Budgeting

Image taken by MJ on Pier 56 in Seattle Washington with an iPhone 7 camera

Debt can be soul-crushing. The weight of owing a lot of money to financial institutions is something that is constantly on my mind. Finally being free of debt will be such a relief to me both financially and mentally. In order to get to that goal, I had to start taking my financial edification more seriously. I’ve written at length about the book, “The Total Money Makeover”, by Dave Ramsey. I’ve learned many financial lessons and steps that will help work towards the freedom I desperately d…

Nurturing My Goals

Image taken by @kihomizuno

It has been four months since I declared to all who would read that I will start on a journey towards changing the direction of my life. For those who are reading my blog for the first time my first article can be found at https://www.ig…. The excuses that I once made have decreased and I sense myself going in a direction that I am proud of. There has certainly been a few bumps along the way but I do feel as if my drive has gotten …

Perspective

Image taken by MJ in DTLA Arts District

Have you ever watched the movie A Christmas Carol? I didn’t know this but it is based on the book of the same name written by Charles Dickens. For the 90s kids reading this, you might be familiar with Disney’s version starring Scrooge McDuck. In the story, a miserable man is visited by four ghosts. Three of these ghosts bring Scrooge on a journey to his past, the lives of people he knows in the present, and to a future where he has died. To my understanding, Scrooge gets a good view of look…

Save Yourself, Save Your Community, Save the World

Image taken by MJ

Often times I sit and wonder what I can do to help the world. And also on a more granular scale, how I can help my family and community. I am sure I am not alone in that respect. There are plenty of people I have spoken to, whether friends or random conversations in ride shares about the current state of the planet. In the past month alone I’ve had conversations about global warming, mental illness, homelessness and people working multiple jobs to make ends meet. It wasn’t until I listened …

Dealing With Discomfort

Image taken by Kiho at the Spartan Super in Chino

In an attempt to get in shape for a ten kilometer race that I will have run last Saturday, I have been running on a regular basis. I had a brief stint on the track team in college before I gave up to focus more on my classes. And while I was not on the team for a long time, I learned a lot from my coach and had no complaints about the transformation my body took after several weeks of practice. But the great runner's physique that I developed was not enough for me to fall in love with the s…

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