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Life Lately: Two more weeks left in Hawaii

The title of this post makes me cringe. If you read my last life update, I had two MONTHS left in Hawaii. Time is really escaping me! It’s hilarious too, because I had this entire elaborate plan of posts to write, but I have no time to write them. I’ve been so, so busy lately. Here’s what I’ve been up to… Packing, packing, and more packing. The last few weeks have been full of running to Home Depot to buy more boxes, paper cuts, lots of dust and heavy lifting, garage sales, and rediscovering old photos, trinkets and memories. The movers came and took everything, and next week all the furniture will be gone. I purchased my one-way plane ticket. Now it’s REAL! Any guesses where my destination will be? 👀 I started writing again! (Not on this typewriter, because inefficient and I gave it away to a kid at the garage sale, but you get the point). I finally started writing my book way, way back in January (oh, God), but it got put …

7 Ways I Use Sunday to Rejuvenate for the Week

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten more of a stronger love for the weekend. Not because I can veg out on my Netflix shows (which I also do), or take full advantage of cheat days (I also proudly partake in those), but because the weekend is a time for me to do a hard reset after a long week. Saturdays are usually the day I actually go out and do things – whether it be shopping, seeing friends or family, going for a hike or a swim. Since I work from home, I rarely ever leave the house. So I leave Saturdays for outings. That leaves Sunday for my day of rest and relaxation and vegging out and just relishing in doing absolutely nothing. Here are seven things I (try to) do every Sunday to set myself up for a great week ahead. 1. Sleep in I wake up for work at 3:10am every morning, so when I have the chance to sleep in (even if it’s just until 6am) I take it! The weekend is my …

Books on my Shelf Right Now

Since my last reading list post, I’ve picked up a few new books and rediscovered two old favorites! I’ve been loving the time I carve out to read, it never fails to take me to another place and time – and we all need that sometimes. Here’s what’s on my book shelf right now. The Woman in the Window | A.J. Finn I just started reading this one, and I’m already nearly 100 pages in! I can’t stop. I picked it up because Stephen King was raving about it – and what do you know, he was right. This book is so well-written and terrifying at the same time. I don’t want it to end. The Desire Map | Danielle LaPorte I’ve talked about this book a lot, and if you’ve been here for a long, long time, you’ll remember when I first picked this up back in 2015. Since I’ve been going through tons of changes in my life lately, and in the next few months I will be going through even more, I recently powered …

Life Lately: Two more months left in Hawaii!

Life has been pretty busy and fast-paced lately, but it’s good. So, so good. If you read my last post, I’ve been here in Hawaii for 6 months now, which I still can’t grasp. Time FLIES. And it hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down. Here’s what life has been looking like lately. I had the flu and it rained for about two solid weeks, so I was cooped up inside for a while. The last few days have been gorgeous, and I finally got out, laid in the sun and remembered just how beautiful this world is. My work schedule is pretty crazy, so I barely get out and explore Hawaii these days. But since I only have two months left here, I want to prioritize exploring because I know I’m going to miss this island so much once I board that plane. This past weekend was full of self-care and relaxation, and I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I started (and finished) Big Little Lies and Santa Clarita Diet, and both series …

My path to happiness | International Day of Happiness

Today is International Day of Happiness, so naturally I’m writing about nothing other than my path to happiness. (Groundbreaking, I know) To say the last few months have been some of the longest, heart-wrenching, soul-breaking, anxiety-ridden months of my life, would be an understatement. However, they have also been some of the most influential, eye-opening, gratifying and life-changing months of my life – and I’m grateful for that. In September, I made the heart-breaking decision to leave the life I’d built for myself. I left a near 3-year relationship, a house, a cat, a career, a second family. For the simple reason of: I was unhappy. I was unhappy with myself, and since happiness blooms from within, I knew I couldn’t fully give myself to anyone or anything else if I wasn’t fully loving myself, first. So I decided to leave everything I knew, to come back to a place that was familiar so I could find myself again, fall in love with myself, recognize myself in the mirror, and ultimately put myself back together. …

What to do when you don’t know what to do

Life is hard and confusing, and it comes at you from all angles and leaves you feeling tiny and lost. We have our lives planned out – school, work, family, bills, repeat. But what about when you’re in the in-between? What happens when you’re in the process of getting that job or getting into school or meeting that person? How do you get where you ultimately want to be? What do you do when you don’t know what to do? Things aren’t always perfectly laid out for you, and sometimes you have to go through the infamous season of waiting and unknown in order to realize what you were made to do or be. 1. Have a heart-to-heart with yourself When was the last time you checked in with your heart and mind? Truly checked in? Take society, expectations and pathways out of the equation and simply focus on what you want out of this life. What makes you overflow with happiness? What’s one thing you could spend countless all-nighters for? One thing you can’t live without. Something you’ve reluctantly …

Life Lately: Crazy Hawaii weather, finding happiness + lots of changes

My life lately has been anything but boring, bland or “routine.” Since coming back from my trip to Nevada and Arizona, I’ve made A LOT of changes in my life (and I’ve actually stuck to them!!) And when you’re reading this, I’ll be unpacking from my trip to San Diego! I’ve been so busy, that I haven’t had time to post here, but I have been posting a lot to Instagram and Twitter (if you want to follow me there). Anyway, here’s what’s been going on in my life lately. Spent my first Valentine’s Day alone for the first time in many years. It was tough because it was different and filled with memories of the last few Valentine’s I spent with him. But I got through it, I treated myself to flowers, sweets, a bubble bath and my favorite Mark Ruffalo movies. I started a brand new job and I as of today, I’ve been working here for a month! I rearranged my work area and this is what my desk and view from …

Meeting myself with the 23andMe Health & Ancestry Kit

I’ve never known much about where I come from, but I’ve always been interested. My mother did genealogy research about 10 years ago, but that’s only half of me. I don’t have a close relationship with my birth father, and my paternal grandmother passed away when I was young. So I had no way of knowing what makes me, me. Then I decided to order a DNA kit, so I could finally figure out what I’m made up of and where I come from. I decided on 23andMe’s Health and Ancestry kit because it gives you over 80 reports on your: Ancestry Carrier status for certain diseases and illnesses Genetic health risks Traits Wellness I ordered this thinking it would be interesting to know if any diseases run in my family, and exactly what percentage of Filipino I am. See, before I took this test I thought I was just Filipino and a small mixture of Caucasian (French and German). So I was blown away when I got my results back. How does it work? …

Life Lately: New job, getting healthy, and moving

The last few months have been a whirlwind. I can’t even believe I’ve been back in Hawaii for almost half a year already (what?!) and since being back here, I’ve been really focusing on myself for the first time in years. My breakup, leaving my job and home, and relocating back to America in the span of a week or two was rough on me. And while I’m being honest, I’m still healing. Every day is a struggle, and I think that’s important to recognize. Heartbreak hotel. I recently took a trip to Arizona and Las Vegas, and it was everything I needed. Being in the desert, driving for hours each day, immersing myself in foreign surroundings, seeing new people and new places was healing. On my last night there, I broke down in my hotel room. I cried and asked “why, why, why” and when I woke up the next morning, it was as though I woke up in God’s hand. I felt okay. My heart opened up and I breathed out the biggest …

Living Through the Hawaii Missile Threat

January 13th, 2018 will be a day I’ll remember forever. It was the day I was told I had 10 minutes left to live. At 8:08am, my phone blared with this Emergency Alert: My mom came running up the stairs screaming, but all I could do was stand there. Whether it was disbelief or complete shock, all I kept thinking was: Is this really happening? Is this real? I immediately jumped to all the news sites, social media, TV, radios – but there was nothing. People were talking about it on Facebook, posting the same screenshots of that emergency alert. But all the news stations were silent. We didn’t know what to do. If it was real or not. Where we should go. How long we had. Where it would hit. We didn’t know anything. So I called my loved ones, told them I loved them. And then I waited. My family and I sat and waited, because that’s all we could do. 10 minutes passed. 20 minutes passed. Our world was silent. The streets were …