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Update: Radius Expansion, Food and a Memorable Cup of Coffee

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I can't say life's been smashing because there have been upheavals here and there, just like everyone else's lives, but I would say one thing – we, my kids and I, are finally facing an inevitable crossroad. Funnily enough, all of us are facing crossroads all at the same time.

They don't come one at a time, do they?

Whether it's a job, finishing school, or entering college, we're all facing some really important decision-making in our lives. Although I've never complained much about being the only parent to have to make these decisions, it gets tough.

I can't carry my kids on my back forever and they're slowly growing their own wings so, sooner or later, I would have to let them go on their own journeys. It sucks. But life is full of uncertainties and every step you take, whether it's impulsive or calculated, would have to be measured later on in hindsight.

That's the way life is.

But here's a roundup of stuff that.

Outside of my 3km radius

For much of my life with kids in tow, I've kept to the safety of the known, never much wandering outside of the familiarity and safety of my 3km radius of territory. When every little surprise sends you into a panic, you tend to do that. #lol

But there's good in being uprooted and thrown against the wind. The silver lining is you learn a little bit more. You rely more on your gut instincts and tell yourself Screw this shit over and over again and just leap. 

I'll admit that it's hard to keep sane when multiple things are coming straight at you between the eyes but your survival instinct is stronger than that. This writer of “Help Instead of Judging; They May Be Blinded by Pain” sums it up pretty well when she found out that her father, who was a veteran suffering from PTSD, took his own life. She discovered that not judging people is the best way to solider on. 
Everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. And everyone processes loss and hardship in different ways. How much you can handle will vastly differ than what someone else can handle – Jessica Smith on TinyBuddha

Cooking at home

As much as I love making home-cooked meals, it's a blardie chore. I'm always torn between 'I want to make healthy, good meals for my kids in my home' with 'Gosh, dishes, plates, forks, spoons, spills, knives, condiments, ingredients, pots, pans...OMG!!!!'
But in wealthy countries, especially in the United States and Canada, around 40 percent of wasted food is thrown out by consumers. - Somini SEngupta on NYTimes.com
I love eating out where people serve me delicious food and pick up after me as much as the next person but when I think of how much better I feel whenever there's a home-cooked meal at home, I go to sleep easier at night. And besides, we waste less food when we're in control. 


So, I try. 

And besides, with the Internet, there are fewer excuses not to try to budget your meals. Here are 7 budget meals to make at home when you're broke (or just on a shoestring budget). And if you run a restaurant in America, here are some apps to help you donate food to food banks so that they don't go to waste. I hope this sweeps over the world and become a norm one day. 

And to sum everything up in this sum-up here's a video that I've watched time and time again (because it keeps popping up on my timeline) and it keeps making me smile. It's an account of how one person serving a simple cup of coffee made a difference in one person's life (something he will never forget) in an airport when he was having a bleak moment. 


Have an amazing Sunday, peeps! In Malaysia, it's, yet, another long holiday! So, happy holidays to fellow Malaysians and just a thought...don't you think Malaysia has enough long holidays already? I mean, we have another long holiday coming right up after this. It's insane. 



Lotsa Love,
XOXO,

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