Good Bean Juice

I like coffee. I know, so quirky and relatable, definitely not like the other guys that don't like coffee. But seriously, I am absolutely in the denial phase of addiction. It's one of the things keeping me going -- the morning ritual of making a cup for myself every morning and the feeling of focus… Continue reading Good Bean Juice

Strange Times

I spent my spring break in Canada.

I know, terrible time to travel, but at the same time, hindsight is 2020. I'll take this as a learning opportunity for the next pandemic -- when people are even whispering about a supervirus, don't book anything.

Harder Ways: Running Away

read first: Harder Ways: Introduction first, a conclusion This essay is the final installment in the series "Harder Ways", the trilogy I began about a month ago with the central theme revolving around being intentional with your life. Even though you might opt for a more difficult one, exchanging effort and hard work rewards you with… Continue reading Harder Ways: Running Away

Harder Ways: How to Buy Your Happiness

read first: Harder Ways: Introduction retail therapy This previous Sunday, as I was watching the Super Bowl amidst 30 screeching fraternity brothers, I came across a Snapchat story from a company called Nifty with the feature title of "33 Affordable Little Products That Will Make You So Much Happier." Reading through the overly-long list of items,… Continue reading Harder Ways: How to Buy Your Happiness

sus·te·nance

some insight Whenever I tell people about my blog, I usually get a response like, "Oh, what's it about?", "What do you write about?", or "Get away from me." To be honest, I haven't really formulated a way of putting the meaning or purpose behind my writing into a short explanation. I always end up thinking… Continue reading sus·te·nance

Alcoholics Unanimous

I've been sober for the past four months and I can say wholeheartedly that I have felt absolutely amazing without substances throwing a wrench in my mood. Alcohol and mental illness start a vicious cycle that should be avoided at all costs.

Relativity of Pain

Several years ago, a friend of mine crossed paths with a man who was paralyzed from the neck down, the result of an attempted suicide from a highway overpass. In their brief conversation, the man told his story about how and why he decided to end his life following an unfortunate breakup, one that had… Continue reading Relativity of Pain

Dear (Younger) Lawrence,

This is one of many letters I'm going to write to my high school self. This is a letter I wish I had gotten in the mail as I started my summer leading up to college. This is a letter I'm writing in hopes of helping someone else transition from being tucked under the protective… Continue reading Dear (Younger) Lawrence,

A Dedication

This is a dedication to those who have made who I am possible, for my own journey begins long before I was born. In the December of 1996, a young Chinese student temporarily left behind his family and a homeland recovering from turmoil, crossing the Pacific with only two suitcases. Only the bare necessities in… Continue reading A Dedication