Discouraged

I think I’ve been stretching myself thin once again. I always work way too hard and then I get burnt out. I’m thinking I just need a break from working to rest my mind. Thank you all for being patient with me. I am not a machine and I cannot work nonstop. It’s best for me to take this short break now.

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Wondering What Happened

I remember teaching a young mom, her daughter, and her son the piano many months ago. She was a single mom that was recently divorced. And she was taking care of her young son and two daughters. She loved music, but could never find the time to practice. It was frustrating to teach students that didn’t practice. I believed they were selling themselves short. Imagine all of the potential and time that was wasted. I noticed that they slowly started to drift away from the piano. And they ended up quitting the piano later on. I wasn’t formally told that they quit, but they just stopped responding to my texts.

I remember asking after a couple of months after if they were still playing the piano. And the answer was no. That was disappointing. They spent all of that money on lessons and they didn’t stick with it. I think that they were definitely in a good place to succeed. They learned quickly and they liked the piano a lot before.

The main part of this story is about the mother. She told me that she was quitting her job to become a real estate agent. I thought that was great. She was working really hard to study for her test while working another job. And her home was beautiful. She kept it very clean and it was designed well. I thought she was a superwoman because she always had her life together. I admired that she was financially independent and emotionally independent.

She didn’t tell me that she wanted to start a blog. I saw it on her computer. At the time, I had started a blog. I was writing on this blog and Pocketfuloflearning during this time. I saw how she wanted to work from home and she had researched a lot about blogging. It looked like she was studying pretty hard on the topic. And I wish I could have helped her. I could see that she needed help starting, but I didn’t end up helping her. That’s why I wonder how she is doing now. Did she ever start her blog? Maybe if she did, her blog is probably very successful. I’ll never know really, and I like to think that she’s very successful with her career and blogging.

How to find happiness in embracing the process

Not everything is going to go as fast as you imagine it would. Blogging is a great example of that. Some people think that blogging is going to be fast. And I was one of those people. It’s quite the opposite. I’ve learned that blogging is not all about gaining viewership. It’s about learning to communicate through your writing. The process of starting your blog and continuing it is the reward. And it’s not always about getting to the end.

Instead of focusing on my stats all the time, I’ve found that reading blog posts from my fellow bloggers are more rewarding. There are really good content on WordPress. And I learned that I really enjoy reading blog posts. Sometimes, I think I enjoy reading more than writing my own posts.

You can apply this to everything. There are many things in life that take a long time to achieve. I think we are always focused on the end goal, and we don’t take time to enjoy the process of getting there. I’m going to try to relax and enjoy this time instead of worrying about the end. Happy blogging!

Blogging Fatigue?

I’ve found the engagement of blogging dropping lately amongst everyone and that’s okay. I’ve found that blogging has its ebbs and flows. And we all continue to blog because we genuinely enjoy doing it.

I’m still looking for topics to write from my day to day life. Nothing is interesting really. I’ve been just trying to enjoy life. I’m keeping it simple. And we’ll see how it goes. I’m pretty happy and content right now where I am. How’s everything going for you?

The pressure of blogging

I have been listening too much to blogging podcasts and the actual blogging part of my life has slowly began to dwindle. I’ve totally forgotten that blogging is also supposed to be therapeutic for me. And there isn’t supposed to be stress from blogging. Today, my boyfriend and I are going to spend the day together. Our lives are so busy that when I see him, I feel guilty for working on my blog or studying. I try to enjoy the moments I can have with him without working.

I hope that blogging continues to be a good source of happiness for me because it is. And this community has helped me in so many ways. Thank you for reading 🙂

The amazing impact of habits

When you make something into a habit, it can change your life. You have to adapt good habits and get rid of bad habits. Some good habits are being clean or being responsible. Bad habits consist of laziness and uncleanliness.

Blogging should be adapted into a habit. If you find blogging rewarding, you’re more likely to keep blogging. You can change your life, but it just depends on your willingness to do so.

My First Product Review and Joining Amazon Affiliates

My first product review will be of the Mario Badescu facial spray rose water. I absolutely enjoy using this. I ordered two bottles on amazon and it came with two different sized bottles. I’ve been using it on my face, spraying it once in the morning while getting ready, and the results are amazing. I can’t say this enough: you need this in your life. I’ve been wanting to use rose water on my skin for forever because I thought it would keep my face moisturized. And I wanted to be fancy like other influencers were. I could never justify the price and expense of buying rose water, but I thought I would treat myself for my birthday with gifts.

Rose water has completely changed my face. I look in the mirror and I think I’ve aged backwards. I used to think my skin looked dull and dry, but now I think I look beautiful every day. I don’t even need makeup because my skin is glowing. I didn’t know what a difference using rose water could make. I highly recommend!

I’m going to leave a link here: https://amzn.to/2OpMyXa to my amazon affiliate link for the rose water I use.

Speaking of amazon affiliates, I’ve been enjoying using amazon to help promote products on my blogs. I feel like I’m able to help people with their shopping and I can recommend the specific products I like much more easily. I’m always on the look out for great products and sometimes you just don’t know what to buy.

I’ve found it easy to sign up for amazon affiliates and I think it’s a great way to help monetize your blog. If you purchase a product from amazon by using my link or if you buy anything else while on amazon, I’ll get a percentage. And it helps with keeping my blogs afloat.

Thank you for all the support!

Check out my main blog Pocketfuloflearning.org

5 Little Things That Make Me Happy

1. Being able to blog and to share my thoughts with other people. So much of my stress and negative emotions are immediately gone after I blog.

2. The power of coffee and how it fuels my body so I can achieve all my goals for each day. I’m able to accomplish much more because of coffee.

3. The power to decide to be happy. Once you make the decision to be happy, no one can take that from you.

4. My morning routine makes me happy. It helps me feel like today is going to be a good day. And I need that in the morning especially.

5. Drinking water. I love the taste of water and I appreciate all of its benefits. Water cleans out all the toxins in your body to flush them out, it rehydrates your skin, hair and eyes, and it tastes great. My water bottle is my best friend. I can’t go to work without it.

Busy All Day at Work

I was working all day and I couldn’t believe I had the energy to keep going. I was running off of about six hours of sleep and I woke up in the morning to work on my main blog. Life has been hectic ever since I started blogging again, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I love blogging and I am really beginning to believe that blogging is my passion in life. I’ve been working so hard and it’s been well worth it.

I still have so much left to learn about blogging and I want to redesign my blog, but there are not enough hours in the day. I have to keep going though. It is all worth it.

Teaching has been tiring. I’ve been working six days out of the week. And I’ve been taking two lsat tutor sessions. I also have my own piano lessons and I workout every day. Life has been crazy. And I just celebrated my anniversary with my boyfriend. I hope to see all my hard work flourish 🌻

Check out my main blog Pocketfuloflearning and my other blog Live Strong and Beautiful

This is what I’m meant to do

I’m so thankful for all of the amazing blessings and happiness blogging has given me. I couldn’t thank everyone enough for all of the support and the likes. I feel like blogging is something I’m meant to do and it’s one of the best things that has happened for me. I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone and I’m excited to see what the future holds.

Thoughts of the Week

I wonder if someone ever evaluates their life and is disappointed with it. I can see someone older looking back at their life and wondering if their entire life was pointless. I guess that’s a thing older people do, but I had that realization today and I’m not very old.

I thought about how far I’ve come in life and if I’m happy where I am now. I don’t want to be too critical on myself, but I couldn’t help but think that I’m not very happy. I wanted to graduate college earlier and I was hoping to already be in my career. I know I’m still young, but the thought of wasting these years away is very unappealing. I also don’t want to be dependent on someone else financially and emotionally. I want to be able to take care of myself. If I was forced to be on my own entirely, I want to know I’ll be okay.

Am I at this point now? No. I still have to rely on my parents for my car payment. I wish I was able to pay that myself, but I can’t right now. On the bright side, I’m able to pay for my gas, food, student loans, living expenses and rent, credit card bills, phone bill, and etc. I just want to be completely independent, doesn’t everybody? I’m working really hard right now towards my goal. And I can see results which is exciting!

If you want to read more, check out my main blog Pocketfuloflearning.org 🎉 🥳

The Curse of Being Handed Everything in Life

I recently watched some episodes of Gilmore Girls and I realized that the main character is not as strong as she thinks she is. Rory Gilmore was offered an internship from her boyfriend’s father to work at a newspaper firm. She becomes very excited and starts her first day. According to her, everything is so new and she hasn’t gotten used to the pace of being there. At the end of the day, her boyfriend’s father sits down with her to discuss how she’s doing there. He admits that he doesn’t think she is going to be a good journalist. She appears to be timid, which is not a good quality of a journalist. And he leaves her with the advice to quit now.

She becomes heartbroken from hearing this and she drops out of Yale. And maybe her reaction to this proves that the boyfriend’s father was right about her. Rory was always handed everything in life. She definitely worked hard academically, but it was her grandfather that helped her get into Yale. And we never really see her struggling to make something of herself. Even hearing for the first time that she’s not good at something, she becomes terribly distraught. How is she going to succeed in life if she can’t take constructive criticism?

I used to be just like her. I felt like I was handed everything in life and I never had to experience immense, hard work. After moving out on my own though, I experienced every hardship life can throw at you. I had to work day in and day out to pay bills. And I was never handed anything after that. I think it taught me that being handed everything in life is a curse. And it will always keep you relying on somebody else. That’s why, for the past year, I’ve been relying more on myself. I’m not a superwoman, but I try my best. And the results have been life changing.

I want to add in that Rory, later in life, doesn’t achieve her dream of being a journalist/reporter. She doesn’t achieve much of anything actually. She becomes broke with no car, no house, and no husband. The girl that was sheltered all her life never amounted to anything extraordinary. There’s a lesson to be learned here. I love watching Gilmore Girls and I don’t hate Rory’s character, but I wish she would have proved her boyfriend’s father wrong. Instead, she ran away and quit.

About me

Hi, it’s been awhile since i’ve done an introduction to myself. My name is Lia and i’ve been blogging for a little under a year. I am a piano teacher and i’m studying for graduate school. A lot of my content revolves around teaching and how to help other teachers. You can find that content on my main blog: Pocketfuloflearning.org and my other motivation blog Livestrongandbeautiful.wordpress.com

I’ve fallen in love with blogging and that’s why I own three blogs. They have tons of great content on there that i’m very proud of 🙂 I hope to continue to provide great content that will help other bloggers and readers achieve their goals.

If you would like to collaborate together, please leave a comment below!

What it’s like being a WordPress premium user

I’ve updated my other two blogs on this, but I haven’t updated this blog yet. I’m finally a WordPress premium member for my blog Pocketfuloflearning.org And I am beyond stoked for this new chapter in my life. I’ve been looking forward to taking my blog to the next level, so this has been a long time coming.

Blogging has become a great source of happiness for me. I’m so happy to share my thoughts with you guys and I’m glad that so many people enjoy reading what I write. I’m really hoping to continue posting content I enjoy writing and to also continue reading the amazing blog posts everyone posts.

I would like to thank my amazing boyfriend and my best friend for giving me the final nudge in the right direction. I can feel my future starting to form and my dream of becoming a mommy blogger is starting to become true. Thank you to my followers. I couldn’t have gotten to this stage without you. And thank you so much for liking my posts. It motivates me to continue to inspire people to follow their path.

Please continue to like and support, thank you so much 🙏

My other blog:

Livestrongandbeautiful.wordpress.com

My main blog:

Pocketfuloflearning.org

My Every Day Life

I’m the kind of person that has to start my day by getting things done. I start cleaning my room and I automatically feel like my day is off to a good start. I know not everyone is like me and can do the same, but my boyfriend and I live a very fast-paced life. We are always on the go and doing things. And I think that this has translated into what I do every day. And sometimes, I wonder if I am going too fast. I don’t want to zoom past my life and wake up to be amazed at where I am. I don’t want to miss the small things in my life. And for the past year, I feel like I have done that. I can’t remember great memories or moments that made me very happy. I can’t remember the small details of what made 2018 so great for me. I just can’t. And that makes me very sad.

I want this blog to capture the small moments in my life. I want this blog to show my thoughts at that time and I want to be able to capture more moments of my life. I’m 25 now and I am starting to be afraid of getting older. I don’t want to miss a thing. Life is wayyyy too fast and if we don’t slow down, we might regret it later on.

Redesign for Bloggingbranding Course

I decided to take the second step and redesign this blog to match the purpose and style I’m looking for. Cleverly begun is supposed to be about every topic covered. It’s also supposed to be about life and its purpose is to show how far I’ve grown. Have you watched boys meet world? 🌍 It’s just like that. This blog is about my life and I want it to be done in a simple, but “clever” way. I’m very happen with this new design and I hope you like it!

Day One: Set Three Goals

I’m starting the Blogging Branding and Growth course to try it out. I think it’s going to be helpful to learn something new about blogging. I’m not entirely new to blogging though. I have two other blogs here and here. I’ve been posting on all three of my blogs, but I stopped blogging for a couple of months. I’m hoping to have a fresh start on blogging because I love it. My goals for this blog are to:

1. Reach 300 followers by the end of this year

2. Get to 40 views per day

3. Surpass 100 blog posts 💯

Purse Must Haves

I’m the typical woman. I have to have everything I can possibly need in my purse. I carry so many things that everyone complains that my bag is so heavy. My students even know that I carry a lot of things. And I see their curious eyes peeking to see what’s in my purse. For me, my purse doubles as a personal bag and a work bag. I use it for both purposes.

The items in my purse are:

1. Hand sanitizer

2. Tissues

3. Wallet

4. Face wipes

5. Water bottle

6. Phone

7. Stickers for teaching

8. Pencil bag for teaching

9. Paper clips for teaching

10. Erasers for teaching

11. Keys

12. Pepper spray

13. Lucky charm

14. Sunglasses

15. Eyeglass case

16. And many more I can’t think of right now

Do you have these many things in your purse? Am I crazy to carry this much stuff? I have smaller purses, but I’m always on the go. I stay out for five to seven hours each day. And I need my stuff with me. If there’s anything missing on my list, let me know. And hopefully, I helped you get some ideas for what to put in your purse!

Get to Know Me Tag

Here are some questions I found to be interesting. If you are a new follower, this is a great chance to learn more about me 🙂

  1. Are you named after anyone? No, but all two of my siblings and I have only three letters in our names
  2. When was the last time you cried? Two days ago
  3. Do you have kids? If no, how many do you want? I don’t have kids, but I want three 🙂
  4. If you were another person, would you be a friend of yourself? Yes
  5. Do you use sarcasm a lot? Kind of. It depends on the situation
  6. What’s the first thing you notice about people? Their face
  7. What is your eye color? Dark brown
  8. Scary movie or happy endings? Definitely happy endings! No pun intended lol
  9. Favorite smells? Lavender
  10. What’s the furthest you’ve ever been from home? I was in Taiwan
  11. Do you have any special talents? I play the piano and the double bass!
  12. Where were you born? Las Vegas, Nevada
  13. What’s your zodiac sign? Do you believe in it? Virgo and yes I do
  14. What are your hobbies? I love blogging and watching Netflix. I also play the piano when I’m bored
  15. Do you have any pets? Yes, I have a yorkie and a mini schnauzer
  16. Do you have any siblings? I have two older sisters
  17. What do you want to be when you grow up? Both a blogger and an attorney
  18. Who was your first best friend? Samantha
  19. How tall are you? 5’2 🤣
  20. What is the least favourite thing about yourself? I like that I’m funny

If you want to tag yourself, let me know!

Travel Tag

Hi everyone 👋 I decided today’s blog should be a travel tag. I love traveling. My boyfriend and I go to Arizona all the time. And we’re going on vacation in a couple of weeks from now. I’m not an expert on traveling, but I do it often. If you want to join the tag train, just copy and paste the questions on to your blog 🙂

What countries have you already travelled to?
I haven’t really traveled out of the United States besides China and Taiwan. I’ve been to a lot of cities in the U.S. I’ve been to Scottsdale, San Diego, Los Angeles, Miami, Las Vegas, Reno, Dallas, Waco, Phoenix, and many more.

Which destination is at the top of your bucket list?
I want to have a vacation home in Arizona. I really want to go to Hawaii.

What is your most ideal holiday? I would love to go to Arizona and spend a month there exploring with my friends and my boyfriend.

Which place did you think was so special that you’d love to go back?
I would love to go back to Arizona 🌵 ☀️ That’s no surprise! The hotels are cheap and you can get a suite for reallyyyy cheap.

What is your favourite holiday photo?

Who do you tend to go on holiday with?
That’s such an easy answer: my boyfriend!

Would you rather go on a snow or sun holiday?
I would rather go in spring, but if I had to choose, I would go on a sun holiday.

Feel free to do this tag yourself and let me know when your post is up! I’d love to read other people’s responses to these questions.

Gilmore Girls

Is there anyone like me that loves to watch Gilmore girls? I love that show. My favorite character is Lorelai Gilmore. She’s independent, carefree, and completely herself. I feel like I look up to her, but I’m not carefree. I feel like I have to live up to an expectation and I can’t really be myself. I have my own quirky habits and hobbies. Lorelai spends her time eating junk food, but she never gets fat. She dresses however she wants. And she has no shame in expressing herself the way she wants.

I find myself forced to be ashamed of being myself. If I don’t want to follow traditions, I am looked down upon. I want to do things the way I want to. I don’t want to make other people happy all the time.

Whenever I’m feeling sad or alone, Gilmore girls always cheers me up. I’m not quite finished with all the seasons yet. But I’m looking forward to watching more. Cheers to great shows 🥂

This blog has no views

I love Cleverly Begun. This blog is my baby. I created it after I created my main blog. There are zero views right now though. The quality of the posts here are great and they’re clickbait worthy.

I don’t want this blog to go downhill. I will continue to try to build this blog up. It deserves to be updated and taken care of. Alright guys, I’m going to go download world of Warcraft now 👍😊

Happiness

I’m so glad that I am beginning to find my own peace. I have to protect my happiness and guard it against anyone that tries to ruin it. There is someone that is trying to ruin it. Their presence is horrible and I want to stay away from them as much as possible. I am happy in my bubble. I pray that I can keep my bubble forever.

Why are they so obsessed with me

I know a person that ignores me like I don’t even exist. He does this in front of other people too! And I cared at first, but I got over it. I started living my happy life instead. That seemed to make him even more mad. I don’t know what he wants from me. Maybe a signed autograph picture? I can’t get away from this person. I’m sure that he’s asking about me every day and watching me. I don’t care about him at all. I don’t care if he exists or not, and his news doesn’t interest me. It’s the opposite for him though! He is obsessed with me. Is my life better than his? Is he envious of me? Whatever it is, I could care less. I have to be a stronger person and rise above this crap.

Starting to build your own success

This is not a topic that is often discussed. It often seems taboo to talk about making your own success because we are often taught to care very much about other people. It’s not selfish to think this way. You have to spend time taking care of yourself. It doesn’t matter what people think, you are important and you deserve it.

I’ve been thinking a lot about work. I feel like i’m constantly working. There is something I have to do every day. It wasn’t always like this. In college, I had tons of free time. And now post-college, I feel like I have zero free time. That doesn’t make me happy, but what does make me happy is being able to build my own success. Each day, I’ve been trying to create a list of tasks to do for the day. Make each day count. Give yourself stuff to do or things to improve on. Work on them. You have to make these your priority. At the moment, it may seem meaningless to do this. You’ll feel like you’re just making yourself more stressed. However, think about the people who are sitting around and doing nothing. You’re ahead of them! Start saving money every week. Start posting a blog post every day. You can do it! And I believe that is what success is. It’s the ability to make the most of your time and to do things for yourself.

Start building it now!

How do Youtubers/Content Creators do this?

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how youtubers are able to create content every week. We’re not perfect individuals. Life sometimes gets in the way. And most of the time, inspiration is just not there. But most importantly, how do they manage to make connections? How is networking even possible? I’ve networked with other piano teacher bloggers. I haven’t seen much benefit from it, but I haven’t done a lot of it. Honestly, I feel like I’m so new to all of this. I’m not an expert on social media or blogging. I’m still learning. It’s all a new learning experience for me. I have all of these expectations and role models on youtube. I look at all of these youtubers, and I’m jealous. How do they have so many subscribers? Why does it look like they are so happy? I know that they only share a portion of their lives like I do, but how are they also able to balance so much of their work life with their leisure time?

So many questions. And the biggest question of all: Will I ever learn to be like them? Who knows. I don’t! But I’m glad to be able to be given the chance to learn. There’s so much work I have yet to do. And I know that I will eventually get a hang of it. If you’re like me, still learning how to have it all, then please like my blog 🙂 I would really appreciate it!

✶ “Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.” ✶

Juggling My Schedule

As many of you might know, I was using Habit Bull for awhile. But now, I have currently stopped using it. I just wasn’t able to complete those tasks every single day. And I didn’t feel that it accurately depicted my progress. I would skip one day and the app would drop my percentage by 20%. It’s still on my phone, but I’m probably going to delete it after I write this blog post.

My schedule is very unique. During the weekends, I am very busy. And during the week days, I am also very busy. So there is almost no time during the day in which I can effectively complete many tasks. And not everything is perfect because I own a dog. Owning a dog takes up much of my spare time. She pees and poops everywhere even though she has been potty trained. And my dog is a stubborn breed, so she will basically never be potty trained.

My motto? It’s to do things in moderation. Do what I can, but not stress if it’s not done. There are so many things I have to do. I’m an adult and the responsibilities just pile up. Granted, I’m still learning how to be an adult. I do everything by myself, but the task of being completely independent is something I’m constantly striving for. At the age of 23, I feel like I’m at a good place. I’ve moved out, am in a committed relationship, pay for all of my things, and know how to complete many adult tasks. But that isn’t enough for me. I want everything to be mine. I want to do as much as I can like have my house clean all the time. My schedule doesn’t allow for it, but I’ve been pushing myself to strive for that. Juggling my schedule takes all my willpower and energy…

Where do you begin and where do you start?

Have you ever felt like you barely know yourself? Like there is so much to learn and you’re only just beginning to figure out what you want? I’m starting to think that we never really know what to do. We just go out and do it. For me, writing has never been something I thought of doing as a career. And compared to my friends who started their own blogs, I’ve had my blog the longest. I’ve written about 106 blog posts in total over the past couple of months. And it has brought me so much joy. I can remember starting my very first blog Pocketfuloflearning.wordpress.com (I still write in this btw) and I was so excited. It made me so happy that I was writing in it all the time. I was sharing my thoughts, my expertise, and sharing it with my friends. However, I never thought that it would grow more. I, of course, had tons of dreams of it being a success. And to a large extent, it did. All of my friends know about it. They even know the name of my blog! I never thought that that would happen. And even my niece knows my blog name.

So, all in all, it’s been such a wonderful journey. And I’ve been working with other blog writers in doing guest blogging. I’m honestly really excited to figure out what’s going to happen in the future. I want to do this more. I want to buy my own domain name and to have a larger following. I feel like it’s something I will always do. And I’ve actually said that before. Thank you to everyone that has read my blogs. I’m looking forward to new possibilities and many more blog posts ahead 🙂

I am LIVID!!

So the worst thing happened as of late when I was using my google calendar: I lost MANY of my appointments and lesson times I input a couple of days ago. You might be thinking “Oh that’s nothing! Why are you overreacting??” Well, I spent so much of my time writing in my calendar and scheduling my lessons, and on the day that I had three lessons, my calendar decided to delete it. And this isn’t the first time. I’ve bragged before about how great google calendar is and how it has changed my life, but I didn’t quite explain how wonky the system is. You have to be in an area where there’s internet all the time to update your calendar. And now… I’m just using blind hope when I edit my calendar. I never know if any of my stuff are going to be saved. This seems like a common problem amongst a lot of people. I rely on this calendar every single day. I don’t know what I’m going to do without it. Even though it has been causing me to have many headaches, guess what? I’m using it even more now to remind me to make phone calls and run errands. Haha! Ugh… I’m so torn!

The Best Vacation Ever

Hi! Sorry it’s been awhile since I last posted. I haven’t disappeared, don’t worry. It’s just that I’ve had ZERO time to blog anymore and it hasn’t been good for me not to blog. I recently went on one of the best/most epic vacations with my friends and boyfriend. It was full of fun all the time. The biggest worry we had was how to have fun. And we accomplished, within 8 days, one of the most epic vacations ever. We traveled to San Diego, California and Scottsdale, Arizona. Here is a list of the places that we went to in each city:

San Diego

1. Mission Bay Jet Skiing

2. Pacific Beach

3. Little Italy

4. Downtown San Diego

5. Old Town San Diego

6. La Jolla Cove/Beach

7. Seaworld

Scottsdale

1. Tempe Waterpark Big Surf

2. Talking Stick Buffet

3. Odyssea Aquarium

4. Hole in the Rock

5. University of Phoenix Stadium

6. River Rafting

7. Escape Rooms

And I have to mention that our hotel rooms were so nice! It just made everything so much better. In San Diego, we shared an apartment together that was an Air BnB. And when we arrived in Scottsdale, we stayed at the holiday inn resort. There were four pools each with their own types. And in the area which we stayed, there was a big waterpark within the hotel. We also took advantage of the pool table room, game room, gym, and the other amenities.

If you ever have a chance to travel, I highly recommend you do. Why did we choose Scottsdale? It was because my boyfriend and I have traveled there many times in the past. And we plan to move there one day. It’s beautiful there. Whenever we go there, we are always amazed by how much fun we have and how cool it is there. We are actually planning on going back there for four days in August 🙂 I’ve also become addicted to traveling. It’s something that I knew I was going to love. And it has quickly become something I plan on doing very frequently now. When we got home, I instantly missed my friends and the vacation 😦 it was very bittersweet. When you spend 8 days straight with people, you start to miss them. However, since then, we have gathered together to go to bars, play laser tag, go eat steak and eggs, have dinner together, and watch movies. So… it hasn’t been so bittersweet!

I also want to apologize for not blogging in so long. It’s not like me to commit to blogging and to then disregard it. I am planning many blogs for the future and I hope that you guys will come back for the future. I wish I would have taken more photos… Most pictures I didn’t post because of privacy issues and most of them I just didn’t capture in that moment. But I am so grateful to have gone on this amazing vacation and I highly encourage you to check out these places when you go travel there 🙂

Finding the motivation

I’m not really motivated to work on my professional website. It’s a teaching website where I can advertise my studio, but I’ve been procrastinating since the end of time haha and none of the work is close to being done! *sigh* Don’t tell me I’m alone on this. I’ve been working so hard the past couple of months and what I am feeling is probably burnout. I need to advertise my studio though. I feel like a professional website is a concrete step in the process of consistently gaining students. However, I haven’t even began working on building it!

I know I probably seem like I am lazy, but it’s the opposite. I work about 50 hours a week. And by the time I feel like blogging, I’m completely exhausted. So I’m sorry if there hasn’t been much content lately. As always, you can check out my other blog Pocketfuloflearning.wordpress.com for more blogs from me 🙂 and I’ve been updating that also. I really need to stop procrastinating now and start making this website. Please wish me good luck!

Help or not to help…?

I think this would be a good story time blog post for today 🙂 the story doesn’t have a good ending though. I have been best friends with this girl since high school and she recently contacted me for help. She has dodged all of our friends and me for quite a long time now. We haven’t spoken to her in awhile. So, since she suddenly asked me for help, I felt that it was sketchy. She asks me to help her start a piano teaching business. And her reason for wanting to start was that she hated her old job. I quickly said yes and she agreed to meet up. We met ONLY once and she rescheduled on me three times. I was quickly feeling used by her. There was also a student that I was going to refer to her, but she was showing me that she was not very committed to this. How can I put my name on the line for her if she is only going half way? She told me that she is very committed and she really wants this. To me, however, I think of this as a job. It’s not something that you do halfway. I ended up referring the other student to another teacher and I told her that I can no longer help her. I don’t really understand her. She was in such a rush to get started and then she kept putting it off. Anyways, lesson learned. I’m going to just work on improving myself.

Update on my Habitbull

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I’ve been using habitbull pretty religiously since I last posted about it. And I wanted to use it for awhile before I share my honest thoughts about it with you guys. I love habitbull. I know it looks like I haven’t used it, but every time I actually complete one of my goals, I record it. And it has helped me see how well I am doing with my goals. I know that I am definitely doing better at blogging now. And that is something that I have been working really hard on. I’m hoping to add more tasks to my list. My second favorite task to complete is practicing music. I try to do this at least once a week, and I usually complete that goal. For blogging, on the other hand, I try to blog all the time; I try to write as much as I can.

If you are looking to start creating better habits, this app is definitely for you. I just wish there was more to the app that I can access without having to purchase extra things within the app. I’m still confused on what the highlighted circles that aren’t colored in mean. If anyone knows what those mean, please leave the answer in the comments below. I’m thinking of adding more habits and tracking them down also. I also might purchase the ability to add as many habits as I can. As I said before, I am testing out the app. I don’t quite feel ready to purchase anything, but I am planning to in the future.

Good habits are really hard to implement. Not everyone is perfect. And I can’t say that I have perfect habits, but you can probably tell that I try my best. I am thinking about adding meditation to my habit list or walking my dog. I don’t know yet, but I will update you guys as soon as I know. I definitely should add working out as a habit because I go to the gym every day.

In the next couple of months, I will update you guys again on my habits 🙂 And let me know what kind of habits you want to work on!


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Dealing with my negative thoughts

Hi everyone! I’ve been going through a tough time dealing with the negative thoughts that I have. I am not a positive person. I’ll admit that, but I don’t want to be negative. I was feeding off of these negative thoughts and using them to justify bad behavior. It got to the point where I couldn’t sleep at night because I was having such negative thoughts.

The negative thoughts I was having were surrounding my current living situation. I was feeling resentment, hate, and a strong negative feeling towards the person I am living with. And that’s not good. I know that. I need to stop feeling this way. I am currently working very hard to get rid of my thoughts. They are not productive, they are hurtful, and they do no good for the people around me. I wish I realized this sooner and I didn’t let these feelings get so far. It’s not healthy. I’m hoping to eventually get through this tough time in my life. I want to be happy. And I think that I deserve happiness in my life. Please pray for me!

Good morning, bloggers!

I wanted to share a cup of gratitude before we all start our day. Today, I’m really grateful for my blog. I’m very grateful that I kept going. It’s been four months since I started blogging. And I know I’m not wonderful at it yet, but I really love doing it. I feel like it’s going to be something that I will continue to do for a long time. There’s a huge community of bloggers out there that are amazing. And I can’t wait to expand more in the next coming months. You guys are my inspiration. When I first started blogging, I felt the need to write what I thought people wanted to read. After I realized I didn’t even want to read those posts myself, I transitioned. I started writing whatever I want. And it has changed my blogs forever. Thank you for a great four months. It feels like blogging is one of the best presents I’ve ever received.

If you want to read more, check out my other blog Pocketfuloflearning.wordpress.com ❤

Becoming Independent

I’m at the point in my life where I have to learn how to stand on my own two feet. It’s not like I wasn’t before, but I just feel like it’s becoming serious now. I look at myself and I have to completely rely on myself. Like I am the only person that can take care of me and make me happy. In addition to being happy, I have to make enough money to support myself. That’s not easy either. It feels like I’m always working because I need to. If I don’t have money to buy food or gas, I’m going to be so devastated. There are so many things that I have to do too… I have to take care of my car, pay my bills, buy groceries, pay for gas, manage my credit cards, workout my work schedule, and so much more. I never thought that I would have to do these things right now, but I love it. I love the fact that I’m growing up and it’s so refreshing. It makes me so proud of myself 🙂

What is going on??!!

Blogging is so fickle. One day you’re really popular and the next day you don’t get any views on your blog! Lol I have no idea why it’s like that. It’s not that I’m caught up on viewership, but it’s still important to me. I need some advice… How do you get more viewers on your blog? I know that this blog is only 2 months old, so it might take a long time for me to establish a good following. However, I’m starting to feel like I’m losing viewers versus having a slow progression of new viewers. If there are things that I should be doing or blog post ideas that you want me to write about, please let me know 🙂

As always, I hope your day is going well!

“Work hard in silence, let success be your noise.”

Wanting to move to New York?

I’ve been thinking of moving to New York ever since I was really young. It just looks so beautiful, but I think I would feel anxious if I moved there. It looks like there’s so much to do and too much stuff going on. Don’t get me wrong, I think New York is amazing, but I don’t know if it would be right for me.

I’m more of the kind of person that needs things very simple. I can’t handle complexity and drama. I have to live a very simple, happy life. And for the most part, I’m horrible at being with crowds of people. I would feel claustrophobic immediately. The lifestyle I have now is very spacious and roomy. I have tons of room to do my own thing and I don’t have to be bothered by many people. However, I still live with someone that makes me very upset. He eats my food, blasts the tv up, and pretends I don’t exist. That’s a completely different story though.

Ahhh… I really want to live in New York. I’m watching apartment tour videos of New York apartments. They look cramped, but they also look homey and cute. I’m at a loss. What do I do??!

Am I selfish?

I decided to be funny and use the fish background for this blog post, but let’s be serious: do you think that I am being selfish? I’ve been focusing on myself a lot lately. And it’s probably more than other people usually spend on themselves. I’ve been loving it though! It has made me so much happier and I didn’t know that I needed to do it. In this case, I feel like I am being really selfish. I feel like I am letting people down when I spend so much time focusing on myself. However, I think that it’s important to spend time working on yourself and taking care of yourself. You can only really rely on yourself at the end of the day.

I can’t stress this enough: it is not a waste of time to take care of yourself. If you need to take some time to nap, don’t feel guilty for doing it. If you want to spend time at the gym, do it! You are worth it.

A quote that has been motivating me for the past couple of weeks is “Earned, not given.” And I have been living by this quote every day 🙂

I hope this motivates you or gives you some important insight. You can also check out my other blogs at Pocketfuloflearning.wordpress.com for more blog posts!

Personal Issues

I guess many of you might not know this about me, but I play many instruments. I have been playing the double bass for 13 years, the piano for 17 years, and I have started the viola since December of 2017. The viola is difficult man!!! I never knew that. I love the instrument, but it’s been a real struggle for me. Even though my viola teacher is one of the best in town, I was feeling like I was disappointing him. My progress was sooo slow. I can’t bow straight, I can’t play in tune, and I’m barely at the point where I feeling like I’m holding the instrument correctly. All of this combined, it makes me feel shitty. When you have really high expectations for yourself, being bad at an instrument can really bring you down. And that’s what happened to me. I started to feel very depressed and I couldn’t even pick up the instrument to start practicing.

I ended up telling my viola teacher how I felt, and he assured me that we would work on fixing these problems. I’m now taking more consistent lessons and I feel like I have a better understanding on how to fix the issues that I had. I can’t believe that I felt that way. It’s been a long time since I’ve struggled with an instrument. I’ve already mastered two instruments, but being a newbie again was hard. I thought that I was just getting old haha.

You guys should check out all the gear I have for my viola. I have a cushion for my chin rest, straws to keep my bowing straight, finger tapes for the notes, and other stuff. I’m such a newbie, but I feel proud of it 🙂

I’m Back

Hi guys, I’m so sorry that I took a break from blogging. It’s not that I don’t love blogging…I do, but it’s been difficult juggling everything else with my schedule. I hate saying the word “busy”, but I feel like I have been pretty busy lately. Anyways, I have tons of new ideas for my blog that I want to do and stay tuned for all of the things I have planned!

I’ve been planning my music recital for my students and that has been a nightmare lol so many of my students have been bailing on me last minute. And I have to admit that I am kind of mad that they did that to me. I know they are busy also, but I have made so many sacrifices to make sure that they are ready for the recital. I’ve also made extra time for them and it seems like they don’t even care about that… UGHHH

Another thing I have been working on is a lot of self-care. Self-care is not something that I have been working on at all this year. It’s something that I’ve neglected to care about because I always thought working was more important. Btw, my boyfriend and I are very driven and goal oriented, so self-care usually takes the last priority in our lives. However, I have been taking a lot of time to take care of myself. And I have to admit, it’s been really amazing. I’m going to update you guys more on my gym routine and other stuff, so please stay in tuned 🙂 I’m also planning on updating more blogs tomorrow too!

I’m back!!

Am I Nagging?

A recent problem that has occurred in my relationship for the first time is: nagging. It seems like I have gotten into the habit of telling my boyfriend what to do and yelling at him if he doesn’t do it. Believe me, I’m fully aware that I’m nagging. However, I can’t help it. For example, I’ll tell him to take the toothbrushes out of the shower and put them in our cup near the sink. And he hasn’t done it for two days! Today, he finally did it… It drives me crazy. And I can’t help but think that all of this is caused by the fact that we have been living together for awhile. We definitely have the commitment to each other, but I don’t want to be one of those crazy girlfriends that nag their boyfriend all the time. I love him too much. So guess what we did? We decided to make a list of duties for each other. I basically take care of my stuff and he takes care of his stuff, so I don’t have to nag anymore.

Ladies, please remember that your boyfriend is a GUY. Some guys are not going to be super productive. And that’s something that I’m just beginning to learn.

As always, best of luck 🙂

Romantic, but realistic…

I’m the kind of person that has tons of emotions. And since I’m not the kind of person that takes relationships very easily, I tend to stay in long relationships. A long time ago in high school, I watched a ton of Sex in the City. And the show was always intensely inspiring. I think everyone wanted to be like Carrie, who had great friends, and great loves. However, I never had the same thought for myself. I’ve found that great love takes a long time to find, but once you find it, you have to hold onto it. In my life, I’ve found two loves: my boyfriend and my friends.

I’ve had the same friends for almost nine years. That’s an incredibly long time. And friendships pretty much die by 2 years. However, despite everything that life has thrown at me, I’ve managed to keep my best friends. We don’t see each other all the time… and we sometimes don’t talk to each other for months. However, despite all of that, we’ve always stayed close. It never feels like they’ve left my side. I never have to worry that they won’t be there. I know that they’ll always be there.

My friends are the best things ever. I never thought that I would have such great friends. They know everything about me, and can pretty much rely on me 100%. I mean… we’ve had a lot of hang outs, dinners, lunches, talks, and fun together. That’s A LOT of hours to spend with someone. And you bet we get along really well.

I’m just feeling really lucky. I don’t want to be too sentimental, but I am so happy right now. Thanks for listening ❤