lifestyle: mobile apps in a snap

“We’ve arranged a civilization in which most crucial elements profoundly depend on science and technology.” –Carl Sagan

Life itself is mobile, so why be static in an age of constant change? Here is a list of my must-have mobile apps to keep life mentally clutter-free.

(1) Camscanner

Imagine playing operation with the terrifying fear of dropping the bone in the femur. You need a steady hand for this one and good lighting, but Camscanner does an good job of editing the image to be acceptable. It also allows you to save the documents in several formats and quickly send them where they need to go. The only hangup is the Camscanner logo on the bottom of your pics, in bold, mind you. If you really need to have a professional looking document, then upgrade to premium- but for personal use, it’s not necessary.

Android // iPhone

(2) Photoscan

Long gone are the days of pharmacy drop-off and pick-up photos. With the advancement in photo-technology comes Photoscan. Easily save those 90s memories into a digital profile and share with all your family and friends.

Android // iPhone

(3) Tab

There is always one George Castanza in a group of friends; don’t be him. Tab allow users to easily scan a receipt to determine  who should pay for which items. Tax and tip are calculated accordingly, so you don’t have to break out the calculator or conduct some mathematical wizardry in your head.

Android // iPhone

(4) If (If This, Then, That)

I heard God’s choir when I found this savior. It’s true- just believe. If connects almost 300 other apps in one central hub, including Spotify, Instagram, and Google Drive. You can sync your platforms, organize your life, and track your lifestyle in one click.

Android // iPhone

(5) Pocket

Sometimes I just want to browse the internet but not read anything requiring much focus, or I may want to save something to check out later, when I can devote my full attention to it. Slide in Pocket. You can save articles, videos, or links to Pocket and revisit them when it best suits you.  Pocket is tailored to you. It is based on your reading style and preferences, and if you elect, will send you notifications about items that may be of interest to you. For the millennial multi-tasker, its text-to-speech feature is great to listen to when you’re just plain tired.

Android // iPhone



lifestyle: quasi-relationships and singledom

“Love is so short, forgetting is so long.” –Pablo Neruda

Relationships, or quasi-relationships, are the norm these days. And with the impending Valentine’s Day holiday, it is easy to get wrapped up in your singledom. It is also just as easy to sit on a throne of lies and believe your relationship is healthy, and not just comfortable.

Here are a few reminders for those in relationships:

  1. No one owns you.
  2. Do not disrespect your partner. Do not cheat, lie, or betray one another. Once trust is gone, so is any chance of a strong relationship.
  3. If you are confused or frustrated, move on. The other person is playing you either intentionally or as a result of his insecurities. Boy, bye!
  4. Every relationship will teach you something:  what you want, what you do not want, and what you should never tolerate. Learn from your past.
  5. Love will make you stupid. Truly, completely, and utterly stoopid. Hopefully, the person who you are in love with will not abuse that love.
  6. You may fall out of love, or realize after years of being in a relationship that you were never in love to begin with. It’s okay.
  7. Do not speak ill of your exes, even if it is true. Harping on the negative will make you come off as angry and bitter. It’s emotional self-sabotage. Find the beauty in peace.
  8. Only talk to your closest friends about your relationship issues; this allows you to maintain your privacy but still get an outsider’s perspective on the relationship. Sometimes you are too close to a person to realize who he really is.
  9. Speak your truth. Do not just say, “I’m fine.” Address the issue and come to a solution.
  10. If he cares, then he will change. If not, he has just revealed his true face. Choose yourself before you give to another.

For all those single gals waiting to finally find a good man, wait till mid-March. This is peak season for break-ups and fresh beginnings.


lifestyle: fit, young, and fresh

“Your body is a temple, but only if you treat it as one.”  –Astrid Alauda

The best tip that I ever received about weight loss and maintenance is know thy self. Some of us love breakfast, others desert, which is why diet plans fail. Do not tailor your size to a generic fit. My biggest food struggle has always been the munchies. Mindless eating watching GoT or a sappy rom-com on lonely nights does not help the waistline when you’re trying to find Mr. Right.

Here are 4 tips to beat those nom-nom-oops-gone moments:

  1. Something crunchy? Avoid those chips, even the ‘baked‘ ones. Empty calories, unnecessary oils, and gross breath. Solution- cut up radishes, celery, and carrots! Place these wholesome, snappy bites in a plastic container with a small amount of water on the bottom, so they don’t lose their freshness.
  2. Chocolate? True, it is your best friend; let’s not deny ourselves this indulgent fact. However, too much, not so cute. First step is to admit you are a woman; second step is to admit you need more magnesium in your system. Find it in nuts, seeds, and leafy greens. Bonus, this mineral serves to relax the body and combat stress! Best way to get your daily dose is by eating spinach, which has no taste. Blend it into a smoothie, and you have a delish superfood in the palm of your hands.
  3. Something sweet? Drink water. Craving sweets indicates a lack of chromium in the body, and the most readily available source to find it is your local tap, the faucet, not the corner bar.
  4. Something fatty? Guac, me. You’re low on essential fatty acids and oils. Think omega-3 and the lux hair commercials. Best bet is to hold off on the snacks and enjoy a healthy meal with fish, like salmon, as your core consumable. Other options include buying supplements, but they have yet to come up with a chewy or Flintstones-esque version of these fatty oils. Gotta swallow that pill whole, much like life.


lifestyle post: design and planning

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”- Lao Tzu

I’ve gone off and decided to give this whole blogging thing a whirl, never mind feeling inundated by the workload, uncertain in the caricatures of blogger realities posted by the Queen “B’s” (get it?), nor the overwhelming fear of solid investment without a single return. (The latter is the biggest gulp to swallow, particularly on a teacher’s salary!)

But I refuse to submit to my self-constructed realities. I will not concede without a fight. The worst situation to happen is the loss of financial resources, which will ebb and flow with the economy in any matter. The best, and most inevitable situation, is learning more about what defines me and my self-worth. In truth, I cannot lose.

Thus far, I have already completed my website and have generated social media platforms to increase my outreach. Current tasks include creating a marketing plan and scheduling events. Next steps are to network, write, practice, repeat.