Today I turn Twenty-Seven. No wrinkles yet. Pheeew. Can I tell you a little secret though? I have had strands of grey hair since I was in seventh grade. Weird, right? But you know what, I still LOVE MYSELF! Not in a vain way. Cause trust me, like many girls, I have A LOT of insecurities- my tummy could be flatter, my arms toner, my grammar (mo) better. The list goes on. And. On. 



Self-love is one of the most fundamental parts of becoming a happy person. This idea took hold and the seeds are planted deep in my head. Life has definitely and will continue to test me but I never want to let myself to go into a self-hatred self-berating mode. I mean who wants to be around a grump or a hater!? The tattoo I have on my fingers of a heart, peace sign, and the word 'thyself' symbolizes my life's goal to "love thyself and have peace within thyself".

This blog, being healthy, dressing well, traveling, and doing simple things like taking a bath or even taking #selfies -it's all part of that purpose. Self-love is suppose to be nurturing, it's not narcissistic but necessary, in fact, more than loving all the other people in our lives. Here comes the cliche (but very true) line: We can't truly love others if we don't start with true love for ourselves. It's so crucial for getting and maintaining satisfying relationships with others. Before I met my current boyfriend, Leif, I stayed single for more than two (and very happy) years after a couple unhealthy relationships. I honestly have such a loving, healthy relationship with him now because I began to truly discover and love myself (and because he is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G). There is always someone prettier, smarter, or wealthier. I've just learned to make the best of everything I have with the power of changing my thoughts first. I try not to compare myself to other peoples' success (or failures). Here's to Year 27 and being the best version of myself!


27 Things to Accomplish Before 28
1. Travel to a new country
2. Spend more time with siblings
3. Buy 80% Organics
4. Use more DIY beauty products
5. Create personalized photobooks
6. Read a classic novel
7. Read "The Power of Now"
8. Redesign my room with DIY projects
9. Practice speaking my first language: Mandarin
10. Discover a new artist
11. Send snail mail to old friends
12. Blog at least 3 times a week
13. Eat slowly / portion control
14. Commit to Meatless Mondays
15. Floss every night
16. Visit my Grandma in Malaysia
17. Keep a dream journal
18. Run 4 miles under 33 minutes
19. Girls Trip! 20. Continue to exercise at least 5 times a week
21. No Social Media 4 hours a day
22. Print old pictures
23. Frequent Farmer's Market
24. Treat Yo Self: Chiropractor, Hot Yoga, Massages, Tropical Vacay
25. Learn new Malaysia recipes from Grandma / Mom
26. Bake for a friend
27. Keep Pursuing My Dreams

To add extra icing on my birthday cake, I got to work with a very talented, up-and-coming, sweetheart of a photographer, Rachel Davis. We had so much fun shooting in the sun. Check out her website: www.racheldavisphotography.com and Instagram.  




      


Today I turn Twenty-Seven. No wrinkles yet. Pheeew. Can I tell you a little secret though? I have had strands of grey hair since I was in seventh grade. Weird, right? But you know what, I still LOVE MYSELF! Not in a vain way. Cause trust me, like many girls, I have A LOT of insecurities- my tummy could be flatter, my arms toner, my grammar (mo) better. The list goes on. And. On. 



Self-love is one of the most fundamental parts of becoming a happy person. This idea took hold and the seeds are planted deep in my head. Life has definitely and will continue to test me but I never want to let myself to go into a self-hatred self-berating mode. I mean who wants to be around a grump or a hater!? The tattoo I have on my fingers of a heart, peace sign, and the word 'thyself' symbolizes my life's goal to "love thyself and have peace within thyself".

This blog, being healthy, dressing well, traveling, and doing simple things like taking a bath or even taking #selfies -it's all part of that purpose. Self-love is suppose to be nurturing, it's not narcissistic but necessary, in fact, more than loving all the other people in our lives. Here comes the cliche (but very true) line: We can't truly love others if we don't start with true love for ourselves. It's so crucial for getting and maintaining satisfying relationships with others. Before I met my current boyfriend, Leif, I stayed single for more than two (and very happy) years after a couple unhealthy relationships. I honestly have such a loving, healthy relationship with him now because I began to truly discover and love myself (and because he is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G). There is always someone prettier, smarter, or wealthier. I've just learned to make the best of everything I have with the power of changing my thoughts first. I try not to compare myself to other peoples' success (or failures). Here's to Year 27 and being the best version of myself!


27 Things to Accomplish Before 28
1. Travel to a new country
2. Spend more time with siblings
3. Buy 80% Organics
4. Use more DIY beauty products
5. Create personalized photobooks
6. Read a classic novel
7. Read "The Power of Now"
8. Redesign my room with DIY projects
9. Practice speaking my first language: Mandarin
10. Discover a new artist
11. Send snail mail to old friends
12. Blog at least 3 times a week
13. Eat slowly / portion control
14. Commit to Meatless Mondays
15. Floss every night
16. Visit my Grandma in Malaysia
17. Keep a dream journal
18. Run 4 miles under 33 minutes
19. Girls Trip! 20. Continue to exercise at least 5 times a week
21. No Social Media 4 hours a day
22. Print old pictures
23. Frequent Farmer's Market
24. Treat Yo Self: Chiropractor, Hot Yoga, Massages, Tropical Vacay
25. Learn new Malaysia recipes from Grandma / Mom
26. Bake for a friend
27. Keep Pursuing My Dreams

To add extra icing on my birthday cake, I got to work with a very talented, up-and-coming, sweetheart of a photographer, Rachel Davis. We had so much fun shooting in the sun. Check out her website: www.racheldavisphotography.com and Instagram.  




      


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