Life Lately, January 8, 2017

Hello, everyone! Welcome to the new year!

How were your holidays? How’s your start to the new year?

After a busy holiday season spent with family and friends, I am slowly getting back into the groove of things. Instead of going full speed at resolutions and new healthy habits, I’ve been transitioning into these things and been trying to be more forgiving with myself for not accomplishing everything immediately. I’m not a huge believer in new year’s resolutions as it is, and I find it easier when you’re not trying to improve yourself at the same time everyone else is. It becomes a bit of a rat race, which can be detrimental.

Land’s End Hike in The City

For those who don’t know, Land’s End is a park on the west side of San Francisco with stunning views of the coast and the Golden Gate Bridge. On a lovely San Francisco day, we explored along the coastal trail, taking in the views at Sutro Baths, hiking through foliage, and jumping across rocks on hidden beaches. Though it is a little crowded since the views are amazing, the views (dirt and sweat, too) are totally worth it. It feels like a lot of walking, especially if you veer off path and check out the sights, but it’s really about a 30-40 minute walk from one end to the other. It’s a great place to get a little exercise and take in the view. It’s great for visitors, and never really gets old to locals.

New Year’s In The Desert

This year, we rang in the New Year in a historic ranch on the desert. Living in NorCal, it’s not often we can take in the views of the golden desert and joshua trees. It’s beautiful in its own way, though I can see it getting old for those used to the terrain. It was a nice little getaway from the Bay Area.

Tombow Dual Brush Pens

For those who bullet journal or are into hand lettering, you’re aware of how much hype there is around Tombow Dual Brush Pens. I’ve had them sitting in my Amazon cart for months, and I finally just decided to purchase them. Let me tell you, they’re so worth it. The writing is smooth, and the pens really don’t bleed through on paper. They’re great for bullet journaling and really forgiving when it comes to hand lettering, too.

Check them out here!

Designing Your Life

Designing Your Life

For Christmas, I received the book Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans. The book came to me highly recommended. Bill Burnett and Dave Evans designed this course and taught it at Stanford University. Undergrads would fight to take this course, creating long waitlists for the course. Since the course had so much hype, the authors wrote a book with the Designing Your Life concepts and teach workshops to those of us who don’t attend Stanford (which is most of us). Each chapter simply breaks down concepts, gives example anecdotes, and provides activities and quizzes to really help us figure out what’s best for us. I’ve been reading the book slowly but the book has been good so far! It’s a good read to check out if for any reason you’re feeling dissatisfied with your life, or if you want to see what you can do to design a better life for yourself.

Check out the book here!

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Life Lately — December 5, 2016

It’s December! I think it’s safe to say that we are all full swing into holiday mode! Black Friday damage has been done, gifts have been purchased, plans are being made, and the Christmas tree has been decorated. Before I get totally caught up in the holidays, I have to share with you all more of the fun things that happened in November.


Blue Bottle Coffee in Berkeley:

Before heading to a The Big Game (Football: Cal vs. Stanford) on the rainiest day ever, we made a stop at the new Blue Bottle location in downtown Berkeley. The logo is nondescript on the storefront, and it actually looks a lot like an Apple store, especially with students lining the windows with their MacBooks and iPads. The store is very clean, and the baristas are nice and friendly. There is limited seating and their cafe is more suited for a quick coffee stop, but that works in a busy place like Berkeley.


To go with my latte, I ordered a liege waffle which was delicious and I highly recommend getting this sweet treat to go along with your coffee. There are also some toast options that are a little pricy and probably not too filling but hey, they’re available.


Gilmore Girls on Netflix:

On Thanksgiving, I FINALLY finished watching all seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, just in time for A Year In The Life. I watched all four seasons the very next day instead of going out to do some Black Friday Shopping.  It was really nice to have something new to watch every day for about three months. And yes, I do feel a little sad now that there are no more new Gilmore Girls episodes for me to watch. Now that it’s finally over, I’m having trouble settling on a new show to watch, but I’m leaning towards watching Silicon Valley on HBO.

Black Friday:

Speaking of Black Friday–is it just me or were there just not as many good deals to score this time around? I just ended up doing a lot of shopping online, picking up quite a lot of workout gear.

I know it’s a busy time of year and I keep promising you all some posts but I really truly am hoping to write some good stuff for you and not just give you life updates.

Hope you are all having a great holiday season so far!



Life Lately — November 8, 2016

I know it looks fake but the sky today is surreal

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First things first, I promise to not talk about the election :)

Wow, I haven’t written a post for you all in a long time! And I can’t exactly pinpoint why, other than things have been generally more busy lately (grr). I hate saying that, but that’s the truth.

Halloween — Did you all have a great Halloween? It was a little less festive this year than it was last year for me, since not too many people around me dressed up. Anyway, I was Eleven from Stranger Things, like everyone and their mother. To my credit though, I knew I wanted to be Eleven way back in July! Anyway…did anyone else notice that most people who dressed as Eleven were men?


A Serene Hike Through the Woods — Bay Area residents are blessed with various amazing trails all throughout the region. Lucky us, Redwood Regional Park is less than a half hour away from where I live. On a nice morning, we hiked through beautiful, shady redwoods for a little over an hour. It was really nice going in November since it’s off-season and there are basically no crowds. After our hike (it was basically a long walk since the path was paved), we decided we earned a huge brunch. I ordered a Belgian waffle and scarfed it down in minutes.

The Wangs Vs. The World — I’ve been reading this book for the past 3 weeks. It’s a great story about a wealthy immigrant family that loses all their money, but I haven’t been getting much of a chance to read with some of the other things occurring in my life (like watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix). Anyway, consider reading it. If this sounds like a half-assed book review, it technically is, because I haven’t finished the book. All I can say is that I like it and it’s good and that I can recommend it to people without having finished it yet.

Knitting — I recently purchased a knitting kit from We Are Knitters andI’m currently in the middle of knitting my first blanket. I just knit while I watch Netflix and it goes by pretty quickly. I’m a little concerned that my blanket will be a little too small, but we shall see! Hopefully I’ll finish the blanket by the end of the month. We Are Knitters has a bunch of other kits you can choose from, and you can also purchase yarn by the skein. If you don’t know how to knit, they’ve got your back because they have a ton of video tutorials you can view for free and they also have a support team ready to answer your questions.

Bullet Journaling — I’ve officially filled up my first bullet journal! I just purchased a new “big girl” journal (AKA expensive notebook) since I know that bullet journaling is working for me. I’ve been accomplishing a lot more and I’ve been feeling more organized which is giving me better peace of mind. I’m definitely no bullet journaling pro just yet, but I’m definitely feeling comfortable with the whole shabang.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds — It’s pretty much mid to end of pumpkin season, but I thought I would share this easy recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds for you all that I put up last year. They really don’t take much effort to roast, and pumpkin seeds are actually really healthy. Roast a bunch and keep them in your pantry for a snack, or top your salads, oatmeals, smoothie bowls, and ice cream bowls with them. Whatever floats your boat.

That’s pretty much it! I feel like I always end my Life Lately posts with something like this, but I have posts waiting to be set up and published for you all! I just haven’t gotten around to it.

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