Jon Lê

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2020-05-11: Hello World This is just a quick post to let you guys know that I’m still here. I’ve been going through a lot of …

2020-01-18: Annual Review I started 2019 with a simple goal. I wanted to listen to my body more, which has been quite the …

2019-12-01: Closing the Chapter Apologies for not posting anything in a while. I started a new job a little over a month ago, and …

2019-09-22: The Shape of My Stress Carrie and I are in a good place these days. One of the leading indicators is our stress level, but …

2019-08-18: Molecules and Bonds Heeey what’s up guys. Welcome back to my channel! Don’t forget to hit the Like and Subscribe buttons …

2018-09-04: Unmaking a Narcissist This year is when I felt like everything started making sense. All the work I put into my future, …

2018-08-08: Ode to a Dishwashing Machine I’m no longer overextended. I’m able to truly rest and take on extra things only when I’m capable. …

2018-07-07: Moving On We’re managing really well these days, and it’s mostly because of my down time. It may not look like …

2018-05-30: Recovery Mode It’s spring, or somehow in Alberta we skipped it and went straight to summer weather. Sadly, it’s …

2018-04-16: Battle Scars I’ve been slowly upgrading my wardrobe, one article at a time. Got a couple good items so far, like …

2018-03-26: Disconnecting It’s time for me to #deleteFacebook. Not just deactivating, but deleting it permanently. I did a bit …

2018-03-13: Survival I started a special discussion group at a previous job. The industry was changing and moving so …

2018-02-24: Boredom Last I wrote, I was doing nothing with my life. I start my day by doing nothing, and what’s …

2018-01-31: Nothing I’m adjusting to life without my new three year’s resolution of not starting any new side projects. …

2018-01-15: Review: New Three Year’s Resolution I wrote about my new three year’s resolution on January 4, 2015. Back then, I was so miserable with …

2017-12-28: Discomfort I’m a much happier person now, and my friends are noticing. As a result of numerous conditions, I’ve …

2017-11-29: Intrusive Thoughts Part of the experience of trauma is that it’s difficult or nearly impossible to regulate intrusive …

2017-11-13: Longsuffering Picture the worst suffering you ever experienced. Now imagine that you went through it just so …

2017-10-30: Nostalgia My high school friend got called to the bar recently, so we had a mini high school reunion. …

2017-10-16: Freedom Whenever I can, I do nothing at all. There’s only so much you can do to tidy, file away, reserve, …

2017-10-06: Emotional Tiers I wrote a little while ago about how we can choose our responses to everything that happens to us, …

2017-09-18: Catching My Breath Lately, I’m feeling grateful for living when and where I do. Global politics seem to have been …

2017-08-24: Interference My three year resolution is still in effect. I have lots of projects I still want to start, like …

2017-08-13: This is Me I have better enjoyment of life when I choose my emotions. Circumstances are often out of our …

2017-07-26: Scarcity and Wealth I’m having a transition summer. While I’d much rather be out and about, biking instead of driving, …

2017-07-17: Considering Others I like to make people happy. That’s the good side of the young me trying to constantly seek my dad’s …

2017-07-03: Signal to Noise Ratio Signal to noise ratio, or SNR, is the ratio of the power of a desired signal to the power of the …

2017-06-25: Choose Your Own Adventure Life is considered unfair when you're given challenges you never asked for. The dream is to only …

2017-06-18: Sooner or Later You can choose to face the music head on, or you can put off the problem and let it catch up to you …

2017-06-11: Denouement Man's Search for Meaning talks about three mental stages of imprisonment in the concentration …

2017-06-04: Growth and Decay Like attracts like. I'm always growing, and the people that have stuck around with me are the …

2017-05-28: Simplify I don't know what to write about anymore. So much has changed. Even the simple fact that my …

2017-05-14: Be I reached my zen this week. There was this moment where I was at home, and it just hit me that I …

2017-05-07: Further Reading Didn't have time to write this weekend, so I offer these materials instead. Brad Pitt Talks …

2017-04-30: Report Card I had my last counselling session this week. I was anticipating that I would weep a lot more than I …

2017-04-23: The Nightmare is Over Lots to catch up on. I didn't write last week because I was so tired from the Coachella trip, so …

2017-04-09: Saving My Marriage When the topic of my job search comes up, people talk like it's the only thing I should be focusing …

2017-04-02: Premature Celebration Interesting week. Overall, everything is more positive, but it's not over until it's over. I'm happy …

2017-03-26: It's a Celebration! It's been almost exactly two years since I started my counselling. Coincidentally, this week has …

2017-03-19: Switching Costs Carrie is helping out around the house more. She really stepped up, so even though we're both …

2017-03-15: Emotional Labour Carrie is done classes in 4 weeks, and her last final exam is on April 22. That's close to my …

2017-02-26: Fake It 'til You Make It It's hard to be confident right now. Sometimes when the topic of confidence comes up, people say …

2017-02-19: Begin Again (Begin Again) One of the major themes of my life is about starting over. My parents started over in a new country …

2017-02-12: Mr. Brightside Continuing with my trend of positivity over the past few weeks, I'm trying to flip the negative …

2017-02-05: Patience in the Holding Pattern My life is sucking less, but it can't suck less fast enough. Don't get me wrong, I'm …

2017-01-29: Gratitude In trauma, the mind can become fixated on the negative. It's frozen in an agitated and aroused …

2017-01-22: I'm Courageous For Escaping The FLEAs Some months back, I decided that January was when I’d stop working so deeply on my emotional …

2017-01-15: Every Day I'm Hustling I got rejected from two jobs this week. It's good to get an answer and move on. One was kind of …

2017-01-08: Back to Work I've been hard at work this week, getting back in the saddle. I've been giving myself office hours, …

2017-01-01: Old vs. New Sometimes I listen to songs on repeat-one for an entire day. I usually eat at the same places. I …

2016-12-25: #goals I realized somewhat recently that everyone's life is a little miserable, no matter how good they …

2016-12-18: The Echo Chamber I've made a lot of changes in a short amount of time. Carrie has been repeating it lately. My …

2016-12-11: Solitude Last week I talked about giving in to the nothingness. I need to stop distracting myself with …

2016-12-04: I Surrender I've structured these final months to focus on different aspects of my health like so: October for …

2016-11-27: Overreacting Something I like to do for lunch is grab some fast food and drive up to the hill above the …

2016-11-20: My Grandma Passed Away My mom's mom passed away this week. Over the years, we saw each other across maybe a dozen different …

2016-11-13: The Early Worm Gets the Worm Last week, I talked about anxiety around time. The part I didn't really mention was that I'm …

2016-11-06: It's About Time I don't know what to do with myself these days. This level of stability makes for a very pleasing …

2016-10-30: Long Way To Go I saw my counsellor this week. One thing she reminded me of was that there are three stages of …

2016-10-23: Carrie's Side of the Story Last time, I highlighted areas of privilege that put me ahead despite the struggles which got a lot …

2016-10-16: Five Kilometre March in a Perfect Storm There is no unifying thought or theme this week. It's just a bunch of random thoughts cobbled …

2016-10-10: Is The Hard Way Always Worth It? “Sometimes the hardest thing and the right thing are the same.” - The Fray “How you gonna win when …

2016-10-02: It's Been A Crazy Year Since September 2015, things have been crazy. You can roughly slice it into three acts: publishing …

2016-09-25: The Simple Life I had surgery on Friday, an inguinal hernia repair. It was an elective procedure (non-emergency), …

2016-09-18: I Quit My Job I quit my job to focus on my health, so I'll outline here how I plan on regaining it. I had too much …

2016-09-11: Regret and Nostalgia As I'm trying to make sense of how to live in the moment, one relevant and powerful motivation that …

2016-09-01: Secrets It's been an awful August. I was just told I will not be getting paid for my time off work. Even …

2016-08-21: When It Rains, It Pours Calgary has been raining non-stop this summer. July saw 200 mm of rain with an average of 65 mm, so …

2016-08-01: Reading My Body Language Hustling as hard as I have so far in life, one reliable survival tactic was to ignore the pain my …

2016-07-24: I'm Alive Again Carrie and I are still unpacking and getting settled back into our routine after returning from BC …

2016-07-17: I'm Anxious to Get Over My Anxiety I finally finished all my work responsibilities. I'm officially off work now, and I've been on a …

2016-07-10: Doctors Say I'm the Illest 'Cause I'm Suffering From PTSD I went to my doctor this week. Last week, I signed a release for my counsellor to share information …

2016-07-03: I'm Taking a Break from Work I’m taking a break from work for a couple months. I don’t know how long I'll need, but so far I’m …

2016-06-26: Connection It hit me this week that connection is a powerful lens through which we can view and understand the …

2016-06-19: I'm Less Impulsive Now I'm over my family. I'm over it. I'm tired of writing about them, and I cut them out because they …

2016-06-12: My Individual Experience This post is a little scattered because my head space is scattered about this whole dealio such that …

2016-06-05: Can You Hear Me Now? My parents are still trying to reach out to me. 😑 There was some church gathering in Calgary last …

2016-05-29: Body Break Let's take a break from griping about my family so I can focus on the physical aspects of my …

2016-05-22: I've Made a Huge Mistake Sometimes I worry if I made a mistake cutting out my family. I know I haven't, but I'm haunted by …

2016-05-15: I Keepz It Real So I reached out to my family to retrieve some things. There were a lot of nasty things said over …

2016-05-08: This Is My Life Now #오앙이네 박스에 오월이 사이즈 하나, 앙꼬 사이즈 하나 구멍 뚫어줬더니 놀다가 낑긴 앙꼬…(엄마가 널 과소평가했네😅) 애써보더니 안되겠는지 그냥 포기 ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ 앙꼬 …

2016-05-01: Good Intentions Don't Heal My Pain I spent a lot of time this week replying to your messages of support. These messages are the jet …

2016-04-24: My Family Tried Contacting Me We only have time for a quick recap of the week. My dad called me to say happy birthday, but I …

2016-04-17: Happy Birthday to Me My birthday is now an event for me. I used to hate it, and I would shy away from the attention. I …

2016-04-10: I Miss My Family I have been having dreams about my family this past week. One about Matt and Cindy, one about Chris …

2016-04-03: Carrie's Grad Program is Ruining My Life I'm not well yet. I'm limping along in life, and I'm barely taking care of myself, our studio, and …

2016-03-26: Conditional Love I just realized why I'm always so close to the limit of my window of tolerance. Basically revving my …

2016-03-20: Losing My Religion I grew up Christian, but there's a lot to my faith and spirituality that I'm trying to undo or …

2016-03-06: Not Broken I had to manage a car situation these past few weeks. I was driving, stopped for lunch, and then it …

2016-02-28: Pleasing People I'm a people pleaser. There are a few reasons for this. I suffered a great deal as a young 'un, so …

2016-02-21: Processing Your Problems This week, I was struggling with feeling I had to impress someone, even though I didn't want their …

2016-02-13: Losing My Precision While I'm still in counselling, I don't have leftover energy for little issues anymore. Therapy …

2016-02-07: Boundaries There is an objective set of laws regarding this topic, but I haven't really delved into it as much …

2016-01-31: The Perfect Life This is a heavier post than normal because I've been buried under an avalanche of feelings lately. …

2016-01-24: Masculinity What makes a man manly? What's the difference between manliness and masculinity? Fuck, I don't know. …

2016-01-17: Desire and Rejection One of the primary ways I predict whether I'll get along with someone is how they react when they …

2016-01-10: Three Year Resolution: Year Two I know I did "2015: Year in Review" already, but I want to look at it again through the lens of my …

2016-01-02: 2015: Year in Review Lots happened. Let's try to cover the highlights. January - Declared my Three Year Resolution in …

2015-12-27: Team Over and over, one of the lessons I resisted my whole life was being a team player. I think I always …

2015-12-21: A Time for Everything Lately, I feel like I've been hitting my stride. I'm in the zone. Everything I've learned up until …

2015-12-14: Vicious and Virtuous Cycles An idea I'm playing with lately is the dichotomy of vicious and virtuous cycles. A lot of our …

2015-12-05: My Dad, My Hero This is the hardest post I ever had to write. The one where I came out about my sexual abuse was …

2015-11-29: The Power of Vulnerability I don't have the energy to write, but this video helped me this week.

2015-11-21: Five Basic Needs Often Disrupted by Trauma One of the first handouts I got from counselling was on these disrupted needs. I almost crumbled …

2015-11-15: Control One of the natural and healthy needs that was disrupted by my childhood sexual abuse trauma was the …

2015-11-02: Retraumatization and Renegotiation Part of what makes it hard to write these days is I usually like to let the dust settle a bit, but …

2015-10-07: Thank You, My Friends / Burdens Thanks to everyone who has reached out to me in the last two weeks. I’ve been shocked and amazed at …

2015-09-21: I was sexually abused as a child Since about March, I've been seeing a counsellor to process my childhood sexual abuse. You probably …

2015-09-19: Apple Music It makes the most sense when you go full Apple. I can start music on my iPhone using my Apple …

2015-08-29: All This and Heaven Too by Florence + The Machine It's not often that songs bring me to tears, so I'm sharing one that somehow managed it. Florence …