Diaries, Musings

Third Culture Kid Diaries: Part 1

It’s weird moving back to Taiwan. It’s weird because I managed to find a home in four out of six countries I lived in, but not in my country of birth and citizenship. I’ve been thinking about this lately and that’s what prompted me to start this series, “Third Culture Kid Diaries”.

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Career, Day in the Life

Lessons of a Young Working Professional


This past week at work was emotionally draining for me. There were various little situations that added up to the point where I felt I was being mistreated because I was a female and because I was on the lowest rung of the ladder on the team. It wasn’t until my manager popped by my cube to check up on me that I broke down in tears and told him how I was feeling.

I learned a lot during the next 48 hours after my breakdown.

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Day in the Life, Experiments

Be Happier via 5-Minute Journal | Challenge #003

What is the 5-minute journal?
The 5-minute journal is “the simplest, most effective thing you can do every day to be happier”. You can establish a positive pattern of thinking and acting when it really matters.

How It Works:
Answer 3 questions in the morning to set the tone for the rest of the day, and answer 2 questions before you go to bed to end on a note of self-investment in your well-being.


Continue reading to see how we felt about the 5-minute journal!

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Day in the Life, Fitness

Annie’s Five Favorite Fitness People

Do you ever find yourself getting bored of the same exercises? Or you’re not feeling super confident about your fitness journey and need a little pick me up? Whenever I am tired of the workouts I do, I like to switch it up and find new exercises to do. The first place I turn to is Instagram. There are many fitness “gurus” on this platform who share their knowledge and their own fitness journeys because they want to inspire and connect with likeminded people. Here are a few of my favorites:

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Books & Podcasts, Musings

Book Report: Strategize to Win by Carla Harris


Carla Harris is on my Badass Women list. She is a Wall Street banker, motivational speaker, gospel singer, and author of “Expect to Win” and “Strategize to Win”. She has done so many things in her lifetime that I couldn’t decide what or how many of her accomplishments to list, so here are my top 2 “damn-she’s-a-badass” choices:

  1. She was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council in August 2013, and
  2. She performed sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall.

After listening to her speak at the 2016 Massachusetts Conference for Women, I believed in her awesome-ness, and I wanted to see if her book could rub some of that savvy charisma onto me.

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Explore, North America

Grand Canyon Rim-to-Rim Hike


How to make the most delicious ramen in your life:

  1. Hike Grand Canyon from rim to rim;
  2. Follow instructions on how to make ramen;
  3. Enjoy the most delicious bowl of ramen you’ll ever eat.

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Day in the Life, Fitness

Annie’s Fitness Essentials

When I first started my fitness journey, the only things I brought to the gym with me were the basics: my headphones, my phone and a water bottle. Over time, I began adding other essential items to the list that I needed to push through and have a successful workout. I want to share my five must haves for the gym with you. Maybe you’ll find the list helpful and you can add them to your own fitness essentials too!

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