New Year’s Resolutions

2015 was quite a year (I got married), but I’m guessing that 2016 will be even more eventful (I’m expecting a baby boy).

To keep me grounded with all the changes, I’ve decided to make a blogging comeback, which is one of my resolutions this year.

My first and foremost resolution this year, however, is to do my best to successfully give birth to a healthy baby boy. Then, I would like to avoid post-partum depression and get back into shape by making it back to karate class as soon as possible.

On the hobby side, my Goodreads challenge this year will be to read 50 books, down from 80 last year. I am determined to read more non-fiction this year.

With respect to relationships, I want to meet up with my closest friends on a regular basis no matter how busy I am, call my parents once a week, and visit the parents-in-law every two weeks.

This list will probably change as the year progresses, but my main goal is to become a better person, improving both my life and the lives of those around me.

The Concept of a Final Destination

     “I changed addresses again.  Some place totally different from any place I’ve been up to now.  It’s really quiet here.  Maybe a little too quiet.
      In a sense, I’ve reached what is for me a final destination.
      I feel like I’ve come to where I was meant to come.”

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami, page 93

Murakami has an uncanny ability to express his feelings about various topics in a way with which his readers can strongly empathize.  This is what makes him a great writer.

His description of a final destination as “some place totally different from any place I’ve been up to now” that is “really quiet” and makes you “feel like I’ve come to where I was meant to come” perfectly describes where I want to end up settling down, a final destination I can call home.

Finding Peace At Work

I was watching the Korean drama (My Name is Kim Sam Soon), and I found myself envying the main character, Kim Sam Soon.

In episode 6, she bakes a cake for her ex-boyfriend’s engagement party that is being held at the restaurant she works at.  After silently watching the engagement, she hides in the restroom and cries.  Then, when she’s all cried out, she grabs a glass of red wine and heads over to the piano.

This made me remember an earlier scene where the main character couldn’t sleep and ended up going to the restaurant early in the morning to bake.  She makes some chocolate pastries, and, after she’s done, she peacefully sips a cup of coffee in the kitchen.

I don’t hate my workplace, but I feel like all I do there is “work.”  Wouldn’t it be nice if I could also find peace there?

How to Insert / Remove “www” From a URL

This requires your website to be hosted on an Apache server with mod_rewrite.

  1. Go to your website’s root directory (e.g., public_html).
  2. Open the .htaccess file.  If the file doesn’t exist, create it.
  3. To insert “www”:
  4. RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com$
    RewriteRule (.*) http://www.example.com$1 [R=301]

  5. To remove “www”:
  6. RewriteEngine On
    RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www.example.com$ [NC]
    RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://example.com/$1 [R=301,L]

  7. Save and exit.

Inspiration for Keeping a Journal

I just finished reading the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning.  It wasn’t very thought-provoking, but there was one passage about keeping journals that left a big impression on me.  The heroine MacKayla Lane is reminiscing about the time her father forced her to take a Franklin Planner course and remembers “[o]ne of the primary tenets of the course was that highly successful leaders kept journals, morning and night, in order to stay tightly focused on their goals.”

Though I’m not planning on becoming a highly successful leader or anything, I do have many goals I want to achieve.  Hopefully, keeping a journal will help me achieve them.