books, Literary Commentary, Philosophy

books || When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

As thought-provoking as this book was, I am GLAD to be done reading, discussing, and thinking about it. "When Breath Becomes Air" was written by Paul Kalanithi after he was diagnosed with cancer at 36. He was in his last year of neurosurgery residency (read: he had his whole career ahead of him) at the time. The book is interesting in many ways. First, he's both the doctor and the patient, and he shares that perspective. Second, his writing is unique in that he was a huge literature lover and just all-around a very well-read person! Third, it puts the onus of answering some of the book's big questions on you: the reader. The odds of getting cancer in a lifetime are something around 1 in 3 right now. So it reads like a simple, universal story: this is his story, but it’s just as much your story, my story, everyone’s story. Really heavy stuff. I recommend it, but be mentally ready when you read it!

fitness, lifestyle, organization, snapshot, videos

video || the reality of work-life balance | a student’s transition to the 9 to 5

https://youtu.be/fPIkTBkm8AY Listen to this video as a podcast: https://anchor.fm/mistralspirit OK, let's be honest. A *full-time job*, great relationships, crushing your goals, maintaining your side-hustle AND dealing with administrative tasks like laundry, cooking, and surprise repairs ... you can't have time for everything. It's impossible, isn't it?! (AND I didn't even include a commute 😲) I'm… Continue reading video || the reality of work-life balance | a student’s transition to the 9 to 5

art, bullet journal, organization, videos

video || huge washi tape haul | unboxing & swatching my package from The Washi Tape Shop!

I swatched all the washi tape I own, including a new package The Washi Tape Shop sent me recently! I've been obsessed with these tapes for decorating my bullet journal, scrapbooking, and just generally incorporating into my own art. I'm also especially excited for some of the original designs coming to The Washi Tape Shop… Continue reading video || huge washi tape haul | unboxing & swatching my package from The Washi Tape Shop!

art, videos

video || journal with me timelapse | our new apartment

A cute timelapse of my creative photo journaling process. In January 2021, we moved into our new townhouse apartment and it's in the most beautiful location near the waterfront. I had some fun photos from our first few weeks, during which we re-painted the walls a brighter colour, waited for desks and furniture to arrive,… Continue reading video || journal with me timelapse | our new apartment

organization, videos

video || 4 school & office organization hacks | with washi tape

Take notes, stay organized, and get motivated for school! Here are 4 ways to make studying more fun, creative and inspired using washi tape. This paper-based, removable crafting tape from The Washi Tape Shop comes in so many beautiful patterns & designs. You may have seen me use it to embellish my bullet journal and… Continue reading video || 4 school & office organization hacks | with washi tape

academia, bullet journal, organization, things i learned

writing || hard truths on organization and productivity

Feeling behind? Stressed? Anxious? Overwhelmed? Too much going on at once? ⁠ See that long list of "ongoing projects"? Yeah. This was a heck of a week back in November 2020. I went back in to decorate it and was thinking about how I managed to get all that stuff done in one week.⁠ I… Continue reading writing || hard truths on organization and productivity

ideas & perspectives, lifestyle, things i learned

writing || my new habit, journaling every day in Scrivener

I've started journaling again. In the past, I've journaled whenever I felt like it, which always translated to "when I'm feeling sad". Who wants to spend their happy time writing about how happy they are? Pssh. That's the time for living instead, isn't it? I have a few half-started notebooks filled with a few fun… Continue reading writing || my new habit, journaling every day in Scrivener

academia, organization, videos

video || highlight for revision at school & work | my colour-coding review system

How to highlight SMART! This system is simple, adaptable, and super-flexible for school studying and work notes organization. I use it across the board for ALL the notes I take - whether I'm learning, at university, or in a meeting. All you really need are 3 colours to replicate a system that will efficiently help… Continue reading video || highlight for revision at school & work | my colour-coding review system