Turning 30: dreaming beyond this moment

As I write this, I'm coming off of a week that felt particularly catastrophic. We're in a global pandemic. The US west coast, where we live, is ablaze like never before. People are missing, the air is dangerous to breathe. Massive injustices plague our communities...

I graduated from business school. Here’s what I learned.

No cap, no gown, no frenzied march around campus in a sea of cheerful graduates. The Class of 2020, from middle school to graduate school, skipped commencement this year, and I am among them. While the temptation is to allow our current pandemic to engulf any...

How we’re spending our last summer in Connecticut (socially distanced)

When we moved to New Haven two years ago for my MBA program, we never imagined this season would end in a global crisis. Lately, the pandemic has contributed to how challenging it seems to truly close this chapter. In just a few weeks, Aaron and I will leave the East...

Pursuing a dream when no one can show you how

One of my personal heroes, Jacqueline Novogratz, launched her second book this week. As the founder and CEO of Acumen, Novogratz is extraordinary for her achievements; but what has always taken my breath away is her vibrant, honest storytelling. When I was beginning...

How we’re pivoting our life and business this year

2020 was already going to hold immense change for many of us. Perhaps you've been looking forward to your family growing or your career advancing. You may have had a wedding or two on the calendar. Perhaps you were gearing up for a big trip, or a big move. Aaron and I...

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Turning 30: dreaming beyond this moment

Turning 30: dreaming beyond this moment

As I write this, I'm coming off of a week that felt particularly catastrophic. We're in a global pandemic. The US west coast, where we live, is ablaze like never before. People are missing, the air is dangerous to breathe. Massive injustices plague our communities...

I graduated from business school. Here’s what I learned.

I graduated from business school. Here’s what I learned.

No cap, no gown, no frenzied march around campus in a sea of cheerful graduates. The Class of 2020, from middle school to graduate school, skipped commencement this year, and I am among them. While the temptation is to allow our current pandemic to engulf any...

Pursuing a dream when no one can show you how

Pursuing a dream when no one can show you how

One of my personal heroes, Jacqueline Novogratz, launched her second book this week. As the founder and CEO of Acumen, Novogratz is extraordinary for her achievements; but what has always taken my breath away is her vibrant, honest storytelling. When I was beginning...

How we’re pivoting our life and business this year

How we’re pivoting our life and business this year

2020 was already going to hold immense change for many of us. Perhaps you've been looking forward to your family growing or your career advancing. You may have had a wedding or two on the calendar. Perhaps you were gearing up for a big trip, or a big move. Aaron and I...

Simple morning and evening routines during quarantine

Simple morning and evening routines during quarantine

Prior to the coronavirus outbreak, our lives seemed to be moving at breakneck speed. I, especially, had abandoned any past commitment to slow living when I realized that I could do so much more with my time if I just... crammed it all in. I'm embarrassed and humbled...

Coronavirus survival: one breath at a time.

Coronavirus survival: one breath at a time.

Our current global crisis has catalyzed numerous reactions, from individuals like you and me shuttered away in our homes, to large multinational organizations working to respond in time. Amidst all the advocacy, commentary, and reporting (and much of this is...

Hello 2020: where we’ve been and where we’re going

Hello 2020: where we’ve been and where we’re going

As I look back over 2019, I feel a rush of emotions. The highest highs and lowest lows met us this year, across 4 continents, over multiple months. Some of the travel was for our nonprofit that works with communities in Latin America. Other travel was for family,...

Why you should visit Stockholm in the fall

Why you should visit Stockholm in the fall

Do a little research on visiting Stockholm, Sweden, and you're likely to find lots of recommendations for the summer. And it's with good reason: the Swedish capital comes alive in the summer months when days are long and the...

Passionate people don’t trade their calling for the world.

Passionate people don’t trade their calling for the world.

Not everyone believes that people are called to existence for a specific purpose. But I happen to. And I have spent a lot of time thinking about this lately. One of the most common questions asked of graduate students is "What's next? What will you do with your...

This is 29: what I’ve learned from a year of adventure

This is 29: what I’ve learned from a year of adventure

I turn 29 today. Not to be dramatic, but I look back on the past year and feel like I died and came back to life multiple times. In many ways, this year was one of the hardest I've ever experienced. It also required more courage than I ever thought possible. Twirling...

25 magical places to eat in Mexico City: bucket list for foodies

25 magical places to eat in Mexico City: bucket list for foodies

We might have said "Mexico City restaurants are on the rise" ten years ago and not been entirely late to the game. But today, the culinary scene in this global capital is nothing less than a mature, full-blown bonanza. And there's good news: you're invited. The fact...

On giving and receiving better advice

On giving and receiving better advice

When it comes to making thoughtful decisions and pursuing our goals well, good advice is something we crave. We also want to be the kinds of people who offer that good advice to others— it can be such a rewarding way to contribute. I recently joined the advisory board...

How to spend 7 incredible days in Patagonia: itinerary and guide

How to spend 7 incredible days in Patagonia: itinerary and guide

Mountains that thunder, rivers that glow. Creaking glaciers that stretch for miles. Condors, guanacos, and flamingos that fill the sky, the earth, and the water. Patagonia is nothing short of magical. And many people would be scandalized by a trip as short as 7 days...

The perfect Paris weekend guide to food and frolicking

The perfect Paris weekend guide to food and frolicking

Paris, city of light. Paris, city of love. Paris, home to the world's favorite writers, designers and artists. Paris, the city we promised each other to visit once every five years to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We all (want to) have a Paris story. But visiting...

48 Hours in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico: full itinerary & map

48 Hours in Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico: full itinerary & map

Mexico's wine region, Valle de Guadalupe in Baja California, is growing in popularity as it rises to the top of international lists for culinary and wine-tasting adventures. But first, a story about what brought us there. We were nearing the end of our season in...

A first-timer’s guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina

A first-timer’s guide to Buenos Aires, Argentina

"It's like Europe!" If you've heard someone say this about Buenos Aires, they're not entirely wrong. There are beautiful buildings modeled after Paris. There are broad avenues, stunning gardens, and as colonial history would have it, many locals who can claim Italian,...

Hello 2019: where we’ve been and where we’re headed

Hello 2019: where we’ve been and where we’re headed

2018 was a whirlwind of a year, filled with more change than we are used to. Most significantly, we traversed across the United States to begin a new chapter of life in Connecticut while I pursue my MBA at Yale. This uprooting after more than four years in Los Angeles...

The simplest fall picnic for an afternoon of chasing foliage

The simplest fall picnic for an afternoon of chasing foliage

Simple things make me happy. But lately, I've discovered that an inundation of life changes can make us forget the simple things. Like a fall picnic on a crisp, admittedly colder-than-average day. It's not that hard to pack a bag of cheese and goodies and go sit under...

4 ways to live deeply when you’re busier than ever

4 ways to live deeply when you’re busier than ever

Year 1 of my MBA program is in full swing and I feel like a bit of a phony. I'm surrounded by classmates who worked really hard to get here. Conversations often dance around the battle scars of merger-induced all-nighters or volatile client crises that eventually...

Heading to Yale for my MBA!

Heading to Yale for my MBA!

If you had met me 4 years ago on the day of my college graduation—or anytime before that— you probably would not have thought of me as the business school type. And for the most part, I'm still not. My work experience has been a hodgepodge of independent consultation,...

Our China Adventure: poems, gardens, and painted dreams

Our China Adventure: poems, gardens, and painted dreams

Our trip to China was six months ago. Yes, it's taken me this long to write and publish something about it. Lately I've found myself searching for deeper meaning as I travel, not simply wandering for wandering's sake, or for writing a useful guide. Trust me, I'm still...

The Vulnerability Tradeoff

The Vulnerability Tradeoff

Sometimes I wonder whether there's anything I fear more than failing in plain view of others. And I'm not talking about your average "this is my first time" failure; I'm talking about "I worked really hard and I did not succeed" failure. Maybe it was because I grew up...

Rome off the beaten path: a wanderer’s guide to the eternal city

Rome off the beaten path: a wanderer’s guide to the eternal city

I love the Spanish Steps. And the Trevi Fountain. The Pantheon still takes my breath away. And the first time I sank my teeth into a delicate lasagna in the Piazza Navona, I thought I'd discovered culinary gold. Rome is where I fell in love with travel. When I was 13,...

2018: Looking back, looking ahead

2018: Looking back, looking ahead

We've just returned from an 18-day trip around the world. Aaron discovered an unusual route that would take us east from Los Angeles to Rome, Rome to Taipei, Taipei to Shanghai, and Shanghai to LA. All nonstop. So on December 12th, we packed our bags and left for the...

Autumn In Kyoto: Where To Find The Best Foliage (with a map!)

Autumn In Kyoto: Where To Find The Best Foliage (with a map!)

Autumn in Kyoto is something else. Bursts of color occupy the stretch between earth and sky, spreading wide at the tops of trees, trickling down in fallen leaves, crunching beneath your feet. Having lived in New England, my expectations weren't low. But there was a...

Alive, not perfect.

Alive, not perfect.

There’s a woman named Anne at my church. She is the picture of authenticity. She catches us off-guard with her honest, knowing smile. She builds rapport without uttering a word. Anne grew up dodging bullets in east Africa. She now lives in Pasadena with her two...

Resisting chaos with quietness: 4 simple practices

Resisting chaos with quietness: 4 simple practices

We live in an age where we feel as though everything matters and nothing can wait. Between headlines, notifications, and the regular demands of our work and home life, it is all too easy to go through an entire day (or week) doing nothing other than responding to what...

Oaxaca, Mexico: a guide to the city of delights

Oaxaca, Mexico: a guide to the city of delights

(Updated in 2020) This is a guide to Oaxaca City, Mexico. It's also a bit of a memoir. We spent a week there absorbing its magic, wandering its alleys, and tasting its impeccable food. I want to remember all of it. And I want you to know about it-- where to eat, stay,...

TROVE: the new ethical clothing brand you need to know

TROVE: the new ethical clothing brand you need to know

The past month has been quite the whirlwind. From Oaxaca to Guatemala back to Los Angeles, I feel ready to be in one place for a while. It's in the moments between journeys that we are able to absorb and process all that we've experienced. And even though I've been...

Cambodia: Travel Guide and Photo Diary

Cambodia: Travel Guide and Photo Diary

Cambodia is a place I'll never forget. I grew up dreaming of visiting, and in April of this year, I finally did-- with two of my best girl friends from college, one of whom just finished two years with Peace Corps there. If you've ever to traveled to Southeast Asia,...

3 years of marriage: 3 truths I’m grateful for

3 years of marriage: 3 truths I’m grateful for

Today, Aaron and I celebrate 3 years. 3 years since we said that we do-- do vow to love, cherish, endure, laugh, adventure, advocate, serve, and give-- with each other. And it's weeks like this (months like this, really), when I am grateful for the opportunity to...

How to build a summer capsule wardrobe (+ free worksheets!)

How to build a summer capsule wardrobe (+ free worksheets!)

I'll admit it. My passion for capsule wardrobes has waxed and waned. Back in the early days of this blog, I literally committed to 30-or-so items for 3 months, and made it happen. That was then, this is now. What I learned in that process is that limiting your...

When Simple Living Breaks Your Heart

When Simple Living Breaks Your Heart

I sat down this afternoon, determined to write about my trip to Cambodia. But this is the piece that unfurled instead. Because whenever I think for more than a moment about my recent visit to the Khmer kingdom, my proud smile melts into a heart-wrenching longing. You...

On purpose and perseverance

On purpose and perseverance

Purpose and perseverance are two weighty words. And we need both. But we often overlook their value until we've lost them. Without purpose, I am predisposed to overachievement. To gratify myself somehow with the hustle to prove my worth. Without something greater to...

Easy Self-Care Practices

Easy Self-Care Practices

When it comes to self-care practices, I'm not an expert. Self-care isn't even a term I love; for some reason, it turns up in the files of my brain along with the same search terms for "me-time." A part of me still bristles when anyone says, "I can't. I need a little...

Next Stop: Cambodia (and my itinerary)

Next Stop: Cambodia (and my itinerary)

Today I'm on a flight to a childhood dream. Before I imagined myself frolicking in the fields of Tuscany or strolling through the streets of Paris, I wanted to be in Cambodia. Predating my taste for perfect, elegant food was my taste for gritty, old, abandoned centers...

Mexico City Wanderings: A Photo Diary

Mexico City Wanderings: A Photo Diary

I've sung the praises of Mexico City and coupled them with detailed travel tips. So this post will be a little different. Last week, we spent 4 nights in the Condesa neighborhood of Mexico City-- a serene, treelined section with quaint coffeeshops and restaurants...

Impact Guatemala Popup Shop!

Impact Guatemala Popup Shop!

I’m writing this with a lot of excitement and a little bit of fear... but you are so supportive and I love this little community, so I’m taking a risk. As you might know, I work part-time as an Independent Ambassador with Noonday Collection (on top of my 8-to-5), a...

Make a big difference with your ordinary life

Make a big difference with your ordinary life

I used to believe that impact was directly correlated with grandeur. To make a big difference, grand gestures and one-time heroic efforts were required. But lately, I've learned that impact is more often made with the process of chipping away. It's showing up day...

Beyond Minimalism

Beyond Minimalism

There comes a point in every minimalist's journey when she has to move beyond simplifying and actually pursue her reason for minimizing. I've been at that point for a long time. I don't spend weekends decluttering. I don't go through intention exercises. I don't keep...

How to simplify your food: a minimalist cooking guide

How to simplify your food: a minimalist cooking guide

My husband and I are foodies. We're also enthusiastic home chefs. We own too many cookbooks and more appliances than the average person. Our entire wedding registry is mostly in the form of a kitchen tool. And we use all of it. But here's the thing-- we believe in...

5 Common Ways Businesses Get You To Buy

5 Common Ways Businesses Get You To Buy

Ever since I started working in sales and marketing, I've become much more aware of how businesses manage to sell us things. This process is so ingrained into our existence that its nuances nearly become invisible to us. Everyday, we use and consume products. It's...

Focused living is knowing what to listen for

Focused living is knowing what to listen for

My husband and I spent the weekend in Las Vegas. Through a series of unexpected events, we had found ourselves with a free stay for the 3-day weekend. As much as Vegas is the antithesis of what we love and live for, we also appreciate so much about the city. More on...

Why New Things Will Never Deeply Satisfy

Why New Things Will Never Deeply Satisfy

It was Sunday. I walked into one of my favorite department stores to find they were running (yet another) sale. I grabbed everything that looked mildly interesting and made a dash for the changing rooms. With each outfit, I asked myself questions like, does this fit...

4 Simple Steps to Holiday Peace

4 Simple Steps to Holiday Peace

As we enter into Christmas weekend, I'm noticing a trend. Photographs are shared that harken to that holiday feeling we all love and hold in our hopes. Tales of travel (or pilgrimage, perhaps) unfurl as friends go near and far to spend these days away from work. And...

Finding gifts that don’t lose their value

Finding gifts that don’t lose their value

It's been a while since I went shopping. And I did-- briefly-- while we were in Kyoto. I've been looking for a loose, work-appropriate pair of pants (culottes, a fun style from Paris). I pictured myself waltzing into the department store, finding the perfect pair of...