【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.


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】hi there…it sure has been a while


Once in a while, I would come across this blog, and then get lost in nostalgia. I would come across the learnings I’ve shared on this blog from books or workshops, and then realized how relevant they still are in my life. I would come across my travel diaries, and then smiled at the memories that I have almost forgot about. I also remember how motivated I was when Nora and I started this blog together 5 years ago, since we wanted this to be a place where we can continue to share our lives with each other given we live on the opposite coasts.

Recently, a couple of things sparked my interests to start writing again…

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【N】2013.07.30 Harry Potter Studio Tour

What comes in your mind when you hear “London” or “England“? Tea? The Big Ben? And maybe their sexy accent? Well, for me, it’s all of the above and Harry Potter!

When Mom mentioned that we were going to London, I was super pumped and I started asking around and researching online to see where I had to visit other than the obvious landmarks. After browsing through some other people’s travel blogs online (btw, I think reading other travelers’ blogs is a great way to start any trip planning-super helpful!), I randomly googled “Harry Potter London”, then I came across this article about the Harry Potter Studio Tour! It talks about how you get to see Diagon Alley in real life and to learn about the special effects shown in the movie series. And I was like, how can I miss the chance to go behind-the-scenes!? And I have to say, it didn’t disappoint me at all. I enjoyed every single minute there!!! 


Yay! Off to Hogwarts! 😀 Haha jk, this was at King’s Cross Station in London.

For those of you who might be interested in going, make sure to book the tickets online in advance, because they don’t sell the tickets at the studio (Buy here–>http://www.wbstudiotour.co.uk/) I booked the tickets about a week before I left to London, and there was only one time slot left before mid-August!
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【S】Fashion Inspiration: “500 Days of Summer”

Today I’m going to an event on campus talking about Fashion and Blogging. Both are such passions of mine, but for some reason I haven’t blogged about fashion since forever. Maybe it’s just because there are so many brilliant fashion bloggers out there that I feel I’m not unique or confident enough to offer something new. And I don’t really consider myself “fashionable”, but I do appreciate the beauty of it. I guess I’ll ask for tonight’s speakers’ opinions. 

On top of the regular posts that I have written for College Fashion two years ago, I suddenly remember I’ve written a post on fashion inspired by “500 Days of Summer” for our Fashion Club blog. 

Before I can’t find it anymore, I thought I might as well share it here. It might be a good start? Plus I still love Zooey’s style in this movie. 🙂 Keep in mind though- I wrote this when I was a Freshman in college…So yea, that’s enough said I guess. 

Interestingly, 500 Days of Summer is now one of my favorite movies, but when I first watched it I didn’t actually completely understand the meaning. Funny how our own experiences change the way we see a movie…right?

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