Emerging From My Comfort Zone

Hi all! Apologies for my absence. I regret to say that I had fallen back into old habits. I retreated back into hiding in my comfort zone and became bored, uninspired, and unmotivated. I basically stopped caring and became static. I was just going day to day waiting for the weekend just so I could sleep in. This is what happens when I get too comfortable…

Well anyways I’m done with that and I’m back. Time to be productive again and take charge instead of wallowing. I think my next project will be to make a vision board for 2018. Time to get back to my goals!

Here’s a list of a few, just for fun…

  • To continue to lose weight and gain muscle
  • To build confidence
  • To improve on my social skills
  • To improve on my public speaking
  • To make working out daily a habit again

Not exactly small goals but, hey, let’s go big! I’m not getting any younger… and my birthday is coming up!

I hope my journey will inspire and motivate others again, while keeping myself on track. If I can do it, ANYBODY can.

There will be lots of changes coming in the new year, hopefully for the better. I’m excited again, and it feels really good. I’ll go into more specifics later.

I’m determined to make things happen and return to keeping myself accountable with this blog. I want to be a real success story.

One day folks… I promise you (and myself)!

Due to public transportation issues these past few weeks, I’ve been commuting to work with my husband. My husband drops me off at work, and he goes to work, and then has to pick me up after work – all during DC traffic. Very annoying. And we’ve had lots of Chipotle dinners because of getting home late and being too hungry to take the time to cook.

I can’t wait to be cooking again. So my plans for this weekend are to go grocery shopping and go to the gym. And to finish this blog post! And to fold my huge pile of clean laundry…

I’ve noticed one of the reasons why I’ve had difficulty blogging is because I try not to get too personal. But when I don’t get personal, it’s harder to make my writing interesting. So I’m trying.

To keep myself on a schedule, my next blog post will be a new detailed plan for my health challenge. Stay tuned!

Introducing a new member of our family – Snickers! She was a stray we decided to take in.


Sunshine Blogger Award: Part 2

I am so excited and honored to have been nominated for my first blogger award, the Sunshine Blogger Award! Thanks again Julie! Check out her awesome blog!


  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

Following said rules, I am spreading the love and have nominated 11 bloggers for the Sunshine Blogger Award:

I loved looking through all the blogs, but had to pick 11. Congratulations!

My 11 Questions to You:

  1. What inspires you?
  2. If you could buy anything right now, what would it be?
  3. If you were to die tomorrow, how would you want people to remember you?
  4. If you could have any career/job of your dream, without having to worry about finances, etc., what would you do?
  5. You meet a genie and are given 3 wishes. What would you wish for?
  6. What are you most afraid of?
  7. What’s your ideal vacation?
  8. What is your favorite movie?
  9. What is your proudest accomplishment?
  10. If you could change the world, what would you do?
  11. What is one thing that makes you happy and brings sunshine into your life?

Let’s keep this blogger love going!

Sunshine Blogger Award: Part 1

I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Julie! Her blog, In The Wild Los Angeles, is a very diverse lifestyle blog that includes photography, reviews, travel, and various other interesting, fun tidbits. It really showcases her writing talent and creativity. Thank you Julie for the nomination! I’m still a very amateur blogger learning as I go, so this recognition is very much appreciated and a total confidence booster!

I will answer Julie’s questions in this Part 1 post, and nominate 11 blogs with 11 new questions in Part 2.



  1. Thank blogger(s) who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  2. Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  4. List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.


Julie’s 11 Questions:

What benefits have you experienced from blogging?

I’ve always been very uncomfortable with putting myself out there. I’ve also always believed that one of the best ways to aid personal growth is to get out of your comfort zone. Creating this blog and publishing some of the posts I wrote was super scary for me, but I pushed myself to do it. In the process, I’m embracing my love for writing and creativity which is really providing me a sense of purpose and fulfillment. It’s also been very effective at keeping me accountable on my health journey. Major added benefit.

How long have you been blogging?

I’ve only been blogging with this particular blog a couple of months. I’ve actually started many blogs in the past, but never had the confidence to keep up with them. I would feel embarrassed and assume that people could care less what I had to say. But I do have a voice, and I am finally getting more comfortable using it.

What country do you hail from?

I was born here in the United States (Washington DC to be exact), but I am of Chinese descent. My family speaks the dialect of Cantonese. I know a little, but I mostly speak English.

What is your ideal weather?

My ideal weather is a clear sunny day with a cool breeze. I guess it would either be an early spring day or an autumn day. I do not like humidity. And I do not like extremely hot weather.

What is the last book you read?

I’m a sucker for romance novels. I sprinkle in novels of substance here and there, but romance is a guilty pleasure of mine. I just finished The Year of Falling in Love by Jessica Sorensen.

What do you when you are not blogging?

This blogging thing is just a hobby and creative outlet (for now). When I’m not blogging, I am either working full time (a science minion for the field of Transfusion Medicine – the best way I could think to put it without getting too specific). Or when I am not working, I love to cook, write, play with my cat, go to the gym, and spend time with my goofy husband.


What things are you most grateful for in your life?

I am extremely grateful for my husband. He is my absolute best friend. I feel the most comfortable with him and he always makes me feel so safe and protected.

What’s the story behind your blog’s name? 

I used my name for my domain because at first, I could not for the life of me think of a good name for my blog. But I realize I was overthinking it. What did I want to accomplish with my blog? I wanted to write about my life and place emphasis on improving my health, which by domino effect would improve my mental health. I struggle with depression, and I believe that if I can improve my body and mind, I will feel the freedom and weightlessness that comes from contentment with myself and my life.

Name one place you would go to if you won one free plane ticket? 

I’ve already been, but I would love to go back to Amsterdam. I love how relaxed the lifestyle is there. It’s just a beautiful city, and everyone is so friendly.

What is your favorite dish?

My favorite dish would have to be a dim sum dish called taro root cake. It sounds weird, but it’s absolutely delicious. My mom only makes it a few times a year, and I’m always so excited when she does because I get one all to myself. I may have to give myself a cheat day for that when the time comes.

It’s called Sunshine Blogger Award after all — what brings sunshine to your life?

My health journey is bringing me lots of sunshine! To healthy living!


Stay tuned for my next post, Sunshine Blogger Award: Part 2!