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It's hard to dance with a devil on your back
10 October 2015 @ 02:46 pm
Being a new working girl, I've had no idea how to keep up with my LJ. That being said, I'm still alive, still kickin', and doing surprisingly well.

So let's go through some highlights of the past several months:

  • Saw both Kelly Clarkson and David Cook live (both absolutely killed it)

  • My workplace is a welcoming, if not busy environment

  • I made the Board of Directors of the Westside Regional Center, which is a big service organization (even though the politics terrify me)

  • I've been invited for several speaking engagements to talk about autism (which I am honored by)

  • I started a year-long leadership program at USC for professionals working with the developmentally disabled

  • I interviewed a NY Times best-selling author here

Sorry I don't have much more to write, but my brain's been fried. Being an adult is hard.
It's hard to dance with a devil on your back
01 January 2015 @ 09:45 am
Well, this has been a hell of a year.

I had boy drama, trying but rewarding classes, a major car accident that's shaken me to the core about driving, a great opportunity and blessing of an internship, and becoming more open about myself and my own issues. It's been tough yet in many instances rewarding and a learning experience.

So here's what I learned this year:

  1. I am unable to put up with relationship drama when it begins rearing its ugly head. No matter how I feel about anyone I date, I can assert myself when I feel something's wrong and do what's best for me.

  2. I'm able to fall in love. And love is a tougher emotion than expected.

  3. I cannot afford to not pay careful attention when driving or risk losing my license. I love the independence driving affords me too much to lose it.

  4. I can create and build something of my own through hard work and connections.

  5. I can finally be open about things that I've been hiding all of my life and it'll be both rewarding and empowering. And moreover, people will accept me for my honesty and not judge me for it.

  6. I really am capable of a lot, I just have to begin believing it.

On that note, I began a blog about a very big part of my life. It's called Jumping Out of The Fishbowl, and I encourage everyone here to follow it and subscribe via email. (I also have a Tumblr you can follow as well.) It's part of my journey of being open and I appreciate any support I can get.
It's hard to dance with a devil on your back
22 October 2014 @ 07:55 pm

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It's hard to dance with a devil on your back
14 October 2014 @ 06:27 pm
I'm now at the point where one of my social work classes is talking about budgeting.

Dear God, what did I get myself into?
It's hard to dance with a devil on your back
08 September 2014 @ 09:52 am
So Liz did a meme and I thought it was interesting so I'm gonna do it too.

10 Books That Stuck With Me

1. Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
2. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roahl Dahl
3. Matilda by Roahl Dahl
4. The Baby-Sitters Club series by Ann M. Martin
5. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
6. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
7. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
8. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
9. White Oleander by Jane Fitch
10. Under the Banner of Heaven by John Krakauer

Anyone who wants to do it, feel free!
It's hard to dance with a devil on your back
09 April 2014 @ 03:31 pm
After a looooooong year of my initial concentration year internship not working out, trying to find a replacement, having the ideal placement fall through on me, and continued searching, I finally have a placement at one of my volunteer gigs for next year!

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And I'm thismuchcloser to getting done!
It's hard to dance with a devil on your back
23 February 2014 @ 07:53 pm
If anyone's been following me on Facebook or Twitter, this story isn't that new but I still feel the need to share it anyway.

At the beginning of the month, I got into a car accident. I was on my way from school to my sister's place to make dinner with her (she has a membership to a thing where the company sends you ingredients to recipes for about three healthy dinners a week) and traffic was really bad. I don't know exactly how it happened, but basically I couldn't stop in time from crashing into the car in front of me, which in turn hit the car in front of it. The other two cars were minimally scratched but because Priuses are apparently made out of tinfoil the front of my car was completely crunched. In fact, the radiator got smushed into the engine and the car had to be towed. To add insult to injury, my insurance is not great (i.e. fucking expensive) so it means I have to go car-less for the foreseeable future until some of the points from my first accidents four years ago start dropping off. And here I was, getting my license to avoid having to deal with LA's shitty public transportation.

Then almost a week later, I was trying to bike to and from one of my volunteer places when I crashed into a pole after a tricky turn on the sidewalk and hit my pelvic bone and got a nasty raised bruise on my elbow. It was painful and humiliating enough to get me a trip to the hospital (but not for a long stay), and since my bike's gears seem wonky I have to get it checked out.

I should see this as an opportunity to get around cheaper in LA. Bus fares added up over months are indeed cheaper than paying for gas and insurance and the Metro Rail up the street does offer a quick way to get to school (and no parking fee). There is also a boom in cheap cab services like Uber that are also available if I don't feel public transit is good enough. Not to mention it means I'll be forced to walk more, getting exercise I could actually use. And my family and friends so far have been supportive in offering to drive me on various occasions, my brother especially since it allows us to talk more and get closer.

And yet, I can't help but feel like this is some grand punishment from the universe to limit me. I've tried to adjust and be independent in basic manners so I don't have to rely on family/friends/whoever so I can take care of myself. But losing my car and not having a legitimate option to replace it is really shaking my faith that I can ever escape dependence. I'm 26 years old and shouldn't have to need others in a basic, day-to-day living capacity. And Los Angeles isn't New York or other places where public transit is the best option of getting around. I've been really emotionally fragile because of it and I'm not sure how to get over it.

So February 2014? Kiss my ass.
It's hard to dance with a devil on your back
It's funny how a year can surprise you. There's often no such thing as a straight narrative - there are so many ups and downs that make it hard to tell where it's all leading to. But maybe, just maybe 2013 has proved to me that life can get a little better but I have to take more action to get it to where I want it to be.

My 2013 retrospectiveCollapse )

But if there's anything I've gotten out of 2013, it's the realization that I do have the power to make my life good and what I want it to be. I know I can be incredibly down on myself because I'm not where I want to be, but that's because I have ridiculously high standards for myself. I have figured out that all things considered I'm doing pretty well, and my last and perhaps greatest challenge is to break from a lifelong cycle of beating myself up for what I'm not and don't have and recognize and appreciate who I am and what I do have so I can become a happier person.

Let's hope that 2014 brings good things for us all.
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It's hard to dance with a devil on your back
09 August 2013 @ 09:11 pm
I've been kinda feeling up and down in the last few weeks where they've sometimes fed into each other, but I'm glad to say that overall things are better for the most part.
Personal stuff not quite for the light of heartCollapse )But the good has been really good. darlingdivine came down to LA for a week and we went to Disneyland (pro tip: get there at 8:30 am and you can get on almost all the major rides under ten minutes and don't park in Downtown Disney unless you want to pay an astounding $30 for day parking) and later saw "The Bling Ring" together (in which despite my relative indifference to Emma Watson outside the Harry Potter series, I was seriously impressed with her Alexis Neiers impersonation). Spending time with one of my oldest LJ friends really emphasized how I'm incredibly lucky to have such great friends and how they all need to be in LA with me way more often. Fingers crossed that she can come back to LA soon.

My volunteer gigs are also going incredibly well. I'm almost kinda an unprofessional counselor of sorts at one and office maven at the other and it's kinda bizarre how well I'm being received. In fact, the supervisors constantly telling me how great I am as a help is kinda bizarre. I'm not used to overt praise and I'm scared that it'll go to my head, hence I underplay everything I do. Although the most encouraging thing has actually come from a kid at the counseling gig: after talking to the young adults-on-the-autistic-spectrum group I work with about disclosing diagnosis with employers, one of the kids said that they wished I worked with them full time because I'm (apparently) cool and "tell it how it is". Maybe I am doing something right after all.

I'm also feeling better about myself overall as a person. After years of depression over my body, I started to make a conscious effort about what I eat in a healthy manner last month. (As I already exercise regularly, the food stuffs have always been my biggest hurdle.) This time I'm determined to keep myself from falling into lazy poor meals and it's actually become easier to deal with. I've begun noticing that I've shrunk a bit from this (although realistically it'll take maybe six months to get to where I want to be) and I feel better. It's even begun to restore some confidence in trying to date and I even managed to get some offers out of it. I think things are gonna get much better.

Oh and as far as entertainment stuffs: "Pacific Rim" is fucking amazeballs and everything "Independence Day" wishes it was, "The Bling Ring" was good and a shockingly accurate portrait of entitled Angeleno teens, go see "Blue Jasmine" when it's released wide August 23 and marvel at Cate Blanchett's perfection, and "Thor: The Dark World" is gonna kick so much ass.