If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.

Leap of Faith

About a year ago, I turned in my three weeks’ resignation letter to start completely new. New hospital. New coworkers. New surgeons. Being the “new” person. Completing dozens of on-boarding computer modules. Not knowing where anything is. Learning new policies and procedures. And especially – a new patient population. Pediatrics. I have always loved interacting with kids and admired how resilient they are.

Leading up to my decision of leaving my prior job, I noticed how my work life was “eating” me up inside. Some nights, after my shift I would get in my car and start sobbing. I would work 16 hour shifts, be on call for the next 8 hours, and then wake up to do it all over again. I was yelled at and talked down to. As a new grad nurse, it was very hard to gain confidence in a hostile environment. However, it only reaffirmed my promise to my patients – to fight for what is right for them. I am so thankful to have coworkers I could always rely on ❤ To be honest, they were the only reason I remained sane. 

I realized I wasn’t happy. I dreaded swiping my badge in and out. I couldn’t let go of work when I was at home. The attitude I had about work only projected onto my loved ones at home. I questioned the value of my work a lot. As an operating room nurse, my top priority is to keep the patient safe and to be their advocate. However, my work felt like it was about pleasing surgeons and getting their cases done on time – when my time didn’t feel appreciated. I felt like my passion for patient advocacy and safety was diminishing and it truly scared me. I was officially burnt out.

“Burnout can lead to dulled emotions and detachment. It strongly affects the emotions and undermines motivation, leaving a sense of hopelessness. For those experiencing burnout, every day is a bad day.” – Help Guide

So, I took a chance. I applied to my dream job to not only work with kids, but to work at Seattle Children’s Hospital. I’ve only dreamed of working closely with kids and their families and to work for an organization that has done wonders for hundreds of families across the northwest. I knew it would be a difficult job having to see kids in a vulnerable state, but I have always felt a calling in being a part of their journey towards living a carefree life, as they should.

April will be my official one year job anniversary at Seattle Children’s Hospital! It is crazy how fast time goes by and how work doesn’t seem like “work” when you adore what you do. During my first few days of orientation, I received an e-compliment (an electronic way to give compliments to staff) from a surgeon and how he appreciated the work we did to get all of his cases done. That was the first time I was thanked for my work. It was something so little, but it was a huge sign to me that reassured my leap of faith wasn’t a mistake. It was a start to new beginnings.

If you are not happy, change something. If your time and talents go unnoticed to someone, find people that will appreciate what you have to offer. Make your life more than what it currently is. Aspire to do more. Create goals. Achieve new heights. You are capable of being something greater than you think you are!


Don’t Be Sad

I always admired those who cared for sick children. I believe that working with kids it is rewarding, but at the same time very difficult. It takes a lot sometimes to hold back tears that are on the rim of your waterline when you empathize with a patient and a family. There are times where I find myself stressed out about something so small in comparison to what my patient and their families deal with every single day. This realization makes me stop worrying, to take a deep breath, and to be thankful for the countless blessings that God has given me.

There was a day that I met a teenager who had a condition of recurrent venous malformations in his lower extremity. Instead of coming in and having the malformation excised, the decision was made to have a below-the-knee amputation. As I was talking to the surgeon performing the surgery, I expressed my feelings of how making a decision like this as a teenager would be not only difficult, but truly life changing. When I was a teenager, I was very self-conscious. I cared so much about what other people thought about me and was bullied about my appearance. I couldn’t imagine what it would be like to be in that child’s place in life when I was their age. The surgeon told me, “Don’t be sad. This kid is super excited! After realizing his options of maintaining these malformations were not definite cures, he decided why not do something that is.”

The kids that I meet every day are some of the bravest people I have ever met. It amazes me every single time that even though they are battling through their own personal battles, they are still kids who want to play, smile, jump, and laugh. Just like any kid should behave (: I have also learned throughout all of my patient care experiences that every encounter has helped me grow as a person and to become a better nurse.

Changing Your Lifestyle

During nursing school, all I would do is eat, study, and sometime sleep. I barely had enough time to hang with my friends, spend time with my family, take care of my dog, or take care of myself. I hardly exercised. My form of exercise was taking the stairs as an alternative to the elevator. It was during winter break in 2014 that I realized I was at my heaviest. I weighed in at 145 lbs, which may not seem a lot to some, but it definitely made me realize that I had gained a lot of weight since high school – at least 30 lbs (the freshman 15 is a real thing, guys).

After graduation, I promised myself to a healthier lifestyle and to be able to practice what I preached to my future patients. I began being careful about what I ate, how often I worked out, and slowly recognized a difference in not only in my weight, but as well as how I felt. I was able to fall asleep faster, I felt like I had more energy, and I learned that “full” doesn’t mean you have to keep eating until you feel completely stuffed. Of course, there are some days when I treat myself, but for something to become habit, takes a lot of will power and persistence. These changes in my lifestyle helped me begin my journey:

  • Learn what works for YOU! I first tried counting macros and it was mentally challenging for me. Don’t get me wrong, I think it is the greatest way to be on a “diet” without it feeling like you are on one since your options are not limited. However, I disliked looking at food as numbers and if I didn’t eat my caloric intake goal for the day, I would force feed myself more protein or fiber – even though I wasn’t hungry.
  • I started to make my own lunch and ate the same thing the entire week. By doing this, I save time, money, and know exactly what is in my food when preparing it.
  • Learn how to portion food. Being Filipino, I was taught more rice, the better! Cutting back on the amount of carbs (especially rice) everyday has helped. When I make my meals, I try to measure carbs about the size of my hand – or less, veggies about the size that can fit in both hands, and a protein source about the size of my palm.
  • Strive to workout three times a week. Entering adulthood and working 40 hours/week can be a real struggle, especially working as a nurse and being on my feet for hours. Whether it is  a 30-45 minute cardio session or a full body workout, the only hard part is getting myself to the gym. After my 10 hour shifts, I am physically and mentally exhausted and would skip the gym and go straight home. So, I started to go to the gym at 4:30 AM – 5:00 AM to make sure I had no excuses.
  • ALWAYS eat breakfast, even if you are not hungry in the morning. Not having anything in the morning, just made me want to eat more and more throughout the day. Even if it a protein shake, hard boiled egg, or pancakes – have a good breakfast. It really is the most important meal of the day.
  • Sacrificed going out with friends every weekend and/or every occasion. This was the hardest part for me. I try to eat out once or twice a week. If there were multiple events during the weekend, I could only choose one, especially if they all involved eating out. After getting over the “fear of missing out” feeling, I realized that I would much rather enjoy quality time with my dogs and my love ❤
  • Don’t eat until you are at the point of throwing up. This may not be a normal thing, but sometimes I struggle with learning how to control myself when I am at buffets and/or potlucks. I keep eating and eating to the point where it is hard for me to breathe. I realized that I had a problem and started to listen to my body when I would go out. Learning to control myself, learning when I was “comfortably” full, and only take what I can finish, has helped me with my problem.
  • I stopped ordering sugary drinks at Starbucks. I used to order white chocolate mochas, caramel macchiatos, vanilla lattes, etc. I didn’t realize how much sugar and fat can add up in a tall, 12 0z cup everyday until working as a barista at Starbucks. For example, who knew that frappuccinos were made with whole milk by default?! My go-to orders are now americanos, drip coffee, iced teas with splenda instead of classic syrup, and if I’m feeling pretty naughty – a pump or two of white chocolate mocha with two espresso shots over ice.

I hope sharing these lifestyles changes of mine will help you think of baby steps of your own! Until next time (:


Happy New Year!

Honestly, I have been unfaithful to not only my blog, but as well as to my followers. Last year, here were some of my accomplishments:

  • Pursued my passion of helping sick children by changing patient populations working as a RN in the operating room
  • Helped my loving mother achieve the American Dream – by helping her purchase a house to call her own
  • Caught my first jumbo trout (all by myself)
  • Raised money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to run a 5K obstacle course while holding a pineapple…while running in an egg costume
  • Kayaked in Hood Canal, WA
  • Started a healthy habit of going to the gym at least 2-4 times a week (even if it means lifting/running at 4:30 AM)
  • Experienced Beyonce’s LEMONADE concert
  • Realized that if I was unhappy with something in my life, find a way to BE happy
  • Met my middle school crush – Musiq Soulchild
  • Got free tickets to see KGJ’r retirement & induction to the Hall of Fame

… and many more!

So blessed to have had such a wonderful year and can’t wait for what else 2017 has in store for me. Here are some goals to keep me grinding this year:

  • Save every $5.00 that I find/receive
  • Start saving up for a BIG trip
  • Take 1 second videos on the 1SE app – every single day
  • Save $1.00 on Mondays, $2.00 on Tuesdays, $3.00 on Wednesdays, $4.00 on Thursdays, $5.00 on Fridays, $6.00 on Saturdays, $7.00 on Sundays, and REPEAT until 2018
  • CONTINUE to pay off debt & SAVE money
  • Blog more!

Can’t wait to share with ya’ll what 2017 will bring me (:

Beyond Natural Wet Dog Food DEALS


Such a great deal for these cans of Beyond wet dog food at Target! (:

  • Original price = $2.49/each
  • Sale price = $1.80/each
  • Cartwheel app 15% off Beyond wet dog food = $1.53/each
  • Newspaper coupon Buy 2, Get 1 FREE (x2) = -$4.98
  • Total price = $4.74 or $0.79/each!!

My 1st Honest Purchase

Hi there! Hope you all are having a great Tuesday (: I just want to share with you guys my first purchase from The Honest Company. I love Jessica Alba and The Honest Company has amazing products for your house, baby products, and yourself! I love their principle of making their line of products all organic and safe to use.

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The Honest Company has a promotion going on that if you download their app on your phone and use the code LOVEHONEST, you get 20% off your first order!

I was looking into organic cotton tampons at my local grocery store and they were pretty expensive. Seventh generation was selling a box of 10 tampons for almost $7.50. I am trying to switch to organic cotton tampons, but the price difference was killing me. The Honest Company sells organic tampons for a reasonable price! 16 tampons (with no applicator) for $5.95! I also went along and ordered pads and liners. My total after the code was $24.34. I say that isn’t too bad for getting the whole bundle of organic cotton tampons, pads, and liners for just under $25.00!

Clearance Deals at QFC

I love a drip blonde roast coffee in the morning! I found this great deal of Starbucks veranda ground coffee in the clearance aisle at QFC for 50% off! Usually costs $7.99/bag, but got it for $3.99! I stocked up and bought four bags for under $20! 

No More Waste!


I’ve been looking into ways about what can I do in terms of reducing waste. I never realized how much waste is created when using plastic applicators for tampon products. O.b. is a brand that sells tampons that doesn’t use plastic or cardboard applicators! They were also conveniently on sale this week at my local Fred Meyer! I usually like to stock up on feminine hygiene products when they are on sale (:

  • Sale price = $4.99
  • In-store coupon = $1.00 off
  • Final price = $3.99

Sorry if this was TMI for everyone, but I mean… It is a good deal! Also, a lifestyle change towards trying to reduce waste.

$1.99 Suja

I don’t know about you guys, but whenever I start feeling like a cold is coming… I like to treat myself to a cold press drink that makes me feel a little bit better (: (My immune system is horrible btw). I love suja products, especially their greens concoctions! This week at my nearby Fred Meyers they were $3.99 with an attached coupon around the bottle for a $1.00 off coupon!


If you are an avid Ibotta user like I am… They are having a $1.00 rebate for a variety of suja bottles! Ibotta is an app that gives you money back on certain purchases at grocery stores, electronics, beauty products, restaurants, and even pet stores! Depending on what items are available for a rebate, it is a great opportunity towards stacking coupons on your purchases! 

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