Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2015 Resolutions

- eat less fish 
- drink less alcohol 
- micro-manage less
- study more Korean and Japanese
- meditate every day for at least 10 minutes
- learn how to cook more things
- give 

This year I've decided to do less drinking and partying, and instead do more reflecting and cleansing to prepare for the New Year.  This has been one of the most exciting years of my life, personally, and in my career.  I have a lot to be thankful for.  I hope I can give back to everyone as much as they've given to me.  I'm taking "off" the first 3 days of 2015 to really reflect and envision what I would like to accomplish in the New Year.  This also includes cleaning out my home.  Usually people get this done before the end of the year so they can start the new year with a clean slate.  But I was in my hometown eating my Mom's Korean food and playing with kittens until this I'll have to start tomorrow!  

The exciting and also, at times, nerve wracking part of being a full-time singer-songwriter, is never knowing what's around the bend.  Where will my next job come from? WHEN will it come? Will it be successful?  All things I've learned not to worry too much about in the end.  And I know I've said before, but I'll say it again; I'm always surprised when people tell me to never stop doing what I'm doing.  And this year, thanks to many of you, enough people have told me to keep going.  So go on I shall!  The best I can!!  I'm excited what will come in 2015!  What experiences and songs will be created!   So here's to a beautiful, clean, and unknown  

I'm wishing you all a beautiful, refreshing, and healthy New Year full of possibilities, wherever you are in the world and in your life.  

Peace + Joy + Love


Saturday, December 27, 2014

PJ's All Day

This has been me ever since December 17th, when I arrived to my parents' house.  Maybe substitute the HOT COCOA for KOREAN FOOD.

Isn't this Desktop wallpaper so cute??  It's from Design Love Fest.  The wallpaper designs on her blog have been my laptop wallpapers for a while now.

Also, have any of you heard of Oyster?  The new "Netflix" of digital books?  I was wondering what you think of this idea?  At first I really liked it, but then I immediately worried for bookshops....again.  I know Barnes & Noble is the corporatest of the corporate as far as buying books goes... but at least they're still selling actual, 3-dimensional books.  Even at the airport, I'll wander around a Hudson Books, knowing they're all the same.  But still, there's something friendly and familiar about them.  Then again, my backpack load has lightened A LOT ever since I put some good reads onto my iPad.  But reading an iBook, or an eBook, still somehow feels like I'm just reading the internet....again.  And lying in bed, when I fall asleep, a cold, heavy, metallic iPad slams into my face.  I still favor books over eReads, making lists on scraps of paper and pen over using Notes on my phone, actual cards over eCards (even though I totally sent eCards this year because I didn't have enough time!).  So there you have it.  I'm caught somewhere in between nostalgia + tangibility and convenience.

And how about the good old fashioned Public Library?  I've started venturing that way more lately.  For all those books I'm curious to read, but don't want to commit to buying, or adding to my ever-growing stack of books-collecting-dust pile.  The Library is free, remember?  I recall walking to the Public Library as a kid, sitting in the corner with a pile of books I'd devour right then and there, and the countless others I took home with me.  Joke books, Amelia Bedelia, Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein...  I brought home "The Hunger Games" from the library a little while ago.  The germaphobe in me -- which has grown exponentially since becoming an adult and traveling on planes, trains, and rented automobiles -- didn't feel too comfortable bringing this borrowed book, which has been who knows where, into bed with me.  So I got 'old school' on it, and made a book cover out of a Whole Foods brown paper bag (recycling!) and slapped one of those on there.  Voilà!  And now that I'm a new HUGE fan of Frankie Magazine, each edition comes with an adorable calendar with a super cute design that is perfect to use as a book cover!

Anyway, there's my rant on books, eBooks, Public Libraries, germs, and recycling.

I hope you all are finding some rest and love with loved ones, or within yourself.

p. a.