Since the original intent of my blog was to help other people, I thought I’d provide a cheat sheet of the lesson in each post (except for the random ones). That way, you don’t have to go back and read the whole blog if you don’t want to. But hopefully you will!
1. Night Owl Syndrome: Prejudice against night owls is a form of discrimination that has been perpetuated in part by Ben Franklin.
2. Massages: Massages are not as relaxing when you obsess the entire time about how much they cost.
3. Knitting and Relationships: Challenge yourself every now and then, but you don’t have to knit a dress.
4. Positive and Negative Feedback: It’s easier to believe erroneous negative feedback than it is to accept legitimate positive feedback.
5. Karaoke Pusher: Singing in front of other people is a good way to let go of fear.
6. You Know You’re Filipino If…: Things that embarrassed you as a kid will make great anecdotes when you get older.
7. The Courage to be Vulnerable: Sharing your vulnerabilities with others makes people feel closer to you.
8. The Unathletic Athlete: Even if you were picked last in gym class, you can still grow up to be an athlete.
9. Tennis Courtships: Someone needs to come up with a website that can help tennis players find a doubles partner.
10. The Uses of Prayer: Sometimes God answers your prayers by giving you opportunities rather than results.
11. Boundaries: Being Asian makes setting boundaries even more difficult than it already is.
12. Massages, Part 2: Don’t drink coffee before a massage–even decaf.
13. Boundaries, Part 2: Blogging is a good way to let people know that you don’t want to be told that you’re fat.
14. Children: Play with your inner child every now and then.
15. Can Love Conquer All? No, but it’s still worth the risk.
16. Body Image: Small gains are better than nothing.
17. Hard Core Fan: It takes dedication to root for a losing team.
18. Warriorism: When things get tough, channel your inner warrior.
19. Self-Portrait: You can learn a lot about yourself from doodles.
20. Solitude: Sometimes when you think you’re alone, you’re really not.
21. Self-Acceptance: We all have different parts of ourselves, many of whom don’t get along.
22. Meet the Drill Sergeant: Save your inner drill sergeant for emergencies.
23. The Inner Critic: Defy your inner critic every change you get.
24. Thanksgiving: Miracles really do happen.
25. Perfectionism: Blogging about mistakes can help you accept them.
26. Stress Management: Sometimes stress management can be stressful.
27. Self-Care: Blogging is a good way to put yourself first.
28. Grief: The best thing we can do for someone who is grieving is to be willing to listen to them talk about their pain.
29. Yes and No: Learn to say yes to what you want and no to what you don’t want.
30. Blogging is My New Boyfriend: You can’t fail if you never stop trying.
31. Friendship: Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
32. Empathy: If you’re high in empathy, choose your friends and partners wisely.
33. Breakups: If you’re relationship is ending, try to leave with love rather than hate.
34. In Times of War: Make choices you can live with, regardless of the outcome.
35. Angels: If you ask people to send you angels when you’re struggling, they will–and it works.
36. Forgiveness: For people with a harsh inner critic like me, self-forgiveness is the hardest part.
37. Gratitude: Practicing gratitude may not turn your depression into happiness, but do it, anyway.
38. Love: Our love may never be perfect, but I think God is OK with that.
39. Forgetting: Forgiveness is a process.
40. Moms: Moms are often unsung heroes, so thank them every chance you get.
41. New Year’s Resolutions: Restating your resolutions every year is not a sign of failure; it demonstrates that you are choosing to live intentionally.
42. In My Head: I thought I was weird for thinking so much, but it turns out that it means I’m a writer!
43. Bipolar and Brilliant: You can be brilliant and mentally ill, but you can also be dumb and refuse to take your medication.
44. Night Owl Syndrome, Part 2: It takes practice to let go of unnecessary guilt.
45. Competitive Latch-Hooking: Sometimes the sibling that was your mortal enemy in childhood becomes your most loyal blog follower as an adult.
46. Honesty and Trust: Surround yourself with honest people; it takes less energy than being paranoid.