New Year’s Reflection: Slow Down

Living in the chaos that is New York City, breathing the cold, dry winter air, and tumbling around on the subway in rush hour with millions of others, it is often jarring to come to a sudden stop, look around, and realize where I am. What am I doing? Where am I going in such a rush? I am a millennial Asian woman, working in a tech start up in […]

Continue Reading

Rules, Habits, and Routines: Being an Obliger

According to Gretchen Rubin’s The Four Tendencies Quiz, I am an Obliger.  When I read the description of the term for the first time last month, it immediately clicked for me. And, as it turns out, I lost 20 lbs last year by playing to my “Obliger” tendencies.  All without even knowing it. Who is an “Obliger?” I thrive on Rules, To-Do Lists, and Planning Ahead.  If you know me […]

Continue Reading

Organizing with Brain Injury

I used to be that student who started an assignment at 12AM the night before it was due, finished it at some wee hour of dawn, and submitted it to more or less make an A. Once my brain was snipped at and poked around a bit, that part of me was no more. I think many Brain Injury Survivors can agree that organization and memory issues are very large […]

Continue Reading

What is Executive Function Disorder?

After my last post (which was the beginning of #MyBrainInjuryJourney project), I was contacted by a few people who were interested in learning about Executive Function Disorder. This post is about this elusive disorder, which could make doing work, getting organized, and being motivated very difficult, and my experience over the past few years in learning to accommodate to it. So what exactly IS Executive Function Disorder? It’s actually exactly what it […]

Continue Reading

My Lost “Motivation.”

Half a year after my craniotomy, I stopped taking my seizure medications. For the first time since middle school, I was no longer taking in prescription pills, and we all thought this was a new beginning in my life. AVM Free, Seizure Free, Drugs Free, and on an Express Lane to Recovery. Little did we know that the “road less taken” was a windy and twisted one, filled with black […]

Continue Reading