How To Have Your Best Year Ever in 2012
by Adam Carroll and Tim Augustine
* List 10 GREAT things that happened to you this year.
- Interned at Zeum, or now Creativity Children’s Museum
- Joined APASC and worked with wonderful peeps
- Got an SLR camera
- Got an iPhone 4
- LA Trip with my three tomodachis…and saw Sandra Bullock!
- Spent four nights with fellow DSP brothers at Louisville, KY for Grand Chapter Congress
- Birthday dinner with my co-workers, followed by a fun night at Bruno’s with DSP bros, including Bigs and Twin :)
- Had my Little, Nina!
- Finished BA in Marketing this December - ready for a new beginning!
- First trance concert at Ruby Skye with Eleanor and Lindsay! (even though I cut my ankle and couldn’t stop bleeding -_-)
* What were the 5 most impactful lessons you learned in 2011?
- If you eat it, drink it, or wear it, don’t pay with plastic
- Say when you need to say it - don’t wait
- Find your passion…and go for it
- Don’t rush, don’t rush
- You can learn something from every single person
* What were you most happy about completing this year?
Finishing college without any anxiety - just excitement! Anndd little bit of sorrow.
* Who were the three people that had the greatest impact on your life this year?
- Joy - My boss at Zeum. She was just…AWESOME. If you need a definition of an ideal business woman who is cheerful, professional, and hardworking, look her up.
- Hope - My Great Great Great Great Grand Bigs (I think that’s right lol). I had the pleasure to spend a lot of time with Hope this year, and I have even more respect for her as a fellow Brother, as well as a person. I gained so many insights from her about DSP and life.
- Angela - My DSP twin. If you know how we are like together, then it’s pretty much self-explanatory. I’m pretty embarrassed to say this but, I couldn’t have gone through my last three semesters of college without my twinie.
* What are 3 things you’d like to STOP doing next year?
- Waste food.
- Not watch movies at movie theaters. Something I used to do all the time back in the days.
- Waste my Sundays.
* What are 3 things you’d like to KEEP doing next year that you did well in 2011?
- Take photos, photos, and more photos.
- Meet new people outside of school. Well, I won’t be in school anymore so lol
- Save time for myself.
* What was the smartest decision you made last year?
Apply for Delta Sigma Pi.
* What is GREAT in your life right now?
My sense of direction.
* What is the biggest change you’d like to see from this year to next?
Explore more. Go across the ocean, stand on grounds that I’ve never stepped on before.
* What is the easiest thing to change for the better from this year to next?
Vacuum clean my room more often. My hair is everywhere.
Setting my theme for next year
I’ve noticed that my last blog was about how my last semester in college was off to a great start.
Well, now it’s almost coming to an end.
I honestly don’t know how to react to how I feel right now. Yes I am happy - no more projects, tests, assignments…now I get to look forward to a new beginning and be free. At the same time, though, I know I am going to miss school life - finishing up projects and assignments under time pressure while being surrounded by fellow classmates, be involved on-campus organizations and meet with people everyday. Is this really ending in two days? Oh boy.
All I can say now is, I am going to make 2012 the BEST year of my life. Travel, take photos, study architect, just do whatever I want….unnnnless I decide to get a full-time position somewhere mid-year. Still undecided. I just know for a fact that I want to keep in touch with my professors, and old bosses and friends while meeting new people, new connections, and new friends. I want to figure out what I am really passionate about - perhaps something I gave up when I was applying for colleges back in high school. I want to decide what I really want to do.
My theme for 2012 will be: explore. Explore the world, my passion, and myself.
Thanks for listening,
Last semester in College, off to a great start!
I am super satisfied with my college life right now. I like all four of my courses, especially the highly interactive ones. I take pilates on Tuesdays and Thursday, plus body sculpting on Monday and Friday mornings. I make enough time for homework, outings my good buddies, and myself :) Yep, I know how to manage my time now!
Last Trip before turning 21
Blogging from: Home
Book currently reading: Asian American Dream by Helen Zia
I just came back from my L.A. trip with friends from Japanese school. Here are some of the highlights:
L.A. Driving…not as bad as I thought it would be | During the entire trip, we never got stuck in traffic on the freeway for more than 30 minutes! (I think…Plus, it was bearable knowing there were traffics because of road construction…some roads could use some upgrade and fixing.) Besides that, my friends and acquaintances have told me how LA drivers are “crazy” and I really need to watch out for them. Eh, I guess it’s half true and half not so true. I was annoyed when drivers didn’t signal or let me change lanes..But hey, people in SF do that sometimes too. Haha.
PERFECT weather, with all CAPS | Average temperature in LA for four days was about 90F degrees. Not too hot, but the warm air and breeze never felt so good! Now I know why people complain about San Francisco weather…mah bad.
Sandra Bullock. Super. Pretty. | After the mini-tour at UCLA and dinner at Corner Bakery in Westwood, we walked toward the Diddy Reese ice cream store and ran into the movie premiere event for The Change-Up at the Fox Theater. We saw Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman taking pictures together on the red carpet, but we lost sight of them once they stood behind the backdrop. I gave up and followed the girls to Diddy Reese to line up for ice cream, which was very delicious as always. As we walked out of the store, the crowd went wild for Sandra Bullock’s appearance!! She was so pretty and nice enough to wave to the crowd with a big smile. Yay!
Easy Breezy, We’re Japan-ezy | This trip reminded us of how much we miss Japan (we even thought about planning a trip to Japan during this trip!). Instead of buying LA/SoCal themed souvenirs, we bought Japanese bakery foods, manju cakes, and Japanese comic books from the Book-Off store (well-known book chain store in Japan; similar to Green Apple in SF, except it’s everywhere.) Also, SoCal is known to have REALLY good and close-to authentic Japanese food in the US, or at least in California. I highly recommend the udon noodles at Sanuki no Sato restaurant in Gardena. Yummy yummy.
“The World of Yesterday, Tomorrow, and Fantasy” | What would the world be without Disneyland? This place is really special because it reminds everyone that, no matter how old you are, you will always be a kid at heart…Okay, lining up for 40~70 minutes was not so magical, but the rides, parade and shows were definitely breath-taking. It just makes you forget about work, school, job hunting, crisis, and every other negative things you can possibly imagine. I also loved how surprisingly clean the restrooms were and how organized the parking lot and the entire park were!
Overall, I had a super fun and memorable trip! I really enjoyed catching up with my old friends :) It feels weird knowing how old and mature we’ve gotten since we first bonded as friends, but it’s also good to know that some things never change forever.
I will be turning 21 next Tuesday. I bet lots of reminiscing’s going to happen. 4 more days.
Need some rest
Blogging from: USF Gleeson Library
Book currently reading: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
My goodness, I have lost count of how many blog sites I went through this past few years. But I don’t think I ever wrote posts for myself - just for everyone to see that I’m also following the blog trend, you know…
One more month of summer left. I finally got an iPhone, and I’ve been taking a lot of photos with my new SLR camera. I always wanted to do photography as a hobby, and I’m really looking forward to capturing precious moments in future events, including my upcoming LA trip with my good buddies :)
And…getting ready for my last semester in college is…strange. I feel like I’m already done with school; ready to work this Fall in an office and pursing my career in the media industry…which I wish was the case. However, I do look forward to the good semester (especially for APASC woo wooo!)
This week…will be chill. I need to get some rest before the LA road trip next week. I enjoy staying in SF, but going away for vacation sounds sooo good right now.
2 more weeks until I’m twenty one.