Another year, another recap

Looking back but not dwelling; it’s a new thing for me.

Come, gentlemen, I hope we shall drink down all unkindness. — William Shakesphere

Wow, I’m so fucking late to the game with this post.

  • Lunar New Year just passed (祝大家新年好!)
  • It’s currently Black History Month. There’s so much to celebrate, remember, and learn.
  • Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth finally got hitched after a decade! (Not all hope is lost for those who are still wandering and exploring.)
  • We lost another fashion icon/legend, Karl Lagerfeld. He had an immaculate vision and story.
  • And… a bunch of dark, heavy shit that we won’t get into today.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. — Mark Twain

For me, the past year was about finding my voice again. I felt lost, unmotivated, and I started so many projects that never saw the light of day. There were also some cool events that I could’ve, should’ve, would’ve gone to by myself but I wasn’t able to overcome the fear of being in a room full of strangers. So I said, Fuck it.

#TBT to me with long hair!

The Highlights

Landed in UI/UX 👩🏻‍💻

One of my goals was to land a UI/UX designer role and I did it ( 🎉). Now, I have an amazing, supportive team that enables me to do my best every day. I’m incredibly humbled and grateful to be amongst these superstars.

Confidence begets confidence.—Jaclyn Johnson

Right now, I’m fucking fired up. I’ve never felt more infused with confidence in my process and my abilities. With that being said, the confidence to be unapologetically myself also came surprisingly natural—well, because it’s really the only person I can be.

Created a publication ✍🏻

I started a community called People talk. where I spend most of my time conversing with various makers, shakers, and doers about their processes, ideas, and living life. My main objective for People talk. is to share stories from people like ourselves and start conversations that may spark ideas, collaborations, or even create magic.

Top 5 books I read in 2018

Embraced my culture 🇨🇳

Inspired by my drive to be completely fluent in Mandarin (I’m Cantonese), I’m going deep into the world of China starting with C-dramas, then their mobile apps, and finally, their men (just kidding 👅💦).

“Facing a language you don’t know is like returning to your infancy when your mother tongue used to be a foreign language to you” — Munia Khan

I’ve watched 2 Chinese TV Dramas over the winter break (‘Eternal Love’ and ‘Ashes of Love’, both incredible and super well done). Now, I’ve just finished ‘Legend of Fuyao’ and so… I felt compelled to start ‘The Flame’s Daughter’. Whoops. Y’all could say I’m committed AF.

Other languages I’m learning (but put on hold)

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Japanese

Top 5 apps to learn a new language

Traveled to NYC 🍎

Last Spring, I had an opportunity to meet with a company in Manhattan. Since my mom and I had already planned this trip to visit my brother who just moved there — two birds, one stone. Y’better fucking believe I took complete advantage of this trip.

Some key places we visited

  • MoMA
  • Cooper-Hewitt Museum
  • #TheSundayRileyExperience

Noteworthy places we ate at

And ✈️ to Chicago

My last job took the entire office to Chicago to celebrate their 90th anniversary of being in business—it wasn’t the same owner but still an incredible milestone nonetheless. It was a great experience to be in Chicago and it felt very close to home (general vibe and people’s attitudes).

Saw a bunch of cool art and performances 🎨

Growing up, I never really went to concerts because like the friends I had, I was never devoted to a single group.

Creativity takes courage.—Henri Matisse

Last year was a lot about self-reflection and indulging in all kinds of pleasures. So, I decided it was worthwhile to attend a handful of performances like Charlotte Day Wilson, Chris D’Elia, Rupi Kaur, and Li Yundi to name a few.

Forget yourself. Become one with eternity. Become part of your environment. — Yayoi Kusama

Started writing screenplay 🎬

I’ve always pictured my life in scenes; quoting lines from movies that are part of me now; and always trying to peek behind the scenes of actors, directors, and set designers. Being a natural born storyteller, I want to be able to use every kind of medium and platform to help me bring my visions to the big screen. And filmmaking is something I’ve always been interested in.

Other noteworthy mentions 🏁

  • Got a selfie stick that’s also a tripod. You’re welcome, cuz.
  • Read a bunch of books. See my Top 5 near the top!
  • Bought my plane ticket to Vietnam in March 2019.

Final words

2018 blew by like a gust of wind; like the Road Runner; or like Stephen Chow and Qiu Yuen’s characters’ race-off in the movie ‘Kung Fu Hustle’.

Eye of a Designer. Writer. Co-founder of Women United Project. Check out my debut co-authored book, #WomenLetsRise