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

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 life. By “coincidence” I came across a quote from the writer Ann Lamott, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” Today.com article on 14 value life lessons Ann Lamott wrote on a Facebook Post. I can’t argue with that! When my internet

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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 are that you might be. Think about it – almost everything we buy in a package has salt on it. Even beverages like Gatorade has sodium on it. Also, condiments like ketchup and soy sauce are packed with sodium. And one by one throughout the day it begins to add

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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 with protein and more filling! His whole ideology is that if at the end of the day you are in a calorie deficit, eventually you will lose weight. I personally agree 100% with this! People make losing weight complicated, and jump around from one diet to another. I know because

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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 over it on the pitch, and Lasso calls the player to the sideline to chat with him. “Do you know why the goldfish is the happiest animal on earth?” Ted Lasso asks the player. The player doesn’t respond. “They have a 10 second memory. Be a goldfish” answers Ted Lasso.

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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 drawing on an iPad. The first thing I drew when I got my hands on it was Mickey Mouse. It came out pretty good for being my first drawing with an apple pencil. Although digital drawings is cool and fun, it doesn’t replace the feeling of drawing or painting in

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Show Your Work

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

This website used to be called “WhoopWellness.com”. I started it about 3 years ago with my ex-partner. At that time, we were both 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. Then my ex and I broke up, 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 a video where he recommends the book Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon. I was already familiar with this author because years ago I had read his book Steal Like An Artist, and had loved it! Ali mentioned in the

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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 products. French fries from Burger King can be considered plant-based, however I would never advise anyone who is trying to lose weight to eat them.  Plant-based also doesn’t equal low calorie. So the first mistake is thinking that just because you cut animal products from your diet, you can now

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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 minutes. In March 2020, I began working from home like many of you because of COVID-19, and although I have been back at the office for months, it does not feel like life has returned to normal at all (especially in California where I live). I know that many people

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