Banana and avocado smoothie

The Return of the Photo Challenge!

With the plethora of personal blogs out there in the blogosphere, finding well-written, modest content is like discovering an adult’s diary. No frills, no obnoxious personal branding, if even a real name—just recording whatever is on said stranger’s mind on topics they know best, whether it’s a movie review or what they ate at dim sum. At the end of the day, someone decided to share his or her day or to offer news commentary—just knowing this makes the result of that effort that much more interesting.

I spent days browsing such daily or frequently updated blogs, and the simple joy that came with reading such simple, again, no frills posts reminded me how important journaling has been throughout my life. These posts reminded me that I can and should record more of what’s been going on in my life, despite certain petty resentments.

And so, starting this week, I will be taking on the daily photo challenge. Those of you who have been with me for a while would know that I embarked on a 365-day photo challenge five years ago (where did the time go?). It documented a pretty cool year that consisted of living in Shanghai, attending a Sam Smith concert, my last year of college, and much more.

I am mostly doing this for myself, because it will give me the motivation I know I will need especially in these next coming months to look for at least one good thing, each day. I will track my progress before and after the transplant, and hopefully, if all goes well, my return to grad school this fall.

To mentally prepare myself, I am hoping for the best and anticipating the worst from the stem cell transplant in a couple weeks. I figured it would make sense to start on the day the pre-transplant evaluation tests begin, which is either Wednesday or Thursday. You’ll find out soon enough, I guess.

Until then, here’s a photo of a banana and avocado smoothie I made today for a light lunch, topped with Michele’s Ginger Hemp granola and mixed with a small spoon of Manuka honey. I do aim to balance the amount of food photos I share for this challenge with no end date, as they are easiest to take but lack a real challenge.

Enough to fill a small appetite.

Thanks to those who remain interested in reading and joining me on this journey. If you haven’t already, please consider joining the bone marrow registry. A match found via the National Marrow Donor Program is saving my life, and it makes no sense that a healthy individual should not be on this registry to save someone else like me, waiting for a second or third chance at life.

Please visit http://Join.BeTheMatch.Org/Georgetown to order your free kit now. Questions? Please do not hesitate to ask me or go to to learn more.