The Respect Award

The Respect Award



“The “Respect” Award is my personal award for fellow bloggers who consistently reach out to other bloggers, offer support, are kind, struggle to understand differences in people, and who treat themselves and other people with kindness and respect.

Thank you so so much to Tingting for this award! I feel like this might sound a bit awkward, but whatever I’m saying it anyway – I am so humbled and thrilled to be receiving this award from someone as kind, positive, and motivational as you. Tingting’s blog, Empower Love, is a collection of posts focused on helping others boost their mental and physical health. Honestly, I’m a huge fan of what I’d call ‘feel good’ blogs in general, but what makes her blog so special is the sincere care you can tell she has for others through the heartfelt messages she writes. One last big THANK YOU and now I’m super excited to keep the respect going with my own nominees!

I would like to nominate:

Anoushka from Peachy Tales, you are such a lovely and warmhearted person. Every time we’ve chatted you’ve been one of the nicest people and your ability to show kindness to people across the world from you is incredible!

Brey from Ordinary Adventures, you are such an inspiration to me. You’re always setting goals for yourself and work so hard at accomplished all of them. Plus, with everything you have going on you’re more than willing to talk to readers and help with any advice you can offer them.

Jenny from Peace from Panic, you have such an incredible story and your blog is one of those wonderful spaces that really gives a voice to the experience of living with struggles in mental health. I just discovered your blog and can’t wait to read more!

Nandini from Goan Imports, I’m always so impressed with the recipes you post! Not only does your food look incredible, but I’m so impressed that you’ve set your blog up to help educate readers on your culture as well.

Rachel from The Cricket Pages, I love your writing! I think your stories resonate with me so much because of how you always incorporate your pets (and sometimes others) to give everything a lovely lighthearted feeling.

About the Award:

  • You don’t have to do anything for this award.
  • You can choose to copy the Award Picture from my post and give the award to the people who have earned your respect or you can do nothing.
  • This is my way of saying thank you.  You have earned my respect.

So definitely go check out Tingting’s and all my nominee’s blogs if you haven’t gotten the chance and have a wonderful day!


September Favorites

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Hello everyone! I feel terrible for missing last Friday’s post and want to give you a quick update on what’s been going on with me lately. Basically, I’ve been dealing with a stomach thing for the past month and the end of last week was terrible. Without going too much into detail there have been days where just thinking of food has been enough to make me ill. The worst past about this is because everything has been making me nauseous I haven’t been eating and my energy levels have been way down. Which has not been good for blogging (or anything really), but after resting all weekend I’m feeling better and hopefully won’t be getting sick again any time soon.

Now onto the bulk of this post – my favorites from the month of September! This was one of those months that flew by in a blink for me. So many great things happened , like Burning Man and the Oakland Bicycle Music Festival, where I was surrounded by friends having the most incredible time of my life. I also really got into writing this month – which has been a fantastic creative outlet for me and has had the surprising (and amazing) side effect of me finding a really lovely community of like minded people here on WordPress. So if you’ve chatted with me on here lately – I appreciate it so much and thank you for being so friendly. Anyway, I wanted to take this post to look back at everything wonderful that’s happened this month and all the reasons why I should ignore my stomach issues and look back on September fondly.



Hands down one of my favorite things that’s happened this month is the amount of effort I’ve put into Sometimes I Cook. This past month has been pretty stressful because, after a brief hiatus from work, I decided to throw all my effort into finding a job that would help me on my path toward a career in education. Not only that, but I’ve begun working on applications for masters and teaching certification programs as well. All this has meant a lot of time spent on the computer and in an effort to keep my productivity up (and stress levels down) I took to writing more. Which has been amazing and I’ve been so happy to incorporate more of my interests into the blog – instead of just recipe posts. As much as I adore cooking, I don’t always have time to take on the effort of coming up with a new recipe then glam it up for the blog. Writing about things that have been happening in my life or browsing Pinterest to find fun looking fall inspired crafts has been such great form of stress relief. So yes, because of that there’s been a ton more lifestyle-esk posts.


Positivity Journal 

So this one’s a bit personal, but I thought it might be nice to share in case anyone else might find it helpful. In the past I have had some problems with depression and just kind of easily getting down on myself in general. I’m not sure why. I certainly don’t have the hardest life in the world, but because of my perfectionism and issues with anxiety I just end up feeling as if I’m never quite good enough. Which is where this journal comes in. I’m always looking for things to help remind myself that I’m just as worthy a human being as everyone else, so when I walked past this at Barnes and Noble I had to stop for a look. The journal is called “The Grass Is Green Enough!” and is basically made up of prompts (some easy, some more in depth) that you complete to help yourself with living a more positive life. There are a ton of these types of journals – I chose this one because the prompts are fairly lighthearted plus there are beautiful motivational quotes dotted throughout the book to help inspire you between prompts.




Crabtree & Evelyn Hand Cream

I went to Marshall’s the other day and may have accidentally left with a teeny-tiny very small beauty haul. Okay so really I left with the entire Dirty Work’s bath line (which is absolutely lovely), but the real show stoppers from my haul were Crabtree & Evelyn’s English Honey & Peach Blossom hand cream and My Beauty Diary Black Pearl Mask 10 Pack. So first the hand cream and oh my lord is it incredible. I have no idea how I’d never heard of this brand before. Maybe I’ve been living under a rock and everyone else knows of them, but this is seriously the nicest hand cream I think I’ve ever owned. The predominant smell is definitely the honey, but I think what makes the scent so lovely is the peach – it brings a wonderful freshness that keeps the lotion from being sickly sweet. I think the only thing I can compare it too is honeysuckles whilst still on the tree. Fresh and light. My only downside to this hand cream is that it does take a while to set. Which I suppose is necessary because it definitely does delivery on it’s ultra-moisturizing promise and leaves your hands feeling incredibly soft (which is going to be a god send for the coming winter months.)



My Beauty Diary Sheet Masks

Continuing on with my second favorite purchase from my Marshall’s haul – the My Beauty Diary Black Pearl sheet masks. I just about died when I saw these. I don’t know when Marshall’s started carrying Asian beauty products, but I am all about it. My Beauty Diary is a fantastic brand which (before this) I’d yet to buy from because it is on the more expensive side compared to products from The Face Shop and Daiso. However, when I saw these I knew I had to try them! The first thing I noticed after taking them out of the package was that the mask was backed with plastic. I’ve noticed this as a trend in the higher end face masks I’ve bought. I’m not sure about the reason behind it, maybe so the mask can absorb more of the essence? Probably. Anyway, you definitely get your money’s worth in moisturizing power with these masks because they are super duper saturated with product. They’re actually pretty horrifying when you first put them on because the sheets are translucent and they’re so slimy that it basically looks like you’re molting. Hahaha all seriousness though, I really love these masks – my skin feels so soft and moisturized after using them that I’ll gladly look like a mess for thirty minutes.



I’m really too attractive on pamper nights



Okay, now to be honest I wasn’t completely sure whether or not I should post this here – mostly because I’m not exactly the world’s best photographer. When I first started this blog I was convinced that I would never be able to take a decent photo, but since then I’ve found that I’ve ever so slowly improved in my picture taking ability. I mean I’m still pretty terrible with angles, usually have problematic lighting, and shake like a tree in gale force winds, but I am determined not to let my shortcomings stop me from learning how to better capture beautiful moments on film. And bless Eric for being so incredibly supportive because he bought me a Nikon D3300 to help me get started in the world of photography. I’ve been slowly figuring it out – I was super excited to attempt shots of the Blood Moon Eclipse last weekend, but had my dreams smashed when I found out that different photos will sometimes require different lenses. Lesson learned. So hopefully you’ll start to see even better pictures on here as I continue to learn the ins and outs of photography as an art form.


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Motivation for a Better Me

One thing I love about living next to a city is there are a ton of cool things to do only an hour from my apartment. This is also especially awesome for having house guests. Unfortunately, I’m the type of person who can only handle large crowds in small doses. So, after a week of touring SF with a visiting friend – meaning days packed full of dodging people in the city and riding on closely packed BART cars-  I’ve noticed I’d been left with little motivation to blog in the evenings. Being around people all day every day for the past week left me feeling absolutely exhausted and in deep need of recharging mentally – which I had been doing by bingeing on YouTube.

So basically, I’ve been getting back to my apartment every evening this week and doing absolutely nothing. Which is quite lame.

As much as I love YouTube it seems my zoning out to it has not been so much rejuvenating as it has been stagnating. So, I’m officially setting a goal to change that. Instead of plugging in some ear phones and firing up an app I’m now going to try blogging, drawing, or exercising instead. I’ve chosen to focus on those activities in particular because I enjoy them and feel as if I could learn to love them even more by spending a bit more time on them.

I’ve also noticed that rather than having an even amount of energy throughout the day I go through bursts. I’ll get through whatever I have on my schedule and finish the day feeling completely worn out. And let me just say – my schedule is not packed enough for me to be feeling this way, I am in no way overexerting myself. Does this happen to anyone else? Maybe, I just over-stress over things and mentally clock out once I see everything on my check-list crossed off.  Who knows, at any rate I’m hoping having three specified activities which I know I enjoy and want to get better at will help to keep me motivated even after finishing up with daily chores.

So here’s to a more energized and productive future!!