I strongly believe that one’s personal finances should be simplified in steps as one ages. This simplification process is the best deterrent to any stressful confusions, possible deceptions and costly negligences. Therefore, close those unnecessary accounts, choose the services of a no-bullshit financial institution (I know, these are so rare), do not let greed or jealousy guide you, and stop making life-altering financial decisions by age 53!
Ikigai is a Japanese term for “a reason for being.” The word ‘Ikigai’ usually refers to the source of value in one’s life or the things that make one’s life worthwhile. The word roughly translates to the “thing that you live for” but it also has the nuance of “the reason for which you wake up in the morning” similar to a daily purpose. Each individual’s ikigai is personal to them and specific to their lives, values and beliefs. It reflects the inner self of an individual and expresses that faithfully, while simultaneously creating a mental state in which the individual feels at ease. Activities that allow one to feel ikigai are never forced on an individual; they are often spontaneous, and always undertaken willingly, giving the individual satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life.
Since this summer, I had a stubborn insect bite on my leg which refused to heal. For months, it will occasionally become itchy and inflamed. Fed up and bothered by this, I decided to use a very old salve (probably many years expired) that I kept around because it was something I grew up knowing. I started the experiment of applying Nixoderm on my little annoying skin infection in the beginning of this week. What you know… the damn thing is actually drying up?! Healed by some expired but trusted old medicine.
Hell, I think I am gaining weight from consuming all the pies, cakes and sweet things I made with the overload of apples, pears, figs and walnuts.
And they say fruits and nuts are good for you. Dang it… I am wearing my fat pants and they are not loose! Argh!
This morning, I made my last batch of grape juice of the year. The process went on smoothly and swiftly because I have devised an efficient system from de-stemming, boiling, sieving and storing.
A majority of this batch will be frozen for later use. My next challenge will be to make a grape cake.
Today is the first day of a week-long heat wave! Since we are currently in the middle of a serious drought, the upcoming dry heat will definitely be fatal to a lot of living things. For weeks, grass has dried up and gone dormant. Certain plants will not survive this summer. Heck, there were already a few drownings in the past weekend when we were still below the 30s. These poor souls wanted to cool off by jumping into a body of water. Unfortunately, there are some of us who are oblivious to the dangers of thermal shock.
According to Wikipedia, melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland in animals and regulates sleep and wakefulness. I personally find the following excerpt regarding blue light quite interesting and relevant to our modern lifestyles:
Blue light, principally around 460 to 480 nm, suppresses melatonin, proportional to the light intensity and length of exposure. Until recent history, humans in temperate climates were exposed to few hours of (blue) daylight in the winter; their fires gave predominantly yellow light. The incandescent light bulb widely used in the 20th century produced relatively little blue light. Light containing only wavelengths greater than 530 nm does not suppress melatonin in bright-light conditions. Wearing glasses that block blue light in the hours before bedtime may decrease melatonin loss. Use of blue-blocking goggles the last hours before bedtime has also been advised for people who need to adjust to an earlier bedtime, as melatonin promotes sleepiness.
I just read an article which encourages more sleep. Some of the interesting topics covered by the research are:
- why 8.5 hours of sleep is the new eight hours
- the genes that dictate if you’re a morning person or a night owl
- why you should take a nap instead of meditating
- how sleep deprivation can be a tool to fight depression
- why sleep should be the new worker’s rights
- and tips on how to get a better night’s rest
Today, I came across yet another article which detailed and confirmed the fact that our modern day gadgets are spying on us. It is entitled Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia.
I shall not, in this lifetime, willingly own an iPhone. I shall continue being the proud owner of a Google-less Android phone. I do have to be more diligent when it comes to my tablet. Leaving it on the night stand next to my bed after I have read my e-books is not such a smart practice.
Today is warm and sunny. It is the perfect weather for a bike ride and a picnic lunch at the lake. So, D and I packed up some sandwiches and drinks, biked to the lake and enjoyed our lunch sitting on a bench under the trees. After lunch, we biked around the lake just for fun. It was lovely. I am still amaze and grateful that I get to experience all these wonderful things for free.