NUTRITION… I have alot of thoughts. Nutrition is such a tricky topic because so much of it is cultural. I remember one day talking to one of my friends who is studying to be a nutritionist and she said (not in these exact words) “the job of a nutritionist can be very touchy because people have had the same diet for generations, and for a … Continue reading Stop Eating Trash
I wanted to write something inspiring this week, and preferably something completely unrelated to the current situation but it seems that everywhere I turn it’s all about Coronavirus. I can’t even rub my eyes without freaking out wondering when was the last time I washed my hands. The other day I had a “Virtual Happy Hour” with my two good friends and we really struggled … Continue reading Coronavirus 1 – Cat 0
I like to consider myself someone with high functioning anxiety— someone who can keep her cool under pressure and stress. My mom always says “A ella no la mata nadie,” literal translation, “No one can kill her, ” what she really means, “Nothing phases her, she can’t be bothered.” For me, this “unbothered” state of mind is a defensive mechanism that keeps my anxiety at … Continue reading Personal Reflections: What A time to be alive
When it comes to money, I have two goals: build wealth and pay off debt. To achieve these goals, my money is calculated down to the last dollar. You want to know what I didn’t calculate for? Coronavirus. The only other time I’ve been around for a major recession I was 16 years old. This time around, when the recession inevitably knocks on our door, … Continue reading Things you learn after it’s too late: Building an Emergency Fund
I was complaining to my co-workers over lunch about the terrible crowds at Trader Joe’s and how people have to get in line as soon as they walk through the door because the line wraps around all the food isles. One of my co-workers mentioned that he usually shops while in line to move things quicker and then burst into laugher from the look of … Continue reading Stop Wasting Away Your Life: A Case for Mindful Living
I’ve been obsessed lately with YouTuber and skincare enthusiast, @susanyara, and her channel Mixed Makeup. She’s constantly talking about the importance of self-care and feeling good about yourself. I have to say, I’m here for it. As someone who has always loved makeup and skincare, I was a bit hypocritical of people like Susan who spend ALOT of money on products and services that the … Continue reading Fitting Self-Care into the Budget
In a previous post I briefly touched on the Buddhist concept of “The Middle Way,” in relation to love and relationships. The gist was that we should neither rush into falling in love nor reject love altogether. Instead, we should slowly progress towards a meaningful love. The middle way isn’t just relevant to love, it’s the overarching philosophy that governs Buddhism. The Buddha developed the … Continue reading Is life balance possible?
Erin’s mom woke up early to make her and her brother, Bobby, pancakes before school. It was a big day. Erin and Bobby were taking their SATs today— well re-taking, Erin was retaking her SATs and Bobby was taking them for the first time. She’d already taken them junior year but wasn’t satisfied with her score. She’d actually scored pretty well, but that score wasn’t … Continue reading Not Every Flower Blooms
She walks a fine line between beauty and pain. What is beautiful and not painful? It isn’t love, it isn’t success, it isn’t vanity. There’s no such thing. She wants to be free and she wants to be loved. She wants to love and she wants to be free. What is love if not a burden? Can you love and not care? Can you care … Continue reading Wonder Girl
Chapter 6 of the Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt, is all about relationships. Do we need relationships? Are they useful? Do they bring us joy? For the most part, we’d all agree to answer “yes,” right? It almost seems outlandish to question the value of relationships here in the Western hemisphere where we’ve mastered rom-coms, marriage counseling and, a weird, possessive attachment to our pets. … Continue reading West vs East: Which philosophy is right about relationships?