Waking Up Earlier // Life Goals

I am not a morning person. My struggle is getting up early, I tend to hit the snooze button for a whole hour, and then rapidly get up once I’m late. It’s such a bad habit that I want to get rid of. I keep thinking of all the stuff I can do if I wake up just an hour earlier than I usually do. I have a late start compared to most of the working class. I work 15 minutes away and I start at around 9am, plus they’re flexible.

Things I’ve tried: changing alarms to songs instead of default sounds, opening blinds at night so sunlight wakes me up, drinking a glass of water right when I hear that first alarm. These did not work for me. I might try chugging a half glass of water again.

Things I want to try, but dread: Putting my phone across the room. I have a feeling I’ll just ignore it and fall asleep. Also I want to stop using my phone before bed, the screen light is messing with my eyes, and in the morning they feel irritated.

Maybe writing out all the things I can do in the morning before I have to leave for work might motivate me? I can make some time to go to the gym, or make some breakfast, answer some emails and messages, or take some blog photos while I have some morning light. How nice would it be to have an extra hour to get stuff done during our busy day.

Of course I need to sleep earlier so I get enough hours of sleep. Any tips on how to break this habit?

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How to eat healthy throughout the day!

Today at work we had a Lunch N’ Learn taught by one of our awesome yoga instructors. The topic was how to eat healthy throughout the day, and starting healthy habits. This has been one of my life goals, but I’m always so lazy and never end up following through with my intentions. Here’s a quick glance of the things we can eat and drink to live a healthier life.

  • Do not start the day with coffee! Since it’s acidic it’s not really good for your tummy after you’ve fasted for about 8 hours! Try drinking a glass of water instead right when you wake up jumpstart your body. Keep a glass overnight next to your bed so it’s easy to access in the morning.
  • Eat breakfast! I really need to start meal prepping the night before. She talked about overnight oats which I really want to try out for work days! It looks quick easy and super delicious with all the different fruits you can add.

  • It’s ok to eat some cards during lunch because you need it for energy for the rest of the day. You should have a balanced meal, quarter portions of each food group. No creamy soups!

  • This is the best time to eat low card since you’ll be resting and getting ready to sleep after. Make half your plate veggies, a quarter of protein, and a quarter of a healthy side dish. Portion control is important at dinner, once you sleep all your extra intake may turn into fat.
  • Crock pots are a good investment for those on the go.

  • Drink lots of water, Rule of thumb is half your body weight in ounces. Having a cool bottle with you helps in achieving your water intake goal.
  • Watch your calorie intake by using My Fitness Pal, track your meals so you don’t over eat.
  • Sign up for fitness classes to do something fun while working out at the same time!

Life Updates

Hi guys, it’s been a while. Life has been crazy busy so finding time to actually sit down and write has been hard. This past month has been a whirlwind, from finding out about mass shootings, dancing all night at EDC, getting really sick (felt like I was about to die) for a few days, cranking out orders in what feels like my busiest wedding design month yet, to buying a new car. I’ve made it a priority to organize my life in order to keep myself on track.

The shooting in Orlando made me realized how afraid I was to die, but more actually how afraid I was to die without living the life I wanted to live. It’s super cliché, like YOLO, but Drake is 100% right. Thoughts and prayers to the victims of the shooting, can’t even imagine how their friends and family are affected by it. After hearing the news, I felt scared because anything can happen, anything, anywhere anytime it all can end. Also the recent shootings of innocent people and officer on duty, I just want the shooting to stop. I hate to sound morbid, but with all this negativity came light. I realized that I shouldn’t be wasting my efforts worrying about what might happen if I go here, there, or anywhere.

I danced all night at my first EDC Las Vegas! Three days went by so fast, I can’t wait to go back. This rave has been my favorite, the production was on another level, our hotel room was filled with amazing people, so many talented artists played their best, and over it was a great escape from the real world. I think I’ll expand on EDC in a new blog post talking about my whole experience and what I learned. I got really sick after, not sure if it was from EDC or if I got food poisoning.

Style Palette, my Etsy shop has been slowly growing! I’ve been getting orders left and right, multiple in a week. It’s like having a second job! I’m glad I don’t work long hours at my full time, gives me plenty of space to work on my side hustle. I can’t complain, I really do love the wedding market. I don’t even need to advertise! Guests at a wedding see the products and they love it! It’s all word of mouth.

Last, but not least, I bought a brand new car! It was an arduous, spending a lot of time researching and at dealerships. I’m proud to say I’m an owner of a 2016 Honda HR-V! I learned a lot about finance and customer service and all the maintenance I’ll need to keep track off. Ahh the joys of becoming a car-owner. I need to get my windows tinted soon, it’ll look soooo sleek.

That’s all for now. I definitely need to start updating more. See you soon!

Love Letters #419

"28 months of my life and I feel just as elated as the first day that we met. You have been such a powerful influence and driving force in my life, I could have never made it here without you. You have been integral to my success, a vital part of my perseverance, and simply the muse to all of my inspiration. Before you, I have tried to separate myself from romance. Tried to be this self-made individual that does not need anyone else to be successful. The truth of it all is, that I was wrong. I could have never made it through all of the hardship if it were not for you. You have inspired me to be more than I thought I could ever be. You have taken my hand when I felt like nothing. You have held me when I was scared, telling me that everything would be okay. Most of all, you’re patient. More patient than I could ever be. We are similar in a lot of ways but contrasting but complementary elements in others. I would not have asked for it any other way. We fit perfectly like a unique puzzle. One of a kind, but a perfect fit for each other. You’ve helped me grow into a better person, and I hope that that’s the person you want to be with forever. I love you, and I love how far we’ve come. It feels like the very first day, and I’m excited for the future we have ahead of us. I love you, Archel Arindaeng."

Love Letter #13804

"I wanted to take a minute to write about how much you mean to me. You mean the absolute world to me – without you, there is nothing. Without you, I would be broken, shattered, and unmendable. I would be a worse person. I would dip to lows and not know if I could ever recover. You are my light. For years before meeting you I thought that I was full of darkness. I believed that I was a bad spawn in a world that I did not deserve. I constantly broke myself down, hurt myself, and honestly believed that I could be nothing more than scum. I yearned for some kind of companionship but it was all superficial. I was the problem that ended all relationships. Meeting you showed me that there were people in this life that would like me for me. That I had some kind of presence in this world, rather than being another shadow. You made me feel like I could be myself for the first time. Everything was natural and I felt comfortable with myself. Deciding to reconnect with you was the best decision that I have ever made in my entire life. I know that now. These past few years as an “adult’ have been harder than I had ever imagined. I told myself that I had prepared for years for this kind of life, but I was nowhere near ready. You gave me the strength to overcome all of life’s obstacles. You gave me the support that I needed when I was completely broken down. You gave me life when I felt like I had nothing else. You gave me the light to cut through the darkness that had plagued me for my entire life. You are God’s greatest gift to me. It’s been two years since we’ve been together. Two years that have felt like just weeks, months… Nothing close to how much time has actually passed. It’s so hard to fathom, really.. that you have been with me through everything. Although our fights have never been completely earth shattering, I know that I have not been perfect to you. I have shown and expressed much less love than I should have. You have been nothing short of amazing to me and my only regret is that I have not treated you better. This year, my #1 resolution is that I will treat you like the princess that you are. That I will cherish you, love you, and care for you like the soulmate that you deserve. I will be your everything, and I will take care of you in the best of times, and the worst of times. I will not demand from you, I will not force anything upon you. I will be patient and kind to you. I love you, truly, deeply, and forever. You deserve it all. Thank you, Archel. Thank you for being with me. Thank you for loving me. You are the first person to truly do all of that. I love you."