I’m Lily. I live in California and study architecture. I enjoy learning about personal development and health. Through my writing I strive to share with you life lessons, tools, books, and anything creative I do or come across. Enjoy!

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How To Live Longer (It’s Probably Not What You Think)!

Turning 30 years old was hard for me. The whole time I was 29 I kept thinking “next is 30!” When my brother, who is 9 years older than me, turned 30, I remember thinking: “he is getting old!” And now, it was going to be my turn. (I’m sure that when I’m 60 or 70, I will wish that I was as young as 30 again, and will know that thinking that 30 is old was ludicrous) When I told my coworker Connie how I felt about turning 30, she replied “age is just a number” so as to make me feel better. She succeeded for a second. This led me to think about the smart scale I have in my apartment, which when I weigh myself it also provides me further information such as my metabolic age. That’s when it clicked! I told myself “If my body is

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Learn To Be A Fool. Why You Should Consider It To Become A Better You.

I often like to visit Tim Ferris’ website for interesting blog posts to read. I noticed a new one called “The Master and the Fool”. Just the title was so intriguing! “The Master and the Fool” is actually the title of the epilogue of the book “Mastery” by George Leonard, which Ferris obtained permission from the publishing house to post on his website. The story is about an experience the author had with a mountain man from the Los Padres National Wilderness Area. The mountain man wanted to know “how [he could] be a learner”. To which the author responded: “It’s simple. To be a learner, you’ve got to be willing to be a fool.” “Mastery” by George Leonard When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I remember being in the car with my parents and older brothers. I was asking my dad a lot of questions, and

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If You Don’t Like It, Don’t Eat It. The Key To Eating More Fruits & Veggies!

Did your mom make you eat your vegetables when you were little even though you hated them? Well my mom did too. I never liked vegetables as a kid, but now I love them. For most of us, I believe it’s just a phase we grow out of. However I have one little secret for you to help you eat even more vegetables and fruit (It was still a struggle for me before). It is so simple, but yet it wasn’t obvious to me before. My secret: If you don’t like it, don’t eat it! Just eat MORE of the vegetables and fruits that you like. Let me explain what I think it’s going on in your head. The fact that you were most likely forced to eat food you didn’t like when you were little, created the belief that you should eat things even if you don’t like them

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Jumanji movie. Spencer only has one life left.

What If Everybody Had 3 Lives? But You Only Have One Life Left!

This past weekend I watched the movie “Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle”. I was pleasantly surprised by how funny and entertaining it was. The movie is about a group of four high school kids that find an old video game console and get sucked inside the game. In order to be able to return to the real world, they need to beat it. The problem is that just like in a video game, they have 3 lives, and if they lose them all, it is game over. When the kids make it to the last level, they all only have 1 life left. Therefore, staying alive is imperative now more than ever. To end the game, Spencer needs to place a stone in a statue, but first, he must get around a pack of vicious jaguars. Spencer becomes terrified and tells his friend Fridge that he is not brave enough

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I Was Addicted To Saving Time. How I Learned To “Lose It.”

How wrong have I been! I’ve been searching for fulfillment in all the wrong places! I came across a quote today which hit me like a ton of bricks: “May I venture at this point to state the greatest, the most important, the most useful rule of education? It is: Do not save time, but lose it.” -Jean-Jacques Rousseau in Emile, or On Education This quote is from the Emile, or On Education written by Jean-Jacques Rousseau in 1762. It would later serve as the inspiration for what became a new national system of education in France. Emile, or On Education “provides the philosophical groundwork for a radical critique of the contemporary cultural framework that supports homework, standardized testing, and the competitive extracurricular activities that consume children’s time” (Wiley Online Library). For years I’ve been trying to figure out how to “save time”. I follow YouTube channels and read books

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How To Unplug For A Few Minutes And Reset Yourself!

Just yesterday I was writing in my journal about how I have been feeling like there is something that I want, and I keep searching for it, but I don’t even know what I’m even looking for. I watch Youtube videos about productivity and finance, I listen to podcasts and audiobooks, I read blog posts and magazines. I do this every day, on top of work and study. I feel like I always need to be doing something or learning something, or else I’m wasting time and I feel guilty. I know that this is an unhealthy feeling. That I’m suffering from information overload. I know that there is no secret hidden in a podcast episode that will instantly make me rich or successful. I love learning new things, it makes me happy, so I will never stop doing that. However, I do recognize that I need balance in my

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What Effect Does Salt Have On Your Weight? Some Interesting Data!

I want to discuss the topic of sodium, the main ingredient in salt. I always check the labels of any food packaging that I am thinking of buying at the grocery store. As I go down the list, many times everything checks out except the sodium. I feel so disappointed as I have to put it down, and continue my search through other brands. Do you ever check the sodium content in food packaging? Well if you aren’t, then you definitely should! And today you are going to learn why. US Department of Health and Human Services recommend that healthy adults limit their daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg — the equivalence of one teaspoon of salt, however he CDC estimates that the average American adult eats 3,400 mg every day! The truth is that even if you think that you don’t consume a lot of salt, chances

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French Toast

My Dilemma With Dr. Greg’s Anabolic Diet (Even Though It Works)!

I’m always surfing around YouTube for videos on diet and nutrition. I came across a guy with the most annoying voice called Dr. Greg. Not only could I not stand his super high-pitched voice, but he also doesn’t talk in his videos — he screams! I kept clicking out of his videos, but for some reason I would always come back. Then much to my dismay, I started binge-watching his videos, and eventually I got used to his voice until the point that it didn’t bother me anymore.  So what is so interesting about this guy that kept me coming back again and again? Well, Dr. Greg promotes the “Anabolic Diet”, which is about consuming low-calorie dense foods. He is also known for his famous “Anabolic French Toast”! I personally love french toast! It’s my favorite breakfast meal, so I was super excited when I found Dr. Greg’s recipe, which is packed

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Be A GoldFish. The Key to Being Happier Everyday!

If you haven’t yet seen the TV show called Ted Lasso, add it to your to-do list! The show is not only super funny, but it will also have you crying as it features it all, from love and heartbreak to revenge and deceit. It is about an amateur American football coach named Ted Lasso. He is hired to coach AFC Richmond, a professional soccer team in the English premier league. Ted Lasso knows absolutely nothing about soccer, and he sucks at coaching the team. However, there is something about him that as a viewer it is impossible to not root for him. Ted concentrates his efforts on uniting the soccer players as a team. He focusing on their personal development, and on their state of mind. In one scene, one of the players makes a mistake that results in a goal for the other team. He beats himself up

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My First Drawing Done On Procreate Using My New iPad (Mickey Mouse)

For Christmas I ordered myself a new iPad. One of the reasons I bought it was because I wanted to use it to draw with it. As a kid, I loved to draw. When I was about 12 years old, I used to say I wanted to be a cartoonist. I like to think that I was talented at drawing. As I got older and busier with life, I stopped drawing. Not even working in an Architecture firm, do I get to draw. We use software that draws everything for us. And although the software makes work 10x times easier, no one would ever stop and admire a printed drawing with the eyes that one admires an old drawing done in paper with a pencil by one of my bosses before computers ever existed. When I did my research, most websites said that the app Procreate was the best for

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Show Your Work! Summary, Lessons Learned, & Why I Started This Blog.

This website used to be called “WhoopWellness.com”. I had started it about 3 years ago. At that time, I was vegan, and so the website was about educating people on the vegan diet. I spent a lot of money and time on it. However, I was never able to grow the number of readers as much as I would have liked to. I stopped being vegan and become a vegetarian, and so I also stopped putting in as much effort into the website. In the back of my mind, I knew I had to let my website go because I no longer believed or practiced what I was posting. But when you have put so much work into something, it is not that easy. Lately, I had been watching Ali Abdaal’s Youtube channel, which is all about learning how to study and how to be more productive. I came across

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Why I Gained Weight On A Plant-Based Diet. 7 Common Reasons, And Their Solutions!

If you have gained weight recently while on a diet, you aren’t alone. Unfortunately, being on a plant-based doesn’t guarantee you will shed the extra pounds. I learned this from personal experience. When I went vegan about 4 years ago, I thought I was going to lose weight, but I didn’t, and I was extremely disappointed. Back in those days, I did not understand that diets have nothing to do with weight-loss and that essentially all that really matters is calories in and calories out. There are many common mistakes that one can make when first transitioning to a different diet. In this blog post, I will break them down for you. Plus, you will learn how to avoid and overcome these weight-gain pitfalls. Let’s get started! 1. Not Understanding A Plant-Based Diet And/Or Your Body Plant-based doesn’t equal a healthy diet, all plant-based means is that you don’t consume animal

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How To Lose Weight At Home. 3 Life Lessons I Learned During COVID-19!

I truly believe that someone who works from home vs someone that needs to get somewhere to work every day will need to have a fresh approach to losing weight. I know because I learned the hard way.   You might also face the challenge that when the weekend rolls around, you lose control of the healthy diet you had followed all week. Home is not always the best place to take charge of our willpower. In this blog post, I will give you my best tips on how to lose weight at home on a vegan lifestyle. I will tell you the best ways to stay active, and how to stay away from the cookie jar! But first, I will share with you some life lessons learned… Lesson 1: My Struggle Working From Home I work in an office and unfortunately I have to commute every day for about 45

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