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How We Lose Our Authentic Self and Find It Again

We are all born into this world unique, beautiful, and whole. As we grow and are exposed to the pre-existing rules of society, we learn that there are “right” and “wrong” ways of being. Some of us learn that it is not always safe or acceptable to express our authentic self. We may even start believing that it has no worth…

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For 妈Ma

I was 8 when I jumped up

onto the bed to give you a hug

I was confused when 爸Ba stopped me

and said, “Be gentle with 妈Ma.”

That’s how I found out

that I would be a big sister.

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The Path to My Authentic Self

2017 was a year of hurricanes. While Harvey, Irma, and Maria created one of the most catastrophic seasons ever recorded, I felt the same chaotic winds blow right through my personal life. Within the span of a few months, I parted ways with my beloved business partner, and my 7 year romantic relationship came to an amicable but no less painful end. I had come to see these two special people as part of my own identity, and without their anchoring presence, I was suddenly adrift and very much alone.


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BLND Talk: Musings of A Hungry Creative

This is a talk I did at BLND 2017 - a Design and Business conference hosted by the University of Waterloo.

The actual title is "Musings of a Hungry Creative". It's about the rarely shared struggles of being a creative entrepreneur, and what I learned while trying to navigate them. This is the most honest talk I've given and it was emotionally exhausting preparing it, but I'm happy that it resonated with so many people.

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Overlap 2016 - In Service

In early June, a group of creatives and changemakers answered a vague invitation to gather in a Minnesota forest. The next few days were full of thought-provoking conversations, honest personal stories, and deep self-reflection. There was laughter, some tears, but most of all a sense of joyful camaraderie amongst kindred spirits. Together, we explored what it means to be "in service", and committed to helping each other find our way (or as Dila proposed, perhaps "there is no way"). 

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