【S】Starting from the Bottom

As mentioned in my recent post, one of my goals this year is to be more purposeful with my time and life outside of work, and spend more time to learn, read, and write about the topics I’m interested in. Recently, I came across some learning opportunities that address how we can pivot our mindset at work (especially as junior members on the team) to help us succeed–and feel happier.

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One challenge that I sometimes face at work is how to feel motivated, accomplished and valued, when I work with people who are evidently more experienced than I am. Most of the time, I feel grateful and inspired to work with many smart individuals (this might sound silly, sometimes I even feel my eye light up just observing how brilliant some of my co-workers are…). But I have to admit, it does get to me sometimes and makes me doubt myself. The below tips are inspiring to me, and I’d like to continue to remind myself throughout my career:

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【S】My thoughts on the Super Bowl ads

Last week, I finally convinced myself to watch the Super Bowl for the very first time. I was never a huge fan of football, but this time- I figured I had to join the bandwagon to support our own Seahawks team! 😉 It was super fun and to be honest, I love how the whole town celebrates together- it just feels so great seeing everyone so happy and so excited for the same thing. 🙂

Another thing I was really looking forward to was the Super Bowl ads. I mean…seriously, I learned about the big deal about Super Bowl in my marketing class (yes, I know this could be a shock to some of you and yes, this is a little embarrassing, but I had to admit it :P) Unfortunately though, I didn’t really get to watch a lot of ads during the game, because people were just too excited even during the commercials (very understandably so ;))! So I decided to go to the Chalk Talk event hosted by AAF Seattle with some of my colleagues and see what the experts had to say about this year’s Super Bowl ads. I was also curious because out of the ones I did see during the game (or online before the game), I wasn’t as impressed as I thought I’d be.

Although thousands of people have already discussed the Super Bowl websites on the internet, and it’s been a week since Super Bowl…I thought I’d still chime in some of my personal opinions:) :

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【S】Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

HAPPY SUNDAY!!!! =)))))

First of all, I know I’ve abandoned this blog for too long. It’s been more than a month since either of us wrote.

I guess too much has happened in the past one month, and both of us have been busy with work…but now I finally feel like I have my life back on track, and have so many new and exciting plans (which I shared with Nora on Skype today)! More on this later. 😉

But today, I want to finish my post on Lean In (as promised in my last post). Since Nora has started this book recently, I thought I’d share some of my favorite takeaways. It may not be super organized as they are just my personal notes, but if you like what you’re seeing in this post, I would strongly recommend you to read through it. 🙂 Of course, if there are any points that you find interesting but need clarification, feel free to ask me more. 🙂

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【S】”Yes, I believe I AM good!”

Hi Nora,

As I’ve mentioned to you a few times already, I recently finished the book Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg- and I highly recommend it! I was going to write a post about the book as a whole, but today, I had an interesting conversation with mom about one of the chapters, and I thought I’d share part of our conversation with you, dad, and our readers.

In this chapter, Sheryl mentioned that many women lack confidence- so that when they finally get the job they want, they feel guilty. They feel like they are “so lucky to get a job” and that “sooner or later, people will find out that they are really not that good”. They feel like they’ve “lied” to their employers about their capability, and are worried that people will realize this soon. Sheryl said she was nodding her head again and again when she heard this in a speech, and realized that she wasn’t the only one that has felt this way. The interesting thing is, this feeling applies to many women (and men)- even the ones that are extremely smart and successful.

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【S】Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion @ SAM

I’ve always enjoyed going to museums. No matter what type of exhibition I go to, I hardly ever feel disappointed. Most of the time, I leave the museum feeling inspired, satisfied, and even recharged. But somehow, I just don’t go as much as I wish I do- and there really is no excuse for it…Though I know that every time I do go, I wish I can go more. Hopefully this post will remind and encourage me to pay more visits to the nearby museums in the future. 🙂

In my opinion, you really don’t have to know art to appreciate art. The beauty of it is that you can interpret it in any way you’d like. Honestly, I’m not a connoisseur in any type of art- but that could partially be why I love museums so much- I always learn something new. I know this because I’ve written a few blog posts on the previous exhibitions that I’ve gone to- and most of the time I’m more inclined to write when I feel inspired. 😉 Perhaps I can consider sharing them again in this blog!

Last weekend I had the pleasure to finally seeing the “Future Beauty: 30 Years of Japanese Fashion” exhibition in Seattle Art Museum (SAM). Although SAM is still incomparable to MoMA and MET in terms of the scale, I consider we Seattleites pretty blessed already! It’s easily accessible in downtown, and in the past we’ve had a few exhibitions featuring famous artists such as Picasso and Gauguin (I absolutely enjoyed them!) And this time, it is SAM’s first exhibit focusing entirely on fashion- how cool is that? 🙂

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【S】My Summer 2013: Internship @ Wunderman

While Nora was enjoying her life spending time with family and traveling around Europe (as seen in her recent posts), I spent the majority of my summer interning at Wunderman. Am I jealous? Of course. But do I regret anything? Not at all! To be honest, I probably have had a summer just amazing as hers- I really couldn’t have imagined a better internship experience! Especially now that I’m hired on in the Global Deployment department, nothing can make me happier. 🙂

I’d definitely love to share more about my experience, but for now I’d like to share my post on “What it takes to succeed in the advertising industry” on our company blog. Please click the following link to read on. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Intern Perspective: What It Takes To Succeed In The Ad Industry

【S】Why your twenties matter and how to make the most of them now

Following my last post on my feelings (a combination of excitement and anxiety) as a recent graduate, this post will include some helpful advice I learned from Meg Jay’s “The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter and how to make the most of them now”. 

I agree with my friends and family who tell me to not over think, and to cherish and focus on the present (thanks for calming me down :))— especially because this may be the only time we can actually be overwhelmed with the amount of options we have—so in a way, we might as well cherish it. But still, with all this uncertainty, it’s always helpful for me to hear from people who have gone through the same thing before. 🙂

Anyways, below are some of my favorite quotes from the book- I didn’t write much about the “relationship/love” part, but if you’re interested, in the book she also offers some great advice about relationship and marriage…which I guess is good to keep in the back of our mind too… Because after all, marriage is the family we choose, and who we marry will most likely determine a huge portion of our happiness. Anyways, I got off topic/started thinking too much again. Read below pls 🙂

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