Daily Wellness

I see wellness everywhere. Beautiful gyms, more people in yoga studios, green juice shops and healthy scense are easier to find than before. I love it. Personally I’ve been advocate for healthy mind and body life and it seems that more people are getting this.

I’m interested in wellness, people’s life, what makes life better, happier and worth while to live everyday? what’s your answer for this? I’m a true believer of real wellness in life not just following the trends but incorporate and make our own wellness in life. Wellness is a big part of reason why I live everyday. Personal wellbeing, it sounds like luxurious and the concept was luxurious before but I don’t think it’s the case anymore. It becomes must have and optional for some people. For better society and quality of life, wellness should be available for everyone and people should prioritize this more than ever. Because I believe when you are well physically and mentally, you are good to yourself and to others.

But it all starts from ourselves. How can we be well all the time? We do traveling, go to spa, or eating good food to satisfy our needs sometimes but we want something more than just occasional vacation, or temporary events to relax. We are looking for more fulfilling, long lasting contentment. It’s something everyone should think about. So I guess I try to be more conscious about my wellness routine and how a little thing can make days better.

So far, this is what I found I do to be well.



My husband was laughing at me before. He feels like he is having a dog that always want to walk at night (a demanding human dog?? lol). I like night walk when the air gets chill and area gets quieter. I enjoy walking for a while. It refreshes mind and force me to get out of my zone. A few studies proves that walking 20 min everyday actually helps your brain function better and walking can be a good way to release stress as well. Also, I found it’s easier to talk with my husband while walking than at home. At home, surprisingly, we do have many distractions and sometimes it’s better to put behind it and walk.

Slow Breathing


I do meditation and try to do everyday in the morning and at night. My meditation got shorter from 20 min to 10 min but I’m still happy I’m doing it. I don’t do any special thing during meditation. I just slow down my breathing, slow down my thinking and just be where I am physically and mentally. Meditation or conscious breathing somehow gives perspectives of me as the 3 rd party. You know sometimes you are in your head and you feel stuck? but slow breathing helps to free myself from everything. It sounds weird but it freshen up cloudy thoughts.



Writing for me is another form of feeling well. I don’t know what I’m going to write about. I like free style writing just like right now. During writing, I can think anything and just write whatever it’s in my head, After writing, I leave record for myself to look at later. It can be a tool of observing myself (if I overthink something or think about sth bigger than it is) Also, somehow I deliver better what I really want to say than speaking at the moment. I used to write letters a lot especially to my dad who I don’t usually talk too much when I was growing up. I think he gets better about me at that time than just talk.



I love good smell. Good smells bring memory and make me feel special! I can be present and smell ‘the moment’. When I smell and the feel the moment, I talk to myself everything is okay, no it’s great! It’s so easy to be happy, right? I’ve got into aromatherapy a while. Not necessarily I try to cure myself with it but how the natural aromas can bring joy. I like almost better than candles sometimes.(although I love good smell candle) Essential aromas are all natural and fun to mix and match. and It’s amazing all the essential oils are pure extract from real beautiful plants and it gives us so much pleasure. (another big appreciation for nature in general) I strongly recommend aroma diffuser before bed or anytime when you are at home. Depends on my mood, I add a few drops of essential oils and it’s all good. I also use aromatherapy body oils sometimes after shower or bath and it’s very soothing and relaxing.



My go to eat for ‘wellness’ mood is smoothie. I love smoothie. After or before work out, I add many berries to make it fruity and thick. When I crave sweet, instead of getting cheese cake or donut(which I do sometimes!), I make chocolate peanut butter smoothie to satisfy my strong craving for sweets. It’s been working very well. For nutritious heavy breakfast, I make smoothie with green powder (veggie powder), whey protein, and nut butter. I love it any occasions. I sometime wish to have smoothie or fresh green juice at bar instead of beers. It’s weird.. but it is true. Of course when my wellness mood goes down, I eat pizza sometimes, best food on earth!!

I guess this is the list so far. It’s nothing fancy or exquisite at all. I’m just a normal person (singing). But I think the point here is to be mindful and aware of what I do for myself. Be conscious and aware of it. I do it because I care about my wellness, wellbeing. I hope and recommend everyone prioritize their wellness and be well.

After Cross Country Trip 2017

After driving nearly 4500 mile in 2 weeks from ny to san francisco, here’s some thoughts during and after cross country trip. I like to ask questions to myself ‘what is life?’ and I guess whenever I traveled or meet people or read books, I always go back to my main question. What is life?

  1. Life is like road trip

Road trip, we make destinations and routes we want to take although it changes at times. From point A to B, sometimes there’s nothing to see but keep driving for 10 hours because we didn’t want to waste time in some places just for sleeping. Sometimes driving at midnight can be tiring but we kept pushing and driving. When we get to the next destination, we feel relieved that we arrived safely and being on schedule. Then, we feel good for a few days and be ready to drive to the next destination and have another a long drive.

I was thinking it was like life we have. We work hard to reach a goal. Not after too long we reached the goal, we create another goal to achieve. We push ourselves to get to the next destination as soon as possible and if we are not on schedule, we would be worried and stressed out.

Is it worth the push and the stress? Was it worth to get to each destinations a few days early? maybe? Or maybe not. it’s better to take a little more time and find ways to enjoy what we are doing now and can be late a little for next destination. Like road trip, I feel like it is not all about each destinations but driving was part of the important journey and we take most of our time into this. The road trip made me think of this part.

2. Dreams and Reality


I dreamed about this cross country trip for a long time. i was thinking about I would feel totally free in beautiful nature and places and everything will be great.

When I actually did it, I saw and experience more than the abstract dream and images I had. Everything was real – every states, food, streets, building, landscape, atmosphere and people. and not everything was what I imagined like what a long driving would be like, and what things I can expect.

I felt like this also happens to us many times in life. Gap between dreams and reality. We feel like everything will be great if we have this, or that. But is this true? When you make the dream come true, would everything would be fine?

3. Different people and life


Coming from city life as a foreigner, it was interesting to see different lifestyles in America. Big houses, driving cars, surrounding nature, shops, and lifestyle in suburb/small towns. I feel like I’m looking at different part of life there. In order to get to restaurants, you need to get into a car and drives miles away. Well, it did feel nice to have some space but felt a little weird at first. Almost too quiet and less people. Where’s everyone in this town!

Every towns, people have different attitude too. I felt like southern part, people were very kind and more friendly. Overall, in this one country, looking at different people and lifestyle made me think again about what is america made of? where’s all the culture coming from? how the history has infused in the country and people’s mind in different states?

I don’t think there would be any right answer for the question ‘what is life?’ but the road trip made me think about the question again and see different America with wider views. I might want do cross country trip again in the future. 😉 (but definitely not in summer)


Fun lazy things to do in NYC

When you live in ny for a while, you probably cover main attractions like museums, theaters, concerts, famous restaurants and others. and one day you don’t feel like doing any of cultural stuffs, major activities but still find a way to enjoy yourself.

What can we do? Here’s a few ideas, fun things to do in nyc!

  1. One night, go to china town. Go get some dim sum ( I like nom wah tea parlor) and get foot massage nearby. If you have more energy left, there are some fun bars and easy clubs nearby. So, explore freely with well massaged foot and happy belly.
  2. I like late night out sometimes. It’s just fun sometimes to dine out late and the atmosphere of late night out. We have this oven brick pizza shop that opens late and the pizza is amazing! (Paulie Gee’s – one of the best in nyc) Get the spicy honey pepperoni pizza and beers. Enjoy the late night out and the delicious food.
  3. Donut tasting. One of the great things about nyc is that there are so many good sweets and food. Can’t resist!! I’m getting into donuts. The delicious fry bread with glazed top. yum yum. My favorites are doughnut plant, peter pan, dough, etc. Just go and get a few donuts that looks good and eat with tea or coffee. It’s so satisfying!!!
  4. or desserts out! So many good bakeries but I should say my favorite choices are rice to riches (the delicious rice puddings!) or dominique ansel bakery (everything there are so good!!) or if those options are a little far, maybe kayser. (their pain au chocolate and cream bowl dessert (can’t think of name) are very good)
  5. check out local bands. I was not interested in local musics until I saw El ten eleven from williamsburg music hall. They are not local band but I just loved their music. I didn’t know them until I got there. Usually many music venues accommodate interesting bands. It’s so easy, nth overwhelming experience. Also, if you find bands you like, it’s really satisfying and fun experience.
  6. cooking something new. Even though you are not super into cooking, if you can actually make quality, delicious food with fresh, unique ingredients, it’s worth trying. and it’s fun! NYC has many specialty super market from fresh italian pasta to the best quality meat-butcher shops. Choose a recipe and get unique ingredients that you haven’t tried!
  7. cocktail tasting. When I moved here a few years ago, I feel like I should try all the best restaurants and bars. When I have the mindset, it’s hard to enjoy the whole experiences. First time is to check off the list, second we go back to check if it’s still good. Third time and more, we actually can enjoy the place and drink the drink.
  8. Jazz night. If you enjoy jazz, there are many charming small jazz venues in nyc. I prefer to go weekdays than weekends since weekends get more crowded. When it’s not too crowded and pushed, the experience seems more enjoyable but of course the band matters too.
  9. Walking the city. If you like walking like me, there are many places to walk and have fun. I like walking brooklyn bridge around sunset time, high line in chelsea and get dessert in chelsea market (although it’s a little crowded), central park and stop at museums for special exhibition if you feel like.

Now I see, half of the list are food related. 😀


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