The experts have spoken. It is the mantra, the secret, the mindset, the principle, the truth. By whatever name you choose to implement it, this is the first step to the happiness and success you want.
The first time I baked chocolate chip cookies, they stayed and cooked as the drops I had put on the baking sheet. The balls of dough looked nothing like the fresh, flat and goeey chocolate chip cookies I had hoped would come out of the oven. So, last week, I found a better recipe and … Continue reading The Cookie Redemption
Today, I read a list of goals that I made for myself 3 years ago. Yes, I did achieve some of them but 10% success rate is not something I want to give myself a pat on the back for. No, my list of goals was not unreasonably out of reach. I also revisited something … Continue reading Becoming More
Puzzles are relaxing and challenging. They are not Netflix or movies. They keep my mind occupied well, challenge me in a different way than the spreadsheets on the job, and also test my motor skills in a different capacity than the keyboard and mouse I am constantly using. If you ask me, adults need more … Continue reading Scaling the Temple of Heaven
From "do what you can" to "I cannot wait to do this". I am actively journaling again and I love it!!! I have eased myself into a simple exercise of writing that is helping me and that I actually feel like reaching out for several times a day. The recent silence online of my writer's … Continue reading Just Penciling It Down
A personal reflection on living life by the pomodoro technique. In his introduction to the well-recognized book, The Success Principles, Jack Canfield emphasizes that his principles do work. But he emphasizes: for the principles to work, you have to work the principles! And the secret to success with the pomodoro technique is just that. I … Continue reading 25 x 25
Propaganda. Racism. Poverty. Discrimination. Rebellion. Genocide. Narcissism. Blackmail. Lying. Corporate fraud. Conspiracies. Bureaucracy. Scandals. Theft. Forgery. Incompetence. Abusive leadership.Sexual harassment. Alcohol. Drugs. Pornography. Prostitution. Addiction.Infidelity. Backbiting. Neglectful parenting. Betrayal. Sociopathy. Domestic violence. All covered by a heavy layer of pretense to keep things running. This has been an adventure of a year for me. Life … Continue reading This is My Fight
The book to read is not the one that thinks for you but the one that makes you think. - Harper Lee I have always been a story reader and my interest in non-fiction is fairly premature. I am developing it, in favour of my ardent pursuit of knowledge. I find that it is much … Continue reading Reading Non-Fiction
My first ever spa retreat! I have had back massages before but a full spa retreat package and the pampering and revitalizing was so new to me. It really was a wonderful day in itself but it also shifted my perception: my head was clearer and more focused in the present moment than it has … Continue reading Self Care and the Spa
The unexamined life is not worth living. This quote is credited to Socrates who is recognized for contributions to philosophy and posing questions to his students that generated new insights and ideas. In observing general social behaviours, talking to others, and reflecting on my own thought processes, I see that the average lifestyle does not … Continue reading Examine Life
Once, a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and full of problems. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time. It seemed as if just when one problem was solved, another one soon followed. Her father, a chef, took her to the kitchen. He filled 3 pots with water … Continue reading Coffee, Please!
I had never heard of this book before but it came to me as a prize for a drawing contest when I was a kid. I took notice of it many years later in my grand library of two shelves. Since then, I have read it several times and thoroughly enjoyed it. One is never … Continue reading A Ghost in the Tokaido Inn