A Vegan Girl On Her Life Journey :)

Gifts I Received!

I realized that the days up til Christmas is more fun than the actual day of Christmas. I like the spirit and the atmosphere people and the city provide. 🙂 I’m still listening to Christmas songs! (Glad Warm 106.9 still has their Listen Live stream player!) Obviously this isn’t live, but that doesn’t matter. I like Christmas songs and that’s that. 🙂

On Christmas day, I woke up around 9 and didn’t fall back asleep. 🙂 (usually would, because there’s no school, but Christmas day is one of those days where I should get up early, so everyone can open their presents)

Gifts I received…

From Santa are: A Nikon Coolpix 3000 (which didn’t let me get a photo off of the internet),

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A Strawberry Cream lip gloss (the box was from my boyfriend; he worked so hard writing my name in kanji!! That touched me a lot!! Good job, Michael!)

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a pink scarf from old navy that’s about 2 ft long (and it’s a whole hoopy-loop; not a long string, but more like a hoop),

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super warm-looking socks (x3),

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and Paul Frank’s pj pants.

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From my boyfriend: a peta2 I Am Not a Nugget pencil box (just the pencil box – which came with the box and these cute pencils) and a peta2 notebook,

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a PETA reusable tote bag,

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a Vegan Tunic Sweater (sooooooooooooo cute and suuuuper warm!! I LOVE it!!),

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and a hand-made bracelet in a handmade gift box made out of old greeting cards! (First I thought it was a gift that his sister got and gave it to me – I thought that because of the box. Sorry! And the types of beads, colors, and the pattern shows his personality, and it represents me really good! I love it!!)

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From my brother: Mario and Luigi Partners in Time (OMG I LOVE M&L RPG games!! I’ve played all of them (1-3), and this is the cutest!!!)

Now the peta2 notebook is $0.49, and the peta2 pencil box set is $1.99!!! What a rip off deal!!! 😀 People, buy things AFTER Christmas!!! 😀

Eats on Christmas was like this:

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Bunch of junky food, but oh well. 🙂 I had pancakes instead.

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Before:

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After:

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Ta-da!! I took off the tape today!! I really wanted to, and it doesn’t look as bad as I thought it would. 🙂

Other side:

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This side was the better side. (because the other side had more move-arounds to do) I’m glad I’m healing! (but needs to put on ice pack more…)

Cute eat before surgury:

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Vegan Snowman Marshmellow!! Mmm, it was soooooooooft!

Now, I’m able to eat food like this:

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Japanese Seaweed + Salt potato chips. Each chips had lots of seaweed on it, and it was very salty. 🙂 (my bf likes American Potato chips better)

And

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Haupia – Hawaiian Coconut “jello”. It tastes like coconut!! But not super-strong, so I’m okay with it. 🙂

This isn’t a blog. This is where I keep the record of ME. Solo for ME; only for ME. If anyone wants to see/read it, go ahead. Feel free, but, THIS IS FOR ME. 🙂

Recipe post next!

Hi all! How are you doing today? 😉

First of all, I added some new drawings on my Artworks Page!

One of the “most searched” things on my blog was this drawing below, so I put it under the Artworks page, so you don’t have to go find it. 🙂

I’m actually really happy that this one’s popular. (^^)

I’ve been into making some pancakes recently (reasons to come…later. Maybe), but I just don’t get when to flip it!!! D: 90% of the time, it ends up being burnt :/ Tips anyone??

Oh! I know what else to write about! 😀 I’ve been enjoying some new products.

Fruit of the Earth’s Vitamin E skin care cream! It contains ingredients that are pronounceable (yeay!), it smells really good (lotion smell, but not strong at all), and it’s working very good on my skin!!! 😀 You can get it at Bartell Drugs or any other drug store 🙂

And EOS‘s Vanilla lipbalm!!!

Vanilla Bean Lip Balm Stick

This company’s lip balm products are  95% organic, 100% natural, not tested on animals, weird chemicals (paraben, petrolium, pthalate)-free, and it lasts for a while!!! 😀 It has a sweet, vanilla scent, and it’s not strong on the lips.

I’ve also tried their Summer Fruit Lip balm

Honeysuckle Honeydew Lip Balm Stick

and Sweet Mint

Honeysuckle Honeydew Lip Balm Stick

I recommend the Summer Fruit lip balm if you love fruity flavors, and I recommend the Sweet Mint if you’re REALLY into STRONG mint flavors!! This was too strong for me, so I’m going to stick with the Summer Fruit and Vanilla Beans.

They are on a bit pricy side for a lip balm (ranges I’ve seen are from $2.99 to $3.49), but they are worth it for their quality, and how it’s not tested on animals! 🙂 They also have Pomegranate Raspberry and Sweet Mint for the smooth stick, and Lemon Drop spf 15, Honeysuckle Honeydew, and Medicated Tangerine for the smooth sphere. 🙂 I personally like the smooth sphere (the round lip balm) more, because you get 3 more grams (4g vs 7g) than the smooth stick for the same price!! 😀 I’m cheap like that 😉

What lip balms do you use? Any one’s that you recommend? I hear people like Burt’s Bee and Kiss My Face, but for anyone who uses those, how is it?

For my vegan life style, I like Merry Hempster’s Lip balms too! They are available at Whole Foods for $2.49 each. 🙂

Merry Hempsters Vegan Hemp Lip Balm Vanilla Product Details Product Details Product Details

From left to right: Vanilla, Lemon and Lime, Peppermint, and Orange. Some of them have sunscreen protection (spf 15) in it, which I am more than certain that I’m allergic to, I can’t use, and they irritate the skin. But flavor-wise, lemon and lime and orange are pretty tasty, peppermint isn’t as strong as Sweet Mint from above, and this vanilla tastes more laid back then the vanilla beans mentioned above.

This company makes “OrganicandVegan” lip balms, so read carefully to find which one you want (because the organic one is NOT vegan).

That’s it for my product reviews today! After Christmas, I’m going to bust out my camera, take photos, and I’m going to give you a quiz, so be looking forward to it! 😀

The weather’s nice, and I’m off to being a stalker secret santa for my bestie who let me use her oven on a school night! 😉

Have a good day and thanks for coming! 🙂

I Have to Ask…

Hi all! How are you doing today? 😉

I haven’t been around recently. But in those “recent” times, I was browsing through google reader, and I wondered…

Should I really post about what happens in my life?

I mean, do other people out there care? Is anybody curious about it?

Me? I love reading about other people’s lives! Then, I get to see what they’re doing, and make interesting finds!

This is my answer, but just because this is what I think, it’s not going to be true for every single person.

So I have to ask, do you want to know what happens in my life?

That’s it for today. I’m going to go off to wonderland 🙂 Good night and thanks for coming!

P.S: My mom Santa got me a new camera! I’m super-excited to using it! 😀

How to “Become Lucky”

Hi all! How are you doing today? 😉

Today for me was a good, nice ‘n’ sunny, warm, and cosy day. It was super-sunny, and that lifted up my mood from all the final studying + α! A daily dose of sunshine gives me a good, positive energy. What gives you good energy?

I was reading through last month’s edition of Women’s Health (I subscribed to it last month, and November and December’s edition came in the mail today – yay!), and I came accross an article that caught my eyes:

“Make Your Own Luck”

I really wanted to share this you all because it’s so easy and true! Who has to be “born lucky” in order to be lucky? FYI, you ARE already lucky to begin with!

The first step here says “Consider yourself lucky; people who consider themselves lucky actually tend to be.” They are more likely to “pounce on them (the fortuitous situations) when they arise.” So keep your eyes opened for those little “daily happinesses” that arise! 😉

Also, “Shift your focus. Being willing to explore unforeseen opportunities can lead to different and unexpected outcomes…and sometimes better results in the long run.” This also goes hand-in-hand is “Break familiar patterns.”

Easygoing people who have more of a go-with-the-flow approach to life…open themselves up to more opportunities and fortuitous encounters“.

So, rather than sticking to your “I have to do this this this and this every single day” list, why not shuffle your daily schedule deck and try something new?

Instead of looking at those assignments/jobs/tasks you have to do, think about all the things you already accomplished in the week/day and say “Well heck, I’ll do this and this instead, because I worked hard already this week/today on such and such.” May be hard, but if it’s something you have to get done, you will. 🙂 (true for me and my chemisty homework! Ha ha!)

Going back to the main subject; to be lucky, consider and believe that you are! No other way to accomplish something than to believe in that you can!

We are ALL lucky, you know! Just think and list all the things that you have!

  • you can get up and go to bed without worrying that you’re might not see the next day
  • you have access to food basically no matter where you are!
  • you have access to water!
  • you have eyes, ears, a nose, a mouth, teeth, hands, arms, legs, a stomach, lungs; you have a body that you can move around in!
  • you have a home to live safely in
  • you have a computer/phone/ipad that saves your butt in your daily lives
  • you have a car/matter of transportation that can take you places
  • you can buy things to make yourself happy/beautiful
  • you can breathe clean air
  • you can sense all the beautiful things out there in the world
  • you have time that you can spend however you want
  • you have the ability and the power to dream and make those dreams come true

There’s just so many things out there that you have, and it’s fortunate because in some parts of the world, not everybody has this!!! Please take a look at what you have and consider yourself lucky!!

Just the fact that we can live everyday, worry-free,  is super lucky. So take a moment to see what you have, and consider having those little things “lucky”. And hey, you never know. Maybe you’ll become even luckier. 😉

Okey, that’s all I wanted to share with you all! Do you consider yourself lucky? Do you have any “tricks” to increase your luck? Please share!

Thanks for reading and thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaanks for coming! 🙂

    

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! 🙂

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!

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