Designing a Life

I find it unfortunate that you don't get a blank slate when you become an adult. Well, while your legal records might get a soft reset once you turn 18, everything that you've lived through up to this point -- the poor habits, traumatic experiences and negative emotions -- continue to bog you down later in… Continue reading Designing a Life

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

you are your own maker.

I believe that with enough dedication, hard work and motivation, anyone can achieve anything (within reason, of course). In a society that values the individual so much, it's no wonder the American Dream has been around since the very beginning. I have broken free from any confining path. I don't believe in meeting standards set… Continue reading you are your own maker.

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 Continuation

My own journey begins long before I was born. In the December of 1996, a young Chinese student left behind his family and a homeland in turmoil, crossing the Pacific with only two suitcases. With only the bare necessities in his hands and the weight of the world on his shoulders, he still managed to… Continue reading A Continuation

The Second Week

There's nothing like standing in the doorway to your tiny dorm room and thinking, "what/who could I possibly throw away/cut off/get to know better?" 70 times over the course of what was the second week undertaking my personal version of The Minimalists' game. My room is tidy now, cleaner than it's ever been. Like The Minimalists said themselves, you… Continue reading The Second Week

My Life: Decluttered

I started writing partly because I was dissatisfied with some points that self-improvement books pointed out and instead wanted something that could fit my lifestyle. However, I'm still willing to accept challenges that others, like The Minimalists, have come up with. I went a step further with theirs, and tossed it up a little bit as… Continue reading My Life: Decluttered