Tang Soo Do…Tang Soo Don’t: A black belt’s guide to personal safety

While cleaning up my room, I came across an old issue of my high school newspaper, The Royal,ย dated March 14, 2008. The issue featured a couple articles on self-defense. Although it’s been four years since its date of publication, the information is still relevant. Since this is my honors capstone project, I thought it would be useful to include these articles simply because they represent the social relevance and overall longevity of the project. Although the self-defense classes have come and passed, these blog entries, this documentation of what went on and general information on self-awareness will remain a permanent fixture online. So, I hope you enjoy these articles. Please note that I have updated these articles to make them timely. Continue reading

40 Days and 40 Nights Facebook Free: A guide to success and progress

So you gave up Facebook for Lent, now what? Youโ€™re about to have a ton of time freed up, so why not utilize it as best as possible. Worried you might have a setback halfway through? Hereโ€™s a tip: have a close friend change your password for you. Itโ€™s still possible for you to reset the password on your own, but the extra hassle just might keep your temptations at bay. Continue reading

New Year, New Me

2012, New & Improved

Here's a silly group of photos of me with my new haircut and my new shades. I'm all sophisticated now ๐Ÿ™‚

So I’ve never been very good at keeping up with my new year’s resolutions, but I figured 2012 would be the perfect year to startโ€”a lot is going to change for me this spring whether I’m ready for it or not.

In May, I’ll be graduating with a New Media Journalism degree and then what? I’ll continue working at my internship for the summer but at some point, I’m going to have to find a real job. So, in an effort to prepare myself for the search, I’m going to do my best to follow through with my short and modest list of resolutions. I doubt I’ll keep all of them but if I can hold on to one or two, it’s going to be a great start to the rest of my life ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Overcome procrastination. I’m not saying I never get anything done, but I feel like my life would be a lot easier if I learned a bit of time management skills
  2. Write everyday, whether its a blog entry (hopefully) or just something small, I need to keep my writing sharp because it’s my ticket to success in the real world.
  3. Attend Church regularly. I’m already part-way there with this one since I now attend services with M and his family almost every Sunday.
  4. Join a gym and work out at least 4 times a day. This one’s in progress…well, sort of. Mom and I are supposed to join an athletic club here shortly but life keeps happening and getting in the way.
  5. Get published as a freelancer. This one’s a bold resolution, but I should be able to do it by summer.
  6. Travel a bit. I never had the opportunity to travel aside from golf trips while in college, and when I have traveled, it’s always been with my parents. This year, I hope to spread my wings and maybe plan a short trip either by myself or with a few friends. Nothing major, but I definitely need this sort of growing experience.
  7. Go sky-diving. You only live once. I’m slightly terrified by this one but you never know if you love something until you try it.
  8. Use social media properly. This includes deleting my Facebook and publishing the bulk of my photos to Flickr rather than Facebook.
  9. Talk to my extended family more. When we were growing up, my cousins and I were pretty close but we rarely talk now. This is a welcome change I’d like to see.
  10. Volunteer more often. There are a lot of needy people out there and I love helping people so why shouldn’t I extend my support?

I’ll probably add to this list as the time goes on, but for now, I think I’m off to a healthy start.