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Swimming with the Bean

January 7th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

Lily Bean has been officially signed up for swimming lessons. At 6 months! Boy do they start early, eh? I think I remember my first experience with water (outside of baths and showers, of course) was when I was about 3 years old. I did not enjoy that at all. It was in Vietnam. So I’m hoping that by starting Lily Bean early, she’ll like the water much more than I do.

We’ll see how she does. I’m really looking forward to having activities with her. Should be loads of fun! And cute!

My New Year’s Resolution

January 1st, 2009 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

Well, it’s finally here: 2009. Actually, when I typed that, I accidentally typed out “2008″ and had to hit the backspace button once to re-type in the correct year this year: 2009. This will take a while. Every new year, it takes me at least a month to write down the new year instead of the old year. Heh.

Today was spent cleaning the house. I cleaned the bathroom, de-cluttered the living room (put a lot of stuff into boxes and storage), and dusted the living room. We’re getting our kitchen renovated in about a month or two, so I’m waiting for that before I tackle the kitchen. I’m just glad to be able to de-clutter a lot of the living room.

The new year’s resolution to de-clutter and downsize begins. It’s going well so far. Eventually, this house will be organized and clutter-free! We will get there, I swear!!

Happy new year. If you have resolutions, may this year be the year they come true!

Eyeing A New One

December 31st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

Dave says that my laptop probably needs more system memory, but we don’t have the means or the funds to get any right now. It’s been slowing everything down — I upload and download a whole bunch of photos everyday. Of who, you ask? Lily Bean, of course. Heh. I think all the downloading has been making my laptop go crazy. I can’t wait until we can either get more memory, or a brand new laptop. This thing is over two years old. Can you believe it? It’s also our very first laptop (Dave has an identical one), so it’s very special to us. But, as much as goodbyes are hard to say, I want a new, spankin’, FASTER laptop with more memory and gigs and all that good stuff. Heh.

In time, Helen, in time!!

A Possible Newsletter

December 31st, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

Today is the last day — very last day — of 2008. Wow, how fast this year has gone. So many different things happened. I want to write a newsletter but I don’t know if I have the time for that. My brother and his girlfriend are coming for a week-long visit on Saturday, and I want to clean the house top to bottom before they get here. I want to sweep the staircase and make sure everything’s dusted and the clutter is put away and stuff. I think I will actually write the newsletter within the first few days of 2009. There is a lot to say, and I don’t want to go without saying it and sending it to people we know and love.

So watch out for it in your mailboxes!

De-Cluttering Again

December 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in visualization

Before the new year gets here, I would like to de-clutter most of our home (our computer room is a mess and I don’t even want to think about it). Part of my new year’s resolution is to keep the house as “clutter-free” as possible. We have so many little “knick knacks” that it’s driving me up the wall. More crap equals more dusting, if you ask me. And I would love to just downsize, downsize, downsize. We don’t need all this stuff. We have everything we need.

One of the things that is stopping me from just getting rid of everything is the fact that my husband is a semi-pack rat. He loves having “stuff,” and he loves showcasing everything — EVERYTHING — we own. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve married my mother. Heh. I have to convince him that it’s okay to get rid of things, and that we don’t need THINGS — so many THINGS — in the house. I would love to get a glass cabinet where we can put all our “THINGS” so that it’s not so dispersed and spread throughout the house.

I think I’ve been inspired by all these renovation and makeover shows on HGTV. Heh.

The New Year Coming

December 30th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in gratitude, visualization

I am really looking forward to the new year. Every year, when December rolls around, I am filled with hope as well as anxiety. Hope that things will be just as bright, if not brighter, than the year that just passed. Anxiety that there will be future worries that will settle themselves in my mind. Is there such a thing as anxiety over anxiety? I think that’s how people get panic attacks — when they worry about worrying. I think I remember a grad professor of mine telling me that one day in class.

I am trying not to worry, but to rather be more filled with love and hope. There is nothing better than coming into a new year filled with love and hope and wonderfulness. I have everything I ever wished for, and more — a beautiful, cute, healthy baby girl, a husband who adores me and who I adore, a good job where I get to help people, extended family I enjoy spending time with. What more can a girl ask for? Nevermind the fact that I don’t buy myself $300-purses. I don’t need that stuff. Nevermind that I only have about 5 pairs of shoes I wear on a regular basis. That’s all I need.

It’s great. I am looking forward to the new year.


December 24th, 2008 | No Comments | Posted in headlines, reflection, visualization

Being a counselor/therapist myself, I understand all too intimately the needs of counseling. So many of us out there need someone to talk to, someone who is unbiased and who doesn’t have an ulterior motif. It’s comforting being able to talk to a professional about your life issues and crises. This work that I do everyday — being able to help families in need — is so rewarding. I realize, too, that no matter where I am in life or what my needs are at any given time, having a counselor is something that is almost guaranteed to be needed at one point or another. I’ve had various in the past. I also realize that most people don’t know even where to begin to finding a counselor when they need one. Now, at least if you’re in the Los Angeles area, you’ve got Theravive. There, you can find all sorts of counselors to meet your individual life needs. From marriage counseling to family counseling to even drug and alcohol counseling, counseling Los Angeles style doesn’t have to be so hard. They’re there to help, and you’re pretty much guaranteed the very top-notched professionals out there, who are willing and able to meet your counseling needs. It comforts me knowing that my family and friends in the Los Angeles area have a hub space they can come to when or if they need a professional. I’m always being asked if I “know” any good counselors available because I am one.