10 Observations During My First 24-Hour Fast

Day 186 felt like a frying pan shot out from a fire-tornado and hit me in the head. I had some personal matters to handle, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lost her fight to cancer, the recent Southern California 4.8 earthquake’s started where my friend and family live, the wildfires are still burning, and let’s not forget we’re still in a pandemic. Friday, September 18 overwhelmed…

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The Flinch by Julien Smith

I came across The Flinch by Julien Smith during one of my Google searches for ideas associated with the cold showers challenge. The Flinch is a short 38-page e-book packed with pithy reasons why we need to face our fears. This is a short, easy read for multitasking with something else during quarantine. I read this over eating a bowl of noodles during my lunch…

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When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times” by Pema Chödrön

I’m drafting this on Day 168 of quarantine and life continues to be a mucky, banal ache. The Bay Area is still on fire and Chadwick Boseman lost his battle against colon cancer this week. 2020, can I fold my hand now?Somehow through the power of clicking around on the Internet, I came across the book When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times…

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I Meditated Every Day for 30 Days

Hello, how are you? Are you still in quarantine? Yes? Me too. I’ve decided to meditate every day for at least 10 minutes as another 30-Day Challenge because it’s a free activity that anyone can do inside in total isolation. In general, I’ve become a fidgety person who is always rushing from one thing to another. I take pride in my ability to critically think and problem-solve…

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Teaching Myself to Like Myself

I’m amid a work-life balance high as I peck away at the terrible ergonomics of my laptop’s butterfly keyboard. I dislike typing on this thing, but that doesn’t matter because right now because I’m engulfed in an ephemeral ocean of self-love. I had a moment with myself after wrapping on set the other day. For the first time, I felt a deep sense of inner…

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I Tried Intermittent Fasting for 30 Days (Results)

Full disclosure: Back in March, before the quarantine life, my weight was hovering around 125lb (56.7kg) and I’m 5’5″ (168cm) in height. I was able to weigh myself at regularly at work because they a scale in the restroom. Since Shelter-in-place started I haven’t been able to weigh myself. The results of my intermittent fast (IF) are subjective and are based off of my physical…

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How I Want to Die

It’s been 120 days of Covid-19 quarantine and mortality and the legacy of life is fluttering in my mind. This week Grant Imahara, one of Mythbusters’ hosts, passed away. I grew up watching the show religiously after lectures, it was like PBS kids for my young adult mind. I loved how the show uses the scientific method to answer outrageous questions. I also really appreciated…

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It’s Okay, Not to Be Okay

It’s taken me three decades to come out to my parents and say “I’ve been depressed and anxiety-filled for a long time, I don’t want to feel this anymore.” Somehow through the magic of coming clean, I received my first dose of recovery. I’m confident that by being honest with the two people who raised me I inevitably forced myself to be honest with myself….

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