My Nine Morning Habits That Start My Day off Right

I need this mug!

Here are some of my favorite ways to have a productive day by starting the day with the right habits. I feel the way I start my morning sets the tone for the rest of my day. I can either start my day by hitting the snooze button, rolling out of of bed at the last minute, rushing to get ready and then running out the door with an apple in my hand wearing my pink backpack. Or, I can start my day with good morning habits. Decisions, decisions… I’m more inclined to stick with the latter. Below you’ll find the morning habits I implemented in my life over the years.

 

1. Wake up early

“Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise”.  ― Benjamin Franklin

Surely I know time is a valuable asset. A number of people say time is money, and while I agree to a certain degree, unlike money, you can’t get more time. I can spend $20 and eventually make $20 again. However, if I spend 20 minutes on something, I won’t be able to get 20 minutes back no matter what I do. Currently, I wake up at around 6:00 am even though my alarm is set at 7:00 am. I want to get down to at least 5:15 am, and one of my influences Eric Thomas says he consistently gets up at 3:00 am. For some people that would be a death sentence, but considering what his career entails it makes sense. The world is a quieter place when the sun hasn’t risen yet and waking up early allows me to practice the habits explained below, which in turn help me start the day in high spirits, ready to tackle anything that life throws at me throughout the day.

 

2. Plan the daily goals

I think the quote on my Rock Clock app says it best, “Wake up determined, go to bed satisfied”. I believe it’s very important to plan out my day. If I don’t take a few minutes of my time to map out the direction of my day, how will I know I’m heading towards the right direction? It doesn’t have to be a totally rigid schedule, but a tentative schedule with time blocks to accomplish certain tasks seems to work best for me. When I have a plan for my day, it helps me get started on my goals and priorities immediately and helps make my day more manageable.

 

3. Smile and think something positive

Right before I brush my teeth in the morning, I smile. Usually the first thing that comes to my mind is my niece which is followed by the thought “I’m so glad I and everyone I love made it to see another day”. Smiling does the following

  • Smiling releases neurotransmitters called dopamine and endorphins. Endorphins are responsible for making us feel happy, and they also help lower stress levels. Dopamine is also known as the “motivation molecule”. It is responsible for intrinsic motivation and provides the motivational/internal drive to do things.
  • In addition, smiling boots your immune system. Your body is more relaxed when you smile, which helps contribute to good health and a stronger immune system.

According to some more reading I did, even a fake smile has benefits. I don’t usually have trouble smiling ’cause I honestly believe I have a lot to be happy about, but if I ever have trouble smiling in the morning it’s nice to know I can force myself to.

Lastly, I ask myself these two questions:

  • What am I looking forward to today?
  • How am I going to support my friends today?

 

4. Jot down something in my gratitude journal

The Rock Clock app has another quote I like, “Over the years I’ve realized one of the most important things to being happy… is being grateful”. Dang it, why is The Rock so awesome!? Anyway, he is right. One of the key ingredients to my happiness is about appreciating the things that I already have. By enumerating the blessings I have in my life right now, I was able to become more open to optimism and inspiration and improve my outlook in life. Everyday, I write down at least one thing that I’m thankful for. It’s important to count the small victories.

 

5. Brush my teeth

I was someone who used to brush their teeth after I had breakfast. However, I realized it was healthier and better to brush my teeth as soon as I wake up. Plaque builds up in your mouth while you sleep and since I wear a retainer when I’m sleeping and am more prone to getting calculus/tartar,  I should remove the bacteria buildup once I’m on my feet by brushing my teeth.

 

6. Pray & Meditate 

Starting my day off with calmness and stillness helps keep me relaxed. My prayers and meditation sessions are not usually long, but just a few minutes every day allows me to connect my mind, body, and soul in preparation for the day that’s ahead.

 

7. Make my bed 

“No one’s going to see it” and “It’s going to get unmade by tonight so what’s the point?” were usually the two statements I would say when I didn’t want to make my bed. As a child, I never understood why my mom wanted me to make my bed. Now that I’m older, I know excuses are easy to make, but then again, so is making my bed. A fluff of the pillows and tug of the sheets and comforter literally takes seconds, and is the easiest way to make my entire dorm room look better instantaneously. It’s a small accomplishment and gets my day started off right when I head out the door.

Naval Seal Admiral William H. McRaven said the following about making your bed at the University of Texas in his commencement speech

“If you make your bed every morning you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right.

And, if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made — and a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.

If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed”.

Below is a pic of what my bed looks like when it’s made if you’re interested.

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Pay no attention to the Love Live Nesoberi plushes.

 

8. Fuel my body with an awesmazing breakfast

Having a healthy breakfast can help keep me feeling energized. You know the adage “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? It’s an adage because it rings true, it’s even better since I know how to cook. I can avoid excessive sugar in the morning and have some food that will give me more energy, and help me with my focus and concentration. Focus and concentration are exactly what I need in order to get through my classes!

 

9. Create something

Before I read my e-mails or news articles from The New York Times or Washington Post, go to my class, and anything else I do once I leave my dorm room, I make sure to create something. Whether it’s writing a post for my blog, drawing a quick sketch, producing a musical beat, making a poem, or writing a scene for my play, I make sure to jumpstart my creativity.

 

These are some of the things I do to set myself up for a successful, extremely productive day. Thanks to doing them regularly, I’m able to tackle each day proactively, stay productive, and more regularly say, “Today was a good day” just like Ice Cube.

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美人: Starchaser’s 10 Beautiful Anime Women

Howdy, and welcome to the 2-D world of attraction. These women aren’t real so you’ll never be able to speak to them or see them walking down the street. Even so, female anime characters attract a multitude of fans. A great example would be myself, I dream about them and discuss them like they actually exist. I’m not gonna front and act like this isn’t an important list to me, because it is an important list. I want to get right into it so here is the list of beautiful anime women (according to Starchaser), read it all mayne! *Chris Jericho voice*

 

Senjougahara Hitagi

Is it biased to include my waifu on a list of beautiful anime women? Yeah, most likely, but it’s my list for a reason so deal with it! *Batista voice* I’m not sure if there’s anything new I can say about Waifugahara that I haven’t already said before. I mean, besides my brother, I don’t think there’s anyone else I talk about on this blog quite as much and in such a positive manner. She’s a tsundere, kuudere, yandere, smot, loyal, and grateful, I appreciate that. This sharp-tongued, stapler carrying beauty is multifaceted indeed. There’s a number of reasons she’s my waifu, and I think if I actually was in a relationship with her, it’d be the best one I would ever have. If a woman ever took me out on a date to stargaze knowing how much I love astronomy, I’d have to propose to her right away. Oh and she’s a Fullmetal Alchemist fan, she would be my waifu based on that fact alone.

I just realized this, but her birthday is July 7th which makes her zodiac sign Cancer and its symbol is the crab. Waifugahara’s problem/secret involves her being almost weightless because of the heavy crab and some of a Cancer’s strengths are being loyal, dependable and caring while some weaknesses are self-pity and moody. I may be looking too much into it, but if not they gave this character so much depth. It’s no wonder Senjougahara fascination took the anime world by storm.

 

Medaka Kurokami

One of my most cherished things in life is big-breasted anime women so seeing Medaka on this list shouldn’t be too surprising. But if you ask me, she’s such an underrated character, at least when it comes to waifu discussion. She actually reminds me of one of my favorite characters from my childhood, Pajama Sam. What I mean is just like Sam, she is always willing to help those in need. She is the epitome of an overachiever. She’s the student council president (with a 98% approval rating) who excels academically, is athletically gifted, possess unrivaled charisma, and always sees the best in people.

She’s an anime woman whom I consider to be breathtakingly beautiful and it’s a good thing she has no problem showing off her zaftig body, which is actually one of the main reasons I read the manga. One thing I should mention is Medaka is as physically strong as she is gorgeous. According to the Medaka Box wiki, some of her abilities include: “adaptability, agility, analysis, awareness, attractiveness, balance, calculation, charisma, cognition, combat, competence, coordination, deduction, dexterity, durability, eloquence, endurance, flexibility, instinct, intelligence, intuition, invincibility, leadership, memory, meta-luck, mimicry, perception, persuasion, reasoning, reflexes, regeneration, senses, speed, strength, tactics, vitality, and willpower” all at a superhuman level. And the key words I used were “some of her abilities” ’cause she has so much more.

 

Leone 

I don’t know if “beautiful” would be the adjective I would use to describe Leone. To put it bluntly, Leone is the sexiest anime woman my eyeballs have ever seen. Her beautiful smile is able to fill me with rainbows and sunshine despite my stoic disposition. If it weren’t for a certain purple-haired and stapler carrying Senjougahara, well… haha who knows. But I do know if I was a member of Night Raid I’d do everything to protect her smile (and breasts). Anyway, she’s generally a cheerful and laid-back kind of woman who loves alcohol and can handle it better than I ever could. At first glance, you might just think she’s Ms. Fanservice (and she is), but she’s also Ms. Sexy Badass. Allow me to explain.

Leone grew up in the slums, projects, ghetto or whatever you want to call a place that’s a disadvantaged residential area of a city. She was able to become a member of Night Raid because she beat up some asswipes who were abusing children for fun. Leone loves fighting and what better way to participate in her passion than killing people to make the world a better place? Even though she’s a flirtatious, funny and spunky character, she does care about people more than she’s willing to admit. The safety of her friends and accomplishing her missions came first to her, even if it meant putting her own life at risk.

 

Asuka Tenjoin 

Or Alexis Rhodes if you prefer. I did say she was one of the most attractive heroines in anime, and I still think so. Asuka is the top female duelist at Duel Academia from the Obelisk Blue dormitory. The way she’s portrayed in the anime and manga are a bit different, but in both versions she’s a confident, loyal, humble, brave, kind and beautiful young woman. Unlike her Obelisk dueling peers, she does not look down on others or regards herself as better than most people. Besides her skills in card games, she’s also known for her pulchritude in the school and various male characters have tried dueling and using other shenanigans to win her affection. Because there’s no better way to show a woman you like them than playing a children’s card game.

Asuka’s character also appears in Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc V. It’s pretty cool to see old school characters in the newer series if you ask me. Asuka’s a determined character throughout. In the anime of GX, she wants to find her lost brother and she’s willing to put herself in harm’s way for her friends. She shows just like in real life, you can’t always win. But even when she loses duels, she never lets her losses affect her in a negative way. Instead, she uses them as motivation to become a better duelist and that’s always an admirable trait to have.

 

Mizore Shirayuki

Mizore could also be on anyone’s “bad ass anime characters” list and is my favorite character from Rosario + Vampire. She’s a yuki-onna (it would literally translate to “snow woman”) who is initially portrayed as lonely, shy, depressed and misunderstood. But thanks to the protagonist, the ice queen was able to be defrosted and she opens up to others. She is often seen stalking and hiding in different locations and the reason she’s almost always seen with a lollipop in her mouth is because it helps maintain her body temperature. I’d like to take the time to say I also like her fashion choices, if “swag” was a thing in anime, she would be one of the characters who helped to innovate it.

She and I have something in common, we both had a crush on a teacher. Unlike her though, mine didn’t try to take advantage of me and I didn’t have to put her in block of ice. She’s madly in love with Tsukune (the protagonist) and wants to have his babies, even if she has to force him. There are a number of running gags involving her such as the previously mentioned hiding and stalking and firing ice projectiles at Tsukune and Moka whenever they get too close to each other. In my (correct) opinion, she gets the best characterization in the manga and her story is pretty heartwarming to say the least (no spoilers).

 

Android 18

Will someone explain to me how someone like Krillin who dies as often as Kenny from South Park got to marry a fine ass woman like Android 18? I’m not one of those people who believe in the “league” horseshit and I don’t want to sound jelly, but I guess there’s no accounting for tastes. 18 was originally an antagonist in DBZ and was created for the sole purpose of killing our hero Goku. While I’m sure Vegeta is stronger than her now, at one point she humbled him by breaking his arm when he was a Super Saiyan (seriously, why does Toriyama have a vendetta against Vegeta?). It’s never shown onscreen, but Krillin and 18 eventually get married and have a daughter named Marron. By this time in the series, 18 has obviously grown to be more compassionate and smiles a lot more.

18 is dedicated to her husband and daughter’s happiness and well being and wants nothing but the best for them. One time she wanted to use the Dragon Balls to wish Krillin the perfect present, but after a talk with Bulma she realized she and her daughter are what made Krillin the happiest. It’s nice to see how she originally went from being a calm and confident villain, to a supportive wife and mother who became a member of the Z Fighters. It’s funny how life works out, even in anime!

 

Dirty Pair (Kei & Yuri)

Oops I’m sorry, ladies, I meant to say Lovely Angels. Yeah, two for one I’m a greedy guy and I honestly couldn’t pick between the two since I’m not partial toward either. Dirty Pair is an old school anime and one I think is highly underrated too. I’m glad I bought the DVDs and watched them with my brother while we were dogsitting at my auntie’s house during Christmas vacation. Kei and Yuri are two smokin’ hot women who basically travel the galaxy and kick ass. They’re part of the 3WA, the World Welfare Works Association which is a corporation that helps solve problems around the universe the police can’t or aren’t able to do. The Lovely Angels are more commonly known as Dirty Pair because even though they’re always successful in accomplishing their missions, there is almost a guarantee to be collateral damage along the way.

“It’s not our fault!” is their catchphrase, and even though it’s true no one believes them. Even though Kei and Yuri are pretty different from each other, it’s entertaining to watch their interactions and banter. Kei is the more hot-headed of the two and Yuri is the more feminine. Kei likes manly men (think The Rock) while Yuri likes cultured men (think Prince). One thing they have in common is they are not bad at their job, so if they’re on the case, you know it’ll be solved. The theme I like that they convey is despite being different from each other, they’re still able to be best friends. According to anime, friendship truly is a wonderful thing to have, even back then.

 

Eleonora Viltaria 


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Elen is incredibly sexy. She’s so sexy in fact, there’s a figure of her I plan on getting. In her series, she’s considered one of the most beautiful women in the kingdom and I would have to concur. She’s got gorgeous crimson eyes, a nice rack, shiny hair, pretty smile and thighs out of this world. She’s a Vanadis, they’re powerful female warriors who act as military officers and nobility to keep the kingdom of Zhcted safe from any enemies. Elen’s duty is to make sure the people are safe from harm by any means necessary. On the battlefield she is strong-willed and gallant and due to this she’s respected by not only her peers, but her adversaries as well. Also she owns a friggin’ dragon!

Despite her courageous personality, she has a fear of insects and I can relate when it comes to cockroaches. She gets jealous when it comes to her love interest when she started developing romantic feelings for him. It’s a contrast from her usual mature self. When she’s not in a battle she likes to take a stroll around town, create wind forces to make herself float in the air and she also likes taking hot baths since it’s shown a number of times in the series.

 

Rias Gremory

It’s kind of funny to think about, but Rias Gremory and Mio Akiyama share the same voice actress or seiyuu if you want to be all pedantic. Anyway, Rias is the main female protagonist of High School DxD and is actually a devil. She’s not portrayed as evil since Rias is kind and deeply cares about those who are close to her. Just like me, she has an affinity for sleeping naked. A little off topic, but if you’re not sleeping naked you really should, there are benefits to doing so. She can be overprotective of her boyfriend and used to get jealous when other women would flirt with him.

Being a devil, Rias is quite powerful. She has the ability to fly and cast magical spells, superhuman strength, endurance, enhanced senses, can see easily in the dark, and according to Rias herself, she can’t get a sunburn. One of her better known attacks is called Extinguished Star which is her one-hit killed technique. One silly technique she has is projecting beams from her breasts to recharge her boyfriend’s energy, but this causes her breasts to temporarily shrink in size. She’s one devil I wouldn’t mind making a deal with (I hope the deal would involve a lot of sex).

 

Mikasa Ackerman 

Attack on Titan is quite the exhilarating anime and Mikasa is one of the reasons. From an early age, she was exposed to some of the harsh realities of the world when criminals broke into her house and killed her parents and then tried to sell her into slavery. Despite her traumatic upbringing with the murder of her parents, Mikasa is one of the most well rounded characters when it comes to intelligence and fighting. Her outlook on life is somewhat similar to my own, this world we live in is so broken and yet it’s also so beautiful. Mikasa is physically fit and muscular, some anime women have boobs of steel while Mikasa has abs of steel. Not the complacent type, she’s constantly training to better herself and will do anything to protect her friends and comrades.

She’s very protective of her adoptive brother Eren whom she grew up with after the killing of her parents. She can be seen as the more rational and level-headed of the two. While Eren relies more on raw emotion, Mikasa can be seen as more calculating when making decisions. She’s usually seen as stoic and impassive, but there are times when she shows emotion, mostly when it involves Eren. The sole reason she enlisted in the military was to keep an eye on Eren, she’s quite the loyal one and her bond with him is one of her defining traits.

 

And that’s my list. Did I miss any of your waifus, reader? I probably did, but if so, you can always comment and let me know which anime women you think are beautiful. I just hope this top 10 will give you a glimpse of the many beautiful women anime has to offer. Even though they don’t exist y’know.

20 Things I’d like to Do in My Twenties

There are things I have to do, things I have to understand and things I have to get. Some are easier than others, but the good news is they’re all within reach. I’m going to make my 20s a decade to remember!

 

1. Go to Japan

I mean, I speak Japanese so might as well right? I’ve heard Japan is a lot of fun and well worth the experience.

 

2. Travel Europe

I have a best friend who lives in Germany whom I haven’t seen in almost a decade so I’d like to do this with him. Even though I’ve already been to most of the European countries, there are some I haven’t and I think adding the element of my best friend would make my time in those countries memorable (for better or worse lol).

 

3. Become a tutor

I’ve told my brother if I don’t get a job for the summer, then I’ll apply to become a tutor in December. More specifically an Anatomy & Physiology tutor. If I can, I’d also like to become a Chemistry or Physics tutor. I know I said I want to be a science communicator and this can become my first step in doing exactly that.

 

4. Learn more languages 

If Japanese taught me anything, it taught me learning a new language is hard, but it’s highly rewarding. German and French are on my list for being fluent. Greek, Russian, Korean, Spanish and Italian are languages I just want to have working knowledge in.

 

5. Spend time with my friends 

I learned something from a recent conversation with my brother and sister. I thought it was common for people to still be friends with their friends from high school. Apparently, it is not. I’m a junior at my university and I notice life is speeding past me. As a vicenarian, some things are changing drastically. I can’t imagine things slowing down once I graduate. I plan on moving to a brand new place in this city. But no matter what happens, spending time with friends whom I care about is very important.

 

6. Do something crazy

I’ve listed some crazy stuff on my bucket list. When I bungee jump I’ll make sure to upload a video on the internet and edit it to include the song “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1” by Kanye West.

 

7. Train for a triathlon 

Sounds fun right? I feel like I need the lungs of a horse to compete in one though.

 

8. Volunteer 

Okay, I do this now, but I want to keep doing this as long as I can. There are a spate of wonderful organizations out there who could use my time and help!

 

9. Go offline for a week

Will I be able to only use my cell phone to call/text people and keep my laptop closed for 7 days?

 

10. Take a dance class

I only know a few dance moves. 😦

 

11. Take an American road trip 

There are 50 states in this country and I’ve only been to five of them (Hawaii, Texas, Georgia, New York and Florida). It’s not often I can do something as insanely cool as road tripping across the U-S of A. It can teach me a lot about myself. I can also do what I want, when I want to. I can visit new places on my own time frame as well. And to be honest, I want to know what it’s like to stay in a hotel again lol.

 

12. Make drawings for my brother, sister and aunt.

My brother reads this blog so no spoilers. Another reason I want to draw well is because I will then be able to use my talent not only to draw for myself, but for others as well.

 

13. Start a vlog 

A vlog can be another great way to get my voice heard.

 

14. Join a team

There are plenty of adult sports teams I can join. My mind is on finding a fun dodge ball team though. I can imagine it being more intense than a Smash Bros. tournament match.

 

15. Find my own place 

I can’t live in this dorm room forever y’know. It’s a great step toward independence and being able to go all out on decorations is enough to get me excited considering I have a good amount of anime merchandise to display.

 

16. Make friends with my neighbors 

According to those Myers Briggs tests, I’m an ENFP which means I’m an extrovert by nature. I’m also sociable so I like meeting new people and making connections with them. Since most people aren’t friends with the people from their high school, I’m sure most people aren’t friends with their neighbors or even know who they are. Considering the type of property I want to live on, meeting my neighbors will be easy.

 

17. Read the letter I wrote to myself

I wrote a letter to myself when I was 18. I can’t read it until I’m 28 and I don’t remember what I wrote besides the “Dear Me”. I can tell it’ll be a nice little memoir and I’m sure I’ll be surprised what my past self had to say and what he expected out of me.

 

18. Try a different hairstyle/cut

I remember I tried an “experiment” to see if I could get an afro. I was able to, but I eventually shaved my head. Now I want to see if there are any other hairstyles I could rock. Out of respect for Prince and my waifu Senjougahara, I plan on dyeing my hair purple. It won’t be a different hairstyle, but it’ll be a great start.

 

19. Learn more astronomy

“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience” – Carl Sagan

While I do this on my own sometimes, I also want to take a class on the subject. Learning about space is an awesome experience. Looking up into the night sky and seeing all of the stars is humbling and makes me forget my worldly problems. This spiritual sensation only becomes more powerful once I know exactly what I’m looking at.

 

20. Stay happy

Let’s end this post on a high note. I’m sure I’ve already talked about my depression and during that time, being happy seemed like an alien concept. A lot can happen in my twenties, but I have to make sure to be able to smile through it all. Nobody is jolly or elated all the time, but I know I’m definitely more fulfilled/fortunate than others. I’m able to look at myself in the mirror and be confident to know I’m true to myself and can safely say I’m happy. So I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this state I’m in right now is a constant one.