Wednesday, April 22, 2020

quarantine


It would be silly for me to not address the current situation: COVID-19. This spring semester was my first semester at USC as a sophomore (will elaborate more in another post) and I was really excited! However, everyone had to leave campus around two and a half months early from the semester ending due to COVID-19. We started taking online Zoom classes and it was clear to see that we wouldn't be going back to school. I was a bit bummed because it was my first semester but at the same time, I missed home and wanted to go back. Everything happened really suddenly. Soon, social distancing and quarantine started to take place and more people in the United States started to take the pandemic more seriously. (I think that it was a problem that the United States did not take precautions earlier. Everyone here also values individuality, so it's difficult to place a mandatory quarantine on people. If everyone took it seriously and actually stayed home, we could probably flatten the curve faster.) That aside, I actually enjoy the quarantine life. But I do admit that I could be doing more in the day other than sleeping, eating, going on my phone, going on the Internet, watching YouTube videos, watching Chinese and Korean dramas, and cleaning/organizing my room. From now on, I want to dedicate more time to writing blog posts, reading books, learning to cook, practicing ukulele, and learning languages. With all this extra time given to us, we should be doing things to better ourselves! It's hard to do that and not just laze around, but I am willing to work harder at self-improvement and my goals day by day.

j.j.
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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2020 maintenance


With the start of a new decade, it's important to enter it with a positive mindset. I've decided to further work on my resolutions from 2019. But instead of calling them "resolutions," I think "maintenance" is a better word to describe these goals because they are all things that I should be doing on a day-to-day basis in order to improve myself as a person. Without further ado, here is my 2020 New Year's Maintenance List.

1. HEALTH
  • Do your basic skincare routine twice a day
  • Basic but essential reminders to do even when you're tired and just want to sleep: shower every morning, brush and floss twice a day
  • At least 1 face mask/eye patch a week
  • Sunscreen!!
  • Sleep!! + Proper sleep schedule
  • Goal weight: 108 lbs
    • Reach before 21st birthday
  • Maintain goal weight
  • Exercise at least one day a week
  • Only eat when you're hungry
  • Don't eat past 8 pm
  • Drink 64 oz of water a day
2. ACADEMICS
  • Try to figure out major/minors
  • Maintain good grades/stay on top of deadlines so that there isn't a scramble at the end
  • Prevent burn out toward the middle-end of semesters
  • Be on time to your first class every day
  • Be communicative with professors and TAs
3. MONEY
  • Maintain monthly budget sheet for all expenses
  • Stay under $300/month
4. HAPPINESS
  • Journal + tea every morning
  • At least 1 blog post a week
  • Read 1 book a month
  • Learn 1 new skill
  • Travel to/internship in China, Canada, New York, Illinois, different parts of California, etc.

Let's motivate each other and make 2020 the best year yet.

j.j.

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