A Much Needed Self Care PSA

Any day is a good day for a self care public service announcement. I know I’ve talked about taking care of yourself in the past, but I’m talking about it again because I’m a broken record.

I don’t care what season it is (baseball or winter). Remember to prioritize your needs, whatever they may be.

Say no if you need to. Fun fact that isn’t fun but it is a fact: I said no to prom. If I can, you certainly can.

Don’t forget to eat and exercise. Do the things you want. Read a book. Listen to music. Make time for your hobbies, interests.

Let’s also talk about drinking and driving. To be honest, I do not enjoy either one individually.

That being said, if you ever feel pressured to drink and you hate it as much as I do, put your foot down. This is your body. You know yourself best. Do what you want, not what someone else wants.

Don’t feel up to drive? Then don’t force the issue. Take a bus, a cab. Call a friend or family member. Listen to your gut. It knows what’s up.

Self care isn’t just about luxury either. You don’t need to go to a spa or a saloon. You can take a bath or do your nails at home.

Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference like going to the gym in the morning, going to bed earlier at night, etc.

I hope you treat yourself well in 2018. Don’t forget you have one life. One body, one heart.

You may be busy with work or school or a number of other obligations, but you’re not too busy to care about yourself and look after your health.

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My Personal And Professional Goals For 2018

If only I loved working towards my goals as much as I love making them.

Reading

I’m setting the bar low at 38 books in order to surpass my reading challenge on Goodreads. A girl deserves to feel good about herself.

Reviewing

I know I’m a turtle in getting my reviews up, but slow and steady wins the race, right? Call me book reviewer Herminia Chow.

Writing

Because I don’t do much else, I’m able to write every day. Here’s hoping I don’t get a boyfriend in 2018. Otherwise, there goes my plan to submit to a million competitions. I’d like to get my work out there on as many different platforms or places as possible. Living, breathing human beings would just get in the way of that.

Blogging

I’m a bad blogger. Yes, I’m resolving to visit more blogs and read more posts. No, I probably won’t. Publishing often isn’t a big problem, since I’m basically married to my own blog.

Dancing

I dance like nobody is watching because nobody ever is. My back flexibility is a joke. As is my core strength…well, lack thereof.

Driving

I’m willing to pay someone to drive me everywhere if it means I don’t have to. I am the slowest driver on the road right now. Maybe come December I’ll be a little bit faster. No promises.

Journaling

I don’t think I could handle the mere thought of someone reading my journal. If and when I die, please bury my notebooks with me. I need to take all my secrets to the grave.

Studying

Every semester, I think I’ll be a better student than I have been. I always forget how quickly my motivation goes out the window. I’m the worst. One time, I should reverse my way of thinking to mess with the universe. I’m going to be an awful student who never studies but always parties.

How much do you want to bet I’ll fail one of my goals this year?

*Cough* driving test *cough*

22 Reminders For 2018

  1. You only have one life.
  2. Work hard but play harder.
  3. You can’t do everything.
  4. It’s okay to say no.
  5. Better to fail than never try.
  6. Less is more.
  7. There’s always room for improvement.
  8. Write for yourself, not someone else.
  9. Find your voice.
  10. Read what you want.
  11. Hone your art, your craft.
  12. Your health matters.
  13. Finish the projects you start.
  14. Your body and mind need exercise.
  15. You learn more from failure than from success.
  16. Research before you jump to conclusions.
  17. You’re allowed to have fun.
  18. Never feel guilty for pursuing your passions.
  19. You don’t need permission.
  20. Everyone has 24 hours in a day.
  21. You’re closer to the end than you realize.
  22. You are worth it.

New Year’s Resolutions For 2018

It’s that time of the year again where I make a few resolutions and try not to break them all within two weeks.

Blogging

I still want to blog as often as possible. Of course, some days are easier than others. But I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. I want to write more posts, but I’ll try to read more as well. Pinky promise.

Reading

I set my 2018 Goodreads challenge to 38 books. I’m hoping to read every day. That being said, quality trumps quantity. I plan on expanding my narrow horizons. I’d like to dabble in other genres I don’t typically reach for. I might even read a nonfiction book or two.

Reviewing

I’ve only been reviewing books for several months. My plan is to keep going. In a perfect world, I’d catch up and publish reviews soon after finishing the book. A reader can dream.

Writing

Every year, I strive to get someone to publish something. I may have some exciting news to share in the spring of 2018. I couldn’t be more excited. I’m going to submit to contests and competitions every chance I get. Even though I’m focusing on scholarships this year, I still have stories I want to share with the world.

To be honest, before writing this post, I felt a bit down and discouraged. But listing my goals has reinvigorated me.

I can’t predict the future, but by this time next year, I like to think I can look back at some accomplishments.

As always, I’m grateful and thankful beyond words. Here’s to making and keeping your resolutions. I’m all for online accountability. Have an awesome 2018!

20 Goals For 2018

A new year means new goals I’ll try to achieve but probably won’t.

  1. Read more.
  2. Review more.
  3. Write more.
  4. Publish more.
  5. Blog more.
  6. Comment more.
  7. Create more.
  8. Dance more.
  9. Stretch more.
  10. Exercise more.
  11. Sleep more.
  12. Eat more.
  13. Journal more.
  14. Study more.
  15. Work more.
  16. Give more.
  17. Smile more.
  18. Laugh more.
  19. Love more.
  20. Live more.

Less is more, Herminia.

What are your goals for the new year? Let me know in the comments below.

2017: A Year In Review

2017 has come and gone.

So I’m going to review the past year with my failing memory. I’ll write down whatever comes to mind. Let’s hope for the best.

In no particular order:

I went to my first and hopefully not my last magazine launch. Even now, the event still sticks out in my memory. I’m proud of the story I wrote titled “Not a Number,” which you can find here on page 38.

I started posting book reviews on my blog and on Goodreads. I received some novels as well from the best publishers ever. Grateful doesn’t even begin to sum up my feelings. I also read more this year than last. 43 is an insane number to me.

I somehow won a writing scholarship. I was not expecting this at all because my GPA plummeted in second year. Still, this achievement boosted my fragile ego just a little bit.

I recorded myself dancing for a school project. I filmed myself about ten times and messed up every time. So I went with the least messed up take. At least, I was a better dancer in December 2017 than I was in January.

I drove for the first time. I know I’m late. I realize this isn’t a big deal to the millions of other drivers around the world. But I finally got over my fear of driving. I’m happy to say I didn’t die. That’s a feat in and of itself.

Over the summer, I made money blogging for a digital marketing agency. I loved getting to learn on the job. The best part was without a doubt grabbing lunch at a nice restaurant downtown. I couldn’t be happier with the experience.

I took care of myself. I ate better. I slept more. I exercised frequently. I stretched often. I relaxed tons. I’ve come such a long way from those days I ate too much junk food, couldn’t fall asleep, didn’t move much, etc.

Thank you all so very much for an incredible 2017. Here’s to an even better 2018!

Doing What You Love Because You Love Doing It

I tend to fall in love with something and then turn the thing into work.

But it’s important to love what you do.

I start doing for the wrong reasons. And then my passions stop being enjoyable.

For me, I write not for the sake of writing but because I love the creative process. So even if I never make it as a writer, I’ll still spend my life working away on a story or twenty thousand.

Same goes for blogging. Every time I think about my passions, I realize I’ve stuck with them because I don’t need external rewards to motivate me to keep going.

It’s enough that I enjoy creating characters, sharing stories, visiting worlds.

I hope I get to do what I love for the rest of my life.

At the very least, I know what I don’t love. I try to avoid the stuff I despise as much as possible.

I’ve been thinking about how I’ll make money doing what I love, how I’ll make a living.

A part of me believes if you work hard and you do what you’re doing out of love, you can’t really go wrong.

Life’s too short, but it’s also too long if you don’t enjoy your time on earth.

Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’re going to make mistakes just like everybody else. That’s okay. You’re going to be all right.

Every storm ends. Every moment passes. Cherish what you have. Remember to laugh. Don’t forget to love. Keep going even when you think you can’t. Good luck. Believe in yourself and your abilities. It’s the least you can do.

Making Money Doing What You Love

I don’t have a problem with people making money doing what they love. Says the girl who isn’t.

I hope I get to that point someday though.

It’s easier said than done, of course. Every time I think about making money, I get all sad. Maybe because I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to support myself while pursuing my passions.

I remind myself of the days I first started writing and blogging when I didn’t turn a profit whatsoever. When I was beyond excited to create every day because I enjoyed the creative process.

I’ve been worrying a lot over my future. If I don’t do more schooling after graduation, I’ll need to get a job.

I joke to my friends that I’m unemployable. I want to work for myself as well.

I feel conflicted. Unsurprisingly, I don’t enjoy feeling this way.

I’m not sure how I’ll earn enough to pay my way through life, however long mine lasts. The cost of everything seems to go up all the time.

Now that I’ve obsessed over this, I feel my problem isn’t how much I make, but whether I’ll have the freedom to do what I love. I don’t need to be rich to be happy. Yet I still need enough time and money to go after my dreams. Being well off can help create a bit of freedom or flexibility for the sake of my sanity.

Obviously, I don’t want my lifestyle to change for the worse.

The world is a big, bad place. I’ve yet to find my place in it. I hope I can navigate through and not seem utterly lost at every turn.

What a fun post to publish on Christmas Eve. Happy holidays!

Getting Back On Track

I feel behind in everything. But I’m trying to catch up. At the very least, I want to get back on track.

I challenged myself to write a lot last month during NaNoWriMo. But during that time, I let blogging fall to the wayside.

I’m reminded that more often than not, starting is the toughest part. But once I start, I tend to get into the work flow. Then before I know it, half an hour has gone by and I’ve made more progress than I expected to.

I don’t know how I survived National Novel Writing Month. Better yet, I’m feeling better with each passing day.

I’m making progress slowly but surely, which is something to be proud of.

I have a ton of work I want to submit out into the world. I’ve been working on a bunch of different projects, which I hope to share with everyone soon.

I don’t like feeling rushed, so I’m working hard to prevent that by not procrastinating as much.

I’m not sure how to describe my work in progress. A friend of mine asked the other day. I could only muster up that it’s based on real life. The story might be one of the most personal projects I’ve ever attempted to undertake.

Despite some of the setbacks I’ve faced, I think I’m on page to accomplish what I want this month.

If I get back on track, you’ll know about it. If I don’t and my life is still a mess, you’ll know as well.

Why I Took Time Off

Last month, I took some time off to recover from one of the worst headaches I had in twenty years.

So I didn’t write as much as I would’ve liked. I didn’t get a blog post up that day. I didn’t journal either. I fell in and out of sleep all night.

I’m feeling much better now. I plan to make up what I missed as much as I can.

Instead of pushing myself too far, I put my health first. I realize the importance of taking care of my body and brain. It’s difficult to do well when I’m not feeling well.

Even though I didn’t want to miss a day of blogging and journaling, the world didn’t end when I woke up the best day.

I wasn’t sleeping as much as I needed to, and I think the lack of rest got to my head…literally.

So I’ll try to take things easier until this storm passes. I like to think it’ll be over soon.

I’m far from being at one hundred percent. I know I need time to rest and recharge. Maybe I’ll take more days off in the future.

Despite having only 24 hours in a day like everyone else. I don’t want to give anything up.

As always, I feel like a lot of my problems would go away if I had 25 hours.

Regardless, tomorrow is a new day. I’ll make the most of all the 24 hours I have.