What I’ve Become

When I hold my jar of dreams

In my hands, my palms sweaty.

The dancing lights swallow the night,

As a mirror flies my kite,

The gentle waves change roaring tides

and shaking trees leave me to hide;

A swan slows down to calm the pulse

The crow escaped, feeling repulsed.

A ripple wakens me from sleep

Not holding back, I take a leap.

The sun is up, the time has come,

To show the world

Source: What I’ve Become by Silver Lining

Love this -Mintie

 

You are Awesome

I was getting some milk tea the other day with my family, and there were these two adorable little boys in line in front of us, with their mom and older sister getting milk tea. They were so cute and I wished I was a child again.

I admired how they didn’t have a care in the world about what other people thought about them. They ran around and were only focused on their own needs. They dressed comfortably, and one of the boys had a shirt that said “YOU ARE AWESOME” with smaller font under it “and so am I”. Here’s what it looked like:

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That made me smile. I wish I had a shirt like that! I probably wouldn’t wear it though, because it would make me seem arrogant haha. But it definitely fit the boy who was wearing it.

All the boys wanted was to sit. They didn’t want any cold, delicious milk tea. The boys went into the shop, as the line was outside, to try to find seats but there were none. Then one of the boys decided to sit on his mom’s shoe. It was funny because he loudly told his friend, “I’m going to sit on my mom’s shoe.” I have never said those words before.

 

They honestly made my day. No worries. No stress. Just sitting on their mom’s shoes and talking about video games. Living the life.

Some takeaways from this experience: Don’t worry so much about what others think. Love yourself. Enjoy life. Express your feelings. Smile. Hangout with your friends. Run around. Spread love and happiness.

I want you to know that you are awesome! And hopefully so am I :)

Love,

Mintie

It’s 2016!

Hey there! It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I can’t believe it’s already February of 2016. I still feel like it’s 2010 or something like that. Time really flies. I haven’t blogged in the last year since junior year has been quite overwhelming ahh. On top of the hours of homework I so gratefully receive, I also have to manage some clubs and figure out what I want to do in life. What do I want to major in? What do I see myself doing in the future?

I honestly don’t know.

Anyway, let’s talk about 2016. This year has already been pretty awesome. The main thing that has changed in my life is my quiet time with God.

I used to just read the bible whenever I felt like it, which might be every few days or weeks. I would attempt to complete devotions, but would often fail at them, getting lazy or tired.

However, in the last few days of 2015, I decided to set up a little area in my room specifically for quiet time and prayer. It’s about 2ft by 2ft, a little corner near my dresser. And it’s been an incredible reminder for me to spend time with God every night. The place itself just brings peace. I sectioned it off with a blue blanket and added some pillows inside for comfort.

:) I love redecorating and editing my room.

I have gotten lazier in other aspects, however, and I didn’t even set any new year health resolutions aha. Maybe I’ll get to that in March…

How has your life changed in 2016?

Love,

your old friend Mintie

Insecurities

Everyone has their own insecurities. Common ones are about physical appearance and behavior.

Let’s all deal with our insecurities today, and stop being afraid. Find some paper, or open a document. Now, write down all your insecurities. No one will see this document you have. Don’t be afraid. Face these fears.

Here are some of mine: I am insecure about my physical appearance, personality, attitude, and so much more. I am afraid of judgement. Especially that from my friends. I am insecure about my chubby calves ahah. I am scared that people will find me mean or disgusting. I am afraid of being hurt. I am insecure about my grades, my reputation as well.

So many of these are rooted from experiences I’ve had, but recently I’ve learned not to be insecure anymore. This list would have been a lot longer if I’d written it a month ago. :) I’ve began to accept myself, knowing that others feel the same in their insecurities. No need to all suffer.

For some reason, things that would have disgusted me not long ago don’t affect me at all. For example, when someone sneezed and snot went everywhere, I only felt compassion for them. I wanted to help them instead of leering away in judgement. I like this. I am not insecure about any gross things like farts, snot, and whatnot haha. Yay, progress.

I hope we can all become more accepting. As we stop judging others, we will stop judging ourselves–and stop feeling judged as well. No more worrying about perfecting our hair. No more hiding our true nature in fear of judgement.

Keep working. You got this.

-Mintie loves you

P.S. I have not added any pictures because I have no camera and don’t want to be a copyrighter haha. Please give me suggestions on what to do.

Thanks Board

Hi guys!

I recently made a thankful board, and I would love for you awesome internet-users to add to it!

I wrote a post on my shared blog, Braid Your Life, so check that out as well. Yay, blogging once again.

This thankful board is on trello, and is quite open. Just message me or contact me in any way, and I can add you as well. We can all share our random thanks, and make the internet a better place! I basically will add anything I’m thankful for on there. Check it out. :) From shoes to best friends, this thankful board will be filled with gratitude.

That is all for this post! BE HAPPY AND GIVE THANKS!

-Mintie (after another long break :D)

P.S. The abundance of exclamation marks on this post signify my excitement and joy.

Mouse Touchpads and Smartness

TOO COOL

I was just looking for a good picture, but this is the exact same mouse touchpad as my computer :O

Today, today. Oh today.

Today, I was testing out my buttons on this laptop I recently received as a hand-me-down. It is quite quite old, but I like it.

I pressed a button that resembles a touchpad, a button that has a ?, a Zz button (which apparently puts my computer on sleep) and a few more. I also decided to clean my mouse touchpad a bit with some random piece of wire.

Then when I stopped pressing buttons and wanted to use my touchpad, it didn’t work! I began to worry. OH NO! Did I break it already? Oh my gosh… WHY ARE YOU SO SMART MINTIE?

Thankfully I did have a wireless mouse, so I could still survive. With the mouse, I spent several minutes (wow lots of time) searching for solutions, but I found none. My touchpad life seemed over.

I went back to wasting time on facebook and blogs, even playing some rounds (yes only a few rounds, not 2 hours) of trivia crack.

But then I got annoyed at using only my mouse as I would often try the mouse touchpad only to be confused for several seconds. SO, I decided to email my brother, who had passed the laptop down to me.

After pressing send, I decided to search on the fabulous google once again. The first link led me to the my solution in about 5 seconds. PRESS THE TOUCHPAD BUTTON TO ENABLE IT.

After a moment of realization, I felt like I was the smartest person on earth. Please do note the sarcasm.

I pressed the button and all was well… And then, still feeling like the smartest person on earth, I decided to share my awesome experience to the world. :)

Are you loving the weird 2015 Mintie?

-MINTIE on a FRIDAY

The Embarrassing Moment

The embarrassing moment when your water bottle (that your secret pal gave you) breaks from falling onto the ground. Boom crash. The cap falls off. The water spills out. You pick it up and hold the capless water bottle in your hand. You walk to class, trying not to spill any water on people.

My water bottle looks just like this:

But now without the cap fixed on.

The embarrassing moment when you try to fix the broken water bottle with scotch tape. In Lit class. And then you repeat the story to your seat partner. They give you kind words. But the scotch tape fails.

The embarrassing moment when you fail many times at drinking water from the broken water bottle. Throughout the day in all your classes. “BUT IM THIRSTY,” you think. The cap falls off. Neighbors stare. You try to help your dry throat.

The embarrassing moment when your teacher is talking and the class is quiet. “Oh, I’m thirsty,” your brain thinks. You decide to drink some water from your water bottle.

The embarrassing moment when the cap falls off and you laugh quietly. You take a sip of water, but hold it in your mouth so you don’t choke. You are still quietly laughing, but trying to stop your laughter.

Then you look across your group table and see a fellow student judging you. Oh no. However, at this moment you decide to try swallowing your water.

OH NOPETTY NO!

The laughter begins pouring out of your throat. But still stuck in your mouth with the water. You start choking, and your lovely sounds fill the quiet classroom. The teacher stops his lecture. Your lovely classmates stare in your direction. You’re laughing, You’re choking, You’re drinking water.

Keep in mind that this laugh-choking sounds absolutely horrendous. If spelled, it would be caa-ooh-mm-ngg-uhhh-. on repeat. x200

Questions start flying at you. “Oh, are you okay?” “What happened?” “Oh my” “haha Mintieee” Their kind laughs fill the air. You laugh with them.

Still, you try to stop this choking laughter. And eventually you do. And that’s the end of it. (For you. Not for me)

The embarrassing moment.

By Mintie

Reflecting on Peppermints

year

Can you believe that it’s already been a year since this blog started? Oh my gosh! I can’t. I remember starting this blog after reading lifehack There were so many posts about the benefits of blogging and such that I decided to finally create one. It has definitely impacted and benefited me though. I’m so glad I started.

At first, I just wanted to write and impress. My first post came out pretty easily, but the second one was practically impossible. Many viewers had commented about how they enjoyed the first–thankfully–but I couldn’t find anything up to par with it. Tough, right? Competing with your past. I eventually managed to write some yabber on Productiveness, but my views went down.

For months, I wrote for the people, and only a teensy bit for myself. I wanted to write something people would enjoy. But it’s hard. Very hard, at least for a newbie. I stopped posting and ran out of things to say.

When I came back, I finally realized that people could read whatever they wanted to. There would be no way that I could please them all. With my blog, the only person I could please completely would be me (and God if I wrote about the right stuff), but mainly me. I started writing about things that made me happy. The readers could enjoy it if they liked.

Reading all my posts again today, I really liked some. However, others were a bit embarrassing to look back on. Did I really talk like that?! That doesn’t even make any sense! (I bet I sound the same to you though (: ). I even learned some things from my own posts and really wanted to like them.  :D

Truly, I’ve said this all to say thank you to you. Thank you for reading my posts, supporting me, and sticking with me for however long since you’ve found my blog. Thank you for taking the time. Thank you for making me feel smarter, and a better person through your follows and likes. I don’t know if you can truly understand, but you just reading my posts have made me so much happier. I love you guys!

Thank you, and I hope you stay with me for more years to come.

Hugs, Mintie

 

Another post reflecting through years: Washing Dishes is Less Painful Now

Washing Dishes is Less Painful Now

The relationship between me and dish-washing has grown a lot in the last few years. When I was 5-6 years younger, washing dishes was a rare occurrence that was thrown in my face occasionally after dinner. (FYI My family never used the dishwasher)

I’d be about to walk back into my room to do something, when my dad would ask me to do the dishes. Please. I would (obviously) argue back a bit, but reluctantly wash those dishes soon thereafter. Washing dishes was whatever. I only did it once or twice a month anyways.

Skip a few years later, and my parents decided that they wanted us to wash all the dishes. We tried a sign in sheet, like the ones they have in McDonald’s’ toilets, but someone either forgot to mark their name or didn’t do it at all. After a few more tests, we made a washing schedule. Since I had 3 other siblings :), I only washed 3 times a week (since we split each day into 2 washing sessions–lunch and dinner), but those three times were horrible and I dreaded them every week. I especially remember that I had to wash on Monday afternoons. Monday afternoons are probably the worst time to wash dishes because

A. Mondays suck

B. Washing dishes to start off the week is not fun

C. Sometimes the Sunday night washer forgets and it piles up to me.

So, when we were given the chance to change the schedule because my oldest brother was going out to college, I made sure that I didn’t wash on Monday afternoons. Woot. Now washing dishes was better.

However, along with moving from Monday afternoons to Tuesdays, I now had to wash every day because there were more spaces to fill up. At first, I thought that my life was ruined. Washing dishes EVERY DAY? NO CAN DO.

But of course I did it.

And as I washed more and more, it became less horrifying and Instead of seeing my dish-washing time as annoying and etc, I enjoyed the times when I didn’t have to wash. I went from a “NOOO It’s my turn to wash. SAVE ME” to a “YAY I don’t have to wash tonight! WOOT WOOT!”

Now that I think about it… if I had just enjoyed the days when I was free from washing back when I only washed 3 times a week, I would have been a lot happier.

Moral: The more you do something, the easier it gets. You begin to enjoy your breaks.

More applicable moral: When you see the bright side, everything get’s better!

Yay! I hope you apply this to your life and make everything easier. Maybe you’ll enjoy dish-washing someday. Or cleaning the toilet. :D

-Mintie