Life Updates

Friday, February 14, 2020

It's been years since I've last written in this blog.
There are posts that I've decided to put on draft as they do not reflect my current views anymore.

So, technically, my last post that's shown here is from 2015. It's been 4.5 years since the last post that's been published/on display.

Within those 4.5 years, MANY things have changed in my life. I have a new career in social work, I'm wrapping up my Master's program to be a Marriage and Family Therapist, and I'm planning to move out either later this year or early next year depending on when I get my associate's number.

Also, full disclosure, I've been managing my depression and anxiety well on a new medication, and I've been learning different things about myself.

Most importantly, I've been learning to love myself, be a genuine version of myself in this world, and to be okay with mistakes.

I am not adequate, nor do I think I am a failure.

I believe that I am a kind and caring helper who hopes to be a calm and collected leader one day.

Meditation, mindfulness, and gratitude have been life altering ideologies.

I always credit the start of this journey and self-awareness to Dan Harris and his book 10% Happier. That book has truly been life changing and has helped me to explore a new sense of inner strength and identity.

I want to continue this blog not to show-off to others, but for myself. Because as I look at my previous posts and the mindset I was in back then, I recognize my own growth and willingness to experience change in my life... and I am proud of myself.

Almond Butter & Banana Toast

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Although I initially started this journey as an experiment, my vegan challenge has been oh so lovely. I've learned many new tricks and recipes to make food fun and enjoyable. Here, I'll share some of the recipes that I've learned for all the enjoy. :)

After sleeping in, I just craved a healthy breakfast for lunch. 
Today's menu? Almong Butter & Banana Toast; Green Juice on the side. 

* is what I used in my recipe

- 1 cup | Almond: Unsalted for a sweeter flavor* or salted for a saltier flavor
- 2 - 3 tbsp | Coconut oil: Unrefined for a sweet flavor with hint of coconut* or refined
- sprouted bread

1. In a food processor or blender, blend almond until it becomes a fine grain
2. Add 1 - 2 tbsp of coconut oil and blend again until the almonds have a mud-like texture. Make sure to scrape the side of the food processor/blender as well as direct the almonds to the center because the thickness of the almonds may make the substance difficult to blend. 
3. Add the remaining coconut oil into the blender and continue to blend for a minute or two until the texture wanted is established. If you want a creamier texture, add more coconut oil until you've reached the desired texture.
4. Add salt (optional)
5. Enjoy~

Let's conquer this year!

Friday, July 24, 2015

  1. Yoga
  2. Read more books
  3. Paint
  4. Manage finances better
  5. Calligraphy
  6. Sell something online
  7. Less computer, more exploration

Natural Caffeine, Morning Edition

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Sorry, it just doesn't seem to be working out between us. Our relationship just wasn't meant to be. 

I'm talking about my relationship with coffee. 

I'm fine drinking a nice cold Starbucks Vanilla Bean Frappucino or a cold Chai Tea Latte, but can we really consider that coffee, or is that just a sugary drink?

What I'm talking about are the cups of Americano or even iced coffee. 

In high school, I used to be a horrible procrastinator, spending multiple nights cramming in homework or studying for a test. I would always drink Starbucks' Iced Coffee that were sold in a glass bottle. After school, I'd come home with a horrible stomache ache, and multiple trips to the bathroom. In college, I learned nothing and continued to do the same thing, but this time I drank the McDonald Iced Coffee. Let's just say I ended up having a caffeine induced panic attack during a discussion, and the trauma of that incident has not left me. Even recently, when I had to work overnight, I decided to give the Starbucks Iced Coffee in a glass one more chance, and the next thing I know is that I'm a bed ridden woman running to the restroom to throw up every ounce of my stomache. 

Honestly, there may have been many different factors to why I experienced such traumatic moments after drinking coffee, especially because well... it's Starbucks and McDonalds; not the best high quality coffee to test. However, since I associate coffee with my bodily breakdowns, I tend to stray away from coffee or anything related to coffee (except of course those sugary drinks). 

Thus, I have been on my search to find something I can drink to give me my much needed caffeine during the mornings that I struggle to stay up. 

Recently, I've been enjoying tea as a natural caffeine provider. My current tea favorite is Mighty Leaf. I am in LOVE with their teas and their packaging, as the tea pouches seems to be made so that we can experience the best quality of tea. 

Here is an exerpt from Mighty Leaf's FAQ page:

What is your tea pouch made of?
Our tea pouches are made from polylactic acid (PLA), which is derived entirely from renewable resources, such as corn.

Are the tea pouches compostable?  Mighty Leaf Tea Pouches are crafted from polylatic acid (PLA), which is dervied entirely from renewable resource, such as corn. Our pouches compost in a commercial composting facility. Please check to make sure facilities are available in your area. The string and tag are also compostable and do not need to be removed before discarding.  

"Renewable resources"

Another plus in my book of teas!

I will admit, I am a Gold member at Starbucks. 

Yes, you heard me. 

I am notorious for getting a "Grande Vanilla Bean Frappucino with two pumps of raspberry."

However, perhaps it's time to reduce my sugary drink intakes, and focus more on natural caffeine and beverages. 

Tea Tea Tea, be in my tummy :) 


Morning Red

Monday, April 13, 2015

Another morning, another patch of the routine. It's become a normal routine to feel like wanting to dig in a hole and hide, or move out somewhere in the middle of nowhere to avoid everybody.

I admit, I struggle with a mixture of being an introvert and having social anxiety. Yet today, I start another day of which consists of working with a generous amount of people, a number that I would usually avoid.

Another day; perhaps an opportunity for new adventures.

Something I'd like add to my routine of things is to document my life more frequently.

Color your life

Friday, February 20, 2015

(C) Lynn Shim's Instagram

These days I've been learning to "color" my life. From the coast to the hills, I've been able to explore different places and activities to brighten up my life. Although exhausted from work (oh yeah, I finally got a permanent job after college, how funny it seems looking back at all the anxiousness!) I find that making the extra effort to wake up early in the morning and go on a walk or explore the ocean has really boosted my mental and physical health. 

Before, I was bummed out that I had never experienced the excercise "high," as they would call it, after a good work out. Now, I've noticed that an hour walk will significantly heighten my awareness and energy throughout the day; morning activities have become addictive. 

Perhaps now I'm just more open to the possibility than before. 

I hope I can color my life even more through the coming days. 

For now, I plan to revamp this blog and make it come back to life so that I can document this wild ride called life. 

- Lynn

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