Made Some Stir-fried Chicken

Yesterday, I had one whole raw chicken breast left after making my chicken noodle soup.

I decided to use the remaining chicken for stir-fried!

First, I sliced the chicken into strips.

Then, looking through my fridge, I found some Korean BBQ sauce and chili oil. I combined the sauce and oil to marinate the chicken overnight.

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After preparing the chicken, I cut some bell peppers into pieces.

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Today, I pan fried the chicken for seven minutes.

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At the seven minute mark, I poured in the bell peppers in the pan. I continued cooking for three more minutes.

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When I was done cooking, I served the stir-fried over rice!

I only ate half of the stir-fried for lunch. Saved the rest for dinner.

For dinner, I ate my stir-fried with toast.

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Finally Cooked Chicken Noodle Soup By Myself

Today, I finally began adulting, which is internet slang for doing adult things, by cooking chicken noodle soup by myself.

First step was to read the recipe. I checked what ingredients I had at home and which I had to buy.

Then, I went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients. I won’t deny that grocery shopping is daunting for me. I usually panic on knowing if the produce is good or bad quality.

Carrots were one of the ingredients I needed. In the carrot section, I saw a bag of raw carrots. But there was also a bag of peeled baby carrots. So, I was lazy by buying the baby carrots. No desire to peel anything.

Once I got home, I prepped first. Using knives scare me usually because I’m scared of getting cut. Well, I was very careful with cutting the celery and chicken.

Also, I seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper.

I first cooked was the chicken. That did not take long since I cut the chicken into small pieces.

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Next, in a separate pot, I stirred some carrots, garlic, and onion.

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After a few minutes, I added the chicken, celery, and chicken stock.

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Then, I dumped raw pasta into the pot because I wanted the pasta to soak in the broth.

For twenty minutes, I boiled the pot while stirring occasionally.

The soup turned out to be yummy!

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Very proud of myself for cooking by myself.

Get Used To Not Knowing

There is no guide on how to live or even plan life after college.

As much as we want to control things, life won’t work the way we want it to. It is a hard lesson to swallow. I for one have been struggling with it the most. 

Not knowing is quite scary. Questions start popping on what will happen next. Most of the time, the answer won’t appear until it happens.

But, we should not stress out on not knowing. We should embrace the present. Whatever happens next, embrace it. 

Things I Avoid Spending Money On

Spending money can be a tricky situation. There are times where you feel that you have to splurge. But you might wonder afterward, “Why did I spend that much money on it?”

There are things I avoid spending money on.

1. No longer buy used books

Going into used bookstores excited me. The ability to buy books for cheaper than regular priced made me happy. Well no more.

I now no longer buy used books. The issue with paperback copies is: taking up too much space! They can become heavy if you are moving.

Now, I try to find a PDF version of a book or borrow it from the library.

2. Shopping for clothes

It might surprise people to hear that I rarely go shopping. Buying clothes is fun, but I don’t want to spend money on things I won’t wear frequently.

Besides, I have a small closet.

3. Using Uber or Taxi

I generally don’t use Uber or call for a taxi unless: a) can’t drive, b) it’s late at night, or c) public transportation isn’t available.

Taking Uber or taxi frequently can add up fast. I am better off using that money for other things like food.

My Morning Routine

I would not call myself a morning person. I enjoy my bed deeply.

However, I’ve realized that getting up early helps me be productive.

Usually, I get my butt up before seven a.m. I first brush my teeth before making myself some breakfast. For breakfast, I usually cook ramen with egg or eat some yogurt.

While eating breakfast, I check my social media and emails.

Following breakfast, I read a few articles on NPR and fashion blogs (fashionista.com or Business of Fashion). My reading takes less than 20 mins.

Right after reading my articles, I start working on what I need to do for the day.

As you can see, my mornings are quite simple.

So Many Career Things Happening…

Hi everyone!

Last time, I revealed my decision to pursue a copywriter career.

Well, I have taken a few steps toward that goal.

1. Launching a website

I’m using Squarespace to design a website for my copywriting business. Squarespace isn’t so hard to use so far. And it gives me flexibility on design layout.

I’ll launch my website very soon.

2. Completing copywriter course

I’m learning a lot from my online class. Been good with doing my assignments.

3. Finding prospective clients

I’m reaching out to people to let them know about my new career move.

Don’t Settle On Love

Last night, I was treating myself to some chicken pad Thai with a friend from college. She and I were chatting about life. Regret was the common theme.

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Regret in the sense of settling instead of trying. We would rather fail than regret not doing something.

Not surprising, the idea of regret came out of our conversation on dating! In all seriousness, if you settle on a guy who treats you like trash, that’s your fault. Your fault on wasting your time.

My friend and I agreed that we would rather be alone than waste our time on somebody who is clearly wrong for us.

Love is a difficult thing to get. We have a desire to find the “one.” Sadly, it has proven to be a challenge.

The fear of being alone is strong. We are afraid that if we leave, that person would never come back to us.

However, you end up regretting not leaving if the relationship turns out to be miserable.

Don’t ever settle on love.

You’re Getting Old When…

Two nights ago, I was talking with a friend on the phone. We were chatting until we expressed how tired we were. “What happened to us?” I asked. “We are old now! We can’t wait to sleep now.” My friend laughed so hard at my statement.

It hasn’t been a year since graduating, yet the signs of getting old are hitting me.

1. Eating greasy food grosses you out

I loved eating greasy food because it made me fell full and happy. In college, I regularly ordered takeout.

Now, I want to vomit if I eat too much junk food or takeout.

2. Watching Netflix over clubbing

In college, I barely cared to go to the club unless my friends dragged me. The club was fun since I was with my friends.

However, I now don’t care for clubbing. I can’t stand the idea of being in a crowded room with drunk people spilling their drinks on me. On top of that, listening to lousy music bores me.

I would rather be at home watching Netflix than be at the club.

3. Sleep is your favorite activity

Staying up late was no big deal in college. I’d run late night runs to Taco Bell with friends. We would eat in a lounge on campus and didn’t go to sleep till late in the morning. That would cause us to go to class with little sleep.

My bed now makes me excited at the end of the day.

4. Shopping for classy items

Forever21 was my go to shopping place. I found cheap items there and they worked for class.Trendy items were my fashion focus.

Since graduating, my friends and I have been adapting classy items in our wardrobe. Time is limited when you have to go from work to a dinner with friends. You simply don’t have time to change outfits.

5. Slang no longer makes sense

I still use plenty of slang in my daily talks, but I’m starting to not understand current slang. Teenagers now no longer making sense to me. I get confused on what they’re saying!

Committing These Beauty Care Mistakes

Acne is the common enemy of most people; it has been a huge pain of mine. My skin has gone from super disgusting to okay and then bad again.

The way that I treated my skin was the main reason for my bad skin.

I have committed these terrible beauty care mistakes:

1. Over exfoliating the face

I had no idea that exfoliating your face too much can actually lead to breakouts. In college, I washed my face twice a day everyday and my skin experienced dryness. Exfoliating your skin is important to remove dirt, but over doing it will  strip the nutrition out of your skin.

Now, I exfoliate every other night and my skin has been a lot smoother.

2. Not changing up products

My friend was surprised when I told her that I was using the same products for a year. She explained to me that I should be using different products every four months. The face get used to them over time, which makes them less effective.

3. Not putting Vaseline on before bed

My lips are normally dry. Recently, I’ve been putting Vaseline on my lips before going to bed. My lips aren’t so dry in the morning anymore.