Thursday, September 18, 2014

No shopping in August: Did I do it?


If you read my blog, you probably know that I was on a shopping ban in the month of August (blog post). I couldn't buy jewelry, makeup, shoes, bags or clothes. It wasn't that difficult, which is a little surprising. I wore stuff I already own and "shopped" my closet. It was pretty fun since I had to be more creative when picking out outfits. I also stepped out of my comfort zone with jewelry. I don't wear jewelry on a daily basis but since this ban pushed me to wear what I own, I wore pieces I've neglected for years that were just lying around. It made me realize that I'm not into accessorizing and I should stop purchasing (trendy) jewelry just because it's pretty or on clearance. I like classic, timeless pieces and I already have some in my collection that I love. I'm glad I've discovered this about myself through the ban.

I'm going to continue my shopping ban for the month of September and go for as long as I can (probably until February since that's my birthday month). Therefore, there won't be anymore updates unless I discover something along the way that's worth sharing.

One big thing I learned from this experience:

Material objects do not bring happiness and sometimes less is more. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

When I think of fall, I think of

-Pumpkin everything (candles, lattes, pancakes, pie, etc.)
-Pies, pies, pies
-Halloween candy (I can't get enough of pumpkin Reese's peanut butter cups)
-Cooler weather
-The clothes (scarves, sweaters and ankle boots are my favorite)
-Drinks (hot cider and hot chocolate)

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

BLT Without The Lettuce

The past 2 days, I've been eating a bacon and mayo sandwich for lunch or dinner. I don't have any lettuce at the moment but I realized you don't necessarily need it. A classic BLT is well, a classic, but this version is just as delicious and healthy as well.  Instead of pork bacon, I use turkey bacon and swap regular mayo for olive oil mayo. And I use whole wheat bread instead of white bread.

Here's what you need:

3 strips of turkey bacon (I use Jennie-O)
2 tablespoons of olive oil mayo
2 pieces of whole wheat bread
1 small tomato
salt + pepper

The instructions are pretty obvious and straightforward so I'll skip that part. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

What I Learned After 4 Years In College

Today is the first day of my last fall semester. Although I have a semester left before I can graduate, I think I have gone through enough experiences to offer some words of advice and lessons I've learned throughout my 4 years at college. My journey was far from perfect. However, I don't regret a thing because I learned something from each experience and mistake I've made.

1. If you aren't happy with your major, do something about it as soon as possible. Talk to an advisor, family member or someone you trust. It's better to change your major sooner than later because college = time + money.

2. Don't register for morning classes if you aren't a morning person. An 8:10 am class was mandatory during my freshman year and it was terrible. If you have the choice, make sure your schedule revolves around your personality and lifestyle. Not the other way around..

3. If you want to meet up with someone, you have to make the effort. In high school, you saw your friends everyday whether it was in class, the hallway, or at lunch. In college, it doesn't work that way. If you want to see someone, it's up to you to say, "Hey! Let's grab lunch or coffee. When are you free?"

4. You won't always get along with your roommate(s) and that's okay. Just because you're living with someone, it doesn't mean you will automatically get along with them. Respect one another and do your own thing.

5. Seek help. Always ask questions, go to office hours and don't be afraid to ask for help from your professors and T.As.

Here's what I learned after moving back home:

6. Join a club and pursue things you enjoy doing. I regret not joining more clubs because you're able to meet a lot of people that way.

7. Appreciate college. It'll be over before you know it.

8. Don't waste your time and money. If you aren't serious about school, there's no point in paying thousands of dollars every semester or taking out loans you have to pay off later on. If you don't feel ready, take some time off and come back. No one said you have to enter college at 18 and leave when you're 22.

Good luck if you're starting a new semester! What are some lessons your learned while away at college?

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Why I Run

The other day, I woke up and decided that I was going to run around my neighborhood. I usually run on a daily basis but I went on a little break because of summer classes. At first, my excuse was that I didn't have time. Now, I realize I was just being lazy because I had time to exercise for 10, 20 or 30 minutes.

Taking a break is never a bad thing. However, I noticed a difference in my mood and energy levels once I stopped running. I felt a little down at times and relied on coffee way too much. Half-way through the course, I started running again because I needed a break from studying. But for some reason, I completely stopped after that.

Now that school's over, I can't make any excuses and have all the time in the world to get some exercise in. And I'm so glad because I actually love to run. It's quite funny actually because until junior year in high school, I hated it. I run because it relieves stress, I feel accomplished afterwards, I get a break from technology and as an added bonus, I fit into my clothes better.

If you don't enjoy running, walking is great too. And did I mention exercising in your own neighborhood is free? Yup! No monthly fees.

If you're in an exercise rut, here's 100 reasons you should work out today (link).

Monday, August 11, 2014

August 10, 2014: CNR In Central Park

On Sunday, Danny and I rode the bus into New York for a date. Unlike our first date, we made it to every location we planned on going to and more! We both needed a little break from reality since Danny works everyday while I'm taking 2 classes online. 

This was our day in a nutshell:

-We ate chicken and rice on the grass at Central Park
-Visited the Metropolitan Art Museum and took pictures at the roof garden cafe and martini bar
-Stopped by Laduree and picked up macarons (I can finally cross this off my bucket-list!)
-Picked up a red velvet cupcake from the Sprinkles ATM machine
-Eye-shopped in Times Square and rested at Bryant Park
-Dinner and drinks at Pocha 32 (Korea-Town)

It was such a fun day and I'm glad we got to do everything on our to-do list. Thanks for the memories, New York!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Appreciating What I Have: No Shopping In August

Ever since re-organizing my room and having everything laid out before me, I've realized that I have a lot of stuff. In all honesty, I don't need anything else and I'm grateful for what I have. I think this shopping ban will be relatively easy for me because I wholeheartedly believe that less is more when it comes to owning things. I've learned this the hard way. I also find myself passing up on things I'd normally purchase because I know I own something similar.


-Buy experiences versus stuff 
-Don't buy something just because it's on sale or clearance (You're still spending money)
-Only spend money on necessities