Weekly Update 001

Seeing as how this blog is often about adulting, I kinda started to miss telling you guys about my real-life updates. So every Thursday (or every other Thursday if things get busy) I'm going to give you little updates on what's going on in my life. What I'm watching or listening to, what kinds of things I did over the weekend-- all that goodness. 4-7 little tidbits about what I've done, what weird things I've been thinking about, and other such nonsense you might relate to. So here's this week's update.

We are moving to a new apartment! I've not talked that much about how much of a hellacious endeavor it was for me and my current three roommates to get our little two bedroom in Hell's Kitchen in depth, but rest assured, it was a special kind of hell. Not only were 3/4 of us un- or under-employed-- we were also fresh out of school and had no idea how the heck to do an apartment hunt. Bless Annie, our 4th housemate and savior. This year, I had a much better idea of what I was doing. My friend Emily and I recently found out we're approved for a place in Brooklyn! I am both excited and overwhelmed by the thought of moving again.

We went to DisneyWorld! We're getting an apartment together and we went to Disneyworld together! It was a little spur of the moment in that I only planned it a month or less out, but it turned out to be exactly what we both needed. Neither of us had been to Disneyworld since high school and I finally cashed in on my Disney Employee perks at the parks! You can see the trip video here, and next week there will be a haul video of all the goodies I bought.

I'm sick. Almost immediately after coming back from Disneyworld, I fell deeply ill. I'm currently fighting an upper respiratory infection, an ear infection, and pharyngitis. The weekend I had planned to spend getting stuff done (like laundry) went out the window and I've been instead trying to stay hydrated, fighting off fever and chills, and generally attempting to rest and remain in bed.  And that's honestly been the majority of my week.

I am so mad that CBS didn't renew Rush Hour. I have been fighting so hard for this show. Rush Hour and Rush Hour 2 (Rush Hour 3 was terrible, frankly) were actually really important to me as a kid. I grew up an Asian American kid to immigrant parents and we were all trying to navigate identity. As an Asian American, you're not really considered a part of the "minority" identity due to "model minority" myths, and you're locked out of whiteness with very little history or solidarity with other oppressed peoples to stand upon, because in many cases it's been a game of distancing your people from the fact that you are people of color, lest you be treated worse. Rush Hour was so important to me not just in that it was a fun buddy cop movie, but because it brought an Asian guy and a Black guy together, fighting bad guys, kicking butt, and forging friendship through navigating a fish-out-of-water situation. The new Rush Hour TV show had a lot of that in it, while doing so much more. It gave Lee sex appeal (in the eyes of non-Asians even!) which is very rarely afford to Asian male leads. It gave Dede an expanded role and Carter more heart than he had in the films. This show was so genuinely funny, too. I am so mad CBS didn't renew it and I hope someone picks it up. Please go watch this show, available for free on cbs.com. Also please tweet about it.

I'm making a list of stuff I gotta figure out before I move. There is so much to figure out. I gotta make accounts with service providers. I gotta get rid of a bunch of stuff I don't need. I gotta pack everything. I need to figure out which stuff I need to get-- this is no small amount of stuff since I'm going from an apartment with 4 people's stuff into an apartment with only 2 people's stuff.

I paid for a flight using credit card miles! Okay, I didn't pay for the whole flight using miles, but I did pay for like 2/3 of it. The idea of having "miles" and being able to travel with them has always seemed like such an adult-y thing so I kind of feel like I hit a milestone.

That's it for me. What's new with you?

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So I'm currently fighting 3 different ENT afflictions right now. I guess I'm basically like a baby or something and got an ear infection (and pharyngitis, and an upper respiratory infection?) on the plane.

There will be a haul video and post coming soon, so stay tuned. Sorry I'm like, low key dying right now. Hopefully things will pick back up here soon!
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Sephora Haul

Oh lord, y'all. Between Mother's Day, two birthdays, and just stuff I wanted real bad, I dropped some serious cash this past month at Sephora. Honestly, thank goodness I finally opened a VIB account with them for these purchases. For the past... ever... I've been dialing in my sister's number so that she could get points off my purchases since she loves make up so much. (Sorry, Squish, I gotta take care of me now.)

Anyway, I thought I'd show you what I got, why I got it, and in some cases, how I'm liking the products!

Disney Minnie Beauty: Minnie's Inner Glow Luminizing Blush. I got this for Lisa from Lady Code. It's her birthday this week and she's a big Disney lover, so I grabbed this for her. It's a coral-y color, good for the summer, and is mostly a luminizer with gold glow!

Disney Minnie Beauty: Minnie-ature Cream Lip Stain Set. It's no secret that I love a good bold lip. I saw this set at Sephora and was intrigued by the colors, the fact that it was a stain set (since I've been eyeing lip stains more seriously recently) and of course, the Disney of it all. I'm really happy with this-- check out my first impressions video about it!

MILK Lip + Cheek. I'm running out of my drugstore stick blush and they are discontinuing it, so I needed to get my hands on a new one. I had heard a lot of chatter about this brand and decided this was the perfect time to try it out! This is the Milk Lip + Cheek stick, which you can use on either your lips or your cheeks-- it's got a dewy finish and I like it a lot! I'm using the color Rally, which is a Mauve color that really works to balance out the yellow tones in my face.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray. Tried this out for the first time a few months ago and loved it. This was my first setting spray but I really loved the amount of hold it had. Repurchase!

Sephora Masks. My mother loves a good skin care product, so I sent here these in addition to some other goodies for Mother's Day. If you have a loved one who lives far away, I really recommend finding little things to send them that can be sent in a flat bubble envelope. Flat items are much cheaper to ship than boxes, which means you can put more money toward the gifts you send that might have other wise gone into shipping costs.

Urban Decay Lipsticks. Urban Decay is apparently liquidating their Lipsticks at Sephora which may mean new formulations. They are now running for less than the price of a Sephora Collection lipstick and you should get your faves while you can. I'd never indulged in these lipsticks before, but I am loving them now that I have them at half price!

Tokyomilk Dark Perfumes. I bought some fragrances by Tokyomilk, which I had mentioned in my wishlist. One was for me, and one was for my friend Julia, of The Gothic Library, who is also celebrating a birthday! I bought myself Tainted Love, and Bulletproof for Julia. It seemed like a great gift for a sophisticated goth lady like herself.

Marc Jacobs Mini Lipstick and Eyeliner Duo. This was my gift from Sephora for my birth month! I have a weird relationship with Marc Jacobs in that I think he has really high quality products while also thinking he's kind of a massive creep. Some designers seek to elevate and celebrate women with their work and Marc Jacobs often objectifies and sexualizes really young-looking, nearly-dead-looking women in a way that just kinda creeps me out. It's not an opinion everyone will agree with, but I think being creeped out by something is a really subjective, gut-level thing so I'm okay with that. Anyway, normally I think I'd be really conflicted about purchasing his products (the price not withstanding) but since this was a freebie, and the other option was yet another mask when I'm trying to use my current ones up, I decided I'd go for it. I haven't tried either product in this mini duo yet though.

Anyway, that's the sum of my haul! Don't forget to watch my latest video where I try out the Minnie Mouse Lipstains.

Also, I'm at DISNEYWORLD right now, so follow along with me on Snapchat @ Honeyfinches, Instagram @harperyi, and Twitter @harperyi!

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May Wishlist

Ban.do 2017 PlannerI just ordered the new Ban.do large planner in blonde marble for work! It starts in August, and my current work planner ends in June, so July is probably gonna be rough, but I'm still very excited to have my first Ban.do planner. I've been wanting something larger and more hefty for a while since my current work planner only allows enough space for due dates and major events, rather than more detailed breakdowns of work.

Tokyomilk Dark, Tainted Love No. 62 from the Femme Fatale Collection. Liz from Fake Goth Girls introduced me to this and now I can't stop thinking about it. The goth as hell packaging. The name inspired by one of my favorite songs. The Vanilla, Orchid, and Sandalwood notes. I'm feeling it for when I want to feel and smell like a powerful, sophisticated, goal assassin. #slay

Candy Ass by Hiya Tootsie. Am I just in a perfumey mood? Probably. Heather from Hiya Tootsie makes this perfume that smells like chocolate, peppermint, and cupcakes and considering that being a candy witch is one of my top aesthetic/identity goals, I'm feeling like I definitely need this. I'll probably wait on ordering till after I move though-- I'm trying to minimize the amount of fragile things I need to relocate to wherever I end up.

Cinderella (1997). This Cinderella was deeply formative for me. We still have it on VHS at my parents house but I need a copy I could watch myself. As a little Asian American girl of immigrant parents, there is not enough room in this little blurb to explain how much this meant to me. Growing up hearing my grandparents and parents often refer to white people as "Americans" (which they don't anymore) made me feel like I wasn't American, but I hardly felt Asian, not knowing my parent's mother tongue, never having been to the country and feeling little connection to it. What does it mean to be an Asian American when I felt neither truly Asian nor American? This was the film that, through its race-blind casting, showed me that I could succeed outside of the lines I felt had been drawn for me. It was the first time I had seen an Asian actor playing a leading role that had nothing to do with being from Asia, or knowing martial arts, and succeeding in it. I could succeed in contexts outside of just "Asian roles" that I felt I neither desirous of, nor qualified for. On top of that, the Whitney-fication of the music, and the sets and costumes were everything to me. It's finally back in stock and I'm going to get mine!

Monster High Venus McFlytrap Chase Vinyl Figure. Still on the hunt for this little babe-- and I have been for over a year now. Supposedly they are available in Target stores for $10 but she is highly elusive, and I am considering just snagging her after I move and get my finances in a more stable place. Gosh I can't wait to have my own space to fill with all kinds of ridiculous things that bring me joy.
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Bullet Journaling: What is it and Why do I do it?

I’ve been posting pretty casually about my bullet journaling, but I’m sure more than a few of you are waiting for me to break it all down, just like I broke down my entire work-flow system for the office. Bullet Journaling was introduced to me by Mia of xoMia.com— if you haven’t noticed, we low-key talk about each other kind of constantly— and it’s basically the first planner system that I have really enjoyed and kept up with. 

So a little background on my brain before we begin to get us started: I love information, but I have not been the best about keeping it all organized historically. I keep a lot of knowledge in my brain but I am often the victim of brain fog or brain clutter, and combine this with my tendency toward anxiety, and I often find myself worried about being sure I can recall things when I need them. I grew up having planners for school but they seemed like chores rather than tools. I've tried to get back into it, and then fell out, I tried Google Calendars-- and while that worked great for scheduled events, it was much less effective for me when it came to keeping me on task. I liked Kanban, but that was more of a workflow system for me than a way to plan out a week, month, or year. 

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I needed flexibility, fun, simplicity, and a way to really make planning a part of my life. I needed a space to record all the flurry of thoughts in my brain

Enter the Bullet Journal. It's a freeform, highly customizable system that you can employ in any notebook you like-- it's simple. 

The basic key is this:
  • a bullet or box indicates a task
  • a slash through the bullet or box indicates a task in progress
  • an X through the bullet or box means it's done
  • an arrow or > indicates that it's being moved or "migrated" to another day
  • you can also use other symbols, like asterisks for events, dashes for notes or reminders, question marks for things to look into, etc. 
Then you designate a few pages to be your index-- this is especially helpful in bound notebooks-- but I use a ring binder, so I actually don't have an index. Number your pages and then as you use them, index them. 

Create a future log by writing out the months and days, with any important dates-- birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc.-- in so you can see a year ahead. This can be in calendar format, or by simply writing the month then numbering the days down each line, and writing the event next the the particular day.

Then create a spread for this particular month, which ever month is current, and go into more detail here like you might on a refrigerator calendar. Appointments, meetings, dates, classes to take, etc. Add information on things you are planning to do this month by creating a list of things you are planning to do this month. See a doctor. Pay your rent. 

Then you can create your daily or weekly spread. Like I said, this is super flexible, so it all depends on how you want to play this! I like to create a weekly spread, Monday through Thursday on one side, and Friday- Sunday on the other, so that I can see a whole week at once. I also dedicate a full page to weekly to-dos for anything and everything I need to get done that week, especially if it's not date specific.

You can add in other sorts of pages outside date-based planning. Write in charts to track your savings, keep a collection of favorite quotes, tally your fitness goals, log books you've read and places you've been, etc. There so really no limit to what you can do with a Bullet Journal. 

I find that this system is super helpful for me since I really like being able to dump everything out of my brain and organize it on paper. Analog (as opposed to digital) gives me a more "real" feeling of responsibility and accomplishment, and being able to customize, doodle, and play makes Bullet Journaling something I look forward to every day. 

You can follow along as I bullet journal my life by subscribing to my Youtube channel where I post, among other things, a monthly Bullet Journal walk-through. I also post about my bullet journal on instagram. Here's what I'm currently working with.

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