All in self-improvement

CHOPSTICK ETIQUETTE 

As a Korean, I think I may have been born with chopsticks in hand. I don't remember ever learning how to use them, they were just in my hands and I never knew the struggle as an adult. My wonderful boyfriend, an Englishman, had used them before but was not blessed with the years of practice and I got to put him through chopstick boot camp before he met my Asian grandparents. Let's just say that they were impressed and giggling through the meal. 

The gentle nature of wooden chopsticks makes them a great tool on non-stick pans. They're my bacon flippers, scrambled egg mixers, Flaming Hot Cheeto grabbers, and my all-around finger extensions. Continue reading to learn how to officially use them and also learn how not to offend cultures while you do. 

10 AMAZING FOOD DOCUMENTARIES THAT AREN'T CHEF'S TABLE

Growing up in my Korean-Jewish household, food has always been such a big part of life. Greetings in Korean literally mean "you look healthy" and I was always told to "eat a lot!" while my grandmother scooped an extra paddle-full of rice onto my plate and sending me toward the platters of food –and oh I absolutely did eat a lot. My Jewish grandparents always had snacks on the table by the time we got to their house, making sure to top up when the bowl was down to half the fill. 

As I've grown over the years, my love of food hasn't changed at all. I love eating bowls full of soft tofu stew, munching the crispiest of latkes, and the most exciting times are when I'm eating foods that I've never even heard of before. We're surrounded by so many restaurants and in the age of social media, everyone has become a food critic. I'm certainly guilty of Instagramming an amazing meal, but I like to look up to the pros when getting inspired by food. 

8 WAYS I'VE MADE MYSELF A HAPPIER PERSON

After I realized that happiness is based solely on ourselves, the way I've gone about life has changed for me. It has all been for the best. Sure, life will throw some curveballs, but for every minute we're angry at something, we lose 60 seconds of happiness. I'd like to take as much happiness out of life as I can. Some of these may be obvious, but I think the more we think about being happy and making the best decisions for ourselves the, the more it'll happen. If we think it, we can achieve it, right? 

WHY YOU SHOULD SWITCH TO THE E-BOOK

I'm a convert. 100%. I'm still in awe of technology. I understand Derek Zoolander's confusion when he says, "it's IN the computer?" They can now hold thousands of books. THOUSANDS. It's incredible. 

Not only do you have the ability to carry multiple books with you, the e-ink technology makes it pretty much the same when reading in the sun. I got a fancy backlit one and now I can read in the dark without having to hide under the covers with a flashlight. I can now highlight and look up words I don't know and look up people on Wikipedia without having to use my phone. The pages don't fly in the wind and make it impossible to read without two hands.

A CLEAN HOME IS A GIFT TO YOU

We're about to take a trip just north of Sydney to Central Coast, so I've starting to do the weekend pickup for the entire apartment. There's nothing I hate more than coming home to a messy house. When we get back, we should be able to take a shower and lounge on the sofa with nothing to do. I've been stressed out after a relaxing vacation before and I don't want that ever again. What are the main things to clean if you don't have time to clean the entire house? 

CHANGE YOUR BEDROOM INTO A BEAUTIFUL RETREAT

Other than being a brothel in Melbourne (you learn something new every day), I am talking about the bedroom! Based on the recommended 8 hours sleep, we spend over a third of our lives in our bedroom. THAT'S RIDICULOUS! It should be one of our favorite rooms in the home, but I'm finally in love with the place I sleep. 

I used to take for granted my ability to sleep like a rock, but my body has been yelling at me.

11 MORNING HABITS FOR A FANTASTIC DAY

Oh so your mornings don't look like this? You're not a morning person? 

Neither am I. Well I didn't think I was until now (again, please don't tell my mother). I've always been told that the start of your day is the most important, because it sets the mood for the rest of the day.

As part of my self-improvement, I've been getting up a little earlier than I usually would and I've made some habits that have made me a more positive and confident person than I ever have before. I'll share a few of my habits with you!

NEW YEAR, NEW (AND EXCITING) ME

For those of you who visit my site, I want to thank you! Your support is amazing and I can't tell you how amazingly supportive you've been. In the new year (even though we're already a month in), I've been trying to figure out ways to improve myself and the work I produce. 

As some of you know, I made the leap of faith with my partner (and best friend) to move to the other side of the globe from Los Angeles to Sydney. It's been almost 6 months in our new home and I'm one happy lady. This is a beautiful city with beautiful beaches, wonderful coffee, and has so much to offer. Friends, please visit. As I dive deeper into my quarter-life-crisis (who's with me?!),