Thursday, April 9, 2015

How to Recover after Bursting into Tears


I have this tendency to cry when I'm in the middle of arguing. (Ahem. See here.) It's really awful, but I feel like I can't help it sometimes. It just comes over me like a wave, and before I know it, I'm crying about crying.

As always, Amy Poehler gives spot-on advice:
If you do start crying in an argument and someone asks why, you can always say, "I'm just crying because of how wrong you are."
Amazing, right? Why hadn't I read it sooner?! :)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Milestones

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Yesterday was mama's first anniversary of living in the US!

Even though I remember quite well how I felt one year in, it's safe to say she and I have had a very different experience. It certainly wasn't an easy first year for me, but her struggles are tough in ways I probably will never fully understand. She is amazing. I am so proud of her.

Mama's 1st year in numbers:
- we shared a one-bedroom apartment (and a queen-sized bed) for 341 days
- 3 tries to pass her drivers' test
- almost no English --> first job (as a sales associate!): 6 months
- 4 backpacking trips + a 2 week vacation of having 0 worries about cats
- watched 4 seasons of Modern Family
- roughly 350 hours of back-scratching

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Monday, April 6, 2015

Breathing Life into Clothes

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This weekend, I finally tackled the heap of hand-washing I've been putting off for weeks. Exciting, I know. As is often the case with chores, it's really quite enjoyable once you get started.

Sun poured through the windows, Santal 33 permeated the air in my apartment, Amy Poehler told me I'd be OK. Once I got to ironing and saw the first wave of wrinkles disappear, I remembered this conversation I had with a friend...

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Snow Peak Apparel

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I've been a huge Snow Peak fan ever since purchasing my first titanium mug several years ago. I falsely assumed that they were just a camping gear brand. But it turns out, they make really sweet clothes, also.

Although the insulated tunic I love (and am wearing in the photo) is no longer available, I can wholeheartedly vouch for the cardigan. I got one for my mom, and steal it on the regular. It's nice and warm, the pockets are roomy, the material is softer and stretchier than seems possible. Best of all, it washes so easily. (For a jacket, this is unheard of.)

Gotta say, Snow Peak is kind of replacing Patagonia for me.

P.S. They are having a pretty major sale on winter apparel right now. Let me know if you get anything.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What It's Like to Work with an Everlane Model


On Monday, my teammate on this new project was asking me about Everlane, I can only assume because I looked super awesome wearing it. (Or she might have been concerned about the lack of variety in my wardrobe. It's hard to tell.) When she casually mentioned the coolest thing...

Monday, March 23, 2015

In Case of the Blues


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Last week was tough. I didn't even have a concrete reason for feeling shitty. Don't you sometimes feel out of sorts?

When I feel sad, it helps to remember that it's temporary. It is the hardest thing to do when you're sad, but you just have to keep reminding yourself. You'll get through it. Something good is just around the corner.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

"Bias is surmountable"

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To round out this March-8th-inspired week, I wanted to share an article I keep coming back to every few months. It's written by one of the most brilliant women I know (who also happens to be my lucky brother's manager)Tamar Bercovici.

Her solution to overcoming gender bias at work? Bring value, and prove 'em wrong.

I love this because it puts the focus back on yourself. It's not about changing other people's views. It's about your skills, your enthusiasm, your work. It's something you can control. And this approach has the advantage of benefiting you regardless of somebody else's opinion. Win-win.