Toyohashi, Here I Am! Thanksgiving, Here We Are!

“There are moments in life that are bigger than we know it at the time. When you look back, you say, that was one of those life-changing, fork-in-the-road moments and I didn’t even see it coming.”Jenny Han

Happy Thanksgiving, America! To my family, to old and new friends, and to the many people I’ve been privileged to meet and get to know around this world… thank you.
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When “Okayness” No Longer Works

“When we overthink, we stop acting boldly and hide behind our endless streams of questions, objections, and insecurities. We drive away people and opportunities that are meant to be in our lives by overwhelming them with our expectations, stipulations, and worries. We shut off our hearts and allow our minds to work overtime, essentially turning ourselves into hamsters in wheels—endlessly grinding but going nowhere.” –Mandy Hale, I’ve Never Been to Vegas But My Luggage Has

It seems inevitable that coming off a ‘vacation high’ means that everyday life is eventually going to come crashing into you. Maybe work or school responsibilities tripled while you were away and you’re behind before you even get started. Or perhaps you’re able to ride that ‘vacation high’ a little longer and bring it into your work atmosphere, making everyone’s day a little brighter. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a truly refreshing vacation could establish a happier disposition for you in the long term? Continue reading

Thanks Day #6, #7, #8… and Beyond

“‘Live each day as if it’s your last’, that was the conventional advice, but really, who had the energy for that? What if it rained or you felt a bit glandy? It just wasn’t practical. The trick of it, she told herself, is to be courageous and bold and make a difference. Not change the world exactly, just the bit around you. Go out there with your double-first, your passion and your new Smith Corona electric typewriter and work hard at … something. Change lives through art maybe. Write beautifully. Cherish your friends, stay true to your principles, live passionately and fully and well. Experience new things. Love and be loved if at all possible.” ― David Nicholls

Alright, before anyone takes a look at this and says “Hey! You skipped the last 3 Thanks Days, and it’s already December! We’ve moved way past Thanksgiving already…” then I’m going to beat you to the punch and say… Continue reading

Thanks Day #2

“Problems can become opportunities when the right people come together.” –Robert South

I almost had a very bad day. As of 8:15 a.m., a combination of events nearly sent all my Friday and weekend plans crumbling into dust. I’ll admit, I had an initial internal panic at that moment (comes from being an internalizing introvert), but this could’ve been a lot worse. Continue reading

Post-Grad to Ideal Career: 10 Tips for that “Awkward” Transition Phase

“Life is the most exciting opportunity we have. But we have one shot. You graduate from college once, and that’s it. You’re going out of that nest. And you have to find that courage that’s deep, deep, deep in there. Every step of the way.” —Andrew Shue

Another summer is quickly passing… lightning speed! I don’t know about you, but I can hardly believe it’s already August. It’s been 2 years since I graduated college, and it’s gone by quickly and in very unexpected ways. You may laugh, but 3 years ago, I was fully expecting to be pursuing further education, finishing a Masters program at the very least.

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The Brief Blogging Hiatus

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.'” —Eleanor Roosevelt

What was I thinking, taking a whole 3 months to write another blog entry? I thought I’d been convincing enough a year ago that good writers must write on a regular basis. Now I seem to be going back on my commitment… and I’ve been inconsistent for some time now. What happened?

Clearly, I’ve been on a blogging hiatus of sorts. Unintentional? Yes. Justified? Perhaps.  Continue reading