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

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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.

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

 

Refreshed

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You know the feeling you get when you step out of the shower? Ahh, the steam in the bathroom hitting your face, your feet feeling squeaky clean, and everything about you is refreshed.

Let’s take that in for a second. Play some calming music in the background. Beautiful feeling, isn’t it?

That’s actually how I felt a few hours ago when I cleared my desk. It was absolutely cluttered and pain inducing. I felt claustrophobic just sitting in front of my computer. It was bad. But I finally mustered up the motivation to clean it out. Once I got started, I didn’t want to stop. Now, my desk is cleared and I feel… refreshed. 

My mind is clear. No flustered distractions everywhere. I feel squeaky clean. There aren’t random pieces of paper stacked on top of each other with trash in between. It’s clean, and beautiful.

So, if your desk (or life) was super crowded and pain-inducing, clean it out! Make your life refreshing like a nice cool shower or an iced cup of lemonade on a hot day.

-Mintie :D

Determination

Today, my pastor said something that I know will impact my life forever.

She said many inspirational and relatable words, but this one really spoke out to me.

“If you can’t even do something so easy now–like studying–how will you be able to do something greater for God?”

This spoke to me so well; it really stuck with me. I often complain (sadly) about simple things, like homework, cleaning, and the like, but I want to impact the people around me and do great things. It’s one of my biggest goals to become something more, to impact, to help, and if I can’t even do my homework, and have self control over it, how do I expect to do greater things (share Jesus with others, and help others)?

She also said, “Do everything with all you have.” I love it. It is beautiful, and I really strive for it. If I didn’t do things half heartedly, and instead did things with all my might, how much better would these things be? LOTS. LOTS LOTS BETTER. I can’t even imagine how much better of a person I would be if I just put my effort into things.

Amazing.

A lot of times, I strive to be a respected, looked up to person, but I feel like I’m so, so far away from it. If I just put my effort into everything, wouldn’t that help reach my goal too? I think so!

Let’s pretend that you’re in a group of people learning to become leaders. You’re all instructed to, let’s say, rake the leaves. Some people would complain and say how boring or tiring this is, while others would start raking, but with an annoyed, or irritated mood. They would say things like, “What’s the point in this”, or “This is stupid”. Then, one person begins to rake the leaves happily, quickly making a pile. He smiles, efficiently rakes, and others begin to follow him. They see his efficiency, joy, and will, and want to be like him. People want to be happy. He has led the people!

It’s simple! Just do everything with all your heart, and everything becomes better. Happiness and joy in doing things is awesome too.

Take a step, be joyful, and do everything with all you’ve got.

Thanks,

-Mintie

 

P.S. I hope this wasn’t too deep for you! hehe