Sometimes, I’m not aware that there is an issue in the system I’m using, until I try to use it for a specific purpose. Just a few minutes ago, I tried sending myself a message through my contact form. Weeeell, it turns out, all my messages were stuck in the spam folder! It appears as if I’ve received dozens of messages since implementing the form, but because of how the spam folder works, anything olderread more

Thought I’d share a (quick?) avocado pro tip, easy “hack” for storing them and having them last longer. When avocados turn ripe, they can go bad quickly if not consumed right away. So, here is what I do: 1) Leave any hard avocados out to ripen.2) As soon as an avocado feels slightly soft to press on the outside, store it away in the drawer of the fridge.3) Pull out any soft avocado from theread more

(Note: I diverged quite a bit on this post… I don’t personally know much about Aaron Beck himself, just CBT and how it has helped me.) Dr. Aaron Beck was known for being one of the founders of CBT, cognitive behavior therapy. Although CBT is considered to be a form of psychotherapy, a lot of the techniques are pretty useful for people in general. He lived to be a little over 100 years old. Hisread more

Thank goodness internet archives is a thing! I’ve been blogging on this domain since 2013 (my first post apparently tracing back to September 10th, 2013). Prior to that, I had been using WordPress with a subdomain, the title being Conscious Understanding (I had deleted all my old posts, leaving it with just an update back on September 10th, 2013 as well). The years prior, I had been blogging under various pen names on Xanga, Blogspot,read more

using divergent thinking to resolve sleep issues

“When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this: you haven’t.” Thomas Edison Today, I was feeling more frustrated and irritated than usual when during a workshop, I was hit with a sudden crash of energy. I was already feeling tired from the beginning, and tried to liven up. I engaged in chat, turned off my video while hula hooping as I listened in the background, stayed hydrated, consumed both breakfast and lunch, and still Iread more

I’ve been watching a lot of Dr. K videos more recently, and I find his views so refreshing. His perspective is quite unique in that it mixes Eastern philosophies with Western medicine. His Eastern approaches come from his experiences as a monk in India as well as ideas stemming from ayurveda and Hinduism. And, his Western medicine approach comes from his education at Harvard (and schooling in the US in general). Not to mention, heread more

wanting to do everything but doing nothing

There’s so many goals that I’d love to achieve, but then ultimately end up not working on. In a sense, I think I get overwhelmed by so many ideas that I don’t know where to start. Sometimes also, it seems like there are some timely opportunities that pop up, but the timing conflicts with other things that I’d also like to work on. So ultimately, I procrastinate in the best way I know how: watchingread more

Is going to college worth it? Is college a scam?

I don’t blame teenagers for not knowing what they’re getting themselves into when they’re bombarded with propaganda from school counselors, teachers, principals, campus representatives, parents, extended family, etc. about how they need to apply for college, pick a major, and possibly accumulate tons of school debt, with no actual guarantee of a high-paying reliable job. Especially in this day and age with access to so much information with the click of a button and kidsread more

Have you ever considered monitoring your daily progress through keeping track of motivational buffs and debuffs? This may seem like a concept of gamifying life, and while there is that aspect as well, I am mostly approaching this from a slightly different angle of bad vs. good choices or habits and how those decisions ultimately stack up and affect us. Motivational buffs are actions that we take that benefit us in some way. It mayread more

not every disability is visible

The other day, I came across this post on social media. I’ve seen it a few times before as well. But, I was surprised by some of the comments people left. It seems like a lot of people still don’t understand the disabilities are not always related to the physical, and even some physical disabilities may not be visible to others. If we break down the word disability itself, we have dis- (from Latin) andread more