Today I had meetings to attend in Downtown Oakland, and afterwards I spent the day with Audrey working at a local cafe. It was a productive block of time, and I finished a lot of work that I needed to get settled (mini accomplishments are the best). After going with her to pick up her hemmed dress, we got on BART together and headed home. After a long day of working I decided to have dinner with Marilen and Kevin and we watched (drum roll please) INSIDE OUT! I almost had a brain freeze/stomach freeze from chugging my Mexican Bulldog and we rushed over to see the movie. Can I just take this time to say that this movie was fantastic? I thought it was so incredibly adorable and had really important themes about the need for all of the emotions, and how complicated feelings can be. I think we often get so caught up in trying to simplify our feelings when in fact it is so much more complex than that.

This is especially relevant to me because this past year has been quite a difficult one health wise– not just for me, but for my family. For this reason, I often feel sad and angry at the world for what has happened, but also incredibly grateful for life. It often seems like I can’t quite explain myself to other friends and family because I’m constantly in this limbo of never knowing exactly how I feel. Sometimes I’m okay, and sometimes I’m not. However, I think there is some beauty in not having everything figured out. When will we ever? So I guess it’s just something we need to be comfortable with… the comfort that everything is continuously changing and moving and we just need to hold on for the ride and hope for the best. And in times of need, when we feel weak and hopeless, we look to those we love to see the small glimmers of joy. Yet, we don’t always have to be happy. When I was younger my mom used to tell me that it was okay to cry, to cry it all out. She told me that if I felt sad, I’d feel so much better after a cathartic release of sadness– and you know what, she was totally right. So my advice? From one of the wisest women I have ever known, it’s okay to cry and to feel things completely if that is what is genuine and authentic because it just means building a stronger you every step of the way.


If you asked me what my stress-relief strategies are, 9/10 I would answer with listening to music. If you know me, you probably already have been subjected to listening to my soundcloud… sorry (but don’t Lai, you probably enjoyed it). Thinking about what parts of my life I would like to share, music would definitely be one of them. So, for my Music Monday 1.0 post Major Lazer feat. Wild Belle – Be Together (VANIC Remix). This is currently my favorite song because the lyrics seem to touch my heart in ways that I can’t quite explain, and it’s one of those songs I imagine playing loudly in my car on a late night drive.

Tell me, is this freedom, baby? Chasing after danger, making my heart race…

Weekly Recap: July 4 – July 12

This week was a surprisingly long week. It feels like so much has happened, which is actually quite accurate… so here it goes! Fourth of July celebrations, Stop Oil Trains march and rally, and delicious Cuban brunch. Post-grad life has been full of surprises, challenges, and accomplishments. I think I deserve epic Sunday brunches more often.

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Please come in, welcome to the blog warming party.

Hello readers! I have decided to officially start a blog (what?!). This is something that I have been thinking of doing in the past couple of years, but did not necessarily prioritize or feel incredibly committed to. However, I realized that after post-grad it would be great to share some of my life with friends and family. I feel as though my summer has been incredibly exciting especially considering my summer fellowship, and my new experiences having moved back to the Bay Area. This next year will be a lot of figuring out what I want to do next, and I’d love to be able to share my thoughts and reflections with you all. It may not be exciting every single day, but I promise it will be worth it! There will be lots of work related posts, a great deal of food and music, and of course some great stories about my cat. Welcome to the blog warming party, I hope you’ll consider staying!