I wrote this piece back in May of 2020. Dug it out this morning and decided to publish it with a few edits. It’s an ode to Seattle and what it meant for me when I lived there. I miss you, Great Pacific Northwest! I want to just write about Seattle today. It comes as… Continue reading Ode to Seattle
I had always wanted to get PADI certified for scuba diving. It was a bucket list item that I wanted to check off. I didn’t realize the skills and training that would go into it until I started taking the e-learning online course beforehand. PADI is not easy! I am still unsure why I didn’t… Continue reading Diving and life
There are a lot of life skills that we were never taught in professional schools. Negotiating your pay, advocating for yourself in the workplace and networking with others, are just the tip of the iceberg. It takes the average professional, years to learn the above and make it a critical part of their toolbox. Even… Continue reading Negotiation 101
The overarching theme for most vision board planning that commences at the beginning of each year is a listing of goals you want to accomplish. Bucket list items you want to check off. Have you created a vision board for yourself yet? I recently watched a recording of the ‘Strategic Dreaming’ session hosted by my… Continue reading Goal-setting
I was listening to Adam Grant’s podcast this morning. He was interviewing the author John Green on the launch of his new book. John mentioned, ‘pay attention to your attention.’ A surprisingly simple but effective strategy of finding out what makes you tick. As I thought about the concept more, I realized one of the… Continue reading Secrets to Productivity
In the last week alone, I was asked by 3 of my friends how I ‘manage everything.’ Internally, I laughed at the question because only I know how far the perception is from reality. The truth is, a couple months ago I’d once again fallen into the trap of being so busy. I barely had… Continue reading Are you really that busy?
Ever since I received my first dental school acceptance in 2015, I’m always hit with the same set of questions from every prospective dental student. What is the admissions process for international students? What are dental schools looking for? How could I, as a candidate, stand out? Could you review my resume and statement of… Continue reading Statement of Purpose
If anyone had a blueprint for what exactly any dental school was looking for, you wouldn’t be reading posts like this on the internet, would you? The answer to this question is complex. While I do not know the ‘real answer’, I can share an idea of what schools expect, based on the students I… Continue reading What are dental schools looking for?
Now that I have Persevering ready for launch later this week, I have a few thoughts to share about the book writing and publishing process. I’ve been getting tons of questions over the last few months on how to go about writing a book, so here are some of my answers. Book writing may take… Continue reading How to write a book
It took me years to learn what career advocacy meant. As an immigrant, I spent the first several years in America, trying to ‘fit in’. I was quiet, often taking criticism personally, and afraid of sharing my gifts with others. I was reluctant at the thought of expanding my comfort zone. What does advocacy mean… Continue reading Self-advocacy