Just Life

Achievements of All Types

Random Observation/Comment #559: Work towards something bigger, something broader, and something that involves more people. Community makes things better and stronger. Achievements sometimes happen without planning, but sometimes they need a bit of intention and definition.  I’ve been sneaking “what is your greatest personal accomplishment?” into conversations in order to get a sense of what people are most proud of about...

30 Days of MealPass

Random Observation/Comment #552: I miss the simplicity of cafeterias at school. Who am I kidding – my mom packed lunch for me. Can I get on that meal plan again? At the end of April 2016, my colleague introduced me to Mealpass. Naturally, I signed up immediately and decided to make a 30 day challenge out of it and see...

Actions of the Day

Random Observation/Comment #547: Life is a multi-player game. Challenge Set Up Complete a different action every weekday for as many days as possible. I posted these on FB as Actions of the Day (AotD) and encourage others to complete the action as well. Why This Challenge? Before I learned about micro-resolutions and the you-app, I felt a little slump in my...

Unlearned Good Habits from School

Random Observation/Comment #544: I miss nap time. Grown ups need to take nap time more seriously. Why this list? In the process of “growing up” and “finding your way”, a lot of the great habits that primary school teaches you tends to go unnoticed (and in some cases completely unlearned). Unfortunately, you don’t have a guidance counselor or home room...

Spin Table Tennis Feeling

Random Observation/Comment #543: Being a local to me means being in a loving community. The TT Addicts gathered at the usual happy hour Friday night for some competitive exercise and $4 beers. Harpoon IPAs, Radeburgers, Heffeweisens, Heineken lights, and beer with Sprite flowed generously for hours. Our drink preferences were acknowledged with eye contact, a head nod, and a huge...

30 Micro-Resolutions

Random Observation/Comment #542: Breaking out of bad habits is hard, but not impossible. Why This List? Little actions can make big changes. This is true for all positive and negative aspects of life. You didn’t just wake up overweight – it was probably a string of inactive months and holiday parties that crept up over time. If you want to...

Lessons Learned from Moving

Random Observation/Comment #540: Filtering through every corner of your apartment is always a walk down memory lane. Continuing my series of “grown up stuff,” we’ve made the move to a slightly larger space with a bedroom door. While filtering through all the things we’ve accumulated, we developed a few strategies and learned a lot more about our relationship. Some of...

Favorite Photos of 2015

Random Observation/Comment #538: If you never stop dreaming and planning new and exciting things with the people you love, each year will hopefully be the best year of your life. It’s another year growing closer and forming unbreakable bonds. When you’re doing a year-end review, there’s a mandatory road down facebook/instagram lane where you almost instantly relive your life through...

Favorite Blogposts of 2015

Random Observation/Comment #537: 67 blogposts in a year is pretty darn good. Maybe these lists of 30 are just an easier format. Every year, I read through all my blogposts and find the top ones that describe my year the best.                 ~See Lemons Love 2015

Reflecting on 2015

Random Observation/Comment #536: I have 1 more year until I’m 30 and so many more things to do on my list. Each year has been the year I wish could last forever. In 2015, I: Traveled to: Vancouver/Whistler (TEDactive), Florida (to ask for her hand in marriage), Japan, Hong Kong (Viv’s wedding), Phuket, Bali, Sag Harbor (MiniMoon), Austin Triumphantly: Got...

A Groom’s Responsibility

Random Observation/Comment #531: Being a groom was pretty easy. I just needed to help pay for things and show up. Congratulations! You’ve proposed and now you have to plan a wedding with your new fiancé! What should you expect? What should you be doing? What are your responsibilities as a groom? Read The Knot  wedding checklist (not all of the items...

[List of 30] Sleep Hygiene Practices

Random Observation/Comment #522 : Sleepy time is one of my favorite times. A lack of sleep is devastating to all aspects of life. How do you get through the day when you’re physically exhausted? Besides heavy caffeine dosage, you’re probably going to want a few naps throughout the day and hopes that sleeping earlier will “make up for yesterday” (it...

[List of 30] The Little Things

Random Observation/Comment #521: Enjoy the little things – the details are what make life unique.   Happiness comes in little doses. If you see it, stop whatever you’re doing and commit it to memory. Store it in that happiness cache and bring it up whenever you need it. A genuinely selfless deed A hug that lasts a little bit longer...

[List of 30] Wedding Body Tips

Random Observation/Comment #514: I want one photoshopped fat wedding picture so just in case I get fat in the future, I can look at a younger fatter me and feel less self conscious. My fiance and I are pretty competitive with each other – it helps both of us improve and benchmark our growth. For the wedding, we’ve set our...

[List of 30] Wedding Planning

Random Observation/Comment #509: If life flashes before my eyes, her smile seen through my tears of joy will be one of those memories forever in my heart.   That book I’ve been writing for the past few months was finally finished and a shortened version was printed for her to read at a small get-together in LIC. With the help...

[Travel Advice] Where to Stay (AirBnb?)

Random Observation/Comment #508: I wish I just knew people in every major place I wanted to travel to so I could crash on their couch, hang out at a local pub/coffee shop, and get introduced to the local customs. I’d get the underground culture and also see an old friend. People always ask me, “Where do you stay when you...

Kindness Revolution #DisruptTEDActive

Random Observation/Comment #503: Kindness is contagious. Have an up vote. I’m inspired by people who do good deeds just for the sake of doing good deeds. For me, handing out these cards in NYC was just a way to recognize the common awesome people and make them smile. For #DisruptTEDActive this year, I’m helping this community of extremely brilliant and...

Writing a Book

Random Observation/Comment #502: It doesn’t feel like work if you love doing it. As some of you may know, I’m working on a book that I hope to finish by the end of April. It’s a memoir and partial self-help jumble of advice called “My Life in Lists of 30”. If it wasn’t obvious, I love writing lists of 30....

Writing a TED Badge

Random Observation/Comment #501: Find a common ground where all of your interests become an intellectual discussion. To prepare for TEDActive this year, we were asked to create a badge with a section named “talk to me about”. These are 2-3 topics you’d love to kick off a conversation about and will be printed on your badge for all to see....

Lessons Learned from Writing 500 Blogposts

Random Observation/Comment #500: I’m a half-kilo blogger. That’s a lot of time writing… Milestones – What a feeling you get when you reach them. Pride. Elation. Serenity. Fulfillment. Thrill. High-five-ness. Hunger (well, I’m always hungry). It’s been 6 years since starting this blog and each entry I published was a milestone in itself. At least I’ve felt the same emotions...

[List of 30] 0 Degree Camping Tips

Random Observation/Comment #495: Overnight 0 degree camping in the Catskills will grow hair on your chest. Ladies, you have been warned. I’ve gone camping before, but I’ve never done it in freezing conditions. I’ve also never gone with such an awesomely prepared group like DBA (Destination Backcountry Adventures run and led by Dave DiCerbo). As a spontaneous and over-trusting type,...

[List of 30] Value of Disconnecting

Random Observation/Comment #495: Give yourself time to be alone. We’re social creatures that need our space.   With the growth of our constant access to the internet, it’s not surprising that a lot of people are doing these “digital cleansing” phases.  During these times, we go offline, off the grid, disconnect, see people, do physical things and not worry about bragging...

[Lessons Learned] Networking Strategically with Hobbies

Random Observation/Comment #493: It’s not about who you know, it’s about who knows you. When networking, make sure you’re clear to the value you can add professionally, and people will keep you in mind with your goals. The idea of a work-life balance always made me think that you need to trade off one for the other. This didn’t make...

[List of 30] Realistic Resolutions

Random Observation/Comment #492: Don’t set low expectations to not get disappointed – set realistic ones and stick to a plan. Based on no facts and research: the top new years resolutions usually involve getting more healthy, spending more time with family, meeting true love, or taking more awesome vacations. It’s what we all put as the top generic things we need...

Favorite Blogposts of 2014

Random Observation/Comment #491: Maybe I write too much and maybe I don’t put enough photos in my posts, but boy am I happy to keep on chugging. I’m doing that blog thing where you highlight your favorite pieces from the past year in hopes to get more views. Since I don’t make money off this site, I’m just doing this...