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30DC: 15-28

Ah, shit. I’m really bad at this updating thing. But, in my defense, it’s been pretty hectic since I last wrote something. I’m in my last few days in the northern part of CA before jetting off to school again (which, in all honesty, I’m am very much excited for). But, holy guacamole. 14 days have passed?! That’s an entire novel right there that I could have written! In internet land… that’s, like, CENTURIES!

But, hey – a novel I will write now in attempts to catch up! I guess, after this post, there will be only two more posts until I’ve “finished” this challenge. Finished, being used, as a very loose term.

Post is kinda picture heavy. You’ve been forewarned (although your browser has probably already loaded them all by now, just thought I’d be courteous)


Day 15: Your zodiac/horoscope and if you think it fits you

I’m a Scorpio, for all of your horoscope lovin’ web-netter’s out there that can garner a person’s personality from how/what they write about. And this is what my zodiac says about me (just bullets… if I had copied and pasted everything it would have been too long to post).

Taken verbatim from Zodiac Signs Astrology.

Scorpio Astrology October 23 – November 21

  • series of extremes, they can even be downright moody for no apparent reason
  • excellent memory and combined with an inability to let things go
  • persistent and determined
  • Scorpios are fierce competitors, combined with their powers of observation and their excellent memory, they will recall facts and when necessary, bring them to the table at the time of need
  •  all about intensity and contradictions
  • Scorpios are all about control, they need to be in control at all times. To be out of control is very threatening, even dangerous to the Scorpio’s psyche, when they control, they feel safe.


16: Something you always think “what if” about

what if…

  • the world was color blind?
  • humans weren’t at the top of the food chain?
  • fairy tales were real?
  • I had a Big Mac right now? Would my stomach reek revenge on me?! (I’ve been a vegetarian for about 5 years now…)
  • I had to live my life on repeat (but not a day, specifically. Let’s say, a week or a month. Just to be interesting.)


17: Something you are proud of

Making my own planner/notebook/journal. No, seriously. It’s friggin’ baller, and will get it’s own post very soon

(Sneak peak!)

Pardon that it’s a bit yellow – there’s little lighting where I am right now.


18: A problem that you have had

Forgetting things. “It’s in my horoscopic nature” you may say. If you do one thing to extremely irk me off, you betcha that 50 years down the road I’m still going to be peeved. But, thankfully, I do forgive easily, especially if you bake me a chocolate cake. Just don’t serve it with arsenic & dolly it up with old lace.

Get it??


19: Five items that you lust for

Nexus 7 (but getting it soon!) This is pretty much my first Anti-Apple large-statement purchase… Yes, I realize that leaving the Apple sphere to join into the Droid cult is essentially the same move (ie. joining another following), but with the string of recent Apple moves lately, I’ve been thinking that they’ve become a little bit too bit for my liking (pretty sure this statement is going to bite me in the ass sometime down the road).

  • Boba! Because you can never have enough…. a delicious, chewy, aromatic concoction served with a side of diabetes.



  • A (nice looking) (sturdy) (will look better after aging) leather messenger bag. Oh! Like this one

Because nothing is better than quality meeting functionality & aesthetics

Um, that’s pretty much it. I haven’t really lusted for anything all summer due to the fact that I’m trying to be as content as possible with everything that I currently own/have no business in purchasing/should really detach myself from worldly processions. I’ll probably get these items (erm, the boba and messenger bag, that is) eventually, but at the expense of tossing/donating something else.

Oh – did I mention? I threw out an entire box (about 30 articles of clothing) last week. No picture though, sadly, as I was in this frenzy of “need to get it out of my sight and into the hands of Goodwill extra-extra-extra quick before I regret something” From start to finish (including unloading the car at Goodwill, I probably de cluttered in 15 mins. Now, that’s what I call productivity!


20: Your fears

I guess I’ll put the most practical: graduating with a B.Arch degree realizing that I learned little, and can’t find a job in a related field. Oh, and not getting into a Master’s program and excelling.

And, (this is on my over arching bucket list) not traveling to Japan. That would make me so utterly devastated


21: how you hope you’re future is like

I hope it’s filled with rainbows, stars, and pixie dust.

But, no, seriously, I just hope I’m happy and get to do what I want instead of feeling obligated to follow the every whim of the people around me.


22: Your academics

I’m studying Architecture… so I’m not sure exactly what this prompt is looking for?


23: Something that you miss

Fried chicken from Popeye’s. I grew up with it in Texas and it was such a delight to eat. But since giving up meat, I still crave it in my dreams sometimes…

I hope you don’t think I’m kidding – yes, I could start eating meat again, but 1) it would totally wreck my system for the longest time, and having hives isn’t my idea of fun and 2) the only meat i would eat would be fried chicken.

So, pretty much, I’m better off with my faux Morning Start chikn ‘nuggets with lots of BBQ doused on top, practically til it becomes BBQ soup with chik’n nugget croutons on top.


24: 5 words/phrases that make you laugh

its actually is really easy to make me laugh…. i’m not sure if i have easy button words/phrases. But, when I do find out/realize that they are making my laugh manically, I’ll have to change the answer to this prompt. But for right now? I’ll just say boobies.


25: Something you’re currently worrying about

If I’ll actually be able to stick to my monetary budget for the next year.


26: Things you dis/like about yourself.

I love myself! What’s wrong with you?

Ha, I’m pretty sure the creator of this challenge was female, because body image/perception seems (more commonly) a female issue.

But, if i could pinpoint one thing that I disliked about myself, physically, would be that I wish both my eye lids had the american fold just because trying to eye line one “American” eye versus the “Asian” eye so that they appear even when my eyes open makes me waste so.much.eyeliner!

And one thing that I love about myself? I bake really, really well. Like, good enough to sell! I’ve actually sold around $400 in baked goods (donated after I payed myself for supplies), as well as was payed $200 to cater. Not bad for my self-taught-baker high school self!


27: A quote you try to live by

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. – Specific author not known (it’s been attributed to several different people)


28: somewhere you’d liked to move or to visit.

On my bucket list (which, until recently, has not changed in about 8 years) is to travel to Japan, Alaska, and Russia (just St. Petersburg).But, I’ve swapped out Russia for Switzerland, as my love of chocolate has grown exponentially.


WHEW! I FINISHED! Count it, 14 prompts done!

Now, if only I can make it and not get lazy on the last two…

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It’s a PLAN[ner]! 01

Note: Post will be a part of a DIY series on planners

I can’t be the only one out there that needs to write things down. There’s something very concrete and fulfilling about pen and paper. The crackle of flipping through multiple sheets to find what you’re looking for… the varying line weights and shininess of the pen’s ink. Honestly, I’m a supply fiend. I think purchasing new supplies for school is even better than Christmas and Halloween combined. It’s wonderful unwrapping a new pack of pens and writing your first words in a notebook. So utterly gratifying.

I’ve tried using various computer programs for my planning needs from Wunderlist (great program, if you were wondering) to the default Mac calendar. Nothing has worked and I always seem to revert back to scribbling notes on scratch paper my to-do list. In my mind, I feel like it’s much easier to jot something down then to turn on my phone and/or computer, type what I need, and then sync it to my other devices. Don’t get me wrong, I am a strong advocate for technology, but sometimes simplicity is better.

I did my research on diy planners. However, what was being presented to me seemed a little over the top – all things considering, I wanted something simple and lacked (too much) visual clutter. A lot of the diy planners that I found browsing on the internet had a very strong scrap-booking feel to it, and although that appeals to some, it wasn’t up my alley. My plans are, however, to include some scrapbooking elements in the long run, but very minimally.

Yes, there are pre-created planners, but, I knew that if I bought something static, it wouldn’t last long. The amount of space they provide you to write down all you need to, I find, is much too limiting. I have a stack of quasi-used planners in one of my storage boxes. They were nice, for a while, until I couldn’t all the information running through my mind in a three lined box.

The only logically thing, then, was to build my own planner from the ground up, pulling inspiration from different pages on the internet and examine the way I learned and did things. First and foremost, I had to evaluate what I needed from my planner:

  1. Had to be flexible – I could take pages and add as needed
  2. Visually limitless – a tabula rasa of sorts for me to decorate as I pleased
  3. Easy organization – Had to track my finances, had a monthly and daily view, and a place to hold my notecards for class notes (an argument for note card taking later)
  4. Inspire me to use it daily

Thankfully, where I am interning this summer, there is a lot of paper waste (for me, not the environment, but I’m not going to argue). Most of the waste generated are printed sheets with one side perfectly blank – a perfect specimen for my diy planner. Early on, I started to collect a lot of these one-sided beauties that would normally be discarded, and in a couple of weeks, my meager stack of two quickly grew to over 500. Each sheet was lovingly folded in half (A5 size – approximately 8.5×5.5″) so that I had two blank sides I could work with. I drew a monthly calendar starting from September 2012 (when I’d actually start using the planner) to June 2013 (when school ended) on graph paper & hole punched each folded half sheet with a two hole puncher. My intention, to make the planner flexible, was to use book binder rings I found through Etsy, to bring all the sheets together.

Over the course of a few days I made and finished each month. Right now I only have my month and daily pages done. When they’re actually in my planner, they’ll be divided into roughly three month groupings since I am on a quarter system.

Each “daily” sheet, at the top right corner, has the day of the week it is (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, etc.) and the day it is (1, 2, 3..). My plans for the front of the papers to be my MITs (Most important tasks) with the back being all other tasks that I need to get done eventually, for future MIT referencing. I’m going to be using a simple system to denote the status of my to-do list, as well. Something easy, but visually understandable.

I’m not sure how I’m going to approach my “expenses” section though. That’ll probably be decided by the time my binder rings come in (which I’m very, very excited about. 2″!). But, most likely, will house a month’s worth of receipts with a monthly log to be filed away at the end of the month for tax purposes.

What do you think? How do you get productive?

Happy planning!

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