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Glad You’re Back, Mangaka!

Hi all! How are you doing today? 😉

I have to say, I’ve been mia around the blog world recently. But perhaps this shows my growth of not relying on the social media? (Which I consider is a good thing) 😉

How was your Black Friday/Cyber Monday? Did you get anything cool and shanzzy? I sure did!

My aunt gave me a $50 gift card for Macy’s (as a super-belated grad present), and the next day (Black Friday), I spent most of it! 😀 Hey, there was a good deal on this machine, so it’s perfectly okay! 😉

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Ta-daaaaa!!!!! A Bella Cucina 700 Watt Juice Extractor!!! Holy wow!! I wanted a juicer for over 2 years, and FINALLY!! I got one!! 😀 (when Michael and I went to buy it, we felt like we were newly weds because we had such a big item!!) 😉

It was originally $79.99, and it was 50% off!! (and we made it just in time for the “morning special” without even knowing it! ;)) So (+ tax) $43 it was! 😀 Pretty sweet deal, ain’t it?

Now to the title: For me, it’s quite exciting, because I’ve been waiting for it to come back for a good 1 year-and a little.

In my junior year, I was drawing manga (Japanese comic) like CRAZY (regardless of how much hw I had for AP US History, which was scary).

But in my senior year, I just didn’t feel like doing it anymore. I was thinking of the plot for the new manga, but I just couldn’t come up with it. (plus for us, deciding the whole “college” thing) So then, I lost my “mangaka (manga artist/cartoonist) soul”. This was sad because that (aka drawing) is a big part of me.

But I didn’t want to completely lose my drawing soul, so I kept on drawing something. (Hoping I would get my “mangaka soul” back soon)

     

  

Then one day, somebody pointed out “You seem sad”.

I didn’t realize then, but I was. (again, due to the whole “college” thing) Even though that was all I was drawing, I still wanted to draw something. So I let everything happen, and let time pass, hoping time will heal my pain. (and the lack of wanting to draw manga)

So improvements DO happen over time:

     

(okay, okay. I was drawing Yu-Gi-Oh! because I like it, and drawing something I knew made me feel better)

And guess what. Yesterday, FINALLY the day came: I started to get a super-jumbo-mumbo jar full of inspiration, just pouring out of my head!!! This was so fun, awesome, and just plain joy for me, because I haven’t gotten this overflowing-inspiration in over a year, and it’s here!!!!!! Me being able to come up with a story from beginning to end completely is pure happiness!!! Feeding your hobby-heart with joy is important too, you know! (so sometimes, put work + “manditory chores” off to the side and let your hobby soul flow with joy!!)

So now, I have a full-length, 28-pages of manga rough draft in my notebook, and I’m super-excited to work on it!! (it may or may not be posted here, but I’m more than sure that you can find it online) 😉

I’m glad that my Mangaka soul is back, and I learned from experience (for like the 40 billionth time) “If you let time pass, things will heal/get better” Oh, hi Michael! I’m sure YOU know what I’m talking about! Ha ha! 😀

Yeay for my drawing/mangaka spirit to be back!!!!

So now, slowly, I’m going to start working on my manga! (not sending in to a big company. Just for fun; for my friends, and for me to recover from losing my spirit!) 😀

Do you want to see it? (It’s Yu-Gi-Oh! fan manga) If you do, the whole thing, parts or doodles of it?

I hope you’ll have a good rest of the day and thanks for coming! 🙂

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気にしすぎ?

Hi everyone! How are you doing today? 😉

Me? I don’t have a lab today (labs on Monday from 8 – 10:50) due to the fact that this week is Thanksgiving break week. (yeay!) I’m excited to get SOME STUFF DONE! lol What are you doing over your Thanksgiving break?

Same thing as last time. Why? It’s an easier way for me to write a journal/diary, I guess. (Writing does take longer, and I like typing) And I won’t be wasting paper, too 🙂 So if you want to translate, please go here. (just to tell you, I have good stuff on there. I know I can explain/talk about it better in Japanese, so if you want to learn, might as well translate to see what this girl has to say.)

と、いうわけでまた日本語で書くことにします。日本語で書くほうがしっくりときます。

今日の内容は機能に引き続き、「影響されやすい」ことから始まります。(気にしすぎって?)←まぁそこはあとで触れますのでご心配なく。

影響されやすいのはいいですけど、それをどれだけ「気にするか」にも焦点を当ててみたいと思います。

影響されても、それをあまり気にせず「まぁいいや~」と軽く考えるのと、「え~でも絶対そうかも~...」と抱え込んでしまうと、それだけに目が傾いて、大切な「現実」に目が届きません。なので深く考えるのはだめですよ。(自分に言い聞かせてる言っているので、言葉の強さは気にしないでくださいね~(笑))

ちなみに沙悟浄は「気にしすぎ」派です。(笑)ってか「考えすぎ」な属性です。(笑)これが良いときもあれば、悪いときも少なくはなく...(笑)役に立ってくれればいいんですが、そうでない時もしばしばなので、どうしたことかと...(笑)

でも、(ここから自分宛ですので、あまり乱暴な言葉は気にしないでください。自分に宛ててるので、それぐらいのほうが効くんですよ(笑))、初めて読んだ漫画にあそこまで影響を受けるのは、それこそ「気にしすぎ」だと思う。だって、今までほかの(知らない作者が描いた)漫画をここまで気にしたことある?勝手に影響されて考えすぎってのは丸分かりなんだ。(笑)自分で勝手に被害妄想するのは、自分に迷惑なだけだと思うんだけど、どうよ?こんなことしてて楽しい?自由?「別にただの馬鹿らしい漫画だし、勝手に影響をずっと受けて考えすぎるのは、それこそ馬鹿らしいじゃ~ん(笑)」と笑いすごして考えれば?自分にカルマを与えるだなんだはいいんだけど、頭(思考)をここまで犯されるのはどうかと思う。だって時間と心と脳細胞の無駄じゃん?

そして今気がついた。「こうならないといいな~...」と思うとなってしまいます。心配事はしないほうがいいですよ、マジで。

マイナスなことに焦点をおいてしまうと、それがすごく気になってしまうので、プラスのことに目を向けましょう。(書く力、おそるべし...)

プラスに「別に気にすることでもないし~。なんでこんなに気にしてんだぁ~?(笑)」と楽観的に考えたほうが自分のためにもなるし、自分の心と体も喜びますよ♪ 気にしてるほうが大変で、自分を押さえ込んでしまいますよ♪

だから「前向きに前向きに♪」ですね。(笑)

だからといって悲しいときに無理にして前向きになる、という意味ではないですよ。悲しいとき、怒っているときは、素直にその感情に慕う。悲しいときは悲しんで、怒っているときは怒って...そして終わったらまた立ち上がる...それが「前向きに、一歩前進」ということだと思います。

深く考えずに楽観的に...それでよ良いと思いますよ。そして本当に力を発揮しなければいけないとき(テストや面接など)のために「全力パワー」をためておきましょう。マイナスの気持ちに全力パワーを注いでも、何も良いことはありませんよ(笑)自分の「プラスパワー」が減っていくだけです。

なので、気にせず、前向きに、楽しく、楽観的に人生前進していきましょう~。(笑)

Thanks for coming and have a good day! 🙂

P.S: Don’t forget Katie’s giveaway!

 

日本語で。

Hi all! How are you doing today? 😉

Guess what! It snowed today!! (and I re-realized that I don’t like it because…it’s cold!) I miss summer (and warm weather in general) already!

Okay, the title’s in Japanese because I feel like writing in Japanese. I feel like this would explain my feelings better than English. If you want to know what I wrote, please go here (or any other translating website) and translate it.

と、いうわけで、今日は日本語で書いてみることにしました~。なんか変な感じはするけど、まぁいいか。別に誰かのために書いてるわけじゃないし。ってかこの今日のエントリーは自分のために書いてるもんだし。自分の心の整理兼戒め?みたいな?(「教訓を言い聞かせる」ってのかな?)

私は、やっぱり本に影響されやすい。だから今日も単純にいろいろ決められたんだと思う。

でも、こんな自分でもいいと思うんだ。

だってさ、私がこうだから私なんであって、私がこうじゃなかったら、「私」にならない気がするんだ。

私だって知ってるよ、自分が影響されやすいっての。でも、それを変えようっていうのも無理な話なんだよね。だって、「影響の受けやすさ」は心の問題だと思うんだ。

悪い影響であろうと、良い影響であろうと、それで何か学んでる自分がいるっての、分かってるんだ。何かを信じすぎようと否と、それが何らかの形で自分のためになってる気がする。

そこで影響されて、それに磨かれる...それが「私」だと思うんだ。

今日だってそう。え~な漫画に影響されて、こうなってる。でも、このおかげで考えさせられる。自分にとっては「新しい学び」なんだよね。

影響されて、ひとつ賢くなる...別に全部の本にすっごく影響されるわけじゃないよ。でも、ただ単に何か「大きなもの・新しい偉大(?)なもの」に影響されちゃう、っていうのかな。言葉にすると難しいけど(ましてや英語だと、もっと難しいがな...)

でも、こんな自分が不思議。影響されちゃう自分がいるってのが。でも、別に変とは思ってない。だって、人ってある程度は何かに影響されてるんだもん。だから、別に不思議じゃないと思う。その「影響され度」が人によって違うだけ。どーでもいいこと言われても影響されないけど、本だと影響される、とかね。千差万別。

影響されて、それが良い/プラスの方に働けばいいんだけど、たまにマイナスになっちゃうときだってあるよ。時間がたてばふっきれるけど(笑)それはそれであたしらしいと思う。

「影響されていいの?」って自問しても、答えは「いいじゃん」になるわけ。だって、それが自分だから。

だって世の中にはすごーく頑固で、人の言うことに耳をまったく傾けない人だっている。それの反対のようなもんじゃん?だから、そんな人がいてもオッケーなわけ。みんな違って、それでいてみんなそれを認め合って生きている。それでいいんじゃないかな?って私は思うよ。

影響されて、心で整理して、前進する。それでいいんじゃない?:)

だって人は毎日のようにテレビを観たりインターネットをしたり、人と話したりして意見の交換をしている。だから日常生活の中でも、知らず知らずに影響されてるんだよ、きっと。それに気がつかないだけ。

だから、それが本でもいいと思う。(だからってそれ「だけ」に影響されて生きていくのはどうかと思うけど...)自分で考えて、納得してから前を向いて進んでいく。それでいいんだと思う。

もし、あなたがすごく影響を受けやすい人だったら、それを否定しないで、「これでいいんだ」と自分を認めてあげてください。

そんなとこも、「自分」なんだから。 ;)

それと、何かして(この場合は本を読んだこと)後悔しても、それは良い学びだと受け止めれば、自分のためになると思う。だから、やってしまって「あちゃ~...」と思ったことも、オールオッケーにして、自分の将来に活かしてください。

だって、全ての経験は「必要・必然・ベスト」だから...

以上!沙悟浄のVeg*nページからでした~。

Thanks for coming and have a good day! 🙂

P.S: Katie’s having a giveaway!

Doubt Yourself, and You Doubt Everyone!

Hi all! How are you doing today? 😉

Me? I’m doing fine, but #^&@* things been happening to me in the last…week! Just in this week, I was vandalized TWICE!! Crazy I tell you!! And it’s been…frustrating.

First was when I came back on Sunday, my “How I’m Environmentally-Friendly” list was removed, with a note saying “Your poster was vandalized, come talk to me for more info”. So I did, and apparently super-mean things along the line of “Caring for the environment is such a waste of time and is stupid.” (note: everything – posters and drawings – are/were on my door.)

Okay, so that was dumb, and yeah I told the RA, but I personally didn’t bother, because it wasn’t that important of a thing for me. And guess what? Today, when I was out of my room for 4 hours, someone wrote ON MY ARTWORK. Officially, they have crossed the line. I was NOT a happy girl. (and on the original copy, too. If it was a scanned-then-printed one, I wouldn’t be as mad) They wrote: “Can’t Understand Normal Thinking” (put the first letter of the each word together and see what it really says) Below is the scanned artwork.

Long and upsetting story short, these are the things that happened. BUT me being me, I was anaylizing why this happened. (over-thinker, much? I know, and I’m proud of it.) 🙂

Why me? What did I do? What was it that I did bad?” I asked mysef. But in (my) a way, it made sense to me. (refer to title here)

Recently, I’ve been doubting myself like crazy. (Believing in myself is a huuuuuuuuuuuge task for me. My life mission, I shall say. :)) About…stuff. (ex: not trusting that I locked my door. And I KNOW that I unintentionally check and lock my door) Why? Um…a sign that I’m going to be able to trust myself in the future, is how I’m interpreting all this.

Vandalizing: anyone can be the one who did it. I don’t know who, but it could be anyone, right? So I saw (my own) a connection about me and these “events” happening to me.

“Maybe…maybe, because I’m not trusting myself, I’m not able to trust my actions nor the people around me.”

Yes yes, confidence is important. But ever since I was little, it was low. And now, I have to slowly get it back up. From what I’ve been learning in life for the last 5 years, the quote up there was what I came up with.

The world is like a mirror; what you do comes back to you (Karma). Because I don’t/didn’t believe/trust myself, I’m not being able to trust my own actions/people around me. Okay, so now what Sagojyou?

I have to trust myself. I have to trust that I did lock my doors. I have to trust that everything’s going to be okay.

I know I can’t see the future, and yes intuitions are right for a good amount of time, BUT, I KNOW from EXPERIENCE that sometimes, it can be wrong. I need to accept that, trust that (the fact that it can be wrong), and for my sake, believe in myself.

Isn’t life interesting? To succeed in it, we just have to follow the simple rules of life, but for some reason, it’s really hard to do so. 😉 (but if we can all live by the “ideal way of life”, I think the world would be corrupt…at least in the modern world.) 😉

So yeah! Sagojyou has to believe in herself, and I have to do it with confidence. Little by little, if I can do something that I promise to do, that would help me improve my self-confidence skill as a whole.

What I have found to work for me is that I make a list of stuff to do, and no matter how much I don’t feel like doing it (ex: homework), I DO it. No matter what. Then I realize that I feel really good about accomplishing it.

But if I leave it at there, that feeling would just fade away. SO, an advice to me and everybody else who needs the help I need (increasing self-confidence), WRITE WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED AND WRITE DOWN HOW GOOD YOU FEEL ABOUT IT. I’ve done it before for a little bit, and it helped me A LOT, because I then can remind myself how big of an accomplishment it was and how good I felt about it.

 BE PROUD OF THE LITTLE THINGS YOU ACCOMPLISH. It will make SO MUCH difference than to not give yourself credit for those “little things” you did. Hey, doing the dishes is a great thing you accomplished there; then the house is clean. 😉 Yeay for a clean house. 🙂

I’ll keep you all updated on how me putting up a drawing that I found a line art to online and colored it goes. 🙂 Please wish me that this whole, crazy vandalizm would stop soon, because I really don’t enjoy it!

Have a good day and thanks for coming! 😉

P.S: If you have a good tip or two about how to boost your self esteem/confidence, please share! I would LOVE to know how you are confident about yourself. 😉

Environmentally-Friendly What?!

Hello! How are you all doing today? 😉

This is also another post that I haven’t done in a while, so here it goes!

Guess what I got in the mail when I came back from the Puyallup Fair?

It’s a fairly big package…

Inside revealed:

Lunapads!!!! 😀 Reusable and organic napkins! How wonderful is that?

According to their website:

“…Approximately 20 billion pads, tampons and applicators are being sent to North American landfills annually. On an individual level, each of the approximately 73 million menstruating women in North America will throw away 125 to 150kg of disposable menstrual products in her lifetime .”

Ho Ly COW. That’s A LOT! 😯 If you think about it, it totally makes sense!!

And it costs less on the long-run, too. From their website:

Comparison of cost per use of disposable pads and tampons versus reusable products

 

Disposable Products  Price @ Drugstore.com # per pack  Cost Per Use
 Always Infinity Maxi Pads $9.99 36 $0.28
 Stayfree Maxi Pads $6.99 28 $0.25
7th Generation ultra thin maxi pads $4.29 18 $0.24
 Natracare Organic Cotton Maxis $4.69 12 $0.39
 Kotex Maxi Pads w/wings $7.99 28 $0.29
 Playtex regular tampons $9.99 36 $0.28
Tampax Pearl tampons (applicator) $8.99 40 $0.22
OB non applicator tampons $7.39 40 $0.18
Seventh Generation tampons $5.19 20 $0.26
 Instead Cup $9.49 24 $0.40
       
 Reusable Products  Price @ Lunapads.com  Use Frequency (1)   Life (2)
 Lunapads Pantyliners $10.99 3 times/week 5 yrs
 Lunapads Mini Pad & Liner  $14.99 (includes 1 liner) 3 times/month 5 yrs
Lunapads Maxi Pad & Liner  $16.99 (includes 1 liner) 3 times/month 5 yrs
 Lunapads Long Pad & Liner  $18.99 (includes 1 liner) 3 times/month 5 yrs
 The DivaCup $35.00 4 x/day, 5 days/mo. 2 years

 Wow! 😯 Environmental merit + cost = awesome to get reusable ones!

And because they’re organic and not made with yucky chemicals, it doesn’t cause any skin irritations! Yeay!

They’re super-easy to use, very comfy, and it’s just fun to know that I’m helping by simpling putting them in the washing machine! (I soak them in water and wash it out first) They’re a bit pricy ($80 for mine. Wooosh!) 8O, but it’s worth it if it last for that long. 🙂

They have sale products, too, so check them out here!

And I also found a more local one called Amy’s Rag Bag!

They’re A LOT cheaper, and they’re handmade!! I talked to the owner (she was selling them at the Farmer’s Market), and she was very friendly!

Amy’s is a lot easier to use (no changing pads), but you have to add more pads below the pad to make it more secure. So it depends on what you like and how much money you’re willing to spend on it. But I like them both in their own ways. 🙂 I use the lunapads when I’m on my period, and I use Amy’s when I”m just about done with it.

Have you tried them before? Or do you know another company like this? If you do, please share! I’d love to find and try new pads!

And lunapads will give you free stickers when you order (and a leaflet too, but I didn’t want one), and a coupon too.

It’s said that “Having a few nice-looking, comfortable pads can help you make peace with your cycle. Many women who switch to reusables develop more pride and respect for their bodies.” I can proudly say that this is true. I feel more comfortable, and I really enjoy when my period comes!! 😀

So if you have any stories like this, please share!

Now I’m off to sleep with my new VegNews magazine! I subscribed to it, and I love it! 😀

Are you subscribed to any magazines? If so, what? I’m now going to be subscribed to Women’s Health! I love their workout plans and eats! (it motivates me more to be healthy and go to the gym more often!)

Have a good day and thaaaaaaaaanks for coming! 🙂

Puyallup Fair was…when?!

Hi y’all! 😀 How are you doing today? 😉

Wow. I was looking through the photos that I’ve taken over the past few months (before I lost my camera), and I TOTALLY didn’t do a couple of important/fun posts! So, I’m going to one of them today. 😀

On September 16th (according to the photo date), Michael and I went to the Puyallup Fair!!!!! 😀

(taken from ride) As you can see, it was very rainy.

The first thing we did was…food!! (even though I wasn’t hungry at all. I wanted to eat something for a good memory) 😉

So Michael bought us…

An Elephant Ear!!  😀

Don’t worry, it’s not real. 😉 (When I was little, I used to think that it was, and I refused to eat it everytime)

We asked, waited (for EVER!!), and found out what the heck was in it. It turns out that it’s vegan without the butter, so we got one with strawberry jam – the butter.

Am I focused on the ear, or my boyfriend? 😉

Gone! Oh, that was a lot. 😯

It was really big (about two hands in diameter), but I didn’t want to carry around with me, so we ate the whole thing!

Then we walked around, looking at stuff.


I thought to myself: “WHY ISN’T MY BROTHER HERE?” He’s (14) practicing with friggen college students!! He can easily beat the records!!!! (he’s a baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad ass when it comes to baseball) And no one his age tried out, too. But then, they would have been put in shame anyways. 😀

And cute finds of weird fun toys + others.

My boyfriend’s FAVORITE Japanese mascot/character, Mameshiba. I bought A BUNCH of Mameshiba stuff from Japan for him, and it’s quite funny how much stuff I got him!! 😀

After the fair, I had to give a visit to my wonderful uncle, so I got him some presents:

lol Great socks, right? 😉 I like how it says “Other sock”. That just gave us a good laugh. 😀

And Michael got him a marble that says “Tom” (he’s so nice, isn’t he?) 😉

After making a trip to my uncle’s house and talking for a good chunk of time, mom didn’t have anything for us to eat for dinner, so we went to Teapot!

Pictures of what we ordered:

And then there were none.

 But then there was room for dessert. (who wouldn’t have room for dessert?) 😉

 (NOT a recycled photo)

Yum! But half each is enough, like always. 🙂

Oh, and guess what my boyfriend bought me at the marble store (where he got the “Tom” marble)??

Behold. The nerdiness of mwa.

Quaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa-dratic Formula

X = (-B ±√(B^2 – 4AC)/(2A).

WOW. Why does this sound so nerdy? Oh well. I want to be (and will be!!) a math teacher, so it shows my pride in loving math! 😀

In case you want to see the video for it, here you go!

Ha ha ha! It’s awesomely funny, isn’t it? 😉

Have you gone to any fairs in your area? Do you like fairs? Do you go on rides? The only ride we went on was the gondola. We don’t like spending money nor getting dizzy and sick and throwing up on eachother!! Ha ha!! 😀

Have a good one and thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks for coming! 🙂

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