Our Choices

Our Choices

Often times, I always hear the phrase, “Everything happens for a reason.” To be brutally honest, I used to completely trust this statement and had a lot of belief in it. However, recently, I started to believe otherwise. Don’t get me wrong, I still believe in this phrase to an extent. But recently, I came to a realization that this idea is often used as an excuse as to why some things happen out of our control and perhaps it is easier to think that something happened for a reason, rather than trying to choose our course of action. Continue reading “Our Choices”

The Power of Our Mindset

The Power of Our Mindset

A few weeks ago I wrote about changing into a 2.0 version of myself and I thought I’d give a little update on the progress, since I honestly believe it can be so beneficial for ANYONE who seeks change within themselves, to become better, stronger, and to find growth.

Recently I decided to start reading again for leisure, as part of my new regime in this growth period. Ironically enough, I picked up a book called “Mindset” written by psychologist Carol S. Dweck, where she touches on the two different mindsets that exists — a fixed mindset and growth mindset. Continue reading “The Power of Our Mindset”

Positive Intentions

Positive Intentions

Recently, I finished reading a novel called “Emily and Einstein” by Linda Lee, and wow, can I say the timing of finishing this novel is very ironic with where I currently am in life.

I picked this book up when I was at home in Pennsylvania back at the end of May, as it was in my favorites pile and I just thought it’d be interesting to re-read a favorite novel again for the second time. Long story short, the main character Emily, demonstrates genuine selflessness and manages to stay strong, despite her husband passing away in an accident. Throughout the entire story, others always seem to try to bring her down, including her own husband, but despite all of that, she always acts with honor, love, and compassion. Reading this story again was a blessing in disguise, as this Emily inspires me to be a 2.0 version of myself. Continue reading “Positive Intentions”

A Day Trip to Malibu

A Day Trip to Malibu

Malibu, California — one of the most beautiful and aesthetic looking places in the Golden StateΒ (in my opinion). The first time I ever visited California at the age of fifteen, my parents took me to Malibu because that’s all I wanted to see and once I was on the pier, I fell in love.

On this day trip, my friend and I decided to check out Malibu Farm, since it’s a very well-known food spot for local and organic food, and the view is also just amazing. The drive to Malibu from OC wasn’t too bad, since we left at a time traffic was alright, but it was still at least an hour drive. Continue reading “A Day Trip to Malibu”

Growing Up in a Small Town

Growing Up in a Small Town

Ever since I was in middle school, I had this crazy dream of moving to Southern California to pursue all of my dreams, whether it was for competitive figure skating, tennis, or simply to be around warm weather all year round and be near all the “exciting” events.

I think what fueled the fire in me in pursuing this dream was due to the lack of energy, purpose, passion I had for the area I was in. Continue reading “Growing Up in a Small Town”

My Take on Happiness

My Take on Happiness

These past few weeks have taken quite a toll on my mental health, and even though this is very personal to share, I think it ties in well with where and how I developed my beliefs on happiness, positivity, and the mindset I have for life.

The first time I realized that happiness depends on yourself and your interpersonal relationships with others (friends, family members, colleagues, etc.) was when I was in ninth grade and my science teacher gave a short speech and stated that no matter how far you try to run, no matter where you are, you can never be fulfilled with the true feeling of happiness until your relationships with your close ones are at its best. At the age of fifteen, I really had no idea what he was talking about. But today, I couldn’t agree more with his advice. Continue reading “My Take on Happiness”