1 Month Update

Not so good on updating anymore, sorry.

This month I’ve realized two things. 1) The S3 phone is pretty cool even though it’s almost 3 years old. It’s good enough for me. I may be the techie of the family, but there’s no need to get the newest and latest tech. 2) My attitude needs to be fixed.

For the past month since getting the temp job at the local big business, I’ve noticed a change in attitude and I don’t like it. And I know where it’s rooted (fear of failure and rejection) and where it will go (self-sabotage actions).

Luckily, I’ve caught myself on multiple occasions before I did something stupid. Now that I’ve identified this, it’ll be easier to get back on track.

Here’s my new mantra; I will get hired. I will succeed. My eyes are set on a goal.

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My Tech Splurge…. 1st World Problems

Every year, normally at the beginning, I splurge on some tech. This happened since 2009/2010. It’s normally not a massive splurge but a splurge no less. I rarely buy things for myself outside of extra food, cell phone bill, gas, etc. Money is something I worked hard for and I don’t like wasting it. Giving tithes is even a challenge, but that’s something I want to work on.

With that said, this week I spent my yearly splurge on a new phone. Up to now, I had this very basic phone for a couple of years. it’s fine, it does what it’s designed to do, calling and texting. But for the longest time, I had my eyes on a smartphone. To some people, it seems pretty crazy. Man, you don’t have a smartphone!? What’s up with that?! That’s weird. And to them, I said, I don’t need one. And, to be honest, I don’t. I wanted one, but need is another thing. In fact, buyer’s remorse kicked in the day after it was bought.

Why did I buy something so unnecessary? Sure, it has a camera that you’ve been dying for and apps that you’d love but really, there’s no need for it.

In fact, I got a phone with a horrible deal which only strengthens the buyer’s remorse. I saved $100 dollars on the phone, but come to find out the data plan is fixed to 500mb (double it for 5$ more) for 30 days which means monitoring is crucial. The other deal I found had 3gb for the same data price but the phone would be $250 extra and at that price, I would’ve gotten a newer phone. I just CANNOT for the life of me justify spending $400-$600 [including accessories] on a frikkin’ phone*.

*sigh*

So I am stuck.

Maybe I’m being spoiled and ungrateful and I hope my heart changes because underneath it all I’m really excited about this phone. I can finally, finally take pictures of moments that I want to capture. I can use Instagram and Pandora without looking like a tool. Taking pictures and carrying around an iPad everywhere just looks stupid. I can use “Couch to 5k” the running app and different other apps. I can finally check email and go online without needing a magnifying glass for the 2-inch screen on the old phone.

My mind might change once I’ve used it.

*prepaid phones

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Update: I’ve had a little bit of time to play with this. I like it. I was being spoiled and scared thanks to bad reviews. But so far this phone is pretty sweet. And the plan was different than advertised. It is 1GB. But I’m still watching it like s hawk.

I got a case and so that’s even better.

Happy 2015

Wow, it’s been almost 2 months since my last post. I feel bad because it wasn’t my intention to stop. I just wanted to take a break but now that it’s late-January, it’s time to get back to the grind.

Speaking of routine, working on a full-time schedule has been a great thing for me. In fact, for the past 2-3 days I’ve been sick with the stomach bug. It’s nasty. I’m just laying in bed praying to God that I’ll have time to make it to the bathroom. It’s NOT fun. I’m just bored. I spent most of my time this weekend sleeping and watching multiple TV shows… barely.

The stomach bug is probably the worst thing I’ve experienced in a long time. I’d take my usual upper respiratory infection over this crud.

Oh well,

Happy extremely belated New Year’s to Becoming Surefooted. I pray that this year will be a fruitful one.

Success!

It’s my last post for NaBloPoMo. Aside from 2/3 days, there was a post for every single day of the month in November! I’m so happy about it! In celebration and just random chance, I went grocery shopping to buy tons of fresh foods and snacks for work this week. Here’s to good health and feeling better!

My family and I are really looking forward to December. My brother and his family are moving into town. Christmas season is here so it’s always festive. It’ll be my second month of work. I really hope and pray that it’ll lead to more opportunities.

It’s been a good month overall and even though I wanted to do more photography, it’s hard being motivated when you’re exhausted. I’ll go back to my weekly blog and hopefully find some structure (again). These daily blogs are hard to reach an audience because I’m still trying to figure out what my blog should be about. So far, it’s mainly an online journal which isn’t bad but I dislike the unstructured format. Somedays I talk about this and then the next day I talk about that. It feels cluttered. So for now, the plan is to figure out what I’m passionate about and focus on that with the occasional random post.

Anyway, thanks for reading whoever’s out there. Thanks for liking a few posts and I hope that everything was enjoyable.

~AJ

Balanced Diet

Since my job began a month ago, I’ve eaten nothing but a frozen, cheap food and fast food for lunch. It’s taking a toll on me and I hate it now. My body hurts. My pants don’t fit. I’m tired all the time. My digestive tract is a frikkin’ mess, and I’m sick of it.

Our bodies weren’t meant to consume all this junk. In fact, yesterday, during a long shopping trip, I ordered lettuce wrap and ate all the lettuce. It was so good to eat fresh foods.

The plan for this month (outside of Christmas and the occasional snack) is to eat more natural foods. More fruits and vegetables, more whole grains, beans, the whole lot. Last year, I did this too and I felt so much better. Throughout the internet, there are tons of ideas. So far, my favorite food ideas are from the vegan side. There are tons of snacks/lunches including this one. I won’t/can’t buy all the organic foods, but these have some greats ideas to copy from. Her hummus, spinach, and tomato wrap looks delicious. Another idea is the vegan club sandwich and I will definitely have this next week.

I also don’t plan on becoming a vegan anytime soon. I just love the recipes and how much they incorporate unprocessed foods. It helps me track of what food I eat. Also, the preps and presentation for the food is great. It’s not all salads, you can eat tasty meals. You just have to put in the effort.

I’m excited for this. I really hope that it’ll help my body feel normal again.

International Thanksgiving

Yesterday, I had a chance to experience a multi-cultural Thanksgiving. My family and I went to the house of our local university’s professor along with some students. All together, there were Koreans, Mexicans, Nicaraguans, and Americans at this dinner. The main foods were the usual turkey and American sides. In adding an international twist to this, Kimchi and fried plantains were also included. It was all so good.

I am so thankful for that evening. I love seeing cultures come together under one roof. It’s what make this country special to me. Pilgrims aside, Thanksgiving this year made me appreciate diversity yet again.

The food pictures do NOT do it justice to how good it was. In fact, they look cruddy but it all tasted so good.