Sunday, May 24, 2015

Minimalistic

It's been more and more apparent to me that if I want my brain to function properly without so many distractions, I need to discard the items that I do not need. Environment plays a huge part in your life. If your living space is cluttered, your mind will be racing instead of having a relaxing time in your home. 

But it's so hard to just actually get around to doing it, right?

I've been reading a book called The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by a Japanese-American author, Marie Kondo. In the book there are two main secrets for keeping a minimalist lifestyle: 1.) Keep only what you love and 2.) cleaning should be an event, not an everyday chore. 

I decided to start discarding things I do not love because if we are actually going to move, we really do need to get rid of most of our belongings. 

And I started with my clothes, because for as long as I can remember, that has been my weakness. I keep everything. I accumulate new things and don't even wear them. I leave piles of clothes on the floor for weeks. So I wanted to tackle this first. 

 
The top is the before and the bottom half is after. The mound of clothing was so high that I couldn't step over or around it. Now I have enough clothes to fit in hangers only. That's amazing considering before I was running out of floor space to store my piles of clothes that I didn't even wear!

By the end I had five large trash bags to donate to the Community Aid. 

It feels amazing and I can't wait to get rid of more things, as crazy as that sounds.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Trapped


Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own little worlds that we forget the amazing wonders that are happening every second all over the globe. We forget the small things that make life beautiful, like the sound of the rain when it falls on the trees, or the way the stars rise the in darkness of the night, or how it feels to smile when you're purely happy. Sometimes we forget that there are millions of stories out there, each one unique and intriguing. We get lost in our own feelings and we forget that we have the ability to change those feelings in a second. We think that we have boring lives and we forget that atmosphere plays a huge part in how we feel about our lives.

 

I think sometimes we don’t think about these things because we feel that we can barely get ahold of our own lives, so why should we even add anything else to the list, right?

 

But sometimes it does your mind well to stop and remind yourself about these things. If we go thinking that we are trapped in our little worlds, we will be trapped. 

 


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

When the Rain Comes

When it rains, sometimes I can't write. And I hate it. 

Rain is supposed to inspire the moody feelings to come out, but instead I seemed to be trapped inside my own mind. It's like I can't find the words to express what I feel.

Sometimes the voices of another world echo in my dreams, but I can't capture them on paper. It's terrible because they visit often when the rain comes.

Maybe I'm lazy, or maybe I'm selfish for keeping my thoughts to myself. But sometimes I can't help it. Especially when it rains.

Atmospheres are mostly what I experience in my mind. It's not just a scene or a smell or a thought; it's a myriad of memories falling together and combining into strong feelings of being somewhere that in reality I have never been. Sometimes it's crazy because I remember so many places that I've never visited.

Sometimes I wish I could be bold enough to actually visit these places. Of course, I'm not actually sure if they exist.

When I write these types of posts, my goal is to draw out my thoughts, and now that I read what I wrote, it doesn't make much sense I guess.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

I Found Myself Late

Sorry for the hiatus. It's a long story, but basically I've been doing the equivalent to an online English class lately, and I've been writing a paper every week while working and cleaning. Not a very good excuse, but it's okay because I'm back.

Sometimes it's hard to gather my thoughts into one post. I feel like I have so much to write, so much that is bursting from my heart, but then when I get to the blank post, I can't remember anything. It's terrible. But like I've mentioned before, when I don't know what to do with myself, I write. I might not be good at anything and I might not have any cherished hobbies, but I do know how to write and it the best way I have to express myself. It's my talent.

Recently, I've discovered something that I really like and I am interested in, and it will greatly help with this blog and other blogs I may have. I am not going to say what it is because some of my family reads this, and I do not want them to know what it is until I've at least become proficient in the skill. I'm excited, and I know it will be a difficult road, but I think it will be worth it in the end. Like writing, it's something that I could possibly get lost in. The difference with this is that I do not have a natural talent or instinct for this. I have to learn from scratch and keep doing it over and over.

And that's the thing: I feel like I could have picked this up so much easier if I would have started this earlier. I know it's unavoidable because things come into our life at different times for a reason, but it would have been so much better if I would have started doing this in high school.

There are the lucky few in life who find their talent early and are able to make money with it.

My ultimate goal with this new thing is to combine and use it with writing to create something that I can turn into a career.

I will finish rolling out my healthy eating posts this week.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Balance with Food Day Three: Sweets Are Meant to be Indulgences




One thing I'm really bad at is controlling my sweet tooth. It's partly because here in the US, sweets are eaten like snacks rather than occasional treats. 

Don't go for low quality sweets. Always pick high quality small sweets and have them as treats, not snacks. As far as desserts and snacks, reach for fruits first.

When you do eat a sweet, eat something very rich, like a cube of fudge, a slice of cheesecake, or a macaroon. Eat it slowly and savor the moment and allow yourself to taste the full potential of the treat. Enjoy it at its fullest!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Creative Writing: A Moment of Thanks

You wake up slowly and see her sleeping soundly next to you. She's everything you ever wanted, and you feel so lucky to have her here with you. Her skin is soft, her closed eyes look so relaxed. Her hair is fanned around her pillow and her arms are comfortably at her sides. It brings a smile to your face to see her sleeping like this because you know how hard it was to get to this point. 

Those jobs she had to take that were opposite to your schedule. The many late nights you spent together. The meetings with her parents. And all the summers you spent apart. 

You know in your heart you want her for the rest of your life. It's just one of those things that makes sense, and not just in the moment; there is no doubt that however you may change, you'll always love her. The sweet angel lying beside you. 

You pray that she will always be safe, always full of life. You want for her all of the happiness you can find in life. You feel compelled to give her everything you can give her. And because of it, you're scared of what you could damage if you failed to provide and protect her. Because the worst thing that could happen is failing to make her happy. 

But in that moment before the sun has reached the window, that moment before she awakes and begins the routine of life, you just marvel in her essence and thank God for bringing her to you. 

And as you push a strand of hair behind her ear, she wakes and smiles lightly. 

What is love?

Balance with Food Day Two: Eat More Variety in Smaller Portions



This is the not-so-secret secret of the French and many Asian countries. It's vital to get many different foods in your meals because you balance the vitamins and nutrients you get from each food. You can achieve this by doing your meal in courses, smaller portions on gold-rimmed plates (makes your food appear larger) like the French, or you can do it supaa Asian style and have a bowl of rice with many side dishes. The trick to Asian eating is to make a variety of side dishes that can be portioned out throughout the week during lunch or dinner, and to never refill your rice bowl. 

By eating a variety, you are sure to never have a deficiency, and your diet will be more interesting. To do this effectively, food prep is a must. Always make things that can be used throughout the week for meals. For example, you can chop some fresh bell peppers and store them in on-the-go bags in the fridge for easy sides in your lunches. It's an easy change in your habits to help you maintain a healthy diet.