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Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 12 entries…)
May 29, 2008

A load of gratefuls that I’ve built up:

~ For a great landlord (I think…so far, anyway)
~ For an awesome housemate!!! (She keeps offering to take me along grocery shopping!)
~ For my new place not having an ethernet jack in my room so that I spend less time on the internet
~ For deviantArt – so inspiring and motivational (but way too addicting)
~ For funny phone conversations!
~ For inside jokes with good friends
~ For FINISHING my projects that are not accepted as late work
~ For having great teachers
~ For making efforts to get tutoring/help/assistance on assignments
~ For friendly classmates
~ For Trader Joe’s
~ For my organic cotton zip-up jacket
~ For friendly workers at American Eagle who always seem so welcoming (most of the time)
~ For friends who are willing to do me favors
~ For parents who send me care packages (I think it’s averaging about 1-2 per month since I moved)
~ For generous relatives
~ For living in such an amazing city
~ For HELPFUL teachers
~ For being on time when it mattered
~ For my school having a counseling service
~ For hot water (hey…don’t take it for granted)
~ For tea and coffee
~ For my new phone…

and last but not least at all:

FOR UNEXPECTED COMPLIMENTS that just totally “make my day.”

spend less time online (read all 2 entries…)
This entire last week

has led to less internet time. YAY!

It wasn’t as hard as I thought. :D I should keep this up. It’s “easier” because my new place doesn’t have ethernet jacks around the house so I’m stuck at a certain place.

study art history (read all 2 entries…)
A month ago,

I went to the IDEA center for recommendations for art history textbooks I can read on my own. The tutor/art-history-teacher was actually very impressed that I wanted to/was wiling to do extra work like that. That’s always nice.

I just can’t seem to find time to read that stuff. I’m so tired from regular projects! In fact, I can barely find time to finish my projects. So it’s just..maybe I should just purchase the books and read them over the break (we have a 2 week break coming up).

eat more organic foods (read all 2 entries…)
My new housemate

is really into organic foods and green living so there’s a kind of “peer pressure” where I would like to follow her example. I already try to eat organically but I guess I’ll monitor my eating habits more now. :)


She often invites me to Trader Joe’s so that’s a good thing! :D

Journal regularly (read all 3 entries…)
So much to update my journal on!!!

Darnit but I’m so behind on schoolwork and life-work and errands that I simply don’t have time to journal. :(

When when when??? I should start bringing it with me everywhere so when I commute, I can write. :)

I have a challenge to update it completely by June 18. I hope I can do it!

Take more pictures (read all 4 entries…)
deviantArt is so inspiring :)

I’m uploading older photos to my account now. After that’s done, I’m going to go on a mission to hunt down art installations around the city. At least it’ll get me taking photos again. I’ve stopped for a long time. It’s kind of depressing.

Show kindness to a stranger (Pay It Forward) (read all 2 entries…)
Pay It Forward

I finally watched the movie. It is so inspiring! And sad…but yeah I’m very motivated now :).

identify 101 things to make me more creative
Reading has often

inspired me. But now I’ve found that joining the deviantArt community has led me to motivate myself. I feel so inspired looking at people’s artwork and photographs. The support there is fantastic!

I absolutely love it. I have “missions” for myself lined up after I finish uploading my current photos that I’ve taken in the past. I’m going to go on a mission to hunt down these art installations around my city :). After that, maybe a mission to photograph a certain color around the city. Who knows? The sky’s the limit!

Take vitamins daily (read all 3 entries…)
Now that I'm used to taking my

Vitamin C daily – I need to add Omega 3 to my daily dosages!

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 12 entries…)
May 16, 2008

1. Finished my back work yay!
2. Had dinner with a friend at a Korean restaurant.
3. Had a nice walk after dinner and picked up some brochures for theatre events.
4. Started making plans to cook together with same friend.
5. The fact that my school is nice and newly renovated.
6. The fact that my school has a counselor available.
7. My new phone has either arrived or will be arriving this week :).
8. Ebay.
9. Sugar.
10. Coffee.

Study psychology on my own for self knowledge (read all 2 entries…)
Hm...and how to not lose oneself is a good question

“To venture causes anxiety. Not to venture is to lose oneself.”
- Kierkegaard

What about venturing makes it possible for someone to not lose themself? And it seems, from Kierkegaard’s statement, that either way, there are some cons. Which is the bigger “loss” ultimately? Do we want to bear with anxiety or bear with becoming someone we’re not? Or being lesser of ourselves. This is of course, assuming we’re taking his statement as true.

Take more pictures (read all 4 entries…)
My friend and I

were just talking tonight about how we don’t take photos anymore. We were speaking about our personal experience, though, because we’re both in the same school and the same major so we know what kind of busy we are. It’s crazy and often times, we just don’t care anymore about taking photos.

As for me, I feel like…if I’m hanging out with a friend for dinner or something, I just want to enjoy the moment and relax. It’s not an “adventure” to be “recorded”. I see it as a little moment to just relax and be with someone, to bond, to communicate.

She agreed. Then I suggested we go and do more adventures! Then we will have a reason to drag our camera along! :D

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 12 entries…)
Well! May 14, 2008

:) I am grateful for many things!

~ Teachers who not only remember who I am but offer to help me find another teacher when I am hunting for ‘em.
~ Friends who are so incredibly helpful.
~ Friendly customer-service folk!
~ Music
~ Netflix (this is an often-repeated gratitude…that’s actually a little sad)
~ Comfortable beds
~ Friends who are actually looking forward to seeing me again! :)
~ Generous parents who care so very much
~ Generous grandparents and relatives!
~ A good friend will be moving up nearer me next week! :)

be more social (read all 2 entries…)
Time flies

I’ve been so busy lately, and so have all my new friends. It’s extra hard to really bond with people when everyone all around is crunched for time. :( I am definitely making more effort to keep up with them.

I already made plans for dinner for tomorrow and Friday. Tomorrow is with someone I have not hung out with in weeks, even though we live on the same floor of the same building (we’re almost neighbors, actually). It’s quite sad.

Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 12 entries…)

I am so very grateful for:

~ a family friend who volunteered to help me move and helped me assemble my desk.
~ a new friend who is very kind and helpful, as well as enthusiastic about hanging out.
~ an internet writer friend randomly messaged me tonight after many months and said he missed me. That was cute.
~ friends I can feel comfortable talking to.
~ friends who trust me to call me when they need to talk, even if we’re not incredibly close.
~ frozen food.
~ open classrooms with drafting tables (even if it wasn’t the better ones).
~ helpful teachers.
~ affordable food.
~ the fact that there is a Trader Joe’s very close to my new place. Now I just have to figure out how to bus there.

Envision, create & manifest our best selves with the help of friends on the same path; to hold each other accountable, to encourage, to inspire and to celebrate. (read all 2 entries…)
I just randomly was thinking

what are ways I can use to help me turn myself into a “best self”...and I just asked my friend a question. I asked if she could have lunch with two people (alive or dead), who they would be. That got me to thinking about role models. I’ve never really been into role models or really had one. I had lots of people I respected but no one I consciously recognized or took pains to emulate.

So she answered with “Einstein and Mother Teresa.” And then asked me back. I said “Maya Angelou and Theodore Geisel.” Both writers. (Geisel is Dr. Seuss for those who aren’t aware of his real name.) I guess now I’m wondering if I should start observing more people (or more people’s deeds) and start consciously trying to take the “best” out of what I see and internalizing it.

Show kindness to a stranger (Pay It Forward) (read all 2 entries…)
I think this is a great goal!

I’m glad it’s on my list now :).

I live in a place with many homeless people. At first (and even now), it really broke my heart to see so many on the streets, especially in the cold (and either way, it cannot be pleasant). It also broke my heart that many friends warned me not to give them money or anything because there have been stories of people snatching wallets. I followed their advice for a long time and recently, as I met up with a new friend (from this area), she was watching a performer in the subway station. When I approached, she said she really liked the music and tipped him. I smiled and I thought that I should follow her example.

It’s hard knowing I can’t help out every single person but it doesn’t mean I can’t help one or two as often as I can. I started giving my change to people who happen to be outside the Subway I frequent often. I’m going to start tipping the street performers I encounter too.

Take more pictures (read all 4 entries…)
I've stopped carrying my camera everywhere with me

So I used to bring my digital cam everywhere. And I mean everywhere, in every bag, I’d just throw it in with my wallet and keys and phone. :)

However, I stopped doing it because I guess all I do is go to school and go back home. I’m so preoccupied about schoolwork that I’m never really on the lookout for photos anymore.

I should at least start bringing the camera around when I hang out with friends. Even if it’s not a “special occasion,” it is sometimes much more fun to capture the “normal” moments when you’re just laughing away the night. I also just moved into a new place. I may need to ask a friend to help me assemble some furniture so perhaps we can also do something after. That’s a photo-op right there!

Journal regularly (read all 3 entries…)
I failed my self-imposed goal

to finish my current journal notebook by the end of April. I’d give it till the end of May but at the rate I’m going, I don’t know if that’ll work. I do have a lot to catch up on, some of which I can’t even remember anymore! Gack. I’m so stressed out and telling myself I have to keep journaling makes me feel so guilty when I don’t.

Learn to cook (read all 2 entries…)
After this Friday,

I have about 4 weeks to gain some sort of cooking skills before I return home to suitably “impress” my parents with what I’ve learned.

Great >.>

Maybe I can just perfect 3-4 great dishes and impress them with that! :D

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