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Gratitude exercise: Food that makes you happy

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Since food is one of our essential needs, I ask myself why not enjoy them more and let them make me happy.

On the last Thursday of August 2013, l squeeze a South African orange that tasted so sweet. A previous orange from the same batch tasted sour. In an analogy, l hope that sour relationships in our life turn sweet, when we are patient. Being patient is an art.

On the 2nd Monday of September 2013, I had a lunch with Thai friends. A guy who is returning to his home country praised my hard work, he often saw me also working in the weekends. During the lunch, I also tried stir fried fresh bamboo shoot, they taste crunchy, I like it!

In October 2013, I meet up with a mentor Keith Ferrazi, an Italian American. His surname sounds like Ferrari, the fast driving luxurious car to me. Keith’s main message of never eat alone is like a wake-up call for me. Up until 2011, I signed myself up for a challenging project with a deadline of 2011. I was struggling and stressing, I put extra efforts, energy, sweat, time, and even tears into my project. Since my time was limited, I often chose to eat during off-peak hours (I saved time on queuing and finding a seat), but that also means that I could not find someone to eat with (at weird hours). Gradually, I have learned to be comfortable with eating alone and be happy with myself. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because we have to be independent. However, I sacrificed opportunities to develop my inter-dependent skills by eating alone. Now, it is time to form new relationships, to revitalize old relationships, and to sustain harmonious ongoing relationships.

Free food served in association with conferences / talks. Actually, there is no free lunch, someone else is paying for our food, so I can only be grateful. It often makes me think how to increase the production of healthy food to sufficiently and sustainably feed the fast-growing world population.

Simple, relatively bland homemade / home-cooked food after a day of eating strongly-flavored, mass-produced food, to detox and re-balance our body. I am not totally anti-junk food. It is ok to have the indulgence of e.g. desserts, ice cream, curry, etc, but not for every meal!

Some nights, I cook soup overnight using the slow cooker. Having a (sometimes 2!) bowl(s) of hot soup in the morning really makes me more grateful than ever, especially to Mom & Dad who bought the ingredients for us. Thank you for loving us!

In December 2013, I packed snack to work. My snack includes different kinds of fruit (including Thailand longan, Korean Jeju Mandarin, nectarines from Australia), bread, and KitKat Hazelnut! Sometimes, I got free snacks. Life is awesome.

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February 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

Media diet a la Blueroselady

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by information (e.g. news)?
If yes, you may be interested to go for a media diet like what I do.

Recipe for 1-week media diet:
1. No newspapers. Most (negative) news e.g. wars, crimes, gossips, are bad when read in the early morning and before sleeping. Instead, have a morning breakfast of inspiring notes from the books we have read.
2. No magazines.
3. No non-music radio (but some radio channels have ads for upcoming events), so no radio seems better. I listen to my collection of pre-downloaded music in mp3 format.
4. No fiction books.
5. No newsletters (e.g. from credit card companies, alma maters, community organizers).
6. No web surfing unless it is necessary to complete a work task for today.
7. No news website (I prefer Gmail to Yahoo mail because after I signed off from Yahoo mail, it always annoyingly directs me to news, which I have to quickly shut down with strong will. No Yahoo mail.
8. Throw advertising flyers immediately.
9. Use a-max-of-5-minute important news update. Ask "anything important happening in the world today / this week?" Even if I do not ask, I will hear important news from my family, co-workers, and friends.
10. No TV, no serial drama, except for 1 high-quality 2-hour movie.

PS: I first started the 1-week media diet in the 4th week of Oct 2012.

Recipe for 1-month media diet:
Steps 1-10 of 1-week media diet plus
11. No facebook. I succeeded in surviving alternating months in 2012 without facebook at all. On my laptop screen is a note "no facebook until end of a particular month".
12. Set a time slot (on a day of the month) to collect news related to topic of my interest.

Blueroselady’s not-to-do list
Time management plan in 2011

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October 22, 2012 at 11:16 am

Investor: Warren Buffett

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My dream is to be able to donate 80% of my earnings, and surviving with 20% of what I have. My definition of surviving is: have sufficient food, clothes, shelter for my family and children. I would also like to ensure my future children have at least completed A-level educations.

Since I was a kid, I have dreamed to see the world. When I started my undergraduate, I told myself that I would be very happy if I could visit Europe. Now, I am living in Europe. Spilling my beans, I had set new targets, to visit 50 countries before I am 50 years old. Though Darling agrees that we will travel at least once a year, I observe that my desire makes me insecure. Now, I told myself, it’s okay not to visit so many places (friends’ travel photos in facebook are really enticing). I have to put my priorities right, to get graduated.  I think my not-so-important aim of 50 countries are possible, given that I managed to live and visit in more than 20 countries in the last five years. I will only go traveling if there are special occasions, it’s better if it is free (grinned, actually earned through my hard work – so another kind of payment, there’s no free lunch in this world). There are more worthwhile-pursuing things in my mind. To contribute back to my parents, to our society, to human beings. Though what I am capable of doing is very minute, together we can make the world a better place!

There was an one hour interview on CNBC with Warren Buffet, the second richest man who has donated $31 billion to charity. In the following are some very interesting aspects of his life.

#1: He bought his first share at age 11 and he now regrets that he started too late!
Things were very cheap that time. Encourage your child to invest. He bought a small farm at age 14 with savings from delivering newspapers.
One could have bought many things with little savings.

#2: Encourage your children to start some kind of business.

#3: Don’t buy more than what you “really need” and encourage your children to do and think the same. He still lives in the same small 3-bedroom house in mid-town Omaha that he bought after he got married 50 years ago. He says that he has everything he needs in that house. His house does not have a fence/wall.

#4: He drives his own car everywhere and does not have a driver or security people around him.

#5: You are what you are.

#6: He never travels by private jet although he owns the world’s largest private jet company.
Always think of how you can accomplish things economically.

#7: Assign the right people to do the right jobs.
His company, Berkshire Hathaway owns 63 companies. He writes only one letter each year to the CEOs of this companies giving them goals for the year. He never holds meetings or calls them on a regular basis.

He has given his CEOs only two rules:
1. Do not lose any of your shareholder’s money.
2. Do not forget Rule #1.

#8: Set goals and make sure people focus on them.

#9: He does not socialize with the high society crowd, His past time after he gets home is to make himself some popcorn and watch TV.

#10: Don’t try to show off. Just be yourself and do what you enjoy doing.

#11: Warren Buffet does not carry a cellphone nor does he have a computer on his desk.
Bill Gates, the word’s richest man met him for the first time only 5 years ago. Bill Gates did not think he had anything in common with Warren Buffet so he scheduled the meeting for only half an hour. But when Gates met him, the meeting lasted for ten hours and Bill Gates became a devotee of Warren Buffet.

His advice to young people:

1. Stay away from credit cards (bank loans) and invest in yourself. Remember:
2. Money doesn’t create man but it is the man who creates money.
3. Live your life as simply as you are.
4. Don’t do what others say. Just listen to them but do what you feel is good.
5. Don’t go for brand names. Just wear those things in which you feel comfortable.
6. Don’t waste your money on things you do not need. Spend it on who is really in need rather..
7. After all, it’s your life. Why give others the chance to rule our life.

The HAPPIEST people DO NOT necessarily have the BEST of all.
They simply APPRECIATE what they find on their way.

Written by blueroselady

March 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm