I suppose I'm late compared to the rest of the world at putting up an Easter post but here goes! It was such a special day for me. Truth be told, I'm not a religious person. I believe in faith but I don't identify with any particular religion. I really didn't plan on celebrating Easter or doing anything out of the norm but it all just fell into place. I started the day with two very special people, Mr. Man surprised me with roses in the morning, friends trickled in throughout the evening for a dinner together...it was just perfect. I got to spend the day with friends and it's actually the first time doing something like this since I moved here almost two years ago. I suppose I really am creating a life for myself here finally.
Did you guys know that I wear glasses? Truthfully, I should wear them more often because I abuse my contact lenses and my eyeballs hate me for it. Like most people with glasses, I hated the idea of them in the beginning. I switched to contact lenses during my very first week of sailing practice in college because there was no way I was going to risk losing a $350+ pair of glasses to Lake Hefner. Since then, I have fallen in love with contacts for several reasons: giving me the ability to wear sunglasses, not having to always push glasses up because I have an Asian nose, and not being worried about walking out in the rain or opening up oven doors and having my glasses fog up.
Anyways, I'm trying to wean myself off of contacts (not completely) and I really do like the immediate change in my "look" when I put my glasses on. I have sevvveral pairs in sevvveral colors so I think I need to start wearing them more often!
I call these pictures..."midnight-let's-take-some-selfies-because-your-blog-is-lonely pictures." I think "bloggers" are really just expert selfie picture takers. Am I right? Let's get real and admit that not all of us have photographer friends. Not all of us have significant others/mothers/fathers/siblings that have the time or can always deal with us being vain and always asking for pictures. So what do we (I) do? You guys should know by now. I resort to using my tripod and remote. I know I'm not the only one.
I really am beyond worrying about what people might think about people that wear glasses. It's so common-place now and stylish even. With an issue that I once thought people judged me for, I'm now embracing it. I'm going to try and carry on this mentality when I really am "real" with you guys and post "mirror selfies" because well...it's the truth. It's really how it got done this time around. As I've noted before: this is my corner of the internet and I'll post as I please. I shouldn't let judgements get to me about: "what would they think of me if they knew this or that or if they saw/read this or that?" All of that is easier said than done but I'm just going to try to overcome judgements just like I did with the glasses.
I often find myself deleting a lot of pictures that definitely have potential to make it on the blog but I get way too critical. I look for things to be perfect but how realistic is that? In my pictures, I'm extremely choosy about the time of day when I'm taking pictures, what is in focus and what is not, my background being blurred to perfection, and crisp, clean lines.
I realize that this ole' blog here is supposed to be a reflection of my life. My life certainly isn't composed of picture perfect SLR moments - try as I might. I want to share more pictures with you guys whether they are "perfect" or not. That's what you come here for right? Snapshots into my life. You don't come here because I'm a photographer and I'm presenting my professional portfolio. I'm definitely not a photographer by any means.
So my new "thing" is to just be more honest and candid with the snapshots and really reach out to you guys. I do work a full-time job now on top of my full-time graduate class load so I'm not always free during times when I can use the gift of natural light. Also, some of my favorite favorite blogs to read are from bloggers that can certainly produce perfectly composed SLR but they don't always do that a majority of the time. For example: The Londoner and Classy Girls Wear Pearls. I'm not spreading trash-talk because I truly love these blogs and the images but I'm just saying that their blogs are still quality blogs without "perfectly composed" images.
Take the picture I posted above, for example. I took it around midnight. No flash. Auto settings. Yes, with an SLR but certainly nothing fashion magazine worthy. It's grainy. It's dark. I edited a lot of warmth from the lights out of the picture. Nothing is really crisp. But it's real and I like it. I've decided to stop being too critical in situations where I really don't need to be.
Do you guys feel you're being too critical about how you present yourselves on your blogs? Or anything else in life for that matter?
I don't care for them.
That's my truth. They are extremely cute, posh little things that photograph really well and can be made in any color but I really don't care for them taste-wise. :/ Does that make me less of a blogger? Or does that make me more of a blogger because bloggers only seem to take pictures of their macarons and not really eat them unless it's possible to eat them glamorously? I enjoy making them because I love baking but like all things I bake, I don't eat them. I'll eat maybe...one a day if I walk by the kitchen but I don't have an appetite for them like I do for a bar of dark chocolate. Somehow, I had to ramble about that on here but oh well, enjoy some pictures!Read More
Something has been up with my mood lately. Everything in the world inspires me except for the school I'm at. I may regret posting this on the interwebz some day but for now, I suppose I'll just share what I'm really thinking. I still believe I'm an academic and I'll still continue believing in education but I don't believe the best utilization of my talents is where I'm at right now. That's why on this particular day, I lost motivation to get ready to conquer school with my usual tenacity. With where I'm at, I don't know if there's anyone there for me to impress anymore. I'm not being cocky or overconfident but I think I may need a different environment that stimulates me and inspires me.
Thats all for today! Thanks for stopping by!!! :) I'm sending you smiles and warm wishes for you all to have an amazing, inspired day.
I've been pretty determined lately to become good at something...anything really because I haven't been sailing much since I moved north and I haven't been ballroom dancing either. I'm the type of person that thrives when I'm given a challenge or when I'm in a situation where I can constantly learn and improve. Ice skating has been "the thing" lately and I really enjoy it. My friend took it on as a personal goal first and eventually it became mine too. We're all for personal enrichment and enjoying doing something that challenges us.
I say we both have made huge strides. Look at the smiles! Obviously we're the weirdos on the ice with a huge DSLR taking breaks to snap pictures. Not awkward at all.
Something we agree on is the fact that you must abandon fears in order to really give yourself up to the learning process for ice skating. You have to let go and well, just go. Same philosophy as learning to ride a bike. Just go. You'll fall but you won't understand the mechanics until you go.
I'm realizing I need to apply this realization to my life in general. I believe as we age, we become more jaded. Guarded. Cautious. We question things more and more. We fear risk. We fear the unknown. I know it's true for me. Each time I reflect about my life and think about where I'm at, I know in my heart that I'm happy but I'm not sure I'm the happiest that I could be. Why am I afraid to really seek that ultimate level of happiness? Why am I afraid of unfamiliar territory even though I'm fascinated by it? Why am I afraid of risks associated with seeking professional success even though I say I want it? I know for certain that I hold myself back and it's not the world creating limits for me. I'm creating limits for myself. So much like ice skating requires, I need to learn to abandon my fears and allow myself to make the jump.
More clearly, I've always had elaborate ideas about businesses to pursue, creative outlets to explore, ideas coming out of the wazoo but I don't chase any of these daydreams because I'm fearful. No great gains come from playing it safe. I won't lecture for too much longer but I think you get the idea...
"Doubt kills dreams more than failure ever will." -Karin Seddiki
Let's conquer the world! I know we can. :)
I don't think this post has much of a point other than to share these pictures below. I had spent a lazy, lazy day in last week and as evening was setting in, the last of the day's sun was coming in through the windows and I managed to capture these dreamy pictures.
Side note: I'm absolutely loving having greenery in the home! I may just need to buy more green, leafy floor plants. Or succulents...? Shoot me some suggestions for easy-care plants. Christina, I'm sure you've got some... :)
Thanks for visiting!
I know I'm super super late in jumping on the Talenti gelato bandwagon but all I can say now is that it's bliss. Sometimes when I'm down I just need to reach for some therapy via the chocolate in mouth routine and I tell ya, it works.
Today, I find myself just craving a day in to be with my own thoughts. I don't want to jump too heavily into things but I thought I'd share a few of my thoughts. For my whole life, I've lived it with a very purposeful direction. In all actuality, my life had a direction created for me before I was even old enough to properly speak. My story was already written for me by parents that grew up witnessing oppression. Being presented with an opportunity for a life in America with a 2-year old in tow only meant one thing: "We must take this opportunity to give Thien her best shot. She can have a college education and go on to be successful." Yes, I'm paraphrasing my very Vietnamese parents but you get the gist of it. Let's just simply say that I'm so incredibly proud of them and so grateful. Anyways, the point is...my life up until now has been carefully orchestrated. Each day has been lived with the intention of being one step closer to being that doctor that they always wanted me to be. Of course, they wanted that for me and I rebelled growing up at times but at this point, I really believe that my hands can help ease pain, my heart can help empower, and my words can help instill hope.
With all that said, I still plan on fully pursuing that career but maybe what I want to say is that I can still achieve that and live my life with direction but it doesn't just have to be one direction or one path. I've opened my mind to embracing the fact that my journey to becoming who I want to be career-wise isn't one with a single defined direction. I believe we grow up submitting to that mindset: go to school, go to college, go to med-school, be a doctor, have a family, and die. My path will be one that I shape at my own pace. I won't let myself feel down anymore for not following the traditional route and moving at the pace everyone else is expected to move at. That's all I wanted to say. Thanks for reading these rambles! Enjoy the fun stuff like...pictures of chocolate gelato because it's amazing...duhhhr.
You guys make me so so sooo happy for stopping by and continuing to read my thoughts and sharing yours with me. I love your comments!
The Wall Street Journal
- I'm supposed to have a lot of time on the daily to read through everything. But...I don't get around to it so it ends up as a pile on my coffee table.
- The truth: I hate newspaper fingers. You know what I'm talking about. The black ink gets on your fingers and you feel grossed out and the simple act of reading the paper is something that involves washing your hands afterwards. I don't get how they do it - those cafe lingering newspaper readers. They're reading the paper and eating a scone at the same time. Newspaper fingers!
Better Homes & Gardens
- This just screams domesticity. Apparently, I know how to make a house a home and I'm smart enough to take advantage of the coupons in each issue. Too bad none of that is true.
- Let me just dream of gardens I can't have because I live in a loft and I obviously have no greenspace of my own.
- Now that I'm 30 minutes away from Newport, RI where there is a huge sailing scene, I use Sailing World to plan out sailing festivities for the summer.
- This is proof positive that I have wine taste on a beer budget. Why did I have to like such an expensive hobby? This lifestyle of mine...tsk tsk...
- I apparently never get tired of reading about the "Top 20 Most Mindblowing Sex Tips" and flipping through the millions of pages of perfume ads.
- This is probably my most useless subscription. I really only enjoy the little quiz they make celebrities fill out.
- I have no real thoughts about this one. I'm just waiting for them to stop sending new issues to me.
Those are my subscriptions...useless as they are. What are yours? Whether they're via newspaper, magazine, Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin...
I spent the past few days out of town and I thought I'd share with you guys my travel necessities...mainly because it has taken me forever to find the perfect weekend bag and now that I have, I must share! I finally found the one below at TJ Maxx and for a girl my frame, I can't be toting around something awfully big as a weekender.
Thanks for stopping by! You guys make my day!
What do you guys have in your travel bag?