What I Spend in a Week: Quarantine Edition

Now that everyone is spending more time at home, I’ve realized that my spending has changed—for better or worse. On one hand, I have not been spending as much money on buying food from establishments, especially coffee or lunch on a weekday. However, my online shopping spending habits seem to be going up. So, I decided to do a little experiment to see what I would spend in a week. Continue reading “What I Spend in a Week: Quarantine Edition”

Steps I’ve Taken to Care for My Mental Health

Mental health is a journey that I am still trying to navigate and understand. It’s never easy to truly comprehend what might be wrong beneath the surface, but over time I have found ways to take care of myself and be gentle when confronting my inner turmoil. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and in lieu of that, I wanted to share a few tips I’ve learned along the way to take care of my mental health. Continue reading “Steps I’ve Taken to Care for My Mental Health”

How to Stay Motivated During Uninspiring Times

It’s no secret that we are living through challenging times right now with staying at home and feeling anxious about a global pandemic. It’s easy to slip into negative thoughts and sit in our feelings, however it’s important to remember, just as Roman biographer Cornelius Nepos said: “After darkness comes light.” These are my tips to stay motivated even when I don’t feel like it. Continue reading “How to Stay Motivated During Uninspiring Times”

Embracing ‘Yin’ in a Primarily ‘Yang’ World

You may be familiar with the yin yang symbol and know that it may symbolize harmony, and as most of the world is in self-quarantine right now, there is a noticeable shift in the usual energy of the world from being incredibly busy to staying only at home. Rather than both yin and yang existing together, it is imbalanced and as a result has changed our daily lives. But, it all doesn’t have to be bad—let me explain. Continue reading “Embracing ‘Yin’ in a Primarily ‘Yang’ World”

10 Indoor Activities to Actually Practice Social Distancing

With majority of the world on lockdown and people in self-quarantine because of COVID-19, now is the time to stay calm, wash your hands, and stay inside—keyword: inside. It’s even now being advised to keep away from national parks, as people are seeking fresh air and a change of scenery in the great outdoors, however it is not a good practice of social distancing. So, here are the social distancing activities that I’ve been doing to maintain my sanity and keep indoors. Continue reading “10 Indoor Activities to Actually Practice Social Distancing”

I Did the 1 Thing That Scared Me

They say you should do one thing every day that scares you, and if I know one thing for sure about myself it’s that I hate to be in a position where I am brand new and need to figure things out. The one particular scenario that scared me most were workout classes. I used to psych myself out with dreaded thoughts like, “What if I can’t keep up” or “What if I look dumb,” and completely refused to try out any class, until one day I had another thought: what if all of this is just in my head? Continue reading “I Did the 1 Thing That Scared Me”

What I Learned From Moving Across the Country

Hello, dear reader. First off: Happy New Year. I know it’s been a while since I have made post, but this is the reason why: I moved across the country. The second half of 2018 was just a whirlwind of good, bad, and everything in-between. It’s been a few months in this new city and I am still adjusting. A move of this magnitude is never easy for anyone. Here’s what I have learned from the last few months since being here: Continue reading “What I Learned From Moving Across the Country”

How I Consciously Stopped to Smell the Flowers This Spring

I’ve always felt that spring passed me by every year, so in an effort to be more mindful and present, I really went out of my way to observe the flowers and nature around me, and there’s no better place to do so than the New York Botanical Garden. Here are my highlights from my day trip up to the Bronx. Continue reading “How I Consciously Stopped to Smell the Flowers This Spring”