“Excuse me,” there is No “Thank You” in China

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Traveling has always been important to my family, as stepping outside of one’s bubble forces one to see the beauty and depth of the very large world. It impresses one to be slow to judge, quick to remember that someone may be approaching life from a different paradigm.

This truth was something we experienced often on our trip.

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Who are you calling Millennial?

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Last night, my dear friend Steph (a producer for a national talk show) and I got into a discussion about the Millennial generation. She had joked that I was on the oldest end of the definition, thus I should be a leader. I immediately steeled up. I am NOT a Millennial.

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When I’m in Starbucks, I’m an Angeleno

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Like many in Los Angeles, I am a transplanted Angeleno. I am an Angeleno by default. I didn’t set out to become one with Los Angeles, nor do I think I have (or will ever) give over fully to this insanely non-committal city. That being said, as I sit in a local Los Angeles Starbucks, […]

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So, What Do You Like About Your Job?

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As I’ve been moving at a bit of warp speed for the last few months, I decided it was time to dial things down a bit when my most recent project wrapped. To keep myself busy, I’ve been working on life enrichment projects, these ones based in career development.

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How I Plan On Celebrating Chinese New Year and My 30th Birthday

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This year, the start of the Chinese New Year coincides with my 30th birthday, Feb. 3, 2011. Being a Caucasian-American of mostly English descent, sporting milky-white skin topped off with strawberry-gold locks, it’s fairly excusable that the majority of my knowledge of the Chinese New Year came from the local Chinese restaurant’s placemat and a […]

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The New Starbucks Logo: A Lone Siren

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Does the new Starbucks logo accurately represent the Starbucks brand? Are the naysayers of the world panning it because they don’t like change, or are they voicing true branding concerns? Will I keep meeting up with friends at Starbucks regardless of the fact that their nameless logo is a green siren that does not necessarily translate immediately to “coffee” or “tea” or “third place?”

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Ode to Groupon

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Oh, local deal-of-the day website, I owe much of my social life to you.

You were there to provide brunch at the swanky bungalow restaurant when I had no more than $15 to spend.


You saw me through two trial months at various barre exercise studios, shaking and strengthening.

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