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Final Notes on Happiness

For various reasons—mainly the desire to make the most of my time (which I recently realized is very limited) with the people I love—I’ve decided to declutter my online presence. Part of this decluttering is to stop blogging. I won’t delete this blog, though, because it is, for me, proof of how much I’ve grown and changed as a person. Even … Continue reading

The New Normal

This is my life right now: 40% baby, 30% husband and family, 20% work, and 10% me (e.g., eating and sleeping; i.e., staying alive and sane); I’ve had to leave out leisure, friends, and research. This arrangement is what happens when you have a full-time career and are a full-time parent. I never had illusions … Continue reading

My Kind of Minimalism

Finally, a blog entry! Apologies for not updating this blog regularly. Between getting married and enjoying married life, and doing editing work and teaching hundreds of students, I found it quite necessary to forget about this blog. Things are less busy now, thank God, and the downtime required by my first trimester of pregnancy has … Continue reading

One little room and the biggest of plans

(Apologies to Elbow.) How much space does one need to come into one’s own? Some might need hundreds of miles, perhaps even worlds, to find themselves. Others might just need a little space, nothing too big or extensive or distant. Me, I just needed 20 square meters in a different city. Five years ago—with very … Continue reading

A Future of Firsts

Tomorrow is the last day of 2013. I just had my last Christmas, and will soon have my last New Year’s Eve, as a singleton. I only have about eight months left in the last of my twenties, which will end, of course, with my last birthday as an ummarried woman. Wow. All these lasts. (sigh) … Continue reading

The Last of My Twenties

UPDATE: I added a few more life lessons, so I had to rearrange some bits to still make twenty-nine. Enjoy! – – – Today, I turn—drum roll, please—twenty-nine. That’s just one year away from thirty! Or, on a glass-half-full note, that’s only nine years after twenty! (Wehehe.) In any case, I am now twenty-nine years old. And, … Continue reading

Those Dark Café Days

(Apologies to Joni Mitchell.) There’s this Joni Mitchell song that I just absolutely love, and that always reminds me of getting older whenever I listen to it—it’s “The Last Time I Saw Richard.” The last part of the song contains the following lines: All good dreamers pass this way some day Hidin’ behind bottles in dark … Continue reading

The Hollow Sprint Method

(WARNING: This is a very dorky blog post on productivity and time management.) A few months ago, I found myself struggling to get work done. I had procrastinated, so I started working on my tasks late, pretty close to their deadlines. I knew I had enough time to get all of them done, though, so … Continue reading

Notes on Happiness 2012

Last September, I decided to start tweeting my personal notes on happiness. Some of the notes were inspired by what I was going through, some were inspired by what the people around me were going through, others were inspired by what I had read or heard. Point is, I was happy, and I wanted to … Continue reading

Happiness as Possibility

A few weeks ago, I told my students about a prayer that Fr. Ferriols once said in class: “Panginoon: Posibilidad, posibilidad, posibilidad. Amen.” A few days later, after I mentioned Fr. Ferriols’s prayer in class, a former student—who is now my colleague and who has been sitting in my classes (I feel so old!)—lent me a copy … Continue reading