Everyday NhanSense – Day 39

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 39’s Topic: Haircuts with a side of enthusiasm.
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I think a word I am going to be sprinkling into my blog posts for a while is “tone.” After all, the tone of my blog posts are getting more upbeat, happier and overall just a lot more optimistic.

The tone for my life as a whole is brimming with more positivity with less negativity to bring me down.

So in a sense, I am definitely a happier camper, more or less. Things aren’t perfect, but they are improving. As long as things keep going up, what’s there to complain about then?

Anyway, today after work, I got a haircut. Now, a thing about me is this – I love getting my hair cut for some reason. I don’t know why. Ever since I was a kid, I liked it when my mom would cut my hair. I looked forward to it with an almost unnatural level of glee.

And it’s not like I can do much with my hair. Honestly, I can’t grow my hair out in a flattering way or manipulate the hair to look cool, so I just have to default to that “clean cut” look, which is fine by me.

Perhaps I like being able to slide my hand through my hair. Maybe it’s because I absolutely hate it when my hair grows out and starts to touch my ears. That itchy feeling bugs me so much! The first moment I feel my hair touch my ears is when I become eager to find a barber.

My hair was beginning to look a tad scruffy, so I just decided to head to the barber today.

So here comes that word again – the “tone” of the conversation with my barber was very enjoyable. Continue reading

Everyday NhanSense – Day 38

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 38’s Topic: Pushing one’s body past that certain threshold.
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Gee whiz, it’s like all of the pain and exhaustion I should have felt is catching up to my body all at once. My body is really feeling the aches now. That’s for sure.

At the same time, I have no real choice but to tough it out. And I intend to regardless. It’s not like my body is unraveling or anything, but it’s definitely experiencing some sort of discomfort. I went from having zero hours of work per week to at least full-time hours each week … with about one whole day off thrown into the mix.

There isn’t a lot of rest between each day, so maybe I am just overworking my body as it’s trying to get accustomed to this new routine?

Gosh, I can at least say without a shadow of a doubt that my body has gotten stronger. I have grown sturdier over the years. I used to have trouble working full days multiple times throughout a given week, but I feel like I can keep up this pace if I really put my mind to it.

I mean that it was like really rough for my body. I would often have nosebleeds after my shift because I exerted so much energy. Not anymore, it seems.

And that’s a good thing.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 37

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 37’s Topic: Football and card games.
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What a pleasant day off.

I ate lunch with my landlord and then went over to my friends’ house to watch football with their family. As a Washingtonian, it was pretty cool to watch the Seattle Seahawks pull one of the best comebacks you could ever see in football against the Green Bay Packers.

Not gonna lie, I thought the Seahawks had lost the game at one point. I didn’t expect them to win after four turnovers with the Packers up by a healthy lead.

And then, of course, the comeback started. Or you could say the Packers threw the game away they should have won. Regardless, it was a fun game to watch in the fourth quarter into overtime.

I may be a Cincinnati Bengals fan for the rest of my days, but great football is great football to behold, and the Seahawks certainly gave everyone a reason to see why they are going to be playing in the Super Bowl again this year.

Football aside, it was great to spend time with my friends and their wonderful family. As my life is coming together, it’s nice being able to talk about stuff in a positive manner with less moaning and groaning about dire circumstances.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 36

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 36’s Topic: Those long walks at night to think.
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So last night, I started the process toward rebuilding my life, at least to my liking.

After work, I decided it was about time I went to a local game store to play card games. I totally did awful the whole night, but it was fun. I had lots of fun. It was good for a socially awkward guy like myself to mingle with people who just wanted to play cards.

I hope to continue playing cards from here on out. It should be a blast.

But afterward, because I was unable to get a ride home, I had to walk the entire way back. It takes a whole hour or so on foot.

So I committed to the tread in the cold, frosty weather. It wasn’t too chilly or anything, but it was a temperature just low enough so you would feel it if you weren’t bundled up. Nonetheless, I didn’t mind my long walk back up the hill toward my place.

With plenty of time to think about things, I can at least say there were happier thoughts than before where I was overrun with fear and worry. I just thought about how the pieces are falling into place. A place to live. Food to eat. A job. Some goals to keep me going.

If you really lay it all out, one could say I am on my way toward truly being back on my feet and in control of my life.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 35

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 35’s Topic: Finding the right friends.
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Throughout my life, I have always had my group of friends. They may not have been many in number by any means, but I always appreciated having that particular group to call my own. I’ll admit I can be a bit of a social oddball in my own ways, so it was like I was always that square piece trying to fit into into what society deemed as the “proper circle.”

Basically, it has always been a mini-challenge to wedge myself into social structures and mingle with others confidently. Regardless, I have managed.

Take high school for instance. I bounced around during lunch time with a lot of groups.

The kids who ate lunch in the parking lot.

The other kids who took honor classes like me.

Some sports groups.

The card-playing groups.

There were days I couldn’t tell you why I decided to eat with a certain group for whatever reason. But looking back, I guess my favorite group was honestly just a certain group of friends.

I’ll admit it. We were geeks. We talked a lot about anime, video games and a bunch of other topics that high schoolers would be called dorks for, but I didn’t care. I enjoyed eating lunch with them and just being able to hold conversations without stammering.

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Everyday NhanSense – Day 34

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 34’s Topic: Determination.
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Time to get the game face on!

With stability in place of a job to pay the bills and the means of actually taking care of myself like an adult, AKA I don’t have to starve anymore like some grueling nights I had to endure, I can finally start to plan for the immediate future in terms of projects and ambitions.

The past two months tested my limits, forced me to rethink my life from the ground up and above all else made me grow up and fast. Those random things you take for granted like shelter and food don’t seem like much until you’re backed up to a wall with limited options.

Nonetheless, that particular part of the storm has passed. It’s time to move forward with my various plans.

The first order of business is just to establish some sense of consistency throughout the week. A little structure goes a long way, after all. I have made it a habit to do things like write a blog post every evening at a certain time to acclimate myself, mainly so I don’t become lazy as a writer. Hey now, it’s worked so far, right?

On top of that, I now sleep and wake up at roughly the same times, so that stupid insomnia issue is basically taken care of for now. But now, I have to base my life around my work schedule, using my free time to chip away at my projects and planning.

Some writing here. Some research here. A little bit of this. A little bit more of that.

This ensures I can get stuff done to feel accomplished without overwhelming myself. As a reminder, that sense of “willpower” is a finite resource within the human body. You can’t just go autopilot and not expend willpower. It’s always going to be used, but sometimes you can scrape by with stretching it around, otherwise you will burn out.

It’s always a good time to feel determined! Here is some inspirational music to complement that determined attitude!


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Everyday NhanSense – Day 33

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Everyday NhanSense: Each day, I will blog about something that comes to mind. My goal is to practice writing about my hobbies, my interests, my opinions and so forth.

Day 33’s Topic: College education.
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College education is overrated. There. I have said it. But now for some context.

What exactly do I mean? Well, I just think all this fuss of pushing kids into pursuing “higher education” doesn’t mean what it used to just a few decades ago. It used to be getting a college degree, even a bachelor’s degree, meant you were essentially the cream of the crop as far as society goes.

With a degree in hand, you could find a dream job and make the big bucks. But these days, it just seems like the whole value of a college degree has inflated, essentially making it less special as generation after generation of young adults graduate from universities.

Diamonds wouldn’t be that valuable if they just rained from the sky, now would they? With that said, it’s the case for the college degree as well. Many people have one to their name, so it boggles the mind why kids are just pushed into the college path when it may not in fact be the best route.

I recall having the college plan drummed into my skull repeatedly since elementary, middle and high school. Go to college. Earn a degree. It’s important for your future. My teachers kept telling us students this over and over again.

As a college grad, I would literally tell high schools on the cusp of graduation to think twice about going to a university, community college or whatever. Unless you have a generous scholarship/practical means of funding your education, going to college is gonna cost you.

The financial commitment aside, a lot of students have no clue what they want to do the moment they step foot on campus. Will they major in art? In a science? In a foreign language? All of a sudden, college students are supposed to know all of this because, let’s face it, many kids aren’t gonna plan ahead properly.

So what happens? Kids either dink around, playing with the possibility of majoring in this or that, but they might just change majors because they feel like it. Of course, changing majors is essentially a waste of time if you do it too frequently, plus it’s gonna delay your graduation and add further confusion to the mess.

Ugh, good thing I just picked one major and stuck through it from day one.

Also, I have to be clear. It’s not to say I regret going to college or anything like that. Continue reading