Monday, March 24, 2014

12 in 2014: Winding Down March

More time to breathe.
March is almost gone already. Compared to February it flew by. Spring weather is slowly asserting itself in Shanghai, and there have been some lovely days for long walks. There have been some cozy, rainy days too, perfect for a warm cup of coffee and an afternoon of painting.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


I love plants. This is Heinrich, the Sedum japonica, or Gold Dots Sedum. I name all my plants.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Compromise of Living

Last night in America

Around February, the Man and I made a bit of a drastic decision. Aching with wanderlust, and encouraged by our professors, we decided to uproot our lives, and relocate to China for a year. Four months later, we bid goodbye to our friends and families, and hopped on a plane.

Friday, March 7, 2014

12 in 2014: February Success

The Pink Japan Edition

Here are the final pictures for February! I am really thrilled to have actually taken a photo everyday, after not doing so well with yoga in January. I think I'm on my way to taking photos daily as a matter of course, but there are some things I noticed that will make my future resolutions easier to accomplish.

February was quite busy, and on a couple of days I only managed to get one photo in the evening, when I'd panic and realize I'd forgotten. So, I think to further reinforce a habit, I need to schedule a time to do it. Of course photographs happen when they happen--sometimes the moment is just right. Nonetheless, being reminded to take a picture at a consistent time would probably make the impulse more ingrained. I think this is part of the reason I failed at daily yoga. I never wake up at a consistent time, so morning yoga was out of the question. I ended up always doing it in the evening, but the times I did it varied wildly, so it became a burden rather than second-nature.

Overall, I'm calling February a resounding success. We're about one week into March now, and I have continued to take photographs everyday without much effort. I'll post some of my better photos on here every now and then, but you can always check out my full body of work at my Flickr.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

12 in 2014: Hello March, Goodbye Internet

Don't you love me anymore?!
March marks the start of the hardest resolution I’ve given myself. This month, I will limit myself to two hours of internet time each day. I’m composing this offline, my Ethernet cable looking at me forlornly, cast from its cozy socket.

The sight of it makes me antsy. That is worrisome.