My Symbol – Sunflower

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If I could characterize myself in a flower form, I would choose the Sunflower.

All my life, I’ve been so grateful that I can feel the sun on my face and be able to feel it’s warm hug on my body. I’m like a Sunflower, I face the sun whenever it’s out. The warmth on my face makes me feel like a million bucks. Some people might find that a little crazy, but let me explain myself a little…
In that moment, I realize how grateful I am to be able to feel this. In that moment, I am radiating happiness to others. A million bucks doesn’t necessarily mean a million dollars; a million bucks could simply mean happiness in life.

In Chinese symbolism, the Sunflower deals with long life, good luck and is considered very auspicious. It’s yellow color signifies vitality and intelligence. It’s a symbol of happiness.

I see myself as a positive and happy person; and I wouldn’t want it any other way. Also, I am Chinese. Therefore, I am the Sunflower.

Much Love,

Veee

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Stop Cyber Bullying

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Stop cyber bulling, instead write positive words. You don’t know how a simple “you look fat” could affect someone’s self esteem. If you have nothing nice to say to someone, then don’t say anything at all. Also, nobody’s perfect; so if you think you’re fat because you don’t look like a fitness model – well then do something about it. Work out, people don’t look “perfect” because they were born that way. It takes hard work and dedication, and when you write negative words to someone that worked hard to get to where they are – you’re just plain ol’ mean. There’s no such thing as a “perfect body”, but as long as you’re healthy, happy, and alive – then I think you’re the definition of “perfect”.

Much Love,

Veee

Girls Love Mail

At my University, we have this volunteering program call – Girls Love Mail. Essentially, it’s where you write a (few) letter(s) to women all over that have or was recently diagnosed with some form of Breast Cancer. The word Cancer, it gives people chills, sadness, depression, etc. Cancer, that’s a word that nobody ever wants to hear. Cancer, it’s inevitable. But, we can change that thought around with some positive thinking. Cancer, I will kick your ass. Cancer,  you will lose. Those are just a few examples. I work at the volunteering department and one of my tasks was to read over every letter – ensuring that it’s positive and not negative. As I was reading every single letter, I got chills.

I can’t possibly imagine what it’s like to be told – you have cancer. I can’t imagine what it’s like to go through chemotherapy. I can’t imagine what it’s like to feel week, helpless. I can’t imagine what it’s like to go bald. There were a lot of thoughts running through my mind, as I was reading them. But then, I realized, I can help. Even though I can’t tell them that I know what they’re going through and that they will kick cancer’s ass, I CAN tell them they can fight for their lives. That they CAN focus on the positive – they got to live and they have a loving family & friends. And that it’s OKAY to be afraid.

I was personally affected by Cancer. My mom had stage 3 breast cancer last year and she is officially cancer free this January! I can honestly say that, it was the most traumatic moment in my life, when my mom said the words, “I need to tell you something…I have cancer.” When I heard those words, a million thoughts were running through my mind, I didn’t shed a single tear…not because I wasn’t sad, but I was just so shocked. I tried to not think about it, but it was inevitable when her hair starts falling off of her head. It was inevitable when I watch her getting sad about the baldness of her head. It was inevitable when she got her first wig. It was inevitable when I went to chemotherapy with her. I was there with her every step of the way and it felt so surreal. Even though she was struggling, she was in pain, she was sad, she never showed a glimpse of sadness, of tear, of pain. She continued to go to work whenever she could and she never complained once. I have never met such a strong human being and I envy her for being so strong. If I had 1/8th of her strength, I will be a better person. My mother is my hero and my role model. She taught me to never give up, to always look at the positive, even when the negative outweighs the positive. I am who I am because of her and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Stay strong, my warriors.

Much Love,
Veee

Quick N’ Simple

We’re all busy individuals that work day n’ night or a full time student. BUT, no matter how busy our schedules are…we all need to find time to exercise and stay healthy. Here are some tips to help you get back in shape!

1. Do 20 Squats and Lunges while brushing your teeth. (Be a multi-tasker!)
2. Replace sugary snacks with healthy alternatives. (i.e. twix bar vs. dark chocolate covered almonds)
3. Get rid of soda in your life, especially if you don’t exercise often.
4. Eat your fruits! Replace your donut breaks with some fruits, such as, pineapple, apple, orange, grapes, etc.
5. Busy morning? Make your breakfast ahead of time. Pack your yogurt parfait ahead of time – putting granola in a baggy and fruits in another baggy, so when you get to your class/work you can just pour everything into your yogurt and there you have your delicious, healthy breakfast!

I hope you enjoyed these tips!

Much Love,

Veee