Everyday NhanSense – Day 22

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 22’s Topic: Brainstorming.
First off, I want to throw out some apologies in case some of my blog posts this past week in particular have been a bit too dour or anything like that. I would like to pretend that everything is A-OK for me at the moment, but they’re not. Things suck, so I don’t want to sugarcoat it.

It’s something I have picked up over the years. When the going gets tough, hiding from your problems doesn’t make the issues disappear. They still will be waiting for you at the end of the day, unless of course you do something about them.

During those particular days where a lot of my options are exhausted, it goes back to something I keep telling myself – “Spend more time brewing and less time brooding.” If you have the time and energy to sulk, feel depressed or whatever negative-filled activity you could subject yourself through, don’t.

Instead, and this is a big INSTEAD, convert those grim feelings toward something productive and positive.

For instance, a random thing I have found myself doing a lot in the past two months is just getting an old-fashioned notebook and then jotting things down by pen. Oh my gosh! It’s so retro! Writing something by hand!

How absurd … How absurd!

But hey, whatever works will suffice. That’s the way I see it.

Anyway, I find myself just scribbling random notes and tidbits down all the time. It could just be simple plans for the next day or they could be me brainstorming stuff up for various concepts I want to develop or pursue.

And other times, they’re just little notes like the one below.

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Everyday NhanSense – Day 14

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 14’s Topic: Reaching your goals.
Hi there. I hope you all had a great Christmas. Mine was rather quiet, but it was fine for what it was. No real complaints really. Having it be Christmas in a new setting for me was a refreshing experience in its own ways. I intend this new town I am living in to be my home for quite some time, so I have to make the best of it, don’t I?

Anyway, it’s back to business. Today, I want to talk a bit about reaching your goals and why it’s important to KEEP ON TRYING no matter what. The climb can be arduous, your own patience may wear thin after a while, but life doesn’t offer you any other choice if you want to get where you want to be. Some people get no shortcuts, and this is perfectly normal.

For those of you who do get some kind of “boost” up the perpetual mountain of obstacles/adversity, then consider yourself lucky. But the norm is for most people to do the climb the hard way. Now, this doesn’t mean we can’t get some sort of help here and there, but the brunt of the effort should derive from your spirit and willpower to keep hanging on like your (gasp) life depends on it.

On my desktop, I have this particular picture to remind me constantly about how some of the world’s most successful people did not necessarily start at the top.

Lost in Life
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 13

Christmas Girl
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 13’s Topic: Christmas.
Well, it’s the big day! Merry Christmas, everyone!

Because it’s the 25th of December, I am going to write out 25 wonderful, random memories from Christmas throughout my life. In no particular order of significance. Perhaps these Christmas memories growing up are not that exciting by any means, but heck … these random memories are still pleasant and precious to me nonetheless.

Now without further ado.

1. Getting to stay up all night because it was Christmas time (my dad normally would not let us stay up at nighttime.)
2. Playing video games with my little brothers. Super Nintendo. Nintendo 64. The works.
3. Getting cool gifts on Christmas.
4. Getting to eat my mom’s excellent, homemade and authentic Vietnamese cuisine like phở. Yum.
5. Playing out in the snow.
6. Building a snowman with my little brothers.
7. Playing with the neighbor kids during Christmas.
8. Hauling snow at my grandma’s house with my little brothers, trying to build a snow fort.
9. Snowball fights.
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Everyday NhanSense – Day 1

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.

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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To Live by a New Motto

Hi there. My name is Nhan Pham, and this is my personal blog I have been using for three+ years now. However, for the past few months, I have been neglecting this site for whatever reason. Let’s just say a lot of things happened, which forced me to rethink everything from the ground up. Blogging has been a great means to relieve stress for me, but I fell into a real slump where even writing a post each day proved difficult without proper focus or motivation.

I want to change this fact from this point forward. The blog itself reflects my “pulse” and offers me a means to share my personality and various interests.

“Get good. Be better.”

This is the new motto I want to live by, not only for this blog, but in general. It has become apparent that if I want to get anywhere in life, I have to strive to improve myself in more facets. Being just proficient at something isn’t enough to me anymore. You have to go a step beyond and surpass individual thresholds and, most importantly, be able to stand with or above others in a respective area. Continue reading