One Lovely Blog Award: Thanks!

Thank you to the sweet Debbie from Plain Debbie, who has nominated me for the One Lovely Blog Award. Debbie has one lovely blog of her own, and she posts really amazing things about beauty and traveling, so definitely check out her blog here!


Alright, the rules for this award are as follows:

Thank the person who nominated you and provide a link.
Post about the award
7 facts about yourself
Nominate bloggers and notify them.
Give your readers good news.

Facts about ME:

  1. I love to travel! Although I’ve only had the opportunity to visit 13 states in the US and 10 countries, there are so many more that I’d like to go visit because there’s just so much to see out in the world!
  2. I’m the shortest person in my family (both immediate and extended…) at 5’1”. A doctor once told me I’d grow up to be at least 5’10″…but obviously that didn’t happen.
  3. Coffee and tea are my lifesavers. Give me either and I will love you forever.
  4. I’m a proud Chem major at the University of Texas at Austin. Hook’em!
  5. I wear size two shoes…which I guess makes sense since I’m short AF.
  6. I write for one of the oldest (and the best) college newspaper in the nation, The Daily Texan!
  7. My mom’s allergic to cats and dogs, but I love them so, so much. I’m definitely your neighborhood cat lady who has yet to get her own cats.

That’s it for me. As for my nominees:

Simply from the Heart

Globe Trotting Teen

The Confessions of a Wanderer

Lisa’s Everyday Life

Millie Schmidt Writes

first my mother, forever my friend

I’ve put off writing this for an incredibly long time now, because I’ve never realized how hard such a seemingly simple topic would turn out to be.

How would you describe a best friend in just five-hundred words? Even five thousand words cannot do justice to the memories, experiences, love and strength of such a relationship. And when your best friend is your mother, there really aren’t enough words and languages in this world to exactly capture what she means to me.

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a miracle that never stops amazing me

Thanksgiving’s always my favorite time of the year, because it has just the right combination of food, family, fun and fall!


Every year, my family hosts a big Thanksgiving dinner for my dad’s students, most of whom are international and don’t have a home to go to for the holidays. My mom will spend almost a week in advance preparing all the food, from the main dishes to dessert. We don’t really do the “traditional” Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, cranberry sauce and mashed potatoes; rather, my mom likes to incorporate her own style into the dinner, which is an amazing mix of (mostly) Chinese & American food. For a lot of the students, this is probably the most legitimate Chinese food they’ve had in a while, haha. 🙂

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Versatile Blogger Award #1, #2, #3 & Sunshine Blogger Award #2: Thanks!

September has been such a wonderful month for me and my blog! Thank you, thank you, thank you x 100 to Sascha Darlington for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award #1, Universe Unexplored for nominating me for my second Sunshine Blogger Award, and The Black Veil One for nominating for me for my Versatile Blogger Award #2 and Just an Indian Girl for nominating me for my third Versatile Blogger Award! ❤ It means so much to me. 🙂





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made in 1997


Not gonna lie though, today’s been a long day…From an eight AM calc class, to a Chemistry exam (VERY FIRST TEST OF MY COLLEGE CAREER!), to a bio quiz (which I may or may not have gotten a 50 on…) to a meeting at 4, an orientation at 5:30, today’s been quite the day…

It’s also the first birthday that I’ve spent away from my family, my home and a good majority of my friends. To be honest, I wasn’t really expecting much today, maybe a couple “Happy Birthdays” from a few close friends who happened to remember that today was my birthday. But the great thing about college is that it’s filled with surprises.

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A little piece of a great big soul

Three years of high school has gifted me with three years of English, but English III AP has by far been my favorite English class.

Certainly, there were times when I didn’t want to finish reading the assigned readings or didn’t start my papers until the night before, but this class has greatly helped build my skills not just in writing, but in speaking and thinking. I remember reading through my essays from freshman and sophomore year just a few weeks ago, and then rereading my rhetorical analysis of Jaws and Lincoln’s 2nd inaugural address and thinking how cringeworthy some of my sentences from the former essays were… This year, I’ve written some of what I proudly call my best papers, and even my timed writings have gotten significantly better, thanks to the frequency of them. But most importantly, this class promised to expand my mind, promised me that I would physically feel my brain stretch, and it did that and even more.

This year (because I’ve been so stressed 😛 ), I’ve started writing quotes in a little notebook every day. Most of these quotes come from the books that we’ve read this year, from Invisible Man to Grapes of Wrath to Emerson’s essays. So I know we weren’t supposed to write about “the books [we] read this year,” but I have to say this year’s selection of novels was fantastic. It was these quotes from the pieces of writing that I read that kept me afloat this year, and it wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t mention how much these books meant to me. Perhaps it was a combination of the specific novels or the class itself that allowed me to fully delve into the novels and pick out these quotes.

Lastly, this blog, though it oftentimes kept me up until 1 in the morning (mostly because I’d forget about it or I couldn’t think of anything to write), has been a fun experience this year, and I do hope that it continues to be an opportunity for future English III AP students. For once, my writing isn’t only read by my teacher, my fellow T-rex table-mates and myself, but people from more than fifty countries.

So to wrap up, thank you English III AP and Lindner. Y’all helped me find my voice, my style and my own mind. I’ll leave you with my favorite quote this year…

“He went out in the wilderness to find his own soul, an’ he foun’ he didn’t have no soul that was his’n. Says he foun’ he jus’ got a little piece of a great big soul”
~John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath