The Hunt for the Perfect Apartment

Let’s Move It: The Hunt for the Perfect Apartment

The Hunt for the Perfect Apartment is a part of a new series here on Sara Strives called Let’s Move It. This series is all about the process of making a move: from finding a place to unpacking. So, let’s move it and find a place to live! Continue reading “Let’s Move It: The Hunt for the Perfect Apartment”

Brother Behind the Blogger

Brother Behind the Blogger

Here is the next Behind the Blogger post! From my brother, Michael. Continue reading “Brother Behind the Blogger”

Step-Dad Behind the Blogger

For my next Behind the Blogger post, here are the answers from my step-dad, Nayon. Sounds like Ryan but with an N.

Step-Dad Behind the Blogger

1.    Describe me in three words!

Artistic, organized, persistent

2.    In what ways do you think I’m like you? And not like you?

I feel that we both can be very persistent and opinionated. We both have a love of conversation. I also feel that we both value education.

We are different in that I gravitate toward sciences and math, and you gravitate more towards art and literature. I feel like I’m more of an extrovert and you are more of an introvert. 

3.    Is there anything that you wish had been different between us―or that you would still like to change?

I wish that we could be closer and could talk more one on one.

4.    What three things do you think of the most each day?

Lisa(my wife), my kids, and work.

5.    What is the weirdest thing you have ever eaten?

Fried chicken feet.

6.    What is your all time favorite food?

Chilean sea bass.

7.    Who is the cook between you and your significant other?

It used to be me, but now it is Lisa.

8.    What is a funny habit that you have?

I’m kind of OCD about having “fur-free” socks. I don’t like the feeling of a hair ball in my shoes! So, living with a dog that sheds all the time, I spend a lot of time using a lint roller to carefully remove the dog hair from my socks.

9.    What is the craziest way someone has pronounced your name?


10.  What is your favorite breed of dog?  If you don’t have a favorite breed, describe the characteristics of your ideal dog (or cat)!

Golden retriever

11.  Who would play each of your family members in a movie or TV show about your lives?

Me – Ricky Ricardo

Mom  – Lucille Ball

Sara – Marsha from the Brady Bunch

Anthony – Greg from the Brady Bunch

Adam – Bobby from the Brady Bunch

Michael – Peter from the Brady Bunch

12.  What’s the best vacation you’ve ever been on?

My honeymoon in Jamaica.

13.  What is your proudest accomplishment?

Hitting under 3:30 in a marathon.

14.  What is your most embarrassing memory?

I went to a wedding and when I went to the restroom, I walked into the women’s restroom without realizing it, and when I looked up, I was surrounded by giggling women.

15.  What is your favorite family tradition?

Making Thanksgiving dinner.

16.  What is your favorite memory of me?

It was really cute (but a little weird), when you first met me how you would hiss at me like a cat when I would get close to your mom.

17.  What is your greatest regret?

Not extending grace more freely.

18.  What were your hopes and dreams as a child?

I hoped and dreamed to be an astronaut.

19.  What would you like to see change in the world over the next 10 years?

I’d love to see people less “connected” (not have a screen in front of their faces all of the time), which I think prevents us from building relationships with each other. Going back to the point when people on a bus has no device and you can actually strike up a conversation with people again, or to just sit and think creatively.

20.  What was the most rebellious thing you did as a young person?

When I was in grade school, we a bunch of water balloons and hid in the bushes and threw them at cars as they went by.

21.  What can you remember about your first kiss?

I remember being really nervous and practicing for it.

22.  How did you choose your career and what was your favorite part about it?

I liked building things and loved electronics, so it was natural for me to go into electrical engineering. What I like about it is I get to build things that are useful and are used by everyone.

23.  As a father and step-dad, when they think about their careers, what do you want your children to focus on?

Doing something that brings them joy.

24.  What are you inspired by?

Nature, in that you get to experience God’s creation. Also, the human spirit — when I hear stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things or overcoming adversity.

25. How do I inspire you?

I’m inspired by your drive and persistence in doing something that you are truly passionate about, and with your ability to set, organize, and achieve your goals.


Ohhh, wish I didn’t have to put the hissing story on the internet. Oh well, I was always an odd one. But! I was just a kid, not a teenager or anything.


Preparing for a New Semester: Goal Making

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For the first post of my academic posts for the semester I would like to discuss goal making. You need to know where you are headed before you can work towards it.

Choosing SMART goals.

Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound goals. I know you’ve probably heard of these before. But this is absolutely critical. If your goals do not meet this criteria, it will be more difficult to find the motivation for success.

Here is one of my goals for example:

Make more As than Bs by the end of the semester.

Specific: The way I have written my goal spells out exactly what I want (more As than Bs). Keeping it specific helps you focus on the point.

Measurable: Again, more As than Bs. This one is fairly obvious, you count the number of As and Bs. ;P Keeping your goals measurable allows you to determine whether or not you have met your goals.

Achievable: I think this goal is very reasonable for me personally. I made 4 As and a B this last semester. This coming semester I am looking for a job though, so I don’t want to put all As, or 4 As and 1 B on myself just yet. I haven’t worked during the school year before.

Realistic: Again, like I said in the achievable point. This goal is very reasonable for me. But, YOU have to decide what is reasonable for you. If you made straight Cs last semester, all As is out of the ballpark. Maybe something like more Bs than Cs would be a good start. And as you improve and learn you can move these goals up in future semesters.

Time-bound: My goal is to be completed by the end of the semester. But you might want to make smaller goals with other kinds of goals. For example, I want to be drinking at least 48 oz of water a day, everyday by March 1st. And by the end of the semester I want to be drinking 64oz of water a day. These time-bound goals keep you on track throughout the semester.

Write down these goals!

Just do it. Right now! Writing your goals down will solidify them and create a visual for you. Hang it up somewhere you will see it. When I get back to school I plan on putting my goals above my desk or maybe on my closet. I will also write them in my planner.

Break them down

Okay, so you have your goals, they are visualized… Now you need to break them down, make a plan. Break your goals down into small manageable steps. For example, if you want to be able to run 5 miles by the end of the semester, start by running 1 mile for 3 weeks, then 2 miles for the next 3 weeks, until you work up to 5 miles for the last 3 weeks of your 15 week semester. Have a plan!

One of my goals is to post atleast twice a week on this blog. Here are some steps for me to move towards that goal.

Write a list of blog post ideas.

Outline some of these.

Take the time to write when you feel the urge to.

Edit an image for a post.

Schedule the blog posts ahead of time.

Schedule the social media posts.

These little steps don’t take forever, well, sometimes the writing does, but when you feel creative, it is easier to crank them out. There is a list I found on someone else’s blog with a bunch of twenty minute tasks for your blog. If I can find it I will link it. But these are a great example of things you can do to get started and to take small manageable steps. So say you want to draw in your sketchbook for your art class everyday, take a little time each evening to do a rough sketch. Make a list of things to sketch. The little bitty steps help you feel so much more accomplished and motivated to keep going. This can also help with managing anxiety.

Find accountability!

Find someone or something to keep you accountable. A study buddy or something. For me it is this blog! I don’t want to fail at my goals after sharing all of them with you. Whether you give them your phone when you really need to study, or they go to the library with you once a week, just set a meeting time or a way for them to actually keep you  accountable. For me, it’ll be check ins on here every couple of weeks.

Take Action!

Go! Don’t “wait until next week.” Start working toward your goals, take those little steps you came up with in your plan.

Here is your checklist for goals! And! As a bonus, a printable to write your goals on! There is enough lines for 15 goals. Please let me know if the quality is too low. I may need to save my files differently. 🙂73

I will post a list of my goals for the semester tomorrow! How do y’all make goals and work towards them?


Preparing for a New Semester: Supplies

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Hello! This post will be somewhat brief as supply preferences are always more personal. For the most part, you get to pick what you use for each of your classes in college.


I like to use Five Star 3 subject or 5 subject notebooks and plastic folders for my classes. One for each class. Usually, I can use them for another class the next semester. I keep my pencil bag stocked with black pens and a few pencils for tests. I keep small highlighters in my pencil pouch and jumbo sized ones in my desk drawer. I also keep paperclips to clip together my rough drafts and work for english. I also keep some colored pens (Pilot brand) for color coding my planner.

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