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Everyday NhanSense – Day 8


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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 8’s Topic: Finding hope.
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I have to say that I am happy to be blogging again for this past week. It has made me feel a lot better when I can express some of my excess emotions through this creative outlet. It’s just pleasant to write again. And I do mean this with complete sincerity.

When I graduated from college years ago, I wanted to be a journalist. My dream job was just to work in a newsroom setting of sorts. Of course, in retrospect, it was not the wisest decision to major in something that was, though not being faded out or anything, in the process of being restructured. The demand for a traditional journalist has shifted, and thus the amount of available of jobs are limited to say the least.

When any random person can be their own pseudo-journalist with their phones and other gadgets these days, the need for a regular journalist isn’t quite the same as it was even a decade ago. Nonetheless, I like to think that life has pushed me toward a different direction for some time now. It just doesn’t seem like it’s in the stars for me to become a typical journalist anytime soon, and I am fine with this.

But, of course, things have been scary in the meantime. Transitions are always difficult for me. I have a tricky time adapting to change, but life has thrown me into a situation where I have to rethink my plan of attack or I won’t survive. Plain and simple.

It has turned into a daily routine of somehow scraping up some gumption and looking for some kind of hope … just some kind of inkling that things will work out in due time.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 7


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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 7’s Topic: Self-esteem.
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When you look in the mirror, do you like what you see?

Beyond the physical appearance and all that jazz. I mean … do you like what you see in all of your entirety? As in, I am referring to your whole state as a person in this thing called life. Do you approve of your status? Your sense of stability? Your relationship levels with others … and everything else that you could possibly care about in this world.

Basically, do you like you? If you were to walk up to yourself, staring right into your own eyes with a straight face, would you be able to say, “Yeah, I respect you.”

For me, the easy answer is no. No, I do not like what I see. If I don’t approve of myself, why the heck should others do the same for me? But then again, I am always just a work in progress. It’s annoying.

This is the point where I fight off the urge to punch a hole in the mirror, but broken glass and cleaning up the blood won’t make the personal, self-hating feelings go away. Only motivating myself to invoke positive change each day, no matter how marginal, can possibly accomplish anything worthwhile at this point.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 6


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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 6’s Topic: Burying the past.
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As I restructure this blog to my liking and continue to add more elements, while cleaning up the aspects that I don’t need anymore and whatnot, I came to realize that I have been keeping a lot of things around in an unhealthy way.

I am someone who dreads throwing things away unless I absolutely need to. In fact, I can say without hesitation that I probably cling on to many things, both in real life and online, beyond that of a normal person.

But it had to be done. It may not seem like much on the surface, but I decided to delete the entire “Past Blog Posts” page off this blog. All of the content within the page still exists on this blog, so it’s not like I destroyed the posts themselves with fire.

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However, deleting the page itself was quite liberating, I have to say …

Don’t get me wrong, though. A lot of posts on that page are/were in fact important to me in different shapes and forms. I poured my heart and soul into writing out those posts. They may not mean much to a lot of people, but they certainly hold a lot of personal value in my book.

But again, it had to be done. It just had to be done.

For my sake, I needed to think about burying the past. Yes, there were good times reflected in some of those blog posts. There were some crummy times discussed in some posts as well. Regardless of what was showcased in those particular posts, I just had to stop caring about the whole page and just discard it entirely.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 4


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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 4’s Topic: Mentality.
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I’ll be frank.

Over the years, I have brooded a lot. Whether it was thinking that life was unfair or how I needed to dwell on a particular thing for quite awhile, I sometimes find myself wanting to sulk in a corner to let the negativity run its course.

But it’s days like this where I try to remind myself I need to spend more time brewing, as in coming up with solutions, and less time brooding. After all, if you can direct your energy toward being a negative nancy, isn’t the opposite true as well?

It sounds so simple, but it goes to show how incredibly obvious it all is. If you are being pessimistic with yourself, why can’t you flip the script to become an optimist instead? Why continue to see the glass half empty if you can just see the glass half full?

Analogies aside, the point is I know my mentality is what defines how I approach a crisis. When I am in a pinch, if I don’t have the right mindset to tackle an obstacle, I can only expect disaster to head my direction.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 1

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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 1’s Topic: Another beginning.
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Hello again, everyone.

Long time no see. Well, about 43 days or so to be exact. But who’s counting? To be blunt, I was starting to miss blogging each day. Don’t mind the blog’s look for now. I am still fiddling with everything, and I hope to get all the appearance and post formats set in stone. I was content with the previous appearance, but something different now and then is healthy for one’s sanity. It keeps things from going stagnant … hence the name change to “Everyday NhanSense” versus “Daily NhanSense.”

This blog has been my personal, online sanctuary of sorts. I started this blog years ago to help me find solace in the face of everyday life. Whether it was through rough patches from bouts with personal doubt or embracing happier moments that sprung up here and there, this blog acted as the metaphorical glue to bind everything together.

At the risk of sounding melodramatic, without this blog, I don’t even know where my mental state would be as I sit down to type these words out. As I often tell others, this blog acts as my “pulse” to remind people that I am still in fact alive. Going on hiatus for such a long time proved challenging after a while.

I had never taken such a long break from blogging on this site before, considering that the longest gap of inactivity I can recall was maybe a few days tops but not more than a whole month. It was like I was neglecting something that had been paramount to my day-to-day operations.
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Daily NhanSense – Day 39


Daily NhanSense: Every 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: Courage.


Life is scary sometimes, but all you can really do is muster up any bit of courage and press forward. That’s what I have to do right now …

“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction

Daily NhanSense – Day 36


Daily NhanSense: Every 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: Stability.


I feel like I have nothing to stand on anymore. That’s what where my life is going at the moment – into a downward spiral. It’s not like things were on a good foundation to begin with … Not at all.

You think things are OK, and then whoosh! You’re falling.

Will I hit rock bottom for real or will I somehow save myself on the way down?

Who knows …

“Get good. Be better.” – Nhan Fiction