June 2015 Goals

May 2015_CollageThoughts/updates this month:

  • Can you believe it’s June already? That means the year is almost halfway over! Have you reviewed your new year resolution? How is that coming along? For me, not so great. Ugh.
  • I met my new team members for the first time. It was the first time we got to meet each other in person. I didn’t know what to expect going into this “weekend retreat” but it turned out to be a lot better than I expected. I met some wonderful people, learned more about the SF community, and felt more connected and driven to help this community.
  • I went to New Orleans for the first time for a friend’s bachelorette. I only heard of the famous Bourbon Street (aka party scene) but it turned out there was so much more to New Orleans, such as the yummy food, rich culture, and warm hospitality of the south. One of my favorite part of the trip was checking out the Garden District and learning about the history of New Orleans. I would definitely recommend a tour of that area if you do go to New Orleans.
  • I went down to Irvine for my mother-in-law’s ordination ceremony. I can’t believe she’s officially a pastor! Yay! Hearing the testimonies from others reminded me that God is a living God and he’s not just some stories we read in the Bible.
  • While I was down in Irvine, I also got the chance to meet Shannon for the first time in person. I met her through the blogging world and as I go to know her through her blog and Instagram, she didn’t seem like a stranger but more like a friend so it was a joy to finally meet her in person. I had a great time getting to know her more personally. We both love coffee so I was glad I was able to introduce her to sea salt coffee at 85c Bakery (one of my favorite spot for sea salt coffee and pastry). That’s one great thing about blogging that I didn’t expect — to find new friends 🙂
  • I also went to Cancun for the first time for a friend’s wedding. That was really fun and relaxing since we stayed at an all inclusive resort so we didn’t have to worry about food or drinks although I felt like I had to eat/drink every hour to get my money’s worth. I also went snorkeling for the first time! We went on a boat to the middle of the ocean to go snorkeling. I was just tagging along, not expecting to get into the ocean since I can’t swim. The tour guide really wanted me to try it out and there were some peer pressure from the others so I actually jumped into the ocean (with a life jacket of course!). It was initially scary since this was the first time I’ve been in the water where my feet can’t touch the ground but eventually I was able to relax somewhat. The tour guide was really nice enough to pull me along the life-saver ring so I can look in the water. This was the best step I’ve taken so far to face my fear of the water.
  • Have you ever used Cetaphil before? I remember this cleanser being really popular since it’s suppose to be gentle and fragrance free, so perfect for all skin type. My facialist in Atlanta told me to stop using because of all the harmful ingredients in it so I stopped. This was almost 10 years ago. Then just a couple of weeks ago, one of my friend mentioned that she still uses Cetaphil. I told her to stop using it but didn’t have the exact reason except what my facialist told me 10 years ago, which was kinda hazy at this point. I happen to come across this article a couple of days after our conversation, which perfectly explains why you should stop using Cetaphil if you do.
  • This post and this comic strip got me thinking about privilege and how a lot of people are born with privilege without realizing it.

Last month’s goals:

  1. Catch up on #365DaysOfTruth Plan and complete month 5. I’m just four days behind so not too bad.
  2. Focus on studying calculus. I should have been more specific but I did finish watching the online videos and taking the practice test.
  3. Read one book this month. Didn’t read any book last month 🙁
  4. Donate at least a box of stuff to Goodwill. I did fill up a box for donation but just haven’t dropped it off at Goodwill yet.
  5. Workout once a week. I haven’t worked out this month 🙁
  6. Blog once a week. I missed a week 🙁
  7. Take more pictures of people! Yes! Although I should probably have a specific target.

This month’s goals:

  1. Complete month 6 of #365DaysOfTruth plan.
  2. Pass the calculus test.
  3. Read one book this month.
  4. Workout once a week.
  5. Blog once a week.
  6. Turn in my homework assignment on time.
  7. Spend below the new calculated budget.

What are your goals for this month?



  • It was really awesome getting to meet you too! And thanks for introducing me to 85C 😀 I’ll have to wait until you come back to go again though or I might get carried away with eating all of the different pastries! Ha.

    Good luck with your goals this month! So glad you had a great time in Cancun and that you were able to experience snorkeling a bit.

    • Haha it can be addicting! Good thing there isn’t one near me! We can definitely go back next time I’m back in town!
      Thanks for the support! 🙂

  • New Orleans sounds amazing! I’ve seen so many posts about it lately it’s making me want to go! Glad you were able to enjoy some of the snorkeling, it’s a good first step!!

    • You should definitely check it out! I didn’t think it was going to be that special but it is quite unique. A trip worth taking! Haha thank you! I’m still scare of water though :p

      • Now it’s going on my list! I’ve heard the food is just spectacular. And baby steps! You’ll get there eventually 🙂

  • so fun that you met up with shannon! we should all meet up sometime. 🙂 i used to think cancun was trashy and mostly for spring breakers, but apparently on this cruise I learned that cancun is one of the nicest places to go in mexico. I wanna go now!

    • Yes! We should all meet up sometime in the future! 🙂 Oh really? I didn’t know Cancun was considered one of the nicest place to go in Mexico. It was nice when I was there but we stayed in the resort most of the time there to get our money’s worth :p

  • Wow! May was a month full of celebration and accomplishments 🙂 I so miss the OC, I hope that I am able to visit this year, it’s been a year already! Speaking of year, yeah, crazy! Can’t believe we are already half-way through the year 0_o

    May was a tough month for me too Hsiao-Ting 🙁 I’m optimistic though! I’ve managed to workout for an entire week this month (faithfully) and have managed to read more books than I anticipated. I”m sure you’ll do great this month 🙂

    • Wait – are you from the OC?! You should definitely go visit this year! It’s only like 8 hours drive for you? I guess that is kinda long with all the kids in the car … haha …

      Yay!! I’m glad you still managed to meet some of your goals this month!! That’s always exciting! Thanks so much for your support! <3

  • i didn’t know you had a fear of water. snorkeling is so fun! =D i’m glad you got to experience it. =) even though you didn’t make some of your goals it looks like you accomplished so much in june! =D