Almost 21…still clueless about life

Dear Teabags,

I am going to turn 21 in two days (June 24th) and I am still completely clueless about life. I have never considered myself much of a risk taker and as you all know, without risks there really is not much progress.

For the past two years I have been working minimum wage at a retail store. I am ready to move on, but I do not even know where to start looking. The retail store I currently work at is my first job ever and I still lack a lot of experience. My schedule is not incredibly flexible so it is hard to find another company that is willing to let me work weekends only with very particular hours.

I have been actively saving up money for the future, but there is always one thing or another that comes to drain my savings. Whether I have to make car payments or pay for tuition, textbooks, etc., money comes and goes. It just seems that it goes a lot faster than it comes.

Lately I have been thinking about putting my money into an investment account, most likely a Roth IRA. However, I do not even know where to start. How do I choose which company I go with? How do I choose which stocks to invest in? When do I sell?

Tea Leaf: At 21, I still have a lot of questions about life, so do not worry about having everything figured out before you graduate high school.

Thanks for reading,

Tea G. Sea



Sometimes what you want the most is not what you really need.

Hello teabags, 

I have not written in a long time, I am sorry. How is life going? 🙂 Summer school started on Monday for me and I am still on the waitlist. The professor has yet to decide whether or not he can add people to his class, so I am still waiting to find out his decision. :/ 

I recently had that moment in my life where I wish I had something, but it was not really the best thing for me. For example, ever since I started college, I wanted a three-day schedule (Monday, Wednesday, Friday).

It literally sounded like the dream schedule. I generally had Fridays off while I went to school Monday through Thursday. I once had a Tuesday and Thursday schedule, but that was way too intense for me.

All the tests were back-to-back and my classes were also back-to-back. I barely made it on time, because my classes were halfway across campus and I only had 8-10 minutes to walk over.

(On the plus side, I lost a lot of weight that year. No time to eat junk food, but a bunch of time to exercise). Lol! Well, last semester I finally got the schedule I had always dreamed of. The one I thought I would benefit the most from.

Well, the problem with that schedule was that I rarely studied. I slacked off a lot and I am owning up to that, I procrastinated… A LOT.

I definitely paid the price for it, because I ended up doing really bad that semester. One A-, two B-‘s, one C+, and one D+. Those were not the kind of ABC’s I enjoyed seeing.

I realized that going to school everyday was not the best idea for me, especially since I thought I had a lot more time than I really did.

So next semester I am going back to my usual Monday through Friday schedule, except I have a lot more night classes (blegh!). Traffic should not be an issue thought. Hehe! 

Sometimes we spend a lot of time thinking about the “what-ifs,” but maybe those really are not the best for us.

Tea Tip #4: Just go with the flow and try not to overthink things (Harder than it sounds, I constantly overthink things, especially before going to sleep). 

Love you guys,

Tea G. Sea

Road Trip – Santa Rosa

Hello my wonderful tea-bags,

Yesterday, my family and I decided to head to Santa Rosa for a road trip. Our first stop down there was supposed to be the Charles M. Schulz Museum, but we arrived a little bit too early so we decided to have breakfast first. 

Fortunately, we found a nice little restaurant called Hank’s Creekside Restaurant just an exit before the museum so we stopped there. I decided on something simple: eggs (sunny-side up) and chicken sausage with rye toast. The food was good and the service was even better.

After breakfast, we made our way to the museum. It was a lot different than what we remembered. Then we realized we probably went on some special Woodstock event the first time we were there. So we left kind of disappointed, but were overall satisfied with the rest of the museum exhibits. 


Next stop: Costco! (For some much needed gas).

Since it was on the way, we also decided to check out the Graton Resort & Casino to see if we can find some lunch there. My family is not big on gambling or drinking, we go to casinos purely for the enjoyment of their food. 

Nevertheless, we did not find lunch there. We ended up going to Santa Rosa Seafood Raw Bar & Grill. Now, the food here was phenomenal and incredibly fresh (I would not expect anything less for seafood). However, the service was a bit lacking.

One of our servers was more focused on talking with his coworkers and impressing them with his jokes than paying attention to his customers. I will brush it off as forgetfulness since our overall experience was good.

I realized that there does not seem to be a lot to do in Santa Rosa. I could be wrong. Am I? Please let me know, I would be more than happy to go back and check it out, because it is a beautiful place. 


Tea G. Sea

Grades do not define who you are as a person

Good afternoon my tea-bags, 

Yesterday was the due date for professor’s at my university to turn in student grades. Not going to lie, I am incredibly anxious to see what I get.

I already know I have a B- in one class, but there is one class that I am 98% sure I earned a D+. It will be my first D+ ever. I remember getting my first C+ in my freshmen year and that was already extremely devastating, but I eventually got through it.

What I learned from that experience was that life moves on after a bad grade. The C+ or whatever grade you get does not define who you are a person.

It is your personality or who you are as a person that makes you who you are. The way you treat others says a lot about a person, there is the old adage, “actions speak louder than words.” 

Now, this is not to say that it is okay to blame others for the grade you earned, because you get back what you put in. 

Teachers are not to be blamed for the grade you EARNED. Nobody DESERVES a certain grade, you EARN it.

You earn it by showing up for class, actively participating, and being respectful. Participation does not necessarily mean having to speak up (unless your professor explicitly says so, then listen to them), it just means keeping yourself engaged in the material and taking notes.

It is also earned by actually studying the material. Some classes will be harder than others and some may be easier.

It is up to you to figure out which subjects you are good at and focus more on the ones you need to work on.

Tea-Tip #3: It is not necessary to continually put yourself down or stress out over a piece of paper. (But it is certainly okay to cry if you need to). 

Love you all,

Tea G. Sea

How I started making money online

Hello my tea-bags,

Today seems appropriate to talk about earning money online. I signed up for my own Amazon account back in 2014 and since then, I have not spent a dime that did not come from money I earned online (or birthday gift cards). 🙂 

How did I do it? 

Well for one thing, when I shop online, I only shop Amazon. Obviously, other places may have a lot better prices, but it is just purely convenience for me to keep everything in one place so I only redeem gift cards for Amazon instead of getting them for various places. Amazon also offers free-shipping for a variety of their items or if your entire purchase is over a certain amount (I believe it is $25 right now). So I make a list of items I want and put items I want into it and purchase them once I reached the amount I need for free-shipping. 

As for the actual earning, I signed up for years ago, but I have only recently started using them again to earn $25 gift cards. They have $50 options and higher, but I redeem once I have enough for $25 because that one has a 12% discount on it. So instead of costing 2500 swagbucks, it only takes 2200 swagbucks. I only use their search engine feature and occasionally fill out a survey or two at their “Peanut Labs Survey,” which is where I get the most surveys that actually give me something back at the end instead of a measly 1 or 2 swagbucks for effort. I will be honest, it takes quite some time to accumulate enough swagbucks to redeem a gift card, but for not doing much, it really is worth it. If you are interested in signing up please use my referral link so that we can all get additional points:

Estimated time to redeem a $25 gift card: 5-6 months (it may actually be much shorter if you decide to use some of their other features to earn swagbucks, I just do not have time).

The other website that I use is actually the Microsoft rewards. One of their rewards option is a $5 Amazon gift card. It is fairly easy to rack up points on this website, so long as you spend a little time answering quiz questions and searching stuff online using their search engine, Bing. Each $5 gift card costs 5,250 points, but do not be discouraged it honestly does not take that long to accumulate. Just complete each of the tasks they provide every day and you will be on your way to a $5 gift card. 

Estimated time to redeem a $5 gift card: About a month (or two if you forget to complete some of the tasks or skip a day).

So literally, if you complete all of these things, you will get a total of at least $50 to spend every 5-6 months. I make that my budget on Amazon, because that puts a limit on how much I can spend and a solid number that I should be going over. I work and go to school full-time so $50 is nice to have for a little extra spending money from time to time. 🙂

Well, that is all I have to share with you today,

Get out there and start earning,

Tea G. Sea

Change happens…and yes, it sucks.

Hello my lovely tea-bags,

Today I felt like writing about a topic that I really dislike, but yet it happens anyw — change. Indeed, change can be for better or for worse. For procrastinating perfectionists, such as myself, change does not come quietly. In fact, change usually comes barreling down at 90 mph right through the front door. Yes, change happens unexpectedly and it happens whether we would like it to or not.

When I was four years old, my parents decided to move to a bigger house. The change was seemingly for the better, but I had to leave behind all of the friends I had made in the neighborhood. Nevertheless, life moved on and I made new friends. 

When I was 15 years old, I was starting my sophomore year of high school and my favorite teachers decided to transfer to another high school or pursue a different career. I was sad to hear the new, but nevertheless, new teachers came to the school. 

When I was 16 years old, my original high school was revamped from an independent learning institute to a school that focused on technological aspects of learning, so it became a virtual learning school. I did not like the new concept, but nevertheless, I graduated. 

When I was 17 years old, I started my driver’s training lessons. My parents hired a driving instructor for me, but in California parents are required to put in training hours with their children in addition to their driving lessons with a professional. My first few days were incredibly stressful, even though I was practicing in a parking lot at 7 in the morning. At the end of each day, my dad would ask if I was ready to go onto the “big streets” and I would always say “No.” Then one day he just told me to go for it, because he realized if it were left up to me, I would always say no. So nevertheless, I started driving. 

When I was 19 years old, I got my first real job in retail. I loved everything about going to work, except for the occasional rude customer who would come in and yell at my coworkers and I for no apparent reason other than to get express their anger. Nevertheless, I stayed.

When I was 20 years old, my manager transferred to a different store and we got a new manager. The new manager is slightly on edge all of the time and easily gets mad at other people for her own mistakes. She lashes out at customers and her employees, especially so when she is feeling stressed. 

(This is where I am at currently in life and I have not figured out my next step yet. However, based on what I experienced previously, I know everything will work out eventually). 

Tea-Tip #2: The world does not solely revolve around us, change happens whether you are ready for it or not. It is not going to wait idly by until we tell them we are ready for it. So just roll with the punches for now, things will get better. 

Love you guys,

Tea G. Sea

Back to NorCal!

Hello my tea-bags,

Hope you are all doing well this lovely evening. My family and I just came back from a lovely and much needed vacation in SoCal. We lived in a city called Tustin, which had this massive shopping center called “The District of Tustin Legacy.” Beautiful place, lots of stores to go to, but too little time to explore. We tried the “It’s Boba Time” place and their milk tea was not too bad, but their boba was a bit too hard for my liking. What is boba? Simply put, it is tapioca starch shaped into a ball and boiled in hot water to create these chewy, black balls (hihi…).

Tea-Tip #1: If somebody in your family snores and you are sharing a single hotel room, save your sanity and invest in some ear plugs.

This was literally the first vacation I actually brought along a pair of ear plugs and they worked like a charm. It was basically three against one and I could barely hear any of them. They sounded more like vibrations than actual sounds that you would want to run away from in your sleep. 

So there is a thing about me and going on vacations, I always forget to bring something. I remember one time I forgot to bring a pair of pants to sleep in. The next time I forgot to  bring a shirt to sleep in. So this time what did you think I forgot to bring…underwear. *sighs* I was even sure to double-check my luggage and everything, but inevitably I forget to bring something. It is a curse (and a gift). 

Love you guys, 

Tea G. Sea

First blog post – It’s opening day!

Hello friends (from here on out, I’ll call you my tea-bags),

Since it is my first day starting this blog, I figured my first post should be something a little more introductory, right? So what is that you would like to know about me? I will provide some basic information, but let me know if there is something I left out that you are just dying to find out about me (or not, that is okay too). 

Age: 20 years old (but I will be turning 21 in June of 2017).

Birthplace: California (Northern; Bay Area)


  • Was homeschooled up until high school; never officially attended a public school until college.
  • Graduated from high school in 2014 and currently attending a state university.
  • I will be starting my senior year of college this upcoming semester (Fall 2017).
  • I major in biological sciences (forensics).


  • Asian Dramas (Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean, Thai, etc.)
  • Learning about other cultures, especially learning how to speak other languages.
  • Jigsaw puzzles (put together a 3000 piece Ravensburger puzzle and it is absolutely stunning).
  • Pandas.
  • Weird things I found out about myself over the years:
    • I have trichtillomania [I pull out my own hair… 😥 ]
    • I really dislike change (environment, people around me, daily routines, etc.)
      • Nor can I handle it, hence the anxiety and trich.
    • I am a bio major…everybody else in my immediate family are business majors.
    • I like stinky foods (dried squid, durian, anchovies, etc.)
    • I worry about various things beyond my control and I cannot let things go (I am a dweller).
    • I am not a fan of driving, but I do what I can.
    • I love talking to other people, but I am fairly shy and socially awkward.
    • I tend to embarrass myself in front of hot guys.
    • I secretly like dresses, but my family does not know, because they still think I am a tomboy.

I mean, there should be a lot more to this, but this is all I can currently think of. My next few posts should be a lot more interesting. 🙂 

Love you my tea-bags,

Tea G. Sea