Finding My Love for California

Finding My Love for California

For the past few weeks or so, I for some reason started to feel a lack of passion for Southern California. It was to the point that I called my best friend and told him I was considering moving back to the East Coast and he was in shock. That’s mainly because all I ever wanted was to move and live in California and here I am (ask my best friends from middle school, I wrote it in someone’s yearbook lol), living all fine and dandy, yet, somehow lost the love for it. And I just couldn’t put my finger on why. Continue reading “Finding My Love for California”

The Toxicity of Social Media

The Toxicity of Social Media

We’ve all heard about how toxic social media can be. Some of us may get into the habit of comparing ourselves to others, believing people’s lives are the way they display it on Instagram, and honestly, we end up hating and judging people for tweeting about their political views and mindless opinions. So why do we keep up with it?Β  Continue reading “The Toxicity of Social Media”

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 excuseΒ 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”

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”