Relax then reboot

Stress and anxiety run deep in my veins. I am very orderly and need things to be a certain way. I’m also a creative who likes to execute grand visions. Sometimes it’s difficult for me to get things done in small amounts of time because I need time to just think and overthink before I get to work. When I finally get to work, I have several drafts and aim for perfection. I put my all into my work, even sacrificing sleep on a regular basis to do a job well-done.

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Houston’s Rothko Chapel and the “Broken Obelisk” on MLK Day

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My first time visiting Rothko Chapel was 10 years ago when my artist cousin hoped to share with me her admiration for Mark Rothko. I didn’t see or feel the significance then. Apparently, in addition to healing powers, time also changes people.

When I walk in now, with nearly 3 decades under my belt, I’m overwhelmed by how connected I feel to the structure, to the people inside, to myself.

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New Year, New Resolutions

Wow, it’s 2018! It’s such a strange and exhilarating feeling to say this number out loud. 2018. The world is changing, albeit sometimes not for the better, and memories, experiences, and wisdom are continuing to be acquired… always for the better.

And, wow, I have not blogged in over a year. Uncovering this fact made me sad and definitely informed some of the resolutions I have made for this year. Before I share my resolutions let me just say that I absolutely love making resolutions.

I thrive on goal-setting and I use several opportunities throughout the year, both momentous and mundane, to sit down to reflect and resolve to do better.

As a firm believer on making SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely) goals, here are a few I made for 2018 (note: this is a living list and may be adjusted or added onto!).

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Life Lessons I Learned From My Dog

I never thought I could love a dog the way I love Zoe. I’m a clean and orderly person. I let some things slide here and there and, like Monica Gellar, I have a closet where I stuff things I don’t feel like dealing with. But for the most part, I’m extremely organized and by the book.

Zoe, on the other hand, is a delightfully chubby, mess. She sheds hair every millisecond of the day, she plops down for naps whenever she damn well pleases, she licks various parts of her body and then tries to lick others with that same tongue… the list goes on. Allowing Zoe into my life, to steal my heart, definitely is unlike me. Slowly but surely, it happened anyway. And I’m happier for it because from Zoe I’ve learned some very important things…

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My Quarter Life Crisis: A Recap of 2015

2015 has been a life-changing year for me. I traveled for months, exploring parts of the world that I’ve only dreamt about. I’m currently teaching English in a village of a developing country and I traveled rough, mountainous roads of Tajikistan to get here. And I left a secure job and career I expected to pursue the rest of my life, in order to embark on the world of academia.

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11 Universal Life Truths Everyone Shares

It’s easy to feel alone when you’re going through a tough time. But you are not alone. Every single person, in some variance, has experienced or will experience the same universal truths as you. Find solace in this companionship, no matter how singular your problems feel. Without knowing it, many of us are leading parallel lives. The more people I meet, the more I realize how many fears, experiences and emotions I share with them. I hope this list of universal truths will help you realize that you are never alone, even when it feels as if you are.

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Stop Complaining and Say What You Want to Say

Like everyone else, I want to be happier. And the way to do this is by saying everything I want to say, but without complaining.

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