started to retreat, it started to be utilized by the town as a hiding place/shelter from bombs. Going inside really humbled me because in the 10 minutes we were in there, I was FREEZING! I couldn’t imagine having to live in there for 4-5 day incriminates.
The guides were telling us that when they initially were looking through the bunker, they didn’t find much, but they did find a rosary! They said this showed them that this was a physical shelter for people but also a space where people grew stronger spiritually. After this tour, we went on a guided hike of Mount Brione. The tour guide was SO passionate about teaching us about the history and climate of the mountain and surrounding area I asked her “what inspired her to do such extensive research on the area” and her response was so heartwarming. She responded:
“I am passionate because roots for me are
important. To see where I come from and the place I am living is important. –
this has always been a place of traveling and migration. – I see lots of
potential! I don’t want people to be scared of the land, I want them to be
proud. My Grandpa was a farmer, I’m not a farmer but this is my connection to
that in the future, if a student asks me why I decided to go into the career
field I do, I inspire them and am as genuine as she was.
close, I’d like to give credit where it is due.
Dr. Cinzia Fissore, Juri, and Manola, thank you for putting so much time into creating this seamless schedule for us while making sure we always felt comfortable in a place so unfamiliar to us. We weren’t the easiest group, but they took care of us like we were their children and they didn’t have to. I’m forever grateful for this experience.
Northern Italy embodies sereneness and sustainability. Hopefully at least one of these little nuggets that I received inspired you also and provided you with enough information to self-plan a trip to Northern Italy! Please feel free to email me or send me a direct message me on Instagram.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. – Proverbs 3:5