July 27, 2016

WHY I STARTED BLOGGING



It started as a hobby. My first form of blogging was writing on paper. Firstly, I love reading books, and the words,  how they're put together to make a meaning, and it hits you and so I wondered if I could do that too. Write.

I wanna improve my writing. I figured that if I could just write everyday, I would become great at it, but I also have this no-writing mood and this yes-writing mood, and other times I'm drifting and being apathetic. Funny how I used to create short stories in high school and then typewritered it to make decent copies or so I thought. I have an unfinished novel that I've no idea when to wrap up.

To self-learn. I've learned a few things here and there with blogging.

To keep a memory hard drive. Fragment documentations of my life that I think would be cool to read when I get older.

It makes me forget time. You'll know you're enjoying doing something when you lose track of time. Blogging for me is fun and feels kinda fulfilling.

July 16, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"You've got to say, I think that if I keep working at this and want it badly enough I can have it. It's called perseverance."

- Lee Iacocca

MY HATE LIST


I hate how most metro-dwelling twentysomethings are overworked and are underpaid.

June 24, 2016

6 MORNING ROUTINES OF SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE


Successful people don't just wake up in the morning and let their day fall as it may, instead they take charge and make things happen themselves. I've listed 6 routines most people who are successful in their fields do every morning.

1. Wake up early. I know this sounds tough and demanding especially for nocturnal people. Even I couldn't wake myself up early without depending on my alarm, but rising up early has its own advantage. It gives you a quiet time to simply meditate and to prepare yourself by setting your intentions for the day. Studies show that our brains function at its best after waking up because of the mental decluttering it's gone through while asleep.

2. Healthy breakfast. Insert this well-known adage "the most important meal of the day." I used to be a breakfast skipper during my college days because (1) I wake up late rushing to class most days and (2) I don't know how to cook. I then stopped this madness up until my gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) diagnosis and contemporarily stopped drinking coffee and smoking for a bit and then later resumed when my heartburn episodes subsided. Stubborn, I know. Now, I could never go on a day without breakfast because then I'll have this bad headache and my acid reflux would resurface. Too bad, I've waited something like this to happen to me before I appreciate eating my morning meal.

Successful people never take their health for granted. Eating breakfast daily improves concentration and brain functions compared to an empty stomach. Breakfast is our source of energy to start the day, and skipping it can lead to cravings later in the day leading to unhealthy body weight. It can also affect your mood. Notice when you're hungry you act so grumpy and you easily lose focus?

3. Make a to-do list. Your to-do list is your brain's back-up drive in case you forget something. Write everything you need to do that day to get you aligned with your goals and remind you of what you need to accomplish to avert leaving yourself frazzled and disorganized. You can also write down things you're grateful for to throw in a feel-good vibe in starting off your day.

4. Get inspired. Listen to educational or self-help audio books while driving or commuting. Read inspirational or motivational books for 30 min. to get you in the mood for success and to inject positivity in your day.

5. Be updated. Spend quality time with your family/friends over morning coffee. Read the news to stay updated with current events.

6. Exercise. Give yourself a quick boost. Truly, I'm a sedentary type of person. I'm no sporty and my movements are uncoordinated. I'm a real couch potato, and most of my hobbies don't require any physical activity. No matter how gruelling of a task it can be, it's very important to my health and whole being, so I need to coerce the life out of me to do it. Post workout, you'll feel more awesome about yourself as it helps elevate your mood. :)

April 29, 2016

15 REASONS YOU'LL LIVE YOUR LIFE IN DEBT

Ever wondered why you're deep in debt and can't seem to get out of it? Getting into debt is easy, but the getting out of is the tough part.

I've listed the common red flags people tend to ignore making it rather impossible to free themselves from the shackles of debt.

1. Keeping up with the Joneses. Constantly comparing yourself to the standard of living with that of your friends or neighbours. This is also linked to Obsessive Comparison Disorder. You are defined by your social status always competing with everybody else and acquiring stuff signifying wealth just to look rich even if it means more debt. Your money just can't keep up with your lifestyle, but you do it anyway just to fit in. You may also want to watch this movie, The Joneses.

April 7, 2016

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"All great achievements have one thing in common - people with a passion to succeed."

- Pat Cash

March 30, 2016

I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MY LIFE. WHAT NOW?



A typical yet tough question for all 20-somethings. Don't worry. While adulting sucks, quarter-life crisis makes it more suckier. Just kidding. Quarter-life crisis is just a normal phase everyone's going through in transitioning to adulthood (I hate that word). You can't just skip this part or leap over to the next stage. Besides, this is a crucial milestone you'd be sorry if you missed. It's a prerequisite to becoming a decision-making capable and successful young adult you see yourself to be. No need to panic. No one's got it all figured out. Bear in mind, you are not alone. Somehow, we're all facing this tedious battle with a lot of different ways we can deal and cope with.

March 26, 2016

26 BOOKS EVERY 20-SOMETHING SHOULD READ


Books are the ambrosia of life.

March 25, 2016

FANCY LINKS / 15

Links I love:

This Salad Is Going To Make You Feel So Good About Life After You Eat It -
Now this is how you SALAD.

17 Internet Memes That Perfectly Depict The Struggles Of Saving Money

8 Books Every First-Time Boss Needs To Read

3 Things That You Should Never Waste

14 Vows I Made To Myself When I Reflected On The Past 10 Years Of My Life

5 Steps to a Super Travel Selfie

No Matter What Instagram Says, Nobody's Life Is Perfect

6 Ab Toning Moves Better Than Crunches

10 Eggcellent Easter Brunch Recipes

The Surprising Things That Make You Healthier, According to Science

March 20, 2016

GIVE ME SUMMER: A DAY AT THE BEACH IN LAMBUG BADIAN



Who's feelin' beachy? Sunny day. Ocean breeze. Palm trees. Sun-kissed skin. Salt water in your hair. Ocean waves. Water kissing the shoreline. Sand on your feet. Cold beer by the beach. Sunsets.

© HAPPY CRAPPY
Maira Gall