Summer. Do. 2017

Every year I compose my Summer. Do. list. This is basically all the things that I want to do this summer. It can range from 'go to a drag show' to 'get a darker tan'. I don't think I made one last year but since I'm getting back into the habit of blogging, her we are. So without further ado here is this year's ...

Summer-Do-20171. Rides at the Santa Monica Pier. 

2. Movies at the beach

3. Have a bonfire/ make s'mores

4. Eat sushi once a week

5. Go bike riding

6. Visit Catalina Island

7. Go swimming once a week

8. 24 hours in Las Vegas

9. Start geocaching again


So that's what I have up my sleeve for the summer. What are your plans? Leave them in the comments. I'd love to know! 


Amanda ❤

One Little Word 2016: Unapologetic


I hope everyone had a GREAT New Years Eve and day! Right now I'm on break in between semesters and I wanted to talk about what word I chose to focus on for 2016. I've talked about my previous words for 2014: Push and 2015: New before. 

Last year I chose the word 'New' and I had sooo many new experiences (which is an upcoming blog post, btw.) So this year I want to focus on the word 'Unapologetic'. I have a tendency to apologize to people for being the person that I am, and I didn't want to do that anymore. I shouldn't have to.

But 'unapologetic' is six frickin' syllables long!

I felt there was another word I could use to mean the same thing but I really couldn't come up with another one, and 'unapologetic' had already engrained itself into my mind. 

I told CHPG about it and he couldn't have agreed quicker! He even wanted me to go get a tattoo of it somewhere, which I'm actually considering, but we'll see. 

Anywho, I've decided that I need to stop apologizing for being the sarcastic yet sensitive, Resting Bitchface-having, cat lady who loves having a tan and being in the pool. I own way too many pieces of clothing of middle fingers but I love them. I wear my heart on my sleeve, I'm a terrible liar, I'll readily admit to being lazy, and wishing that I can make a living like Kim K., (but without the porn video start). I'm perverted and I believe cussing makes language livelier. BUT THAT'S ME! 

I'm definitely not everyone's cup of tea. I know that. I'm fine with that. 

I'm pretty sure I'll post things on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #Unapologetic2016. Because #SorryNotSorry, is still apologizing. And theres like a bazillion posts already (not really). 

The first big thing I did this year was to publicly announce that I have a blog. I've always had this weird thing about letting people know that I write one because "blogger" still had this negative connotation for me. A few close friends and family members knew about it but even then, I would still say something along the lines of "but don't bring it up in real life" or get SUPER embarrassed about it if they did. So I put my big girl panties on and just announced it. If they decided to support me, cool. If they didn't, no harm done. Surprisingly, I got a couple more likes on the good ol' Facebook page and I really do appreciate it. 

Another reason for 'unapologetic'? I read Shonda Rhimes' "Year of Yes" late last year and there's a part where she's at a ceremony honoring women. She describes how every single one of those women either shook their heads and looked away, ducked their head embarrassed, or laughed. 

"Did you notice not a single woman in this room can handle being told she is awesome?

Well, guess what? I KNOW I'm awesome and I'm not sorry for shamelessly admitting and declaring it. 

So there we have it. 


Amanda ❤

12 Acts of Service in 2015: Donate Blood

Hey there Bears! 

Do you remember the post where I talked about completing 12 acts of service in 2015

Well I've officially completed the first item from that list! 

1421970281381I'm a registered blood donor with the American Red Cross and so occassionally they send me updates as to when they're going to be having blood drives in my area. About two weeks ago I got one of those updates. 

I remembered that 'donate blood' was on my Act of Service list so I immediately scheduled an appointment for myself, and yesterday was the day. 

I feel really good about it and since I blogged about completing 12 acts, I figured I might as well blog about the progress that I'm making on the list as well to update you all. Sound like a deal? 

Did you find out the order of your love languages? Did you learn anything new about yourself? 


Amanda ❤

Panda Walks 10K a Day for 30 Days

Well, I've done it! I've marked another another item off of my Spirit of Adventure list. It was a small one but regardless.

Veni. Vidi. Vici. 

10K a day for 30 days

I've always known that I walk a lot. I like to walk. It doesn't hurt either that I live in Downtown Long Beach where everything I need is pretty much accessible when  I need it. I walk wherever I need to go most of the time. Including work. 

I was built to walk, thank you Neanderthal ancestors. I can easily walk 10 miles before I even realize that I should probably take a rest. I like meandering around the city and that usually involves walking as well. 

Let's get back to the point though. I've always known that I walked a lot but I never knew exactly how much. So when CHPG showed me that he had a pedometer on his phone to track his steps I was like, "You know what? I should get one too and track my steps for a month. I mean, it IS on my list of things anyway." That's the conversation I had in my head about it.

I started November 20th and there were only two days were I didn't meet my goal of walking 10K steps, so I added two more days and just accomplished my feat yesterday. 

I did the math last night and it's some astounding stuff. In 32 days I've walked a total of 646,582 steps, or an equivalent of 153.03 miles. I told you it was astounding! On average I walked a little over 5 miles a day. Now when I say that I'm tired or that my feet hurt, there's legitimate proof as to why! Hahaha. 

So there's another one down in the books. I'm already working on my next SOA goal and it's one that's going to definitely piss my dad off, but oh well! Ha! 

Have you been able to mark something off of your bucket list recently?Something big? Something small? Let me know about them in the comments. I'd love to hear about yours!


Amanda ❤

One (Okay, Two) Little Words for 2015

I'm not sure Ali Edwards had this in mind when she came up with her One Little Word idea back in the day, but I'm highjacking her concept and making it my own for the 2015. It's not like there's some rule saying I can't, right? Right. Let's move on now. 

One-(two)-Little-Word(s)-2015Last month when I updated you on how 'Push' worked in 2014, I mentioned that I wasn't sure what word I wanted for the new year. I said that I wanted to keep 'Push' but that I also wanted something to focus on as well and now I've found the word. 

I really AM going to keep 'push' because it's served me so well in the last year that I want to keep the momentum going but it won't be the main focus. My main focus for 2015 will be 'New'. 

Not as in materialistic 'new' but as in, a better version. I want to push myself to have new experiences. Get it? See what I did there? And I know it sounds typical as hell beings that it's the new year and everybody is talking about reinventing themselves for 2015, but it's going to happen. I want to discover and try new things. 

So I've already got my list of new things that I want to try, which I'll be blogging about soon, and I've got my 12 acts of service that will push me in 2015. This should definitely be an interesting year. 

Do you follow the One Little Word trend? Have you chosen your word yet or are you still looking? Let me know how it's going for you, or do you have no idea what I'm talking about and want in on the action? Here's what I *think* is the original One Little Word blog post about it, I'm not sure, but it still explains the gist of it. 

Later, Bears! 

Amanda ❤

12 Acts of Service in 2015

About 4 years ago I read a now defunt blog where the author talked about learning the order of her 5 love languages. Being the quintessential Leo I clicked over and soon learned mine.

12 Acts of Service for 2015

Turns out I'm an 'Acts of Service' girl which means that I like doing things for people. Doing things for people out of love and not obligation makes me feel good. It's the language where actions speak louder than words and what I respond to. 

So for 2015 I wanted to commit deliberate acts of service. Something that would benefit another person. I didn't want to just leave money somewhere like at a vending machine or at the dollar store. That just seems like an easy cop-out and only one of these is actually on my Spirit of Adventure list.

  1. Donate blood
  2. Bring food for everyone at work
  3. Donate toiletries to Long Beach Rescue Mission
  4. Beach clean-up one weekend
  5. Serve food at Long Beach Rescue Mission
  6. Help build a home with Habitat for Humanity
  7. Buy someone a meal/coffee
  8. Send someone a surprise package
  9. Volunteer to read to kids at the Library
  10. Give sincere compliments
  11. Write a good review for an employee
  12. Volunteer at an animal shelter

I figure one a month is a good way to start and if I can do more, I might. Between school, work, life, and I'm assuming, waiting periods, 12 sounds like a good number. 

You should definitely take the test and find out what order your love languages fall in, and if you have a partner, have them take it too. You'll definitely understand yourselves better! 


Amanda ❤

'Push' in 2014: A OLW Update

This time last year I started thinking about the word that I wanted to focus on for 2014. I chose the word 'push' because I didn't feel like I was getting as much out of life as I thought I should be getting. 

Push 2014 OLW Update

I'm glad I made that choice. 

One year later and I'm significantly happier than I was last year and I feel it's all due to that one little word. 

So I wanted to talk about some of the ways that I've pushed myself in 2014. 

First up, school. I've been in school for the entire year. Spring, Summer, Fall, and I'm currently looking at the list of available classes for the Winter quarter. I've been pushing myself to get done with school. Realizing that graphic design wasn't what I truly wanted to do with my life during the last semester of the program was a slight setback, but it only allowed me to come to grips with the fact that I was a fashion girl and nothing was going to stop me of being envious of the students in that particular program, unless I myself became one as well. I've mentioned that it was one of the best decisions of my life and I maintain that. 

Next, that stupid depression affliction that previously plagued my life. I knew something was off. If you follow me on Instagram, you'll know that I'm constantly posting positive messages and affirmations. Finding out who Norman Vincent Peale is has helped tremendously in that aspect. Positive thinking and positivity training has kept me out of those dark pits even when I was on the verge of heading back in that direction. Thank goodness for cognitive behavioral therapy. 

Next up, work. I had been working at my previous job for five years and I didn't see myself moving up any further than where I had gotten. I was working from home which had it's perks but I was unfulfilled. I sat in front of my window everyday literally watching the day go by. Were it not for a chance decision I would probably still be there.

The store manager at one of my local Starbucks had been trying to recruit me for a year or so. Soon, a whole new set of employees were at my normal location which left me wondering where everyone had gone. Total kismet that I decide to go to another location after getting off the train and low and behold that's where they had all gone. He looked at me and said, "I know you hate your job now. Put in an application. The job's yours." That's what I did and I have no regrets about it. I have love for each and every one of my partners. I've never been one to say this but "Teamwork makes the dream work" comes out of my mouth at least once a week now. 

Lastly, another area where I think I've really pushed myself is in the people / personal connections department. In the Spring Semester I joined the Literature Club at school and even became the club's Historian for the semester. I've met some really great people through the club, one of which has become one of my closest friends.

Also, there was a guy who I deemed Cute Headphone Guy, CHPG for short. After months of having a crush on him, I finally decided to tell him that I thought he was handsome, with some elbowing from said Lit Club friend, but I failed to ask his name. I kind of ran away like a five-year old as soon as I told him. Then after completely regretting not getting his name and kicking myself in the butt repeatedly for it, I finally had the chance to ask when I saw him on the train. I kind of did it in a creepy fashion but we all know I like the direct approach. Whatever. It works for me. We've been talking and hanging out ever since. 

Tweet: "Life is about courage and going into the unknown."

I like that I chose 'Push'. I think I want to keep 'Push'. Except I want to push harder in 2015. I want to check off more than a handful of items off my list. I want to add more to my list. I want to more experiences. I want MORE from life. 

The other day he was trying to explain Qi to me, and he asked if I had ever been *SO* inspired by a movie that it left me with boundless energy and made me feel like anything was possible. At the time I said no, but the next day I had remembered the feeling I had got when I saw 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty'. He reminded me of my One Little Word and reinspired me. I've got a new fire under me to continue crossing out and adding new items to my adventure list. 

'Push' has been a good word for me this year. So I'm still on the fence about keeping it or going for 'Harder', as in 'Push Harder'. Truthfully, I still like 'Push'. I may just keep it. 

XO Amanda

Amanda ❤

August 2014 Goals

First of all, I can't believe I'm planning for August's goals. How is it August already?! 

August 2014 Goals

1. First up, Losing 5 lbs. I've been doing my workouts at school and choosing healthier-than-what-I-was-eating-before, options. Ha! A simple 5 pounds is all I'm asking for. Then I'll go from there. 

2. I feel like I haven't cooked a good meal in a VERY long time and I want to try a new recipe. It doesn't help that I get Saveur emails and everything looks so damn delicious! I'm definitely going to have to try one of them this month. 

3. I'm itching to do a little design update to the blog and so with that, I feel I need to get my archives organized as well. Slowly but surely I'm going through the tags to clean them up. 

4. This last one is kind of simple. If I want to grow my blog, I need more eyes on it, right? Right. So I've got to start interacting with the blogworld more. 

Those are the four things I'm going to focus on this month. But I REALLLLLLLLY want to try a new recipe for sure! 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤

June 2014 Goals

June 2014 GoalsIt's been a while since I've set some goals for myself. Probably since February when I did the 30 day squat challenge, which I should totally do again. Anyway, I thought I would set up some small goals for myself for this month. I wanted to start off with some small attainable goals. 

My friend Alina and I have a Nike+ challenge. Run/walk at least 50 miles in June. She was saying that she needed a gym buddy but we go to different gyms so this was a way to keep each other motivated to work out. 

I completely shattered my ability to focus this semester by taking 15 units. I'll never do it again. I've learned my lesson, but I AM taking one summer class for both summer sessions so here's to hoping I'll be able to regain my focus for school and getting everything done. 

Lastly, I've had a 'Summer Do' list for the last couple of years. It's pretty much a list of things that I want to do during the summer so I have to start thinking about some of the things I want to do. 

Three goals, that's it. Keeping it simple. Have you set any goals for yourself for this month? I'd like to hear about them! 

XO Panda

Amanda ❤