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Our wedding – Feb 4, 2017

The best day ever.

Our AppyCouple wedding website

Our Wedding Pinterest Board

Our Honeyfund

 


Our Wedding Day
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Bridal Veil: Mia Bella Couture
Bridesmaids: Vow to Be Chic
Cake: VG Donuts
DJ: Elite British DJ (Mick)
Rings: Brilliant Diamonds – Tacori (Ariel)
Wedding Planner: I do weddings (Melissa)
First Dance choreography:  Wedding Dance San Diego (Liz O’Grady)
Photo: True Photography (Billy)
Video: Campbellicious (KC)
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Posted in Life, Wedding

When life overwhelms

I’ve taken this week off as a staycation to catch up with life.  We’re nearing the end of our wedding planning and everything is falling into place.  I think when times get a bit overwhelming, it’s helpful for me to take a step back and take a breather.  Whether that’s taking time for myself or diving into a project or doing some inner soul searching… I like to take some time to prioritize my mind and body to get it back on track.

What do you do to get back on track?

6 ways to stay positive

How to cultivate positive thoughts in negative situations

Stay positive

Seeing the positive in a negative situation

The most important thing is a mental reset.  Try and learn from each situation.  If you’re too overwhelmed to learn, then try and make small changes by shifting your negative thoughts to positive ones.  Maybe then, you’ll be able to discover the lesson and truly discover the goodness and positivity in life.

Posted in Gadgets, Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

Apple watch vs Pebble 2

I got the first apple watch when it came out and will be using that version to compare to the new Pebble 2.

CNET comparison bt apple watch 2, samsung gear s3, fitbit, android wear, garmin, pebble

First off, I was very happy with my Apple watch 1.  There’s a lot of great notifications for it and it’s user friendly.  One thing I did not like about the watch is that the notifications would go directly to the watch without warning me on the iphone despite my ringer being on.  

The main reason why I decided to look for a watch outside of my stellar apple watch is because the battery life on the apple watch is incredibly low.  I can only go one day between charges.  Sometimes, I’m at work for more than 24 hours so it becomes more cumbersome on the logistics.  Sure, I could bring my charger and charge it… but that takes time, effort, and extra cords since it doesn’t have a lightning charger.  So, enter the Pebble 2…a Kickstarter project!

Ars Technica Reviews: Pebble 2 vs. Apple Watch 2

Wareable Pebble 2 review vs. Wareable Apple Watch review

CNET review: new apple watch 2 vs. CNET review: pebble 2

My overall thoughts and winners comparing Apple watch 1 to Pebble 2:

  • Battery life: Pebble 2
  • HR workout tracking: Apple watch 1
  • Apps: Apple Watch 1
  • Waterproof: Pebble 2
  • HR, sleep, steps, calories, distance tracking throughout day: Pebble 2
  • Cost: Pebble 2
  • Phone required: both
Posted in Life, Review, surfing, travel, Workouts

Inflatable SUP

Thanks to my wonderful fiancé, I’m spending more and more time on the water! The calming and relaxing effects are pretty amazing as well as the vitamin D and sunshine!

I love my big surfboard (8’4″) and just floating on the water. An idea occurred to me to get a big raft. But that’s cumbersome. So, then I thought about practicing my turns and paddling strength in the pool. But what about a lounging island or floating flamingo? Boom: the inflatable SUP seemed like a perfect blend of relaxing raft and ocean cruising in an easy to handle, fold-up, easy-storage, and hide-away apparatus. 

But which one do I get? 

http://m.outdoorgearlab.com/Inflatable-SUP-Reviews/Isle-Explorer-11

http://www.isupworld.com/isle-explorer-inflatable-sup-review/

https://www.islesurfandsup.com/stand-up-paddle-boards/11-explorer-airtech-inflatable-paddle-board/

The decision was tough, but I love comparative graphs the Outdoor Gear Lab provides. And with an honest breakdown like that and comparing the different inflatable SUP brands… My decision was made. Plus, I love supporting local!

Posted in Finance, Life

Financial Responsibility

I’m in the midst of wedding planning — which doesn’t exactly sound like financial responsibility.  However, we’re doing our best to budget for a beautiful wedding that is an investment in our love.

This article (A Story of a Fuck Off Fund) got me thinking and made me hugely disappointed in Americans and our spending habits.  It’s as if we have to “keep up with the Joneses” who may have wealth or may just be pretending.  The only positive thing out of this article was that the author pulled it together and has this fund.

How many people are struggling to pay their bills — rent/student loans/groceries/health/car/etc. — but are walking around going to parties, drinking Starbucks daily, ordering out lunch or dinner daily?  It makes me wonder if Americans are even serious about their own financial struggles.

I was lucky to have been raised in a less than middle income family — both of my parents worked to make ends meet.  From this experience, I learned a lot about saving money.  I have one friend who always likes to call me a “tight wad” bc I don’t pick up the check every time a group goes out to dinner (but he doesn’t have a problem if I’m kind enough to pickup his bill).  Granted, my income is higher than most of my friends, it shouldn’t be an assumption.  I didn’t win the lottery and have just buttloads of money bestowed upon me.  It was decades of schooling, decades of lost time, massive amounts of student debt (yes, that I chose to pay off early!).  Everyone makes choices in life, and I feel that if my non-American, English-as-a-second-language speaking parents could provide me with all the tools to succeed…. then other people could also succeed.

But that seems to be where it stops short.  Fun is way easier to experience than work.  I had friends who were out partying nightly in college — and now they say I’m “lucky”.  Luck isn’t synonymous with hard work.  It’s almost like they think it was handed to me.  The luck is that I believed in hard work.  I learned that hard work would lead to financial stability…I just had to put the hard work in first.

Now, my thinking seems to be in line with this article (No You Cannot Have A Few Minutes of My Time).  And going one step further… I evolved into what this article is all about (Why Most People Will Never Be Successful).  The article may sound elitist, but I don’t think it is.  I think it’s true in life that as you start to specialize and hon your craft, some things in life will have to give.  I used to love going out with friends or acquaintances to “hang out”.  But over the years, I found that nurturing the special relationships are way more important.

So here is where I am now (How I Learned to Love Investing , How to Choose Investments for Retirement , Why you need to start saving for retirement now!).  And some point along the way, this (What I Learned About Money After My Parents Died) happened to me but with only one parent.

I commend this couple who realized how important it is to take care of debt:  Interview with a person who paid off $48,000 in student loans in 4 years.   But sadly, some people continue to live like this girl (but I hope they’re learning and figure it out like she did): What I learned about money in my 20s.  And this guy… nailed it in What it Means to Save: A Year in the Life.

 

 

Posted in work

The Price You Pay

“Now you can’t walk away from the price you pay” Bruce Springsteen, The Price You Pay…..I was called in at 2:30 a.m. recently for an aortic dissection. Seems like no one ever dissects in the middle of the day. When Dr. Newsome walked into the room he looked at me and said, ” it seems like we’ve done a few of these over the years.” Indeed we have…these cases are generally long and difficult. There is a feeling you get at the beginning of the case, usually around the time when you first see the patient, when you realize that you are more than likely going to be there anywhere from 8 to 12 hours or longer. It’s kind of a sinking feeling, especially if you had something planned that you were hoping to do, but the feeling recedes and you go about your business doing what must be done. It is a wonderful thing to be part of doing something that prolongs someone’s life. We are also financially compensated for what we do. But it comes with a price. It is a very surrealistic feeling to be driving home on a sunny Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. after being at the hospital since 3 a.m. People are out enjoying life, surfing, riding bikes, going out to eat, whatever else they might enjoy, and all you want to do is make it home and fall into your bed. Basically, you have given up a day of your life. Which, at this stage, is not an infinite supply. It takes a toll on your body also. You feel like you’ve been run over by a truck. Everything hurts, and it’s usually a couple of days before you start to feel like yourself again. That being said, I can’t really complain as the scrub tech for the case was the amazing Ann McCullough who seems to have twice the endurance and stamina of someone half her age. Plus I got to spend the day with Drs Stahl, Wang and Newsome as well as Danny and Chad….priceless…oh yeah, at the end of the day when everyone was leaving Danny congratulated Chad on doing such a great job and said he would take call with him anytime. Seems like a small thing but the smile on Chads face told me it meant a lot to him. Things like that are why Danny is such a great person to work with…..