【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】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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【S】It’s Not About the Coffee- Howard Behar (II)

Continuing my last post on my takeaways from the book It’s Not About the Coffee by Howard Behar-

Principles #6-10:

6. Be Accountable: Only the Truth Sounds like the truth Continue reading

【S】It’s Not About the Coffee- Howard Behar (I)

I’ve met Howard Behar (former president of Starbucks Coffee Company International) for quite a while now, and since I’ve learned so much from him, I figured it only makes sense for me to read his book, “It’s Not About the Coffee”. In a nutshell, it’s a book about his ten principles that guided his leadership and success

I kind of wish I read this book earlier. It makes so much sense to me and is very inspirational.  I highly highly recommend it, but if you simply don’t have the time, I’d like to share some of my takeaways here. 
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【S】Conversation Lunch with Howard Behar and Scott Armstrong

Almost every quarter, 12 CISB (Certificate of International Studies in Business) students get an opportunity to talk with executives who work in the international business field in an intimate setting, called “Conversation with Global Business Leaders”. This opportunity was set up by Howard Behar, the former president of Starbucks Coffee Company International; where he would bring different executive to talk with us for an hour, and I always get so much out of it. I think this was the third time I participated, and I have to say it is part of my favorite experience in CISB. 🙂 Continue reading