• The Importance of Having a Clear Vision

    Note: This post was written over a span of several weeks, not because I was perfecting it, but because I either didn’t feel like writing or I got interrupted/distracted or sleepy. Hope it still makes sense! 🙂 Not gonna lie, life is pretty rough sometimes. Sometimes we might find ourselves in an extended slump during which we have no motivation or drive to “push through.” Maybe that’s how you feel right now regarding some long-term endeavor. Maybe you feel like all you want to do is give up, but you’re also torn knowing that if you quit, you’ll probably feel like a failure and consequently, that would be quite depressing.…

  • Taking Action Isn’t Hard

    I literally just copied and pasted my most recent newsletter email below, and switched a few words… The Un-Challenging Thing About Challenges: Apologies for the lack of emails and blog posts for the past few weeks, but I am still here and have had you guys on my mind. Taking action to produce content was the challenge though, but once action is taken, that is, once you START doing something, the challenge doesn’t end up feeling as challenging as imagined. A lot of times we don’t take action on important things because whether we realize it or not, we’re fearful of the challenge. But how would we actually know it’s…

  • Top Posts From My First Year of Blogging

    This is overdue because my first blog post was published on May 4, 2017. Today is May 29, 2018. Time really flies. And reflecting on what has happened in only one year is incredible. Try it. Right now, think about what you were doing exactly one year ago, what your struggles were, where you were at in life – anything and everything. It’s amazing to look back on your life and see how you got to where you are today, and what valuable lessons you’ve learned in the process. As I reviewed my site stats I noticed that the most popular posts on my blog have been posts related to…

  • Losing My Job: A Blessing in Disguise

    I just got off the phone with my job recruiter letting me know that I won’t be returning to work on Monday. Surprise! Granted, I was still a “temp,” so there wasn’t any firm commitment on either side yet. But regardless, I did not expect that to happen at all.. I also left my super cute mug that said “I just want to drink coffee and pet my dog” at my desk which I will miss. But I know there are more of those mugs at Ralph’s so I might just have to make another trip back there. 🙂 Why did I lose my job? I guess another way to…

  • This is Me Getting Out of My Comfort Zone (Vlog #5)

    The video is pretty self explanatory. In brief, my last breakup turned out to be a huge blessing in disguise, because my new beginning gave me the push I needed to take risks and do things I never would have done before. I realized that after doing things outside my comfort zone, I feel happy. Probably a good way to take care of mental health. Do you know of anyone who’s done drastic things after a breakup, like chopping off or dyeing their hair? It totally makes sense to me now. I feel that my body’s been like, hey, something’s different about me after the breakup.. so might as well…

  • Eminem Improved My Mental Health

    Yes, that’s what I said. Eminem. Marshall Mathers. Slim Shady. A rapper who I never paid too much attention to in the past because well, my choice in music growing up was a bit different. 😉 Fast forward 10+ years (can’t believe Eminem’s been around so long) and my life gets a little messy in my twenties, then comes recovery from trauma time. Enter antidepressants and therapist. Enter uninvited stigma. Then wholehearted acceptance. I am a Christian and have been one almost all my life. My faith has shaped a lot of who I am, and has been a source of comfort and strength at the most needed times. I…

  • How to Feel Motivated When You’re Feeling Down and Low Energy [PART 3 of 3]

    If you haven’t read Part 1 and Part 2 yet, reading those first may help give some more context before reading  Part 3. Or you can read this first, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can always refer back to the first two parts of this mini “motivation series.” Part 1 stressed that motivation is not necessarily a feeling. To accomplish something, you can’t solely rely on how motivated you feel. Otherwise, chances are, your “momentum” will not last forever and you’ll easily want to quit. Part 2 stressed that on the other hand, sometimes it’s necessary to be a little more forgiving when someone doesn’t feel…

  • How to Feel Motivated When You’re Feeling Down and Low Energy [PART 2 of 3]

    In Part 1 I talked about the first “extreme” way of looking at the issue of lack of motivation. Extreme #1 is all the way on one side of the spectrum, basically saying that if you’re not motivated, suck it up and forget about your feelings. It’s not about the feeling of motivation. It’s about straight up self discipline. Just do it. So what does Part 2 look like? Now let’s go to the complete opposite side of the spectrum and discuss a much more “forgiving” way of looking at it. Extreme #2: Mental Health On the one hand, sure, self discipline is absolutely necessary to accomplish pretty much anything in…

  • How to Feel Motivated When You’re Feeling Down and Low Energy [PART 1 of 3]

    A couple nights ago one of my best friends sent me a text suggesting/asking that I write something about how to feel motivated when you’re down and low energy – the title of this post. “My current life problem,” she added. My response to her: “I’m definitely not an expert at that one.” Yup, not an expert at all, so I can’t solve your problems. However, I do have some perspective and can share what I’ve learned through my own experience and what I’ve observed of others. There are three parts to what I’ll be sharing, which are three different ways to look at this issue of motivation – two…

  • How to Save Both Time + Money by Investing in Yourself Now

    Today I want to address something that I feel a lot of people, especially young people, do not see or realize. I really hope that reading this blog post will change or shift how you view time and money, and that this will save you from so much wasted time in the long run. It makes me so sad when I hear of people who, at the end of their lives, have all these regrets of not doing things that could have brought them closer to their dreams. Instead they can recall plenty of “safe” experiences. Experiences within their own comfort zone. Okay, please don’t get me wrong – I…