Picking Up a New Hobby

I’ve been wanting to get into photography as a hobby for a while now… It’s crossed my mind here and there, and I finally bought a DSLR this week! I got a refurbished Canon Rebel T5. It’s a really basic entry-level camera, which is perfect for me since I am a beginner ūüôā

I’m planning on self-teaching myself everything, and I’m not trying to become a “pro” or anything like that…. I really just want to teach myself something that I can genuinely enjoy and be able to track my progress. My camera arrived yesterday (thanks Amazon for prime shipping lol!) and after dinner, Alex and I walked around his neighborhood so I could take some snaps using some photo knowledge that I learned that day:

ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed! It was really cool shooting while tweaking those 3 settings around and seeing how it affects the shot. Anyways, here are some of my snaps!! The bottom 2 are my fave ūüėČ

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Finally Visiting St. Louis

Last month, I finally took a trip to the Midwest! I was actually pretty nervous about visiting St. Louis because I was scared that if I hated it, living there for the next 3.5 years would really suck LOL. But, I ended up reallyyyyy liking it!!!! Praise the Lord, freals.

After leaving LA at midnight and taking a short layover in Minneapolis, we finally arrived in St. Louis at 8am (A direct flight is less than 4 hours!). We were super tired since we barely got any sleep throughout our flight, but we had so much adrenaline because we were excited to start exploring St. Louis

Before I get started on STL, I want to share a short story that I think is worth mentioning. When we landed in Minneapolis, I went through a mini culture shock. After leaving such an ethnically diverse city like LA, it was really weird when suddenly all the people around me were 99% white o_o. I was a little worried about how I would cope with fitting in as a minority in the Midwest. However, it didn’t take me long to realize that people in the Midwest are soooooo freakin friendly!!! I felt a lot better after seeing how nice Midwesterners were. Anyways, I digress.

My first impression of St. Louis was: “Wow, everything is so green!” I cannot stress this enough. After being so used to the barren desert lands of Los Angeles, it was so interesting seeing so much green everywhere, even while driving through the freeway. Speaking of driving….

Major differences of driving in St. Louis vs. LA:

  • Traffic isn’t really a thing in St. Louis. We hit “traffic” like once while we were there, and it wasn’t even that bad.
  • Everyone drives pretty slow, which I like. LA drivers are always in such a hurry. Everyone’s always cutting each other off, speeding through yellow lights, etc.
  •  The drivers are really polite. I feel like LA drivers are notorious for being sucky drivers on purpose. I actually didn’t hear a single horn honk while we were there, except for when Alex honked at someone ūüėā.

Overall, I was really happy with my visit to STL. It’s such a cool city with so much history! It’s definitely a big change coming from such a big city, but I’m actually really excited to get out of LA. I’ve always been pretty introverted and a homebody, so growing up in LA was pretty overwhelming at times. Anyways, I’m really looking forward to my move, and even more excited because I signed the lease to my new apartment a few weeks ago!! I have so much to say about my housing experience, but I’ll save that for a future post.

Anyways, here’s a video of our trip to end this post! A lot of our first day isn’t included since we spent all that time just apartment hunting, hehe.

 

2 Year Celebration

On Tuesday 4/4, my boyfriend and I went to Disneyland and Disney California Adventures to celebrate our 2 year anniversary! This trip was really unique compared to our other trips because we did a lot of new and different things this time instead of our usual routine. Rather than trying to ride every single ride that we love, we chose to get fast passes for 2 of our most favorite rides (Space Mountain and Radiator Springs) and only wait in lines that had a 30 min or less wait time. In the end, this strategy allowed us to have a more stress-free experience and a lot more time to walk around and sight see! The parks were definitely more packed than they were on Valentine’s Day (probably because of spring break?), but we left feeling like we got more done this time and also felt less tired.

We also brought our new GoPro Hero 5 Black with us and got to take some cool pics and videos! Here are some of my favorites:

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Something Just Like This

It’s been 2 whole years since my bb and I have been dating!! Where did the time go?! As I reflect on these past 2 years, I can’t help but feel blessed and grateful for how much we grew and all the things we accomplished and overcame.

I know it’s cheesy, but here’s a post dedicated to the best boyfriend ever~

HELLO BB if you are reading this, thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking care of me and doing life with me these past 2 years. Ever since I first met you, I was (and still am) so impressed by your¬†sense of responsibility, incredibly smart brain, and goofiness. I know that I can always rely on you to get things done, lean on you when times get tough, and have someone to make me laugh and be silly with. Thank you for always listening to what I have to say and taking me seriously no matter how ridiculous I sound or how trivial my problems might be. I’m so glad I can cling on to your positivity even when I feel like there’s no solution or a way out, and I hope you know that your words of encouragement have helped me to dream bigger and accomplish more than I could have¬†imagined. Thank you also for being so patient with me even when I’m being a big grumpy baby ūüė¶

Did you know that one of my top favorite moments of dating you is the night we went to Answer while we were in Seoul? I was in a very sensitive and cranky mood that day and you dealt with me even though I was being unfair to you. To make things worse, I realized that I accidentally left my ID… while we were already in our cab, already spent so much time going through traffic, and already¬†almost at our destination. But instead of getting mad at me, you told me that it was okay and tried to make me feel better about the situation. You paid for the expensive cab fare¬†(which was basically a waste because we had to go back), went through the whole ordeal of trying to give the new cab driver directions on how to get to the AirBnB, and then went through the long cab ride there and back to Apgujeong again LOL. You truly made me feel loved and like a princess even when I was having such a bad day.

I feel like I can write a whole book about my appreciation for you, but I want to keep it short and sweet. So, thank you again for everything. I’m so excited to make more memories and go on more adventures with you! I hope we can continue to center our relationship around God and allow Him to bless us on this journey that we are on together.

Love always,

Lily

 

March Eats ‚ô•

I want¬†to make sure that I get to eat all the yummy food that LA¬†has to offer in these next 4.5 months, so I made a list of places to check off before I move. I probably won’t upload that list here since I’m constantly adding new places to it, but I decided to post pics of all my eats for every month. Starting April. But here are some yummy stuff I ate in March! ^^

-My Thai

-Philz Coffee

-Daphne’s Greek Caf√©

-EMC Seafood & Raw Bar

-Tender Greens

-Salt & Straw

 

 

Why I Chose OT

When I started college, I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do. I ended up majoring in Psychology after taking an intro course because I was so fascinated by the study of mental processes and behavior. I looked into a lot of different career options that would be compatible with a degree in psychology, but I wanted to make sure that what I eventually pursue would be my “dream job”.

When I think about my lifelong career, there are 2 very important things that I consider:

  1. I’ve always wanted a job where I can help people and make a positive impact in their lives.
  2. It’s extremely important that I genuinely enjoy my job, since I will be spending 40 hours of my week doing whatever I do. So… might as well have fun doing it!

I first heard about occupational therapy during my sophomore year of college, but I kinda just brushed it off. To be honest, I didn’t fully grasp the concept of OT at the time. About a year and a half later, I was reintroduced to the field of OT, and this time, I was a lot more interested in it.

So, I decided to shadow at a pediatric OT clinic in Santa Monica. During my first shadowing visit, I was a little disappointed. It seemed like the therapy session just consisted of the OT playing with a kiddo, and I couldn’t help but think to myself, “people actually get paid to do this?!”… UNTIL, the OT debriefed me and started explaining all the science behind each activity. (For those of you who don’t know, OT is heavily involved in working with the human anatomy and physiology, and there is a whole field known as “occupational science” that works to deliver evidence-based treatment.)

Everything started making sense! If you think about it, a child’s main occupation is to learn and play. So, OTs design their treatment to look like play, but it’s actually science and therapy in action. *Mindblown*

I continued to shadow at pediatric OT clinics which mainly focused on sensory integration, but I also volunteered at an intensive OT and PT pediatric clinic. Both settings helped me to gain more knowledge and confirm my decision to pursue a career as an occupational therapist.

So, why exactly did I choose OT as my dream job?

  1. As an OT, you get to work in so many different settings (schools, private clinics, hospitals, home care, etc.), with many different age groups (anywhere from newborns to older adults), and you can even concentrate in different areas (sensory integration, mental health, productive aging, research, etc). There are just so many opportunities in the field of OT, and I know that I would never get bored.
  2. Creativity is not only welcome, but required in OT! When I was younger, I always loved doing arts and crafts, and in high school, I attended a visual arts magnet school. I have always loved the arts and exercising my creativity. OT is all about being creative, thinking outside of the box, and being innovative.
  3. Doctors may save lives, but OTs give those lives meaning.¬†The core philosophy of occupational therapy is to help individuals live their lives meaningfully, with purpose, and as independently as possible. Our “occupations” refer to anything that we spend time doing: eating, bathing, driving, socializing, cooking dinner, playing basketball, painting, etc. We do not realize how important these occupations are in our daily lives until we are suddenly unable (or were never able) to engage in these activities. When this happens, our quality of life declines drastically. Occupational therapists assess these situations and figure out how to get you back on track to being able to do what you wanna do! We want your life to be meaningful and goal-oriented, no matter the circumstances.
  4. Occupational therapy is a growing field. When I was considering my career options, I wanted something that was stable and growing. Especially with the aging population, occupational therapy is becoming more and more needed. There are always jobs open for OTs, and it’s a great feeling knowing that your job is always important and needed. I have personally ¬†worked with an OT who was older (probably in her 60s), and heard of OTs who decided to come back to practice after being bored of retirement. I love that I won’t have to worry about finding work, even when I’m older.

I could honestly list so many more reasons about why I chose to pursue this career, but this post is getting a bit too long for that. If anyone out there is still trying to figure out what to do with their lives, I hope this gives you something to chew on. I don’t think that OT is for everyone, but I do think it’s important to consider some central factors that are really important¬†to you when deciding on a career path. Thanks for reading!

xo,

Lily