I think the root of all my problems is that I always want more. I have read that this is an issue for “achievers” because you are never happy… and never complete. Sure, you feel happy after an accomplishment but you are already thinking about the next thing that you don’t even get to enjoy it.
I know there’s balance in everything but if I had to choose, I’d choose being happy… over the way I am now. I have to work on this! I just want to be a happier person!
Gorgeous gloss. Gloss paint is just that: glossy. Because of its high-shine quality, it is best used on small areas such as cabinet doors, furniture or moulding. Limit use on wall areas because gloss highlights imperfections more than a lower-sheen paint. We can’t take our eyes off these beautiful, radiant doors painted in high-gloss red.
I’ve had several profound moments lately that I’m getting older. Well obviously… but not just physically… I feel I’m getting older in thought. The things I think about and the way I think about them have morphed.
In college, I was active. I viewed changing the world, being involved, making an impact as things I needed to do. There were so many injustices happening on my campus and around the world. Who was going to do something about them? Me! I led numerous organizations as an advocate for Asian Americans, and I was often the voice for my fellow students. I was involved with “movements”, though I question now if we ever moved anything at all. And I was often angry. Angry about the discrimination that still took place, angry about ignorance and what I thought was worse at the time… apathy.
But now that I’m 28, I’ve been out of the scene for 7 years. And I’ve found making an impact on another individual… just one person… can be far more “impactful”… than wanting to impact the world or change communities at-large. These past years, I have spent a lot of time mentoring young people… at first, unknowingly. When I graduated at 21, I started several youth programs but I always thought of myself as the big sister. Now that these organizations have continued for so many years, I know I’m becoming older and there’s a larger age gap. And… I have to say, I’m an adult now.
My role has shifted… I don’t want to go out and party with the “kiddos” after hosting a great conference, I don’t want to sit around planning together all day. But these are important things to do in college. I believe my role now is to support students to get these kinds of experiences and to love their college years. Individuals have shared with me how I’ve influenced their lives and that has become more meaningful to me than trying to influence an entire campus. I value building relationships and seeing others succeed. It feels it isn’t about me anymore. It’s time for me to step back, so others can step up. Fly, fly!
Because I’m getting older…
"Gulabi Gang" is a gang of women in India who track down and beat abusive husbands with brooms.
this is too thug not to reblog
That’s not all they do - they’ve got more information on their website.
What else they do that is awesome:
- Stop child marriages
- Persuade families to educate girl-child
- Train women in self-defense
- Oppose corruption in administration
- Create awareness about the evils of dowry
- Register FIRs against sex-offenders and abusive husbands
- Publicly shame molesters
- Encourage women to become financially independent
Celebrating the Lunar New Year in South Korea
This week, many East Asian countries celebrate the Lunar New Year, which marks the first day of the lunar calendar. In most years, the holiday falls on the day of the second new moon after winter solstice, which this year is January 31. Many know this holiday as “Chinese New Year” with its dragon dancers, red packets and lanterns, but the holiday also has strong importance and rich traditions in South Korea as well.
In South Korea, the holiday is called Seollal (설날) and is celebrated over a course of three days. The event is one of the most important celebrations of the year for many families who often come together and pay respect to their ancestors. Many Instagrammers in South Korea are sharing the festivities taking place this week.
Traditionally, Seollal celebrations include wearing a formal dress called a hanbok (한복) and performing an act of sebae (세배)—a ceremonial deep bow to the spirits of deceased ancestors or to the eldest members of the household. Many children look forward to this day as they receive a gift of money called sebae don (세뱃돈) after the bowing, which comes enclosed in colorful envelopes. Festive meals are also a big part of Seollal, consisting of a dish called tteokguk (떡국)—a soup with thinly sliced rice cakes and dumplings. The rice cake is a symbol of new beginnings, and eating the rice cake signifies growing a year older with the new year.
This is the food court in the New World Mall in Flushing, NY. Flushing is truly a “Chinatown”. I don’t think I understand why Chinese people move out of China only to live in another version of China.
These people could get away with never speaking a word of English… or leaving Flushing. They have all the food and things they need from their “home country”. Maybe the familiarity is comforting, or there are no options to leave.
But is this really the American dream?
I was so motivated to get work done when I got home… but then I played “Just Dance” by myself, took a shower and got into bed.
Been watching YouTube videos and reading on my phone for the last hour. And now it’s time for bed. Try again tomorrow…
Wow!! So talented!