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Trilogy Time

Even though I decided not to update tumblr anymore, I wanted to copy this from Wordpress since it’s directly related to my last tumblr post about a certain goal.

Who wants to watch the Toy Story trilogy with me every 3 years??

Just kidding. Well, kind of. I wouldn’t mind starting that tradition with Star Wars and/or Toy Story. I would do it for Harry Potter too, but watching all 8 movies is definitely a 3-day event.

Background info: In this week’s How I Met Your Mother, the guys watch the Star Wars trilogy every 3 years and predict what their lives will be like in 3 years.

A lot happens in 3 years. Mistakes made. Lessons learned. Memories - good and bad. When it comes down to it, I wouldn’t change anything from the past 3 years.

That brings me to the present.

So far this year, I’ve been trying to focus on making sure that I’m loving life to the fullest. And honestly? I feel like I’ve been doing that. And I’m taking care of myself a lot better than I used to - physically and mentally. I’m really proud of that.

But in the process of achieving one of my goals, I’m losing sight of another important goal that I had set for myself to reach by the time I turn 25.

I told myself I would get better at keeping in touch. My goal was to reconnect with old friends and maintain/strengthen the friendships that i currently have.

Instead, I’ve been going in the opposite direction: I don’t go online to chat. I don’t really go on facebook anymore. I respond to texts/calls but hardly initiate. I’ve passed on hanging out a number of times.

I have my reasons for not going out - family, work, transportation, money, or sometimes I’m just really tired. Regardless, there are still all those other ways to keep in touch with people. No excuses.

I don’t know what the next 3 years holds for me, but I want my friends to be there with me. And I want to make sure I’m there for them.

Dear friends (past and present),

I know friendship is a two-way street. So I will make more of an effort. But you might have to meet me a little past halfway, at first. I promise, if you ask me questions, I’ll answer with more than just one word. And hopefully I’ll get better at asking you the right questions too.

Sorry I’ve been MIA. And sorry if it seems like I’ve been shutting you out. You’re gonna have to be patient with me because I guess I’m good at having my guard up. Don’t take it personally. At this point, I think my walls are up out of habit.

I appreciate your friendship more than you know.

Real.

Contact.

I have a lot of mini-goals that I want to accomplish before I turn 25 next year, but this may be the most important goal on my list.

I want to get better at keeping in touch with people.

I’m really bad at staying in touch with people. Usually, if I do keep in touch with someone, it’s because they do most of the contacting. And I appreciate that. But friendship is a two-way street, so I need to start meeting people halfway.

Goal:

I will initiate contact with friends that I haven’t seen/talked to in a while. Hopefully it will lead to rebuilding and maintaining old friendships.

I will find a way to maintain and strengthen the friendships that I currently have. Even if it’s not often, I will make it a priority to touch base with people once in a while and see how they’re doing.

There are a number of people I genuinely care about that I haven’t talked to in a while, and it’s time to change that.

It’s almost July and I haven’t written about May!

I should be sleeping but I’ve put this off for too long already. Here’s the brief summary: Disneyland, Pacquiao fight/Black Swan night, Rose’s UNLV grad/Vegas MAYhem, SPCN, Camille’s SDSU grad, Menage a Trois bday party, and a Memorial BAY Weekend.

I’ve had busy months before, but I’ve never gone to so many different places in one month. Every weekend had its own share of fun and memories. I’m so thankful for all the friends that I spent time with on those weekend adventures too. May 2011 will definitely be hard to top.

And, even though I went out every weekend, I did better than I thought when I took my GRE in June. So I definitely have no regrets about going out every weekend.

Love life to the fullest :)

jrvg:

john-christian:

GRADUATION IS TOMORROW! HOLLA AT AN EFFIN’ SCHOLAR! CLASS OF 2011, BABY!  

OMGGGGG this is real

Oh wow. I still remember when you were all first years!
Congratulations to all of you! See you at P-Grad :)

jrvg:

john-christian:

GRADUATION IS TOMORROW! 

HOLLA AT AN EFFIN’ SCHOLAR! CLASS OF 2011, BABY!  

OMGGGGG this is real

Oh wow. I still remember when you were all first years!

Congratulations to all of you! See you at P-Grad :)

Study Break.

I need to take a break from studying, but I’m not ready to fall asleep.

I’ll be up for a while because of that nap and cup of iced coffee.

I figured that even though I’m technically taking a break from looking at prompts and practice problems, I might as well practice writing so that I’m exercising my mind in some way.

I could’ve written in my other blog, but for some reason I had the urge to make an appearance on Tumblr.

On a related note, I finally wrote in my blog everyday for a month (just another reason why May 2011 was amazing)! I’m not going to plug the link, but it shouldn’t be hard to find if I’m your friend on Facebook. I know I’ve been MIA on Tumblr, but I’ll probably repost some of the things from my blog on here after I take the GRE on Tuesday.

Back to studying for another hour! And then, hopefully, I’ll be able to sleep.

SPCN Memory Lane

A month ago, some alumni decided to chip in for an SPCN alumni ad and a donation to SPCN. First of all, thanks to Emily for starting the thread and everyone else who was down to help out. I finished the ad last month, but I didn’t want to upload it until it was closer to the actual day of SPCN. With SPCN 2011 being hours away, I guess now is a good a time as any.

I spent about a week on the ad. I may have been a little too organized in planning it. I took out all the old SPCN programs that I had, so I’m glad I saved all of them. I made an excel sheet that lists all the alumni donating and what suites they were involved in for each year of SPCN. And I made a list to make sure that everyone had at least one picture in the ad.

So maybe I spent more time on it than I needed to, but it was worth it. I’ve never looked through that many pictures in such a short amount of time. And I’ve never looked through so many different people’s facebook albums. But it was fun walking down memory lane. SPCN was the one of the first things that I got involved in at UCLA, and I’ll always be thankful for that.

I’m excited to see the hard work of SPCN 2011 Committee and Cast on stage tonight!

And so, with love from the alumni, here’s our ad:

Peace of Mind: Kid Gets Acquainted with the Universe

michellelapitan:

For the past few days, I have been in super reflection mode. Maybe it’s the year ending. People graduating. Moving out of the apartment soon. Passing down the SPACE AA torch to someone else. Starting a new path as Samahang’s Community Projects Coordinator.

Yeah, I’m scared as hell! I’ve been…

I love Boy Meets World. And I completely agree with what you said at the end: Stop stopping yourself. Don’t doubt what you’re capable of.

I really like this post. And I love you fams! So good with words. And if I haven’t said it yet, congratulations on CPC :)

(Source: mishlapi)

…I ask you right here please to agree with me that a scar is never ugly. That is what the scar makers want us to think. But you and I, we must make an agreement to defy them. We must see all scars as beauty. Okay? This will be our secret. Because take it from me, a scar does not form on the dying. A scar means, I survived.

Little Bee by Chris Cleave (via donth8k8thegr8)

This is one of my favorite parts from this book. I read it last summer, but I think I want to read it again. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for something different. I thought it was really thought-provoking.

whackcatattack:

TED talk by Sheryl Sandberg: “Why we have too few women leaders”

An interesting talk on the reasons why women make up a small percentage of the top power spots in the world…

Quotable: “Because what the data shows, above all else, is one thing — which is that success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women.”

I love TED talks. And this is definitely an interesting topic.

(Source: catsuppp)

This is from a week ago, but better late than never!
Things I love: Disneyland. Seeing my former students.

This is from a week ago, but better late than never!

Things I love: Disneyland. Seeing my former students.