Monday, November 30, 2015

Daily Diary 11/30/15: Off Days and Changes

 So today was another day that just felt off. I went to bed early last night and I got a full ten hours of sleep, but I woke up exhausted again. It's not necessarily like physical exhaustion as much as it's mental fatigue and it's just ridiculously annoying because I have so much stuff that I need to get done this week. I'm going to try get another early night tonight because I feel like I just need to sleep this thing off, even though I've felt like this for at least the last four days. 

Well now let's talk a little bit about December. Yesterday, I announced that I'm going to be doing Vlogmas this year on my main channel. I was feeling so tired and out of it when I was filming the video, so excuse me if it isn't my best work, but the gist of it is that I'm going to be doing daily videos during december and I'll be posting them on my main channel. Because I'm going to be daily vlogging, I'm going to stop these daily diary posts until vlogmas ends. I don't think there's a point in doing both of them and I think that it would just add a lot of stress to my workload. I will be sharing my vlogmas videos here, though, so you'll still be getting daily posts. 

I'm so freaking excited for December, but right now I'm going to finish my homework, shower, call my parents and head to bed (hopefully before 10) because I'm so tired. 

P.S. Check out yesterday's post here!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Daily Diary 11/29/15: Getting Back on Track

Guys I have literally eaten so bad this weekend! I have eaten really high fat foods, I've eaten a lot more animal products that I usually have, and I haven't exercised much at all besides doing a bit of sledding on Saturday. Because I let myself indulge a little too much this weekend, I spent today feeling like crap. I've had a weird headache, I've felt fatigued, and it's just not been the best day.
I really want to start eating clean again this week. I want to get back to the point where I feel healthy, good, and energized before I fly back to Hawaii in a couple weeks. I know a lot of people try to do detoxes after thanksgiving, but I don't believe in detoxing. I just want to eat a lot more whole foods, I want to minimize the amount of animal products I eat, and exercise regularly. I am doing vlogmas this year, so I'm going to try vlog everything that I eat because I know you guys like my What I Eat in a Day videos too! 
I don't know if this was at all interesting to you guys, but I thought that it'd be a fun daily diary post!

P.S. Read yesterday's post here!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Daily Diary 11/28/15: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Hi guys!
Now that Thanksgiving is over, I've been in a crazy Christmas spirit! I've been playing Christmas music nonstop, watching old Vlogmas videos (btw I'm doing vlogmas this year!), and just getting in to the Christmas spirit. Today, I went sledding with my friends and I thought that it'd be fun to talk a little bit about it!

So we woke up early and drove an hour in to the mountains to go sledding because the valley hasn't gotten much snow, and that was the closest place. I've been skiing before, but I've never gone sledding so this was my first time! It was so fun and I think that I may even like it more than skiing because it gives me more of a rush! We found a little spot hidden between some trees to sled down and it was kind of scary at first. It was one of those "I'm scared because I don't know what to expect" things, but soon I was going higher and higher so I could go faster. 

I am really excited for Christmas, and I am really happy that I'm in this spirit because it'll make my content and vlogmas videos even more special! I love you all and I hope you had a wonderful day!

Friday, November 27, 2015

Daily Diary 11/27/15: Black Friday

Hey guys!
I bet a lot of you guys went black friday shopping today or maybe even last night! I thought that I'd talk a little bit about my shopping today and all that good stuff!

When I was back in Hawaii, I used to go midnight shopping with my friend Julia and my dad. We went four years in a row and it turned in to a tradition of sorts. There were some really funky moments during those shopping trips (like one year we ended up stalking KevJumba, but that's a story for another time). Last year I had to work on black friday, which was absolute madness, so I didn't get to go black friday shopping at all. 

This year I did a lot of my shopping online on Thanksgiving because a lot of retailers had their black friday deals online starting on Thanksgiving day. So I bought some presents and stuff from Aero and H and M and sent it home so that it'll be waiting when I get back. Today we went shopping from 10:30-2 and I'm gonna say that I was a little disappointed with the sales. I feel like the in store sales at H and M were not as good as the online ones, but I did end up buying a top from there. I also think that Forever 21 and Victorias Secret always have really underwhelming black friday sales, but I did buy a dress from Forever 21 (it wasn't on sale, but I wanted it!) The stores that I really liked the sales from were Charlotte Russe, although I didn't end up buying anything from there, and Bath and Body Works. I really liked the VIP Bag at BABW this year, but I didn't get it because my skin doesn't really react well with the fragrances, so I usually only get hand sanitizer, room fragrances, and hand soaps from there. I did use the buy 3, get 3 sale to get 6 hand soaps. I gave three of them to my roommate's aunt that I'm staying with right now and I kept three of them for the dorm. 

I was watching the news tonight and they kept mentioning that people were spending more online and weren't shopping in store, and I totally agree with that! I don't think that I'm going to shop at Small Business Saturday tomorrow, but I'll definitely be checking all the Cyber Monday sales later!

P.S. Read my Thanksgiving post here!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Daily Diary 11/26/15: Happy Thanksgiving!


I wanted to get a Daily Diary post up today, but I didn't exactly know what to write about, so I guess we're going to just do a run through of my day!

I woke up at 7:30ish this morning, which is ridiculously early for me, but I had gone to sleep at 11 the night before, so I got a decent amount of sleep! I watched a little bit of the Chrisley Knows Best marathon while I got ready, and stayed in bed for a while because it was also crazy cold this morning! I finally went in to the living room area at 9, thinking that I would see everyone already up, but it was just me and my hosts because my friends were still sleeping. I had a apple danish for breakfast, which was really good! I also had a cup of coffee and watched the first bit of the Macy's Day Parade. We spent the next couple hours cooking, watching football, and snacking. At 1:30, we finally had Thanksgiving lunch! There was so much food and it was absolutely delicious! Here's the full list of what I ate!

  • bacon wrapped stuffed mushrooms
  • bacon wrapped stuffed jalapeños (my friend's cousin made them and they were bomb af)
  • white rice
  • stuffing
  • mashed potatoes
  • gravy
  • ham
  • turkey (always the brown meat!)
  • sweet potato casserole
  • green bean casserole
  • cranberries
  • bread
  • pumpkin pie
There was so much food and I was so happy! I honestly think that I ate the most of the bacon wrapped jalapeños because those were really nice and fresh and delicious! I also am a huge turkey lover, so that was absolutely delicious as well! Actually, everything was delicious and I wish that my stomach was bigger so I could eat more! 

After that, we sat around in our food coma and watched more football. And then more football. I also did some online shopping because a lot of stores had their Black Friday deals online early as well! I got some stuff from H&M and Aeropostale, some for friends, and some for me, but it's being shipped home so I won't be able to access it until mid december! I didn't eat dinner tonight, and it's almost 9pm and I don't think that I will because I'm still not that hungry! I think that the rest of my night will be watching old Vlogmas videos from Ingrid and Elle, showering, and going to bed early! We're going Black Friday shopping at 10am tomorrow, so hopefully the crowds won't be too bad? I don't know, it's my first Black Friday in Reno, so I guess we'll see how it goes! 

I love you all, and I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
P.S. Have you read yesterday's post yet? Do it here! 

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Daily Diary 11/25/15: Vacation

Hey guys!
So today marks the start of my little Thanksgiving holiday. I am not going back to Hawaii for Thanksgiving because I don't think that the flight cost is worth it unless I can stay for at least two weeks. I'm currently in a room at my roommate's uncle's house, that is ridiculously nice. If you follow me on snapchat @misssienna you'll see a lot of their house because that's where I'll be staying from now until Sunday. 

I think that Thanksgiving can be one of the most stressful holidays for people because they're worried about playing hostess, cooking, talking with relatives that they usually don't... But I'm treating this weekend as a vacation of sorts. I have some work and school things that I am going to try and get done, but I'm going to take this time to completely decompress. I am going to watch crappy reality television, play in the snow, hang out by the fireplace, and eat whatever I want because I know that the next couple weeks are going to be crazy busy! 

I have to start ordering Christmas presents online and shipping it home for all of my friends on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. I also have a final paper and presentation due next Friday for English, I need to start studying for a lot of my finals, and I'll eventually need to start packing for my trip home. 

I'm curled up in my room watching Chrisley Know Best and writing this post. I have a feeling that this will be my position for the next few hours... or days... But anyway, Happy Thanksgiving you guys! Eat a lot of turkey (I know I will) and enjoy your day whether that's with family or friends!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Daily Diary 11/24/15: Oh, How Things Have Changed

Hey guys!
We are so close to Thanksgiving and a month away from Christmas Eve, and everybody's in the holiday spirit. I thought that I'd take a little bit to reflect on the last year. 

This is the first year that my family won't be together on Thanksgiving. My brother is in Japan and won't be back until the beginning of June, and I'm away in Reno, and won't be home until 12/16. I think that everyone's trying to cope differently because my grandparents are going to fly to New York, my parents and sister are going to be staycationing in Waikiki, and I'm going to be going to one of my roommate's family's house. Last year, around Thanksgiving, I did a post about things that I'm thankful for in my life.

While all of those are still true, and are things I am very much thankful for in my life, I guess the one thing that I've realized was how short life is and how I need to live life better. That is such a vague thing, but it's true! I need to stop waiting around for things to happen, and start making them happen myself. I need to prioritize the people that are important to me, and stop focusing on the small things. I need to work towards something everyday, I need to stay present, and I need to start realizing that life, itself, is a blessing. 

My parents sometime joke around and say that I'm trying to reach enlightenment by reading and changing my philosophies of life, but it's kind of true. This last year I've realized what's important and what I should be thankful for. 

This post totally went a different way than I had expected, but I like it! I hope that this post was interesting, and don't forget to follow me on bloglovin to get updates every single day! Also, I'm going to try my hardest over the next four days to get posts out, but I'm going to be staying at someone's house, so I don't exactly know when I'll be able to write these posts.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Daily Diary 11/23/15: Hawaii Problems

I thought that it would be pretty fun to write a little post about "Hawaii problems" because there are a lot of them when you're originally from Hawaii, but are going to college in another state. 

The first "problem" is that it is so freaking expensive to go back home. My suitemates are from Vegas and are able to fly home for a couple hundred dollars. Other people can take a megabus over the Sierra Nevada mountains to the bay area for very little money as well. But if I want to go home? I'm lucky if I can find a flight that's less than $1,000. Along with this, is the fact that the majority of people that go to my college are from the bay area or Nevada, so it gets so empty during Halloween or Thanksgiving. 

The second problem is the food! Hawaii food is like nothing else, because there is a very heavy asian influence and rice is such a staple at every meal. Sometimes you want some Korean or Japanese food instead of the basic burgers, pasta, pizza that the cafeteria serves, but can't get it. Also, for me personally, I've been missing the fresh fruit like crazy because my school only ever seems to serve melon, which isn't my favorite. 

The third problem is constantly freezing! The low in Hawaii is like 70°, because that's all that you're used to, anything lower is FREEZING! For me, it's not bad during the day when the sun's out, but once the sun sets, I have to pile on the layers!

The last problem is constantly getting the question "Why'd you want to come here?" I've had it both said directly to my face and I've also overheard people saying it to one of their friends about me. This question is harmless, but also really annoying. When someone asks it directly to me, I always answer it nicely because that's a valid question, and if they've never been to Hawaii I can get why they'd be curious. What I can't stand is when people say it in front of me, but not directly to me. I think that it's a way of trying to make me seem stupid or ungrateful or something because I've left "paradise." Sometimes people are trying to be funny by saying that, but it's really just annoying. 

These problems are really just minor annoyances, and all go away when I realize that it's less than a month until I get to go home! I thought that it'd just be fun to share some of these things with you, especially because in class today a guest speaker was like "where are you from?" to the people that aren't from Cali or Nevada. I was like "Hawaii!" and then a girl right in front of me goes "why would she leave?" but in that really annoying, condescending tone. 

P.S. You can read yesterday's post here! 

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Daily Diary 11/22/15: McDonalds & Studying

So it's been a while since I just did a quick run through of everything I did today, so that's what I'm gonna do today! 

I woke up at 10 in the morning and started the day by reading a chapter of Siddhartha. I then did the normal "check my phone" things and got ready. I then spent a little bit waiting to see if anyone was awake and wanted to eat breakfast, but I went by myself at like 11:30 because I was starving and nobody else was ready. They had tofu this morning, which I really liked because they usually only serve tempeh, which I strongly dislike. 

After I got back to the room, I was alone for a bit because everyone else was out. I filmed a video (50 random questions) and studied for chemistry a bit. I also finished a lab report and did some work type stuff. At 3:30 I needed a break, so I walked downtown to a McDonalds by myself. My friends always think I'm nuts for doing that, but I think downtown's pretty safe as long as you're aware of your surroundings. I got a McFlurry (oreo, of course!), came back to the room and finished studying for chem. 

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I got dinner with one of my suitemates around 6:30. I ate a salad and some potatoes because I consumed wayyyy too many McFlurry calories today! Then I came back to the room, finished a pre-lab that's due tomorrow, watched some youtube videos, and now I'm writing this! It's currently 9:30 and I think I'll shower, read some Siddhartha, facetime the parentals, and go to bed (hopefully around 11)! 

Today wasn't that interesting, but it was really fun and productive! I may also try to edit that video footage tonight as well, but I'm not sure about that! Let me know in the comments what you think of these Daily Diary posts because it's like day 20 or something, which is INSANE! 

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Daily Diary 11/21/15: Enlightenment

Hey guys!
Today was a really chill day. I posted an instagram picture with the caption "drank four cups of coffee and only left the room to get food... I call that a pretty productive Saturday," which perfectly summed up my day. A lot of why I stayed in was because I was studying for a chemistry exam that I have on Tuesday, but also because I was reading Siddhartha. I think you'd rather have me talk about the book than chemistry, so that's what I'm doing today!

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So Siddhartha is an oldish book that is kind of an underrated classic. For example, I've heard of the book before I decided to read it, but I don't know anyone personally that's read it. I really like philosophy and reading books that make me question the world and my life. This book did that for me. I guess the gist of the book is that it's about a man wandering through life trying to find his nirvana. 

I don't read these books to be enlightened, because I'm not sure that enlightenment exists today. I read it to help me question my life choices and make sure that I am acting and being the person that I want to be. For example one of the parts that I read today was about how Siddhartha became extremely wealthy, had houses and servants and could eat whatever he wanted, yet lost his true passion for life and became a shell of who he originally was. Reading things like that make me introspective and help me scrutinize myself a little bit. 

This book, while I'm not done with it yet, is probably one of the most inspiring, moving, books that I've ever read. I know that I often call "On the Road" the most life changing book that I've read, and while that's true, this book is an even more amped up version of that.

I'm not saying that you should read Siddhartha, but it is definitely a book that spoke a lot to me, and I highly recommend it. The version that I'm reading is from iBooks and it was actually free, so you have nothing to lose by getting it (*hint hint*). 

P.S. Have you read yesterday's post? Click here to do so! 

Friday, November 20, 2015

Daily Diary 11/20/15: All or Nothing

Today in my English class we were analyzing the movie Thank You For Smoking (great movie, by the way) and one of the logical fallacies we were talking about was this all or nothing mindset. The idea that there's only two options that you can choose from, when in reality there are way more options. I couldn't help but realize that this is something that I do in my life all the time. I force myself to the extremes, but never acknowledge that I could do something in the middle. This is what we're going to talk about today. 

I think the biggest example of this in my personal life right now is with my diet. The theme for my English class is "Food Politics," and my research topic was about plant based veganism. I've learned so much about the health benefits of veganism in the past three months, and I can't help but feel like that's how I should eat. On top of that, I've watched countless documentaries including Forks Over Knives, Cowspiracy, Food Inc., and more. Logically, and deep down inside, I know that I should be eating vegan not necessarily for the health benefits, because I consider myself to be a healthy individual as is, but mainly for the animals. I know that I shouldn't be spending money on animal products because that money supports an industry that I don't want to support, but I'm still eating animals. 

I made this argument an "all or nothing" in my head. I think that it should be an "all or nothing" and in a perfect world, everyone would be vegan, but it's not right for me right now. I find it incredibly hard to get the calories that I need when I try to eat vegan now because my options are usually some cooked vegetables with lots of excess oil, some rice medley, and the salad bar. I'm not trying to make excuses for myself, but it's just easier for me to make a salad, then throw on a piece of chicken to increase the calories. I've been beating myself up for this a lot lately. Today at dinner I ate some chicken tenders (I was craving the oil because I didn't eat enough at lunch), and couldn't stop thinking about how I was supporting factory farming and the deaths of so many chickens. 

This past month, I've tried so hard to limit the amount of animal products that I've consumed. This week, I only ate meat at three meals, and I haven't once had dairy, which I think is a step in the right direction. I think that it's time for me to congratulate myself for my small accomplishments and stop beating myself up for the times that I cave. 

I've been getting a lot of questions about when a video talking about the health benefits of veganism is going to go up! I am working on it, and it's definitely on the table! I'm going to try get it done ASAP, but it might not be until I get back to Hawaii in mid December. 

P.S. Have you seen yesterday's post? There's a bomb af sunset pic in it :P

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Daily Diary 11/19/15: Grounding Myself

Hi guys!
If you are following me on Snapchat (misssienna) or Instagram (@miss_sienna) then you know that I've been watching the sunsets every single day lately. I've been using it as a grounding tactic to try and keep myself living in the moment. I thought I'd talk about it now, because I'm sitting right in front of my window watching the sky turn that gorgeous pink. 

I like to choose something to ground myself with because I find that I can get overexcited about projects or the future, or I can get majorly stressed out about future things. None of that is healthy or helpful, and I like to take some time out of my day to sit, breathe, and remind myself about the brevity of life. I know that some people use yoga or meditation for that, but honestly, when I'm lying in corpse pose, my mind goes through the millions of things that I need to do instead of staying calm and empty. And while meditation works for me, it's really hard for me to keep up with it consistently. 

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That's why I've been using the sunsets. Right now, the sun is going down extremely early, so I'm usually always in my room when the sun sets. I open the blinds, and watch the sunset and let my mind wander. I sit, look at the sky, and breathe. Actually breathe, because breathing consciously really helps me to stay in the moment. The great thing about sunsets are that it happens once a day, every day. It forces me to take time out of whatever I'm doing to reflect and think. Those fifteen minutes make all the difference in the world because I'm not constantly stressing about the next thing, and I'm living in the moment. It's such a beautiful thing to watch every night, and it's a habit that I've been loving to do. 

I challenge you to do something each day to ground yourself. If you wake up early, that could be watching the sun rise, if you're like me, you could watch the sunset. Even if it's just meditating and breathing for ten minutes, the benefits will be tremendous. 

The sun has almost set, and the sky is a dark navy fading to black. That's okay, though, because I'll be here tomorrow waiting to experience it again. 

P.S. Have you read yesterday's post yet? You can do it here! 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Daily Diary 11/18/15: Taking Care of Myself

Hey guys!
For todays daily diary I want to talk about health and personal responsibility. This is kind of a big thing in my dorm, and I thought that I'd share a little about what's going on with you! 

So first, a lot of people are getting sick lately. That's pretty typical for having so many teenagers in such close proximity, and a lot of people are getting pink eye and strep throat. I haven't gotten sick, and I think that's because I take care of myself. I try to keep my stress level really low, I eat extremely clean for the most part, I get regular exercise and I stretch often, and I practice good hygiene. I understand that people who do all of that can and do get sick, but I think that it helps to keep me healthier than someone who lives in a dirty room and eats crap and is constantly stressed and binging and all that stuff. 

The second thing is that the other day one of my friends got hurt playing sports and a lot of people wanted to take her to the emergency room when she didn't want to. It really bothered me hearing people talk about wanting to physically lift her and put her in a car to force her to go to the emergency room when she said that she was fine. My personal opinion was that she should have gone, but at the same time I have gone through so many sports injuries and I know how important it is to listen to the injured person. In all of my injuries it was usually the opposite with me trying to get care for an injury when others were trying to convince me that I was alright (example: my shoulder dislocation before I was diagnosed with my labrum tear), but nobody knows your body as well as you do, and that's something a lot of people don't understand. 

The last thing is that it really bothers me how so many people have no freaking clue about when and how to use medications. Like I cringe every time someone takes acetaminophen when their hangover symptoms start to come because that just puts so much stress on your liver. In general there's also a lot of people that don't know what types of medicine to take for their different conditions whether that's a cold or allergies or pain relief, and I think that's something that more people need to focus on learning about because that's such a basic life skill that's so important. 

Well this has turned into a slight rant type thing, and I'll probably end up making a video on how to stay healthy while in college because I really want to go more in depth with that! 

P.S. Have you read yesterday's Daily Diary post? Click here to hear my thoughts on Syrian Refugees!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Daily Diary 11/17/15: Syrian Refugees

Hey guys!
So I know that these Daily Diary posts are usually really light hearted and about my life, but today I heard a lot about whether or not America should accept refugees and I wanted to talk about it a bit. It is a very serious and controversial topic, so if you don't want to read it, go ahead and click out now, but otherwise let's get started. 

There has been a lot of controversy over whether or not America should accept Syrian refugees. Many democrats and Obama wants to accept refugees, while many Republicans don't want to after news surfaced that one of the bombers in France was a refugee. I personally think that America should make a larger effort to accept refugees because this whole country was based on the idea of freedom and immigration played a huge role in getting America to where it is today. 

Currently there are only a few states that are willing to accept refugees. 
They are:

  1. Pennsylvania
  2. Vermont
  3. Connecticut
  4. Washington
  5. Delaware
  6. Hawaii
  7. California
  8. Colorado
  9. Oregon
It's not like it really matters what states accept refugees or not because if the federal government allows them in, they are free to move from state to state like any other citizen. With that being said, it's not like it'll be easy for people to get in to the United States. Refugees go through crazy amounts of background checks to prevent terrorists from getting in, a process that some are estimating will take a year to two years. 

What bothers me the most about this is how blatantly racist the Republicans are being. Most of these refugees are harmless, perfectly good, nice people trying to escape from an unsafe area. It is not right for politicians to hold the actions of the few radicals against the entire race. It is so contradictory and makes me sick. 

There was a great tweet that I've seen that says: 
"Muslim shooter = entire religion guilty
Black shooter = entire race guilty
White shooter = mentally troubled lone wolf"

This is the mindset of a lot of people in America, but it is so ridiculous and dumb. It bothers me to see people (aka politicians) using logical fallacies to try and back up their points of view. I strongly believe that these refugees have as much of a right to be in the United States as any other immigrant from any other country. These are my thoughts on this issue, and I strongly suggest you read up on this issue and form your own opinions. 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Daily Diary 11/16/15: Productivity

Hey guys!
Today we're talking about productivity! My chemistry lab was canceled today, so I ended class at 1:00 instead of 4:00 in the afternoon. I spent the afternoon what I consider productively, but I know that a lot of people will think otherwise, so I thought I'd write a little bit about the concept of productivity. 

First off, let's start off with how I spent the afternoon! 
After I finished my last class, I stopped by the cafeteria to grab lunch before heading back to my dorm. I was craving chicken tenders and fries so hard, so that's what I got! When I got back to my dorm I ate and watched some youtube videos and responded to some comments on my latest videos. After that, I decided to take a nap. I know some of you don't think that naps are productive, but I'll talk about that a little later. I then was in that half sleep half awake state for an hour while I watched some of Cowspiracy. Then I finished my math homework that's due on wednesday, studied for my test on Friday, facetimed my friend, and wrote a couple blog posts on my other blog. 

Okay, so here's my justification for why naps are productive. I think that if you're exhausted you're not going to be functioning at your highest level. You'll be tired, your brain won't work as well, and it'll take you longer to get your stuff done. If you're well rested, you'll retain information much better and will function at a higher level. For me, I think that had I tried to do my math homework while tired, it would have taken WAY over an hour to complete, but I did it in half an hour, which is faster than usual. It was also easier for me to understand what I needed to do, and I think I was more aware and focused. 

I would much rather take a short nap and be good to go for the rest of the afternoon than to stay awake and struggle through everything. That's why I think my afternoon was so productive! 

This was kind of a funky, random, post but I wanted to write about this! Also, Cowspiracy. Wow. It was such a mindblowing movie and I'm still processing some of it, so I'll cover it in a later post. But if you haven't watched it, it's on Netflix and is really amazing. 

P.S. Have you read yesterday's post yet? If not, here ya go! 

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Daily Diary 11/15/15: The Morning After

Hey guys!
So I thought we'd do another play by play post for today because although today was really uninteresting and quite boring actually, I couldn't think of anything better to do. 

I went out to my friend's house last night because they were having a little party. I got back to my dorm room at 1:30 in the morning and got ready for sleep. I ended up waking up at 4:30 in the morning, but I fell back asleep and woke up for real at 10. 

One of my roommates was not feeling very well, so the majority of the day was spent inside making sure that she was okay. She passed out at 12, so I spent some time cleaning the bathroom and walked to Jimmy Johns with my other roommate so we could get some lunch. When we got back, she was still sleeping so I went on my bed, watched some Netflix, continued to work on my Musical Theater paper that's due on Friday, and chilled. I really didn't get much sleep last night, so today was a struggle between either taking a nap and possibly ruining my sleep schedule for the rest of the week, or powering through the day, going to sleep slightly earlier than usual, and keeping my sleep schedule consistent. I decided to do the latter, although there were definitely lots of times when I felt like going to sleep. 

That's really all that I've done today so far. It's started to snow again, which I like but a lot of people are over already. I don't know when I'm going to eat dinner because my roommate finally woke up and just finished eating her lunch, but I bet it won't be until after the floor meeting that I have in my dorm at 7. Besides that, I need to do some vacuuming and I need to study for a math test. 

I know that this was the most boring Daily Diary post that I've done so far, but today was honestly a really boring day and I didn't get much done. You can read yesterday's Daily Diary post by clicking here, and don't forget to follow this blog on bloglovin to get updates when new posts get posted!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Daily Diary 11/14/15: Some Thoughts About Paris

Hi guys!
It's not even 5:00 pm yet, but I wanted to write this post now because I think I'm going out tonight and I'm not sure when I'll be getting back (or if I'll want to write later). I am still incredibly upset about the Paris shootings and bombings that occurred yesterday, but I wanted to talk about something I touched on in my latest instagram post. 

I said "during times like these, it's important to remember terrorism does not have a race or religion." I think that the media and society emphasizes the race or religion of terrorist groups. For example, the mass media makes it seem like Muslims and ISIS are the same. It's not. Terrorism occurs within every race and every religion, but that doesn't mean that the people that share that race or religion are terrorists as well. 

The United States has a horrible history of doing this. Most people are unaware that Japanese Americans were targeted because of their race during World War II after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. These people were 100% AMERICAN, but were forced to give up their property and belongings and were forced in to internment camps because of their race. 

I would like to believe that we are above that now. That we are better people and that we know better than to judge people for their race or religion and make assumptions based on that. Reading through some tweets today proved me wrong. Having people say that we should stop allowing Middle Easterns in to America to prevent what happened in France from happening here is illogical, racist, and just plain stupid. 

Fear is normal. Sadness is normal. These responses, however, are not normal and should not be tolerated anymore. I want everyone to think about this and to realize that terrorism is scary, it's wrong, but it shouldn't force us to treat innocent people any differently. 

I talk more about Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad in yesterday's post here. 

Friday, November 13, 2015

Daily Diary 11/13/15: Prayers for the World

Hi guys!
Today has been a rough day for most of the world. There has been so much destruction, disaster, and death in one day. I know that a lot of people are unaware of the full extent of what happened, so I thought I'd share what I know with all of you. 

Paris - Over 100 Killed
In Paris over 100 people were killed in gun and bomb attacks. The largest of these attacks took place at the Bataclan concert hall, where lots of people were held hostage and shot dead. The French boarders are currently closed, and Parisians are being told to stay indoors. 

Japan - 6.5 Earthquake
There was a 6.5 magnitude earthquake off the southern coast of Japan. So far there has been no report of casualties or destruction, although there is a tsunami alert for most of Japan. I keep seeing people retweet a picture saying that 18,000 people are dead or missing after today. This is not true. That is referring to the 2011 tsunami, and not the one that occurred today. 

Beirut - Suicide Bombings
43 people are dead in Beirut after a series of suicide bombings. ISIS has claimed responsibility for these bombings, but these claims have not been verified yet. 

Baghdad - Suicide Bombings
Over 19 people have been killed in suicide bombings in Baghdad. From what I've read it seems like no groups have taken responsibility for this yet, but it is likely ISIS because the bombings targeted Shiites. 

Mexico - ?
People keep using the hashtag #PrayForMexico honestly I have no clue what happened in Mexico. I have heard that it's because of the hurricane, but hurricane Patricia dissipated in October, so I'm not quite sure. If you know what this is about, let me know in the comments. 

I feel like this has gotten so much attention because it occurred on Friday the 13th. I don't think that it's likely that any of these events (with the exception of the Paris one) would have gotten much attention. At the same time, people are trying to group these things together and are trying to make it the same when it's really not. If you're going to pray for anyone, you should pray for the people of Paris, Beirut, Baghdad. The people of Japan are fine and I think the people in Mexico are fine as well. On Twitter, people are constantly hashtagging all of these things together, but I think that a better use of time is reading the news, learning about what happened, and being a good human being because things like these, while tragic, are a fact of life. 

If I have certain facts wrong, let me know in the comments. Also, if you know what happened in Mexico, I really want to know as well because I haven't found any recent articles about it. If you have been affected by any of these things, you are in my prayers and I am thinking of you. 

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Daily Diary 11/12/15: Personal Responsibility

Hi guys!
We're going to be talking about personal responsibility today. I've noticed throughout my academic career that there are some people that will never take responsibility for the grades that they get or how well or poorly they do on a test. I thought that this would be fitting to write about now as we're nearing the end of the semester and everybody's thinking about grades. 

One of the biggest lies that I hear people tell themselves is "that was an unfair test!" Sometimes this is actually true, and other times it's not necessarily the test that's to blame, but lack of preparation or procrastination or something like that. I don't put too much weight on grades personally because I think that it's much more valuable to focus on whether or not you're learning or understanding topics, but I know I'm in the minority here. Another like that people tell themselves is "it's okay, a lot of people did worse than me." That tactic tries to cheer you up by making you feel superior to your classmates, but in reality I bet that you're not proud of your score, and you're trying to justify that by saying you did better than others. 

I think that the education system puts so much pressure on grades as a way to see who is "smart" or not in the college or grad school application process. Because of this, people feel stressed about their grades and are constantly trying to do well. The system is flawed, but I don't think that stressing is the right way to go. One of my friends that goes to a different college than me is so ridiculously stressed about her grades even though she is most likely not going to need to apply to a grad school and her GPA isn't all that important. This was the same friend that had issues when applying to college and was constantly studying and stressing during high school. The funny thing is that I was never once stressed to the extent that she was, yet did pretty similarly to her on standardized tests and could have gotten in to the same schools that she did. 

I think that people are so worried about being the best, about being smart, about being perfect, that they lose themselves and either stress too much about unimportant things, or make excuses for their screw ups instead of acknowledging that they messed up. 

Take it from me. I love the classes I'm taking, I love the school that I go to, I'm learning, and while I'm not getting a 4.0 GPA, I'm still doing pretty darn good in all of my classes. Perfection isn't everything, and I would much rather be knowledgable and learning instead of merely memorizing what's going to be on a test. 

P.S. Did you see yesterday's daily diary post? You can read it here!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Daily Diary 11/11/15: Veteran's Day

Hey guys!
Happy Veteran's Day! I wanted to take a little time to talk about veterans and service today. 

If you have served in the military or are currently serving thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate your service and what you have done for this country. 

I think that it's nice to have a day to celebrate Veterans, but they should be celebrated and appreciated everyday. The same goes for policemen, firefighters, anyone that puts themselves in harms way for others. I feel in life we need to start registering the sacrifices that others make more often. We live in such an egocentric era, which isn't a bad thing, but we need to acknowledge the actions of others. 

I really like the Greenlight a Vet campaign because it's such an easy way to show your support without saying anything at all. 

In this country it's easy to believe that veterans are treated well, but that isn't always the case. Sometimes they can't get jobs, they can't get their benefits right away, they come back with psychological disorders, they become homeless.... 

In general, we need to support our veterans everyday and we need to do it better. Happy veteran's day (but really, everyday should be veteran's day)!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Daily Diary 11/10/15: What I Did Today

Hey guys!
I haven't done one of these "day recaps" since last monday (you can read that post here), so I thought that it'd be fun to do another one today! 

So I woke up at 7:30 because I started class at 9. I did my usual routine, had some coffee, did makeup and got ready, and ate breakfast (frosted flakes with chocolate almond milk). I left a little early to head to my math class because there was still snow on the ground and I knew I was going to walk slowly so I didn't fall or slip. 

Math was fine. We were working on graphing, so that wasn't super exciting. After that, I came back to the dorm room and hung around for an hour. I made some tea, watched some Bobs Burgers, and then headed back outside to go to my chemistry class. 

I finished after chemistry, and headed back to the dorm where I hung around for a while. I made some ramen for lunch and had some more tea. I have Veterens day off, so I spent around three hours watching Matt Steffanina videos on youtube and teaching myself the dances! Dancing and performing was something that was a huge part of my life for the last decade or so, and it's really something that I want to start getting back into again. His videos are bomb af and he has incredible choreography, so if you want to learn some awesome stuff, check out his channel! 

I ate dinner at 5 with my roommates. I had a few chicken wings and a large salad with frozen veggies, which was absolutely delicious! After that, we went to a Hawaii club meeting and wandered around campus a little bit. 

Currently, it's 9 and I'm watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians. I think I'm going to make a cup of hot chocolate, take a shower, and go to sleep! 

I don't know if these posts are interesting at all, but I thought that it might be fun to share everything I did again with you guys! Follow this blog on bloglovin for more info, and also make sure you're subscribed to my youtube channel because I've been posting a ton there!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Daily Diary 11/9/15: Snow

Today was the first real snow day of the season here in Reno, and it was absolutely incredible! Last week we had a little bit of snow here in the valley, but it didn't stick and didn't last for long. I think that it's funny seeing how people react to the snow and I think that the way people respond to the weather is a really great metaphor for life. 

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When I went out in the snow, I was like a child on Christmas day. I was so excited and had so much fun just watching the snowflakes land in my hair and hit my face. I could not stop laughing, and was having such a great time. 

There was another guy that I'm friends with that was absolutely hilarious! He was writing letters in the snow and making patterns in the grass. He let himself go and focused on the fun and didn't give a fuck that people were looking at him funny. 

On the other hand there were just as many people cursing about how the snow was flying in to their eyes and ruining their makeup. Or how their shoes were getting wet because they didn't anticipate the snow. 

I think that in times like these you can either focus on the negatives or the positives. The best thing to do is to lose yourself and have fun in these moments because life's to short to be anything except happy. I'm really happy in the warmth of my room with a cup of tea, but if it's still snowy in the morning you can bet I'll go outside with a huge smile on my face. 

P.S. You can read yesterday's post here! 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Daily Diary 11/8/15: Material Girls

Hey guys!
Something that I've been thinking about is material wealth and materialistic people. In my life, there are quite a few people that I've met that are shopaholics or are always looking to have the next, best, thing. I wanted to talk a little bit about this topic today because I think that it's really interesting and something that either affects us directly, or through someone we know. 

First off, I don't think that I'm overly materialistic, although there is that part of me that likes looking nice and having new technology and all that. I think that during this year, I tend to get flustered because a lot of people ask "what do you want for Christmas" and I very rarely know how to respond to that because I never feel like I need or want anything in particular. Of course there are exceptions, like last year I wanted a new DSLR camera and was perfectly content buying it for myself, but my parents wanted to split the cost with me and call it my Christmas present.

On the other hand there are people that go crazy during this time of year! They make really long lists of all the things they want and are focused on getting as much as they can. These aren't like little kids, though, they're young adults just like me. I don't think that it's wrong to ask for things that you need or want, especially if people are asking what you'd like to get, but I have found that these people tend to be the ones that have never had jobs. I think it's either because they don't understand the value of a dollar or they don't have discretionary funds they can dip into for things that they need. 

It sounds so cliche, but I much prefer that people save their money and spend it on themselves instead of me. I value relationships and time spent together more than material goods and I try to make that really clear. I'm lucky because I'm at a state where I am able to buy pretty much everything that I want to for myself and I don't need to beg or ask anyone for anything in particular. Also, when I do spend money on big-ticket items, I do it wisely. Like I'm fine spending $700 on an iphone that I'll use for over two years because that ends up being less than a dollar a day for the actual phone itself, and I find that's worth it. 

I don't think that people who value material things are bad people, and I do think that for most people it's a phase they grow out of as they mature and get older. I think it's just really important to figure out what we value as people and make sure that our actions represent that. I believe it's much more important to spend time with people or to spend money towards useful things that will help you long term (whether that's vacations, technology, a house...) instead of designer clothing or shoes. 

P.S. Have you read yesterday's post all about "Sad Days?" Read it here!

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Daily Diary 11/7/15: Sad Days

Hey guys!
So there are days when I wake up feeling down and like crap. Today was one of those days. Sometimes it's because there's a cause, but today it was completely random and out of the blue. I wanted to talk about how I cope with these days and how I motivate myself to get things done when all I want to do is hide in bed. 

First, I try to get out. I find that when I'm down it's usually because I am indoors too much or using too much technology. I open all the windows and let the sun in, I go outside to get some fresh air, and I most importantly put the phone down. I think getting in tune with nature is really helpful when I feel down because it can instantly make me feel a ton better. 

Second, I watch what I eat and drink. Not in an unhealthy way, but I make sure that I'm hydrated enough and that I'm eating enough good foods. I feel lethargic and irritable when I'm undercarbed, so by eating enough I can pick myself up really quickly. 

Music is huge. The type of music I play kind of depends on the day, but today I've been playing Celeste by Ezra Vine a ton. It's kind of a chill song, but it makes me feel relaxed and at peace, which I really like. Other days I'll totally play the girly pop songs and that'll work too. 

For motivation, I find that lists work the best for me. I actually wrote out a checklist for this weekend of all the school stuff that I want to do, another for the housework /personal type things I need to do, and a third for my blogs/youtube/social media. I find it addicting to check things off my list, and seeing things in front of me makes me think "oh crap! I gotta get things done!"

These are the things that I use on days like this when I feel a bit down, but still need to be productive. I do think that it's really important to realize your feelings, though, so if you're feeling this way for days in a row and are just trying power through it, you might want to take a step back and embrace it. You're going to have down days, I have them, everyone does. It's sometimes better to embrace the feeling, stay in bed, watch netflix, do whatever you want rather than trying to change the way you feel. These tips were just what I personally do, and what I have found works best for me. 

P.S. Have you read yesterday's "Wanderlust" post? Check it out! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

Daily Diary 11/6/15: Wanderlust

Today I was talking to some people about Thanksgiving plans. A few of them were going to go to San Francisco for the weekend, while the rest are planning on staying in Reno and celebrating with people that live here. Some people asked the people going to San Fran "why are you going?" "isn't it better to have a home cooked meal in Reno?"... pretty much trying to talk them out of their decision to travel and whatnot. But I absolutely get why they want to travel, and I honestly probably would have gone with them except for the fact that I don't get along with one person particularly well. Anyway, let's talk a little bit about wanderlust. 

For me, my thoughts about "living" and wanderlust go hand in hand. I don't believe that you're living unless you're pushing yourself to experience and see new things and cultures, and I don't think that you can do that in one place. Coming from Hawaii, I definitely have experienced different cultures more than most, but I still have that underlying feeling of wanderlust within me. I want to travel, I want to feel free and independent. I want to meet strangers, eat new food, see the things that I read about in person. But I get not a lot of people are like that. 

I very often hear from people my age "my parents would sure as hell not let me do _____." Luckily I am really responsible and I don't think my parents have any problems with me traveling solo if I wanted to, and if they ever did, they got over it quickly when my brother left for a year abroad. I think that a lot of times people use these things as an excuse not to live fully. Once again, I'm using my definition of "live", but I think they're trying to use that as a reason to stay in their comfort zone. If that is actually a true statement, then guess what! You're over 18 or close to being over 18, which means you can legally do whatever you want! Not that I'm saying run away or anything, but you could save up your money and fund a drive to Canada or Mexico if you wanted to get away for a weekend. 

I think everyone has a bit of wanderlust in them. Maybe you don't want to spend a year studying in Kyoto like my brother, but you want to spend a month doing the all american road trip. Guess what? That's wanderlust. Maybe you want to backpack through Europe. Wanderlust. Perhaps there's a yoga retreat in Thailand that you want to go to. Wanderlust. The majority of people never harness this feeling and spend their entire lives in the safety net of their city or state or country. Sure, it's a great safety net, but there is so much out there to be experienced. Live a little, take some risks, and look at all that you get from it. 

P.S. We talked a little bit about death yesterday. Have you read the post yet?
Also, I'm super aware that this is a topic that needs to be covered more in depth, and I'm positive we'll cover it in future daily diary posts :)

Daily Diary 11/5/15: Death

So today our fish died. We had it for a month and we were really good about feeding it, cleaning its tank, and taking care of it. But it died. Things like this happen, but I thought I'd write a little about it today. 

So I found another quote type thing the other day that pertains to death. Not necessarily the death of a fish, but like normal, human death. 

You want a physicist to speak at your funeral.
You want the physicist to talk to your family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and that none dies.
You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.
And at one point you’d hope the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her eyes, that those photons created within her constellations of electromagnetically charged neutrons whose energy will go on forever.
You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they’ll be comforted to know your energy’s still around.
According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you’re just less orderly.

Aaron Freeman
I really like this because this is the way that I think. I think that this is a beautiful way to think about death and also just reassuring because your atoms will become something else eventually, and you will keep living as long as the universe still exists. 

Let me know in the comments what your thoughts are on this and if you have any quotes about this topic or life in general that you'd like to share with me!
P.S. Here's yesterday's post if you haven't read it already!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Daily Diary 11/4/15: Mental Health Days

Hey guys!
It's 11:18 and I was just about to go to sleep, but I wanted to write this first! Honestly, today wasn't super productive. It was very much one of those chill "mental health days" that everyone wants, but nobody wants to take. I am a huge believer in always getting shit done on time and well, but some days need to be relaxed as well, and that's very much what today was. 

I woke up early this morning, a good hour and a half before my alarm was going to go off. I spent an hour of that time drifting in and out of consciousness, and the half and hour scrolling through my phone. While I call today a mental health day, I was very much "on" during my classes. I took good notes, stayed present, and tried my hardest to actually learn. It was after I got out of my last class, my biochemistry class, that I started to relax and chill.

I was starving by that time, so I got some Panda Express and ate it in my dorm room while watching old Shark Tank episodes. I really like Shark Tank because it's one of those shows where I don't have to think while watching it, and if I zone out for a little, I can pick up right where I left off. I stayed in my room the rest of the afternoon doing pretty much nothing. I read some blog posts, watched some youtube videos, read things online, fixed my tumblr blog... I also tried to do some math homework and ended up doing that for a solid hour, so that was good. 

After my roommates got back from their afternoon classes, we got dinner and came back to the room. I spent some time exercising and stretching, which was great, and then I watched the second half of the Clippers vs. Warriors game. I showered, chatted with someone about the game, and that brings me here!

I think that our culture has gotten us so riled up and focused on "productivity". That is so unhealthy if you're not taking consistent time off to recharge and reboot yourself! I worked so hard yesterday on my papers and my homework, that I feel I deserved taking the day off and I don't feel guilty about it at all. There's actually that whole thing about the Netflix guy taking 6 weeks of vacation off or something like that. That's how everyone should live because when you're overworked you're not productive, and you're wasting time that could be spent relaxing and working on yourself. 

I'll see you tomorrow for another daily diary post, and let me know in the comments your thoughts on mental health days and chill days!

P.S. Have you seen yesterday's post? If you haven't, you can do so here!