Kim Nguyen

musings of a single parent-developer/designer hybrid

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The big 3-0

This is me at 30.

I figured that I should start taking a picture of myself each year on my birthday to see how I age.  I’m curious to see if this will happen to me:

Today I celebrated with a not surprise birthday dinner.  A couple of weeks ago, my husband asked me what I wanted to do for my birthday.  I responded with “Dinner at Lento“.  A few days later, my husband and I were at the movie theatre with friends waiting for Skyfall to start.  I leaned over to him and asked if I should invite some of my close friends to dinner. He said “Sure”.  Note: He was on his cell phone playing a game.

I leaned over to Badger and Weez to ask.  They then looked at me funny and told me them being there was to be a surprise….Oops.  My husband thought I was talking about something else…although he was obviously distracted and wasn’t focused on the conversation.

It’s all good though. I had a lovely dinner with my husband, Kampy, Badger, Kim, Andy, Cody, Brian, Sarah, Weez, Ivy and Matt.

I don’t feel older. I feel more…’seasoned’ and ready to conquer the world.

Eating better…slowly.

For the past year, I’ve been working on taking better care of my body and my mind.  It’s all about developing better habits and turning bad ones into good ones.

This summer, I decided to get my body back in order.  I’ve started to swim (still not 100% comfortable), biking, and even running.  I’ve also started to cut down on grains and dairy and eliminate process foods.  My energy levels are better but not quite there yet.

The best part is that my husband is also starting on this journey with me.  Last week, we started to work on eliminating process foods and grains, and keeping sugar to a minimum.  Also, getting at least 2 workouts in (30 mins long each).  We will continue the same for this week. I’ve been scouring the internet for recipes and managed to find a couple of sites that had some good recipes (,  I eventually found myself on this site: I think I will need to try the whole30.  The question is – would my husband want to do this with me?

Securing your Financial Future

While I was at the library last month, I came across this book:

Securing your Financial Future by Chris Smith

I really wish I read this book when I finished college. It’s easy to digest and is equivalent of taking a class. There is a summary of points at the end of each chapter.  After taking Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University – I found that I needed to further develop my husband’s and I financial plan.  Ramsey’s course was a good starting point – especially with getting my husband on track.

I still have a couple of chapters left, but I learned so much and I believe that I will buy it.

Hello Fall

Summer flew by.  A lot has happened in the past year.  This past weekend went by in a blur.  The only thing I remember was watching Stuffin be put to sleep. It was tragic on how he died and my in-laws were on the other side of the country and was unable to say goodbye in person.

Conquering your fear

Today, my husband and I went to the pool.  After swimming and floating for half an hour, we ended it by relaxing in the hot tub.

“Hunny, are you okay?  You’re so quiet.”

I looked at him and responded “Just tired”.

“You did a good job.  I’m so proud of you.” he said

Don’t get me wrong, I am proud of myself for going conquering my fear and going into the deep end.  But it’s still hard.  I was so physically and mentally exhausted.  Half my energy was focused on not freaking out while the other half was focused on the physical aspect.  Did I mention I also have asthma?  I got to the pool first before my husband.  I was in the middle of the pool holding onto an edge, trying to get use to my new environment.  Before, I was at a YMCA at a swim lesson – now it’s a rec center with open swim.

I spent a good 5 to 10 mins just floating on my back in the deep end – just trying to get my breathing even.  Working on getting comfortable.  Even though I can swim and tread okay – I am still not comfortable.  The fear is still there.  But I know I will get over it.  It will just take time.

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