Wednesday, September 17, 2014

+ Morning Hike

This past weekend my friend and I decided to go hiking somewhere we've never been to and also somewhere close. We chose to go to Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park which was only 20 minutes away from Sandy Springs. The mist from the rain made this hike different from all my other hiking adventures. I don't want to be cheesy and all but the fog made the hike very mystical and whimsical. Some moments I felt like I was in Wonderland and White Rabbit would pop out any minute. I'll definitely be back very soon.

Monday, September 15, 2014

+ Monday Moment

You are what you eat. I know it's cliche but it's so true. I've struggled with my weight my entire life and I've been down the diet road multiple times. I end up giving up because I don't see the results I want, and I get discouraged when I don't see the desired number on the scale. I learned it's not about losing weight but more about feeling great (inside and out). I'm challenging myself to live a healthier life for me...and my future self and that simply means I need to change my lifestyle. I've had skin issues since I was born and feel lethargic all the time, and I believe it stems from bad lifestyle and unhealthy habits. I know I can't change my life overnight, nor do I want to, but I'm going to start by making small changes. I'm going to think about what I'm putting into my body and that means a lot of things. (where is this food from? what ingredients is it made of? what nutrients does it contain? etc.) These are some of the questions I need to start asking myself. I'm not going to label my lifestyle because I don't know what it is...yet but it begins now--

Small changes I'm working on:

Eat/Drink A Nutritious Breakfast I tend to skip breakfast. I know, I'm skipping the most important meal of the day. I need to start every morning with a nutritious breakfast. I foresee more green smoothies in the future.

Drink More Water Healthier skin, shiner hair, less likely to get cramps, helps with weight loss, detoxification. NEED I SAY MORE.

Don't Eat Late I love eating a good bowl of pho after a night out but I really need to stop that. Oh, and I should cut the alcohol out as well.

Cook More Sometimes I see my unemployment as a blessing because it made me eat out less and cook at home more. I would always eat out almost 3-4 times a week but I rarely do. I need to start cooking more and experimenting with recipes. The internet is a haven for healthy recipes and I need to use it to my advantage.

Green Smoothie Recipe
(as seen as above)

1/2 mango
1 frozen banana
5 strawberries
1/2 green apple
2 cups kale
1 cup coconut water
2 medjool dates (optional)

1) Combine mango, banana, strawberries, green apple, kale, coconut water, and dates into blender.
2)  Top it of with Qi'a chia, buckwheat + hemp cereal

Saturday, September 6, 2014

+ Labor Day Excursion

Lisa and her poodle Andy. So cute.

For Labor Day, my friends and I decided to go hiking since we've all been a little deprived of nature. I really wanted to go somewhere I'd never been before and since a couple of my friends recommended Cloudland Canyon State Park, we decided to make the 2 1/2 hr drive to check it out. (totally worth it!) It kind of reminded me of Tallulah Gorge with a hint of Panther Creek in all the best ways. We ended the hike with this refreshing view of the Cherokee Falls.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

+ A New Beginning - Learning to Code

Our lives revolve around technology and because of the ever-so changing digital landscape, I think it's essential to learn the basics of HTML & CSS, especially in the industry I want to work in. They say it's a lot like learning a new language and it totally feels that way--it's a beast to conquer.  Thankfully, there is this awesome tool called the internet to make the learning process a little bit easier. I've been taking some Skillcrush courses to lay the foundation, and I've also been using other sites as resource supplements. I'll admit there is a lot of confusion and frustration going on during the lessons but very satisfying and thrilling once you figure it out- the 'ah ha' moment. I need to really digest the material instead of skimming sections because it'll come around and bite me and most importantly learn to be patient through it all. 

Here are more sites w/ free lessons that I find helpful: Codeacademy, HackDesign, Code, and this free e-book on HTML&CSS found on PuglyPixel.

It's a new beginning. I've always wanted to learn code and I hope to develop my web design skills to one day be part of creating beautiful and amazing projects.

Monday, August 4, 2014

+ Artist Muse - Kei Meguro

I'm in awe of Kei Maguro's work.  Each illustration is so captivating, brilliant, and detailed. I love how she uses a pop of color in her illustrations. It's absolute perfection. 

Sunday, June 29, 2014

+ Beauty in the Broken

There's something quite esquisite about broken patterned tiles. 


Monday, May 12, 2014

+ California Dreamin'

Sunrise to Sunset
My trip to Cali can be summed up in these three photos.