Thursday, March 16, 2017

So many thoughts.

Lately I have been thinking about so many things. Most revolve around... what if.

What if I did this? What if I took a stride in that?

Its one of those times when you start evaluating the life of your own and hoping to change in direction from the regular, mundane routine. There's a few who have helped along the way, lent a helping hand through the rough patches. Subconsciously we've been taught something, a new way of thinking. Perhaps a new way of reshaping the journey to something different. Shortly along the way, another important person comes along and injects a hint of unique thought. An idea that rethinks the current status quo.

Life is a beautiful thing. No matter how many times you fall, there's a way to lift you back up. So many possibilities lead to infinite opportunities.


I've recently read an article about someone working in a controversial profession. Its one that's frowned upon but generates substantial cash that one could only dream of.

The salary looks something like this:
around $500 per hour, $1100 for 2 hours.... $300 for each additional hour.

If you have the guts and willing to take the risk, its up for grabs. Money that many people (highly praised professionals) would be spending countless hours at the office and would not earn close to this profession's annual income.

What is something you wished you could be doing, if you were brave enough?

Friday, March 3, 2017

New Years Resolution: January Edition

I am those who don't make new years resolutions because rarely do they get checked off. For me, if it doesn't get finished... might as well not start. JUST KIDDING!

Rather than making specific resolution goals, I've decided to take a more ambiguous approach. Making it vague allows room to make it happen without too many limitations. 

Here's my list: 

✓Get better in volleyball
- Learn something new
- Read more
✓ Volunteer more
- Explore BC more
- Spend less
- Stay healthy
- Learn a new language
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Bake more
- Stay positive
- Never give up

This year, I have started on targeting a few things. One of which includes improving my beach volleyball skills! Over the last 6 years, I have learned to play the sport through different players I've played with and against. As the years go by, I've slowly come to see my friend's tremendous improvements through learning from clinics. This year, I've signed up for an intermediate co-ed 2s clinic. In just 5 weeks of training, I've improved tremendously. Along the way, un-learning a number of techniques and improper approaches was challenging. One thing's for sure, more injuries will have occurred from the incorrect techniques.

My clinic is expected to end mid-April. Strangely enough, I look forward to learning something new each Sunday.

Volunteer is one of the things I have slowly shy away from since high school graduation. Here and there I would help out in organizing one-off events. This year, my goal is to be able to volunteer at different non-profit organizations and help out as much as possible. In January, I booked my first appointment with Canadian Red Cross for blood donation. They have migrated to the electronic system since last summer. The electronic system is more efficient in keeping track of your donation times and provide interesting news to keep the donors posted. The Oak street clinic has changed quite a bit since my last visit. They have improved the platelet section. Offering more entertainment options for those spending more time at the clinic. Its nice to see changes being made.

Have you looked into what New Year's resolution you'll be tackling this month?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

February: Zen. Volleyball. Catching up.

Once again, I drown myself in beach volleyball. With leagues 2-3 times a week, my weeknights are occupied with fun teamwork and good social life. I sub regularly on Tuesdays, share a Queen's spot on Wednesdays, and play in a co-ed 2s league on Thursdays.

Although I don't play every Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday is the day of the week where I rush to the facility. As work ends at 4:30PM, I rush for the 5PM start. Its a bit of a hassle but all worth it.

When I had my fractured rib (hairline), I forced myself to sit out until Sunday's clinic. It felt like the longest week I've had this winter. All the energy build up got me really short-tempered and losing patience in everything. Ended up playing on Saturday and felt my temper has improved tremendously. Starting the last week of February, I keep reminding myself to wait, be patient. It has helped my games in waiting for the right time to make the hit, pass, or set.

This month I've also tried out a few new things.

One of which is reconnecting with a volleyball friend of mine over dine-out. She had booked Seasons in the Park as soon as reservations started with her husband. Unfortunately he couldn't make it so she asked to see who would be available. So I jumped the gun and volunteered myself. As with most of my beach volleyball friends, we get together 4-5 times a week in the spring/summer time each year. During the fall/winter days, we tend to do our own thing. Thus I thought it would be nice to re-connect over dinner. We ended up chatting for 3 hours! There was so much catching up to do. She was telling me about her courses and work. Which motivated me to sign up for a few pre-requisites for a Paralegal Diploma program that I've always wanted to do. The most rewarding part of catching up is learning new things from other person's experiences.

What's one memorably thing you've learned from talking with others?