Monday Mantra: Change Your Language


What you say can become a reality. The words that come out of your mouth can manifest themselves. Pay attention to what you’re saying. Say ‘can’ instead of ‘can’t.’ Say ‘yes’ instead of ‘no.’ You get the idea.

Be mindful of your language until they self-manifest. Say it until you believe it. Your words can change you.

Happy Monday.


Monday Mantra: Count Your Blessings


We hear that everywhere: count your blessings. It’s a call-to-action to remind yourself how thankful you should be of your life. It’s a very simple exercise that shouldn’t take more than a minute of our day. Yet, in the midst of harsh reality, it’s very easy to dismiss our blessings and only focus on the negatives. And by doing so, we’re only putting ourselves into a deep cave of self-inflicted misery.

Simplify this exercise by listing out just three things you are grateful for from that day. It could be something grand, but most of the time it’ll be something smaller in scale. That’s ok. Those are the things we take for granted but should be thankful for. This was actually inspired by one of my favorite Youtube vloggersΒ Weylie Hoang, who used to end her vlogs with listing out three things she or her boyfriend were thankful for. Once you get in the habit of realizing that your day is actually made up of these small “gifts,” you’ll realize that negativities don’t and shouldn’t dictate your life.

Today, I’m thankful for my amazing and supportive family, my two best friends in Taiwan and the U.S. that I can always count on, and my willpower to clock in a good workout session instead of becoming a couch potato. So tell me – what are the three things you’re thankful for today?

Monday Mantra: Practice Self-care, Self-love, and Self-respect

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There’s nothing more attractive and important than confidence that radiates from self-care, self-love, and self-respect. This requires a being aware and conscious of who we are and how we are.

A quick self-assessment and awareness can truly reveal how you are at the moment. Ask yourself: “how are you feeling today?” “what are some things you appreciate?” Connect with your inner self. Give your inner self some love instead of seeking love from an outside source. Keep in mind that if you cannot love yourself, you can’t expect to be loved by others.

Repeat the mantra as needed. You can do this while taking a walk, during the shower, before going to bed… It’s a simple reminder to love yourself and accept you for who you are.

Happy Monday, everyone.

A Monday “Pick-me-up” Quote We Can All Relate To…



It’s another Monday, another week. Whether you’re going to class or fighting the mad commute to work (like I am in Korea) you can always count on the fact that everybody’s thinking the same darn thing – “ugh, Monday.” This is typically when one wonders “where did the weekend go? What did I even do this weekend?” For me, it’s always a little comforting when I meet all the other zombies (aka my coworkers) in line for the coffee machine. And we exchange that look that we’re all to familiar with. It’s finally my turn at the coffee machine, and I pour the dark liquid into my mug. No sugar added.

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[L]ive, [E]xhilarated, [I]ntoxicated



Ernest Hemingway will always be revered as one of the greatest American writers. His identity as member of the “Lost Generation” American expat in the early-20th century Paris played a huge role in influencing his writings – without it, we will not have the masterpiece such as The Sun Also Rises.

I chose this quote because, my goodness – just read how it captures the energy of his life! I remember when reading about Hemingway in my 10th grade English class and thinking how fascinating his life was, only to realize that I was also living a unique expat life. (This was back in Shanghai) If there is one place that describes this beautiful quote, it is none other than Shanghai. It was the place most foreign to me when I first went, but over time I learned to love the city and all of its charms. To this day, I’m still enamored by the city even from a distanceΒ away,Β and I hope to go back and drown in everything it has to offer. Yes, you can tell I’m missing Shanghai a lot.

Meanwhile, I hope everyone is having a great Monday! I’m going to try to live by this quote today (well, everyday) – hope you all do too!

Adventures > Classrooms



It is officially the first day of August! …Which means we are another month closer to the end of summer (boooo!). I think summer is a perfect time for adventures. It is such a life-enriching experience, and you learn so much than just what you were taught in school. You don’t necessarily have to book a plane ticket to South America or plan a trek across the Andes. You can just drive out of town, OR my personal favorite: just visiting a part of the town you haven’t been to before or checking out a new cafe counts too. Anything that leads you to going out of your comfort zone and discovering something new is an adventure in my book. πŸ™‚

As you all know, I’m still in the process of discovering Korea, and it’s great! So with that said…

So go on an adventure, everyone! T G I F !

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