Last Spring Break

Kind of feels surreal to say that. Of course, seeing my niece is always the highlight of my breaks. It’s great that my cousin Romeo’s birthday is also coming up so I’m going to see him on that day even if he doesn’t celebrate birthdays! I definitely ate too much today, but Krispy Kreme donuts does that to a fella. One of my professors gave the class a quiz before the break started, talk about lame! I was able to finish it today and got a 100, but still, lame is lame!

I’m just going to enjoy my time off, I really do want this semester to be over and done with. Hope everyone has a great week ahead!


My Brother’s Sophomore Album

“Here’s a collection of songs for y’all to simp to. If you just went through a bad break up, I got you. If you just got curved by the girl of your dreams, I got you. If you are in a happy relationship, I can’t relate. Lol, you should still listen to this tape anyway though. The production is really pretty.” -@IAmMannyBravo

Of course, being the brother that I am, I am going to use my own blog as a platform to promote it. It was released on Valentine’s Day, there’s a lot of background behind the whole album which I won’t be getting into. For me, the highlight is definitely It Be Like That Vol. 2. Ever since I attended university, I’ve only had casual dating/relationships, and a one night stand, but that song made me feel like I’ve broken up with my girlfriend whom I’ve been with for years and I have to go drink to numb myself and feel less heavy in my heart.

Anyway, check out my brother’s album ’cause it’s great!

I Loathe Group Work/Projects

Note: This blog post is inspired by the fact I have a group project due this upcoming Tuesday.


Y’know, I rarely complain on this blog and I rarely complain offline as well, but if there’s ONE thing that I love to bitch about, it’s group work! You know what I’m talking about. Group Work: one of the worst concepts of anything in history. Now, I understand the reason why teachers and professors assign them to students. In the professional world, some careers require group work in order to get the job done. However, in all my 12+ years of being a student (and the fact the job I want does NOT require group work), I have come to wince at hearing and seeing those two words together. The four most dreaded words a professor can say nowadays is “Everyone get into groups”. I don’t see the point in forcing a bunch of strangers to collaborate on an assignment. The “group” facet of the “work” is completely unnecessary. In fact, I can do all the group projects by myself, get a better grade and with less hassle.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not antisocial at all. In fact, I’m a sociable and extroverted person so I like meeting new people and socializing in general, but I know for a fact I will not find my soulmate or a new friend through group work! Excluding the ones I had with my friends, they have always had a high potential to end in disaster.

I’ve had quite a few awful experiences working on group projects. I’ve had to work with the procrastinators, the people who left a certain person to do a majority of the work. And you know who that certain person was? Me! Though, I did make sure to let my teacher know I did all of the work so I was the only one to get an A grade. Then there was the dark magician, the person that vanished the day of the project, never to be seen again and pretty much left me and my other partner to present by ourselves. I get it, you’ll shit your pants if you have to talk in front of people, but c’mon!

I also realize I end up being the leader by default since I’m telling others what to do, setting up the presentations in a coherent manner, e-mailing the other members to give them updates and turning in the actual assignment to the professor. I do this for two reasons: I think it’s best at the start to set the groundwork and roles so everyone knows what they need to do, and I’m not going to lie, I do like being a leader lol. It’s better to be a leader than a procrastinator.

I think the worst thing of it all are the members who try to make meetings OUTSIDE of class. Oh great, are you serious? Now why should I take the time out of my day to do that? I pride myself in my time management skills. There is just enough time in the week for me to work, go to class, do homework, study, watch anime, draw, and maintain relationships with my family and friends. Add someone else’s schedule into the mix and then things become complicated. Then add another, and another, and another, and… well you get the idea. How in the blue cheese are we going to make this work?


Anyway, thanks for reading my short rant. I think what I’m trying to say is, no matter whom you get paired up with, what your grade ends up being, or what you gained from the experience, you will invariably end up looking like you went through the last level in Super Mario 3D World. So when it comes to group work and projects, choose your partners wisely and try to keep your sanity intact.



Good morning, WordPress. The title says it all: “Winter break is already over“. This break went by way faster than my previous ones, or at least it seemed that way. I’m hoping and praying that 2018 will be the best year of my life. I’d like to use this post to give a few updates…


  • My 2 classes actually start Tuesday, but I do have an online class as well which starts tomrrow.
  • This is my brother’s last semester, I know it’s been tiring for him and a bunch of other things, but I’m glad he’s made it this far and to the end!
  • If I’m able to get all the credits I need this year, this will be the last year for me!
  • My niece is already a year old now. I keep telling my sister, “You blink and the next thing you know she’ll be ten”.
  • I’ve already started my New Year’s resolutions (I’ll be posting scenes from my story on here, I’ve been looking up videos on how to use FL Studios, once I get back on campus I’ll draw for at least 2 hours, and by the end of the year, I’ll write “Starchaser’s Guide to Learning Japanese” so there a lot to look forward to).
  • I’m pretty close to waking up at 5:45 am. Recently, I’ve been waking up at 6:00 am.


Of course, no matter what happens, I’ll make sure to continue to post on this blog on a consistent basis. I hope you will continue to read as well.


On another note, I’m glad I became a fan of Chance The Rapper this year. I’ve known about the fella and heard a few of his songs before, but I never listened to any of his albums from front to back. Again, I’m glad I listened to 10 Day, Acid Rap and Coloring Book. If you thought Will Smith was “happy rap” then Chance The Rapper is ebullient. I think the facts we have a few similar life experiences (we’ve both done LSD, and we’re both Christians) and I’m happy are the reasons his music resonates with me on such a level. His uplifting music is just what I need to enter 2018. Alright, I’m going to say it, he’s one of my favorite music artists of this generation. The last time I was sold so fast when it came to a music artist was Charles Hamilton. I hope Chance The Rapper continues to succeed!


^This beautiful song is my theme song for 2018.

Back Home

It feels good to be back ’cause I don’t have to worry or think about anything school related for exactly a month! My niece is always the first thing on my mind when I wake up so I’m glad I’ll be able to see her more often now! Also, I’ll be able to draw more often, learn what I actually want and play some video games!

But my word, I had a good night’s sleep yesterday. I usually get about 7 hours of sleep, but maybe that extra hour was the difference because I felt so refreshed when I woke up at 6:30 am. I had two great dreams too: one involved me calling my friend who was now a detective because I wanted his help finding my lost Air Jordan 11 shoes. The other had me proposing to Charlotte Flair, but her dad Ric Flair wouldn’t accept the wedding unless I had a Hell in a Cell match with him. My birthday is this Wednesday and I’m supposed to get a tattoo sometime this week. I’ll post pics of it when it’s finished. This month has a lot going for it: my birthday, my sister’s birthday, Christmas party, my niece’s birthday and her birthday party… December is going to be quite eventful for all the right reasons! I can’t believe it’s already going to be almost a year since Reiina was born! She’s growing up so well and fast. I love her so much!


Anyway, it’s 10:04 pm right now which means it’s past my bedtime so here’s a gif of the love of my life to end the blog post. I don’t need to say anymore, good night. ❤


How & Why I Became An Early Riser

“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom”. – Aristotle

In the wee morning hours, Craig Proud has slept with another man’s woman whilst thinking about his future date. I think?

I’ve found that waking early has been one of the best things I’ve done since I attended university, and I thought I’d share my tips. I just posted about my morning routines so I thought it’d be a good idea to discuss how I went from waking up at 10:00 am to 6:00 am.

All throughout high school, I was a late riser. I loved to sleep in. Then things changed because when I started attending university I had to do more than just study or pretend I was studying. There were many things I wanted to learn and do every day, but it seemed I didn’t have enough time. So, I set out to make waking up early a habit. 6 am is where I’m currently at as of writing this post, but I’m trying to get down to at least 5:15 am.

Now, before I talk about some of the benefits of waking up early, I want to say if you are a night owl and that works for you, that is perfectly fine. If you’re happy with it there’s no reason to change. But for me, going from being a night owl to an early riser has been wonderful. It has helped me in so many ways and here are just a few…


Benefits of waking up early

How I yearn for the days when my alarm clock reaches this time. 🙂

Better mental health

I don’t care what anyone says, mental health is very important. One of the least spoken about (yet most important) benefits of waking up early is the impact it has on mental health. The first hours of the day can set the tone for the rest of it. By waking up earlier, I was able reduce the stress in my life in two ways: by getting more done with my extra time and ergo freeing my mind from any mental clutter. The other was easing my mind with some prayer and meditation. BOlieve me when I say this added an incredible amount of positivity to my life as I started to notice a change in my attitude.


Increased productivity 

Mornings, for me at least, are the most productive time of the day. I like to write in the morning, when there are no distractions and I don’t have class. I even get so much more done by starting on my work and concentrating on my studies in the morning. Then when 11 am rolls around, I have no more work that I need to do, and I can spend the rest of the day however I wish.


Goals are set for today

Do you have goals? Well, you should. And there’s no better time to review them and plan for them than first thing in the morning. And every morning, I decide what are some things I can do today to move myself further toward accomplishing my goals.



The gym here on campus doesn’t open until 9, but that’s fine with me since I’m there by the time it opens. I find that I’m usually not motivated to exercise any time later. Morning workouts leave me feeling invigorated and ready to take on the rest of the day. It’s a truly satisfying feeling to know I’ve already gotten it out of the way.


Here are my tips to becoming an early riser: 

“The difference between rising at five and seven o’clock in the morning, for forty years, supposing a man to go to bed at the same hour at night, is nearly equivalent to the addition of ten years to a man’s life”. – Philip Doddridge

Go to bed earlier

Depending on your age, the amount of sleep hours you are going to need is going to differ. However, losing just one hour of sleep can affect your cognitive abilities and physical health so even though I wake up early I make sure to still get an adequate amount of sleep. Obviously, the only way you can get enough sleep and still wake up early is by going to bed at an earlier time. I’m in my bed even when I don’t feel tired and if I am, then I’ll most likely fall asleep much sooner than I think.


Don’t make drastic changes

Going from 10 am to 6 am didn’t happen overnight. Since I was used to sleeping until 10 am, it wouldn’t make sense to have the alarm set to 6 am the next day. That’s way too drastic of a change, and my body is going to dislike me for doing that. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Once you get used to this for a week, cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time.


Put your alarm clock far away from your bed

Not Far Far Away like Shrek, but if it’s right next to your bed there’s a good chance you’ll most likely hit the snooze button or turn it off. If it’s far from your bed, you have to get up out of bed to shut it off. By then, you’re up so stay up.


Pick an alarm ringtone you like

The cool thing about iPhones and Androids is they can be utilized as alarm clocks too. Before I had my new phone, I remember spending time trying to wake up before my alarm clock went off so I wouldn’t have to hear it. Then I started using a cellphone as my alarm clock and quickly realized I could use basically anything as my alarm. As you can see, I use The Rock Clock as my alarm and I love it. I suggest using some sound that is associated with your happy thoughts and feelings and won’t torture you with a cacophony of deafening alarm bells.


Have a good reason

If you don’t have something to do in the mornings with the extra time you have from waking up early, you’ll probably find yourself crawling back to bed out of boredom. Have something to do early in the morning that’s important to you. This reason will motivate you to get up. I like to write in the morning, so that’s my reason. You’re gonna need an impetus for waking up early so make sure to have one.


Take advantage of the extra time

Don’t wake up hours earlier just to surf the internet, unless of course, that’s something you want to do. Don’t wake up early and waste the extra time. Use it to get a head start on your day! After I finish all my morning routines I like to spend my time reading, writing, learning and finishing class assignments (okay, I don’t actually like doing class assignments, but it is a good feeling to have them finished way before they’re due so they’re not hovering over my head). It’s not even 5 pm by the time I’ve completed everything I need to for the day and I’ve already done more than many people do the entire day.


Make breakfast

I consider myself a simple man, and I don’t know about you, but when I’m looking forward to some delicious food I find it easier to get up and out of bed.


Enjoy the sunrise

Look outside sometimes (or go outside if you want) and watch the sky get some light. It’s gorgeous and gives me halcyon vibes. It’s one of my favorite times of the day. Getting up early is a reward in itself for me.


If you want extra time to be productive, try making the switch to waking up earlier. If this blog post has sparked your interest in getting a head start on your day, then here’s a link to Sleep Calculator to help you get started on your goal.