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Meet Teddy

For those who follow this blog, you may have seen Teddy, my miniature schnauzer, making a few cameos. Here's a photo of his first day with us when he became ours. He use to live with a family who lived in a house about a few miles over who could not have him anymore. At the time,… Continue reading Meet Teddy

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Maximize Your Work-Life Balance as a Health Care Professional

Happy Motivation Monday, everyone! I came across a post on Med à la Mode about work-life balance as a healthcare professional. I work in retirement living. It is an interesting hybrid of healthcare,  recreation, and real estate. In retirement living, there are nurses and other non-medical line staff on the floor taking care of the older… Continue reading Maximize Your Work-Life Balance as a Health Care Professional

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Things I’d like to do differently in graduate school

Put school first -- no compromises  I told my Toastmasters club I would not be attending meetings for the next several weeks due to my school schedule. For my first class in the program, I am required to attend a live virtual class once a week. However, this virtual class is scheduled during the days… Continue reading Things I’d like to do differently in graduate school

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You’ll find it here in the bottom of the canyon…

This is from Hike #50 from my 52 Hike Challenge--  Franklin Canyon -- a canyon that divides Beverly Hills and Studio City -- respectively, the hip Westside and sprawling San Fernando Valley. Franklin Canyon is not as crowded as Griffith Park nor Runyon Canyon. It is funny how a few miles down Coldwater Canyon Road… Continue reading You’ll find it here in the bottom of the canyon…

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Happy New Year!

Where did 2017 go? Gladly all through 2017 I carried a planner each day to track good habits, journal each event, accomplishments, adventures, etc. I never thought I'd eventually adopt the idea of having a paper planner and LOVED every time I open my planner. I've also met a community of other people like me… Continue reading Happy New Year!

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Top Posts of 2017

Here a round-up of the top posts from this year. It was interesting to see which posts had the most views but I also wanted to share my favorite posts for the year. Most Views: About - Not really a post but it did get quite a lot of views. I miss looking out of the… Continue reading Top Posts of 2017

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The Best of Weekly Photo Challenge 2017

I loved doing the Weekly Photo Challenge because it gives me an excuse to share photos deep from the vault aka my Dropbox files, Amazon Cloud Drive files, Facebook, Photobucket, etc. Looking through my photo vault, I have more than enough content to blog even though it is likely I'll be doing less travelling, less… Continue reading The Best of Weekly Photo Challenge 2017

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Celebrating longer, darker nights at Descanso Gardens

Last year, we went to the Enchanted Forest in Descanso Gardens. Each year from November to early January, they transform the place into something magical -- well...the credit all goes to lighting effects. It is one of my favorite things to do during the holidays. I thought this would something we would every year, but… Continue reading Celebrating longer, darker nights at Descanso Gardens

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Motivation Monday: Happiness Wins

In the beginning of the year, there was a prompt in the few pages of my planner asking what is my power mantra. I did not have one in particular. I simply wrote, "I'd rather be happy." Now it's the end of year and I revisit the "what is my mantra" prompt towards the last… Continue reading Motivation Monday: Happiness Wins

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Pursue happiness, disregard other people’s approval

"Through childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood, we keep achieving, craving the external validation that comes when we get all As or are chosen to captain the team. I was, and am, extremely ambitious. But the more we achieve in order to win the approval of others, the further we get from our own goals—and happiness."… Continue reading Pursue happiness, disregard other people’s approval

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I’m not going to pose here…

Teddy is the first dog I've owned. When we first got him, I took (I tried) lots of photos but he somehow does a great job turning himself away avoiding the camera. It's not because Teddy is camera shy, it's because he knows he can give me a hard time by looking away. *sighs* It's… Continue reading I’m not going to pose here…

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Monday Motivation: I’m back

...actually, I came back from Iceland on Friday night. It was such a fantastic trip. Stayed tuned for Travel Tuesdays and the future one's thereafter. Also on Friday night, when I arrived to LAX, I turned on my phone to find out I'VE BEEN ACCEPTED TO THE MPA PROGRAM!! I start school on January 21st.… Continue reading Monday Motivation: I’m back