Update: “New Things”

I finished reading War and Peace during my spare, non-study time…which lately has been fewer and fewer hours each day. The version I have is translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude, and includes lots of supplementary material like Tolstoy’s personal reflections and posed Q&As regarding his book. It took me years to read it after…

Update: “New Things”

I got a keyboard!!¬†ūüėɬ†It is a full (88-key)¬†M-Audio Keystation¬†– a beauty, and I’ve actually had it for several weeks. I love it! With semi-weighted keys, the best part(s) about this Keystation is that you can connect it to your laptop, record, synthesize & compose music, play different virtual instruments, and get the authentic sound of…

Update: “New things”

This week’s event¬†was making progress in Bhujapidasana, an arm-balancing yoga pose. (Yoga365Days¬†has good steps for this). I had never been able to balance this pose¬†quite right – and have always had relatively lean arms – so getting the balance and strength was a huge progress point for me. And it was fun! It’s that moment…

A change of pace: food!

I do not intend this blog to focus on food, but it is a huge part of me, so inevitably it will come up from time to time¬†ūüėĆ. Lately, cooking also helps carry me through studying and the pressure that comes with it.¬†This environment breeds creativity. My grandmother and I spoke a few days ago…

It’s been a while…

It’s been a while, and I’ll be honest. This week has been a bigger adjustment than the first two combined. I have not felt like blogging, and every time that I had a topic come to¬†mind I lost motivation later in the day or gave up any desire to write. I think that with most…

“3 Shifts Method” to study and work from home

[This could also be applied to authoring, writing articles/doing full-time research, or preparing a submission¬†to an academic journal]. 1. Early morning ->¬†early afternoon Most focused; complete assignments in¬†class or at a “worksite” No distractions, (not even phone calls unless emergency or on 5-minute break to talk to family, e.g.). Go in¬†“airplane mode” or just turn…

Music profile: Flamenco

There are a lot of different study techniques. Background music often works for me. Visiting Spain in 2008 introduced me to the music genre of Flamenco. I completed¬†an immersion program with my school¬†and traveled from C√≥rdoba to Madrid, Segovia to Toledo, M√°laga, Granada, and other parts of central and southern Spain. It was beautiful and…

Positive vibes

“Congrats to all of us for getting through this, we have good stuff and happiness coming our way…” – Law buddy, Angela Lee