Sunday, March 2, 2014


I hate writing farewell messages, but I just wanted to address that this isn't quite a farewell.

I am saying goodbye, but to Minestrone Soup for the Soul. I have decided to close this blog after four plus years, and move on to a new creative outlet. Don't worry, I will still be blogging, and I hope you can check out on the new things that I am working on in the future. I have created a new page, and I will be working on writing a book and compiling a photography/art book. Hope you can look out for that in the near future :)

On this new page, I will have more updates on my life, inspiration, creative work and projects.

Thank you to all of the readers who have followed me on Minestrone Soup for the Soul. I am so grateful for having so many amazing people from around the world follow my life through reading my personal experiences, adventures, and moments.

Continue following me as I grow everyday on my new blog.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Rome, Part One

Happy New Year, dear readers! Starting off 2014 with many updates of my travels around the world. There are way too many photos of all the places I went to, and I want to share them all with you. I already blogged about Paris, Stockholm, Berlin, and London. Make sure to click on the "Travel" tab to see what I blogged about on those wonderful cities.

On to my post about Rome - this city has been on my list of places to visit. Movies tend to glorify this city for romance (or is that Paris)? And yes, I did fall in love...with the food. My sister and I traveled around Italy, ate more than we should, survived financially by going on free tours, and breathed in the beauty of Rome. There is just so much beauty and history in this city...

Friday, January 3, 2014


Whenever a new year comes, tons of people are making long lists of resolutions that only last for a month after moving on with their regular daily routines. I choose to not go into that direction. I hope not. Let's be honest here, we all say these things about resolutions, and it's sure hard to accomplish unless you are determined and passionate about what you want to be done. For me, I want this year to be as great as last year. I want the courage that I had, the positive attitude, and the ability to tell myself that I can do anything that I want to do (nothing illegal of course. Not about that jail life...*awkward laugh because it wasn't that funny*).

I already started one of my resolutions by taking more photographs and investing my time in my photography Facebook page (which needs more likes and support, so please go LIKE it)! I braved through the Hercules winter storm today and photographed that top photo above! The things I do to accomplish my resolutions.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle
"Losing weight" is always the first biggest resolution that everyone puts on their list. I don't like the word "losing" because it almost has a negative connotation, making it more of a chore than a resolution. No one likes chores. Mind Body Green is one of my newest favorite websites. They post tons of articles on health, body, food, beauty, and more. All of the articles vary from eating healthy to learning how to not stress. I have struggled with so much mental stress, depression, anxiety, and pushing away those negative thoughts and not always making them as an excuse to postponing my daily routines is the first step to a clear and stress free year. - - I also choose to have a healthy diet. This doesn't mean I can't munch on chips or brownies when I'm frantically studying for midterms. I ALWAYS want to do that, but there are tons of delicious study snacks that I can choose to eat besides those fatty sweets. Cutting out some sugar from the diet always does the body good. It will boost up the energy and create a happier self. - - As for exercising, I was not much of a runner. I have written posts about running in the past, and it hasn't helped with my racing thoughts. Yoga, zumba, and rock climbing are some sports I have chosen to help me maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle without hating the thought of exercise.

Blog for ME
I find blogging nowadays like a business. Bloggers are trying so hard to advertise their blog to attract more readers and followers. I understand. I was in that position in the beginning of blogging because I wanted so desperately to blog and have readers, but I also started blogging posts that were only to attract certain audiences. I wanted things to look perfect and to make readers enjoy my blog. It was a tedious and tiring process, but I realized I enjoyed blogging for ME and still had readers clicking on my blog to read and follow. I like to continue this, and blog for me. Write about anything.

Move On
Whether it's sadness, rejection, heartbreak, I will choose to move on. Who cares about not getting that job? There's another one out there for you. Or why did the person you thought you loved hurt you? Love works in funny ways, but you will find love elsewhere and with someone who won't bring pain to you. Why did your best friend do that to you? These are just some examples of the moments you wish you didn't have in the past year, but you must remind yourself to move on. I am learning to move on from the guilt, sadness, rejection and anything else that has affected me. What's in the past is in the past. Forgive and forget. Life is too short to live in the past. We choose how we live, and living in the past is repetitive and useless. It only causes constant distress.  Learn from the past, but live in the moment. There is more to experience if you move on. 

And some other ones that don't need any further explaination:

Smile and laugh more.
Write, write, write!
Cook more, and blog about it.
Read all kinds of books.
Go somewhere warm, and go surfing.
Don't be so hard on myself.
Compile a photography book.

What are your resolutions for the new year?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Brave 2013

I was looking back at my old New Years Eve blog posts and saw that they were both titled, "Farewell (insert year)." This is usually a common and appropriate blog post title for moving on, but I began to read more into the post and found myself describing both of the years as difficult. I felt that the idea of saying goodbye to a year that has affected me emotionally and physically was a right thing to do, but I realized there was more to saying goodbye. I don't always want the end of the year to be with a negative attitude, but a sense of satisfaction. For me, I had a few difficult years of trying to understand myself and I ended up on continuing that journey of self discovery by living.

2013 is the year of being brave.

Being brave doesn't entirely mean being completely fearless. It's having the courage to take action even if you are afraid.

I'm thankful for my friends and family in supporting me all throughout my life. They make me brave. 2013 has given me the opportunity to do so much. I traveled around the world. I volunteered in Africa. I bungee jumped off the world's tallest bungee bridge. I sang at an open mic night. I continue to fight my greatest battle. I learned how to love again.

I was brave. And 2014 will allow me to continue this courage.