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  • Food,  Travel

    Redding: the perfect holiday

    At the beginning of the year, I had several exciting trips planned. My friend’s bachelorette weekend in Savannah! New York in the Spring! Wimbledon in July! But all those plans changed as COVID-19 spread around the globe. Goodbye, Savannah. Goodbye, New York. Goodbye, London. While I have been fortunate throughout this period, confining myself to 720 square feet was certainly an adjustment. The 1 bed/1 bath apartment I share with my fiance started to feel a bit like prison. By the time the end of June rolled around, I was majorly craving a change of scene. My fiance and I brainstormed locations and ideas. Chicago? No, we weren’t comfortable flying.…

  • Career,  Uncategorized

    Transitioning from management consulting to product management

    In January 2019, I left my job in management consulting at the Boston Consulting Group to begin a new journey as a Product Manager in Facebook’s Rotational Product Manager (RPM) program. While looking to switch jobs, I leaned heavily on my product manager friends. I asked them what their days entailed, how they prepared for interviews, and why they decided to become product managers. I also took them up on generous offers to mock interview me. Of course, not everyone lives in San Francisco and has ready access to friends who are PMs. Knowing how lucky I was to have their support, and in the interest of paying it forward,…

  • Food

    Affordable Japan Food Recommendations (no reservations required!)

    My first trip to Japan doubled as my first solo travel experience. Any Medium article worth its salt espouses solo travel as a way to ‘discover oneself,’ but my key discovery was this: when you travel alone, your days are yours alone and you can do exactly as you like! As it happens, everything that I like relates to food, so I spent the majority of my Japan trip either eating or researching future eats. Given Japan’s reputation as a food mecca, I arrived in Tokyo with an empty belly and sky-high expectations. Incredibly, the food I ate satisfied both these demanding parties. So I remember these when I visit…

  • Career,  India

    Reflections on A Year Working in India

    Living and working full time overseas headlined my life bucket list. Last May, I took the plunge and moved to Bombay for one year as part of a social impact leave of absence, which conveniently allowed me to keep my job in the US while taking a year to work at an Indian nonprofit. Despite having spent every summer in India growing up, and having completed many internships in Bangalore and Delhi, moving was nonetheless an adjustment. Whether you’re considering moving abroad to India or another emerging economy, I hope my reflections help to smooth your adjustment curve and set realistic expectations! As trite as it sounds, my year in India…

  • India,  Relationships

    Making Friends in a New City

    Making friends as an adult is a challenge. And with both of my post-college moves (first to San Francisco, then to Bombay), I chose to pursue the development of deep friendships with great intentionality. First, because it drives a huge amount of my happiness. Second, because it doesn’t happen as organically ‘in the real world’ as it used to in college. Third, because I experienced pretty crushing loneliness after both moves. The move to Mumbai, a city halfway across the world from my family, was an especially tough transition. Whether you have a million close friends (good for you, asshole! wait…should I not be calling people assholes if I want…

  • Career,  Food,  Relationships,  Self-Development

    Podcast Roundup: The Best of Lewis Howes

    I find podcasts impossibly boring, and I’m quite incapable of listening to one for more than a couple of minutes without my mind drifting off. I’ve always been much more of a reader. But for whatever reason, when the podcast is videotaped and I can see the interview happening, a switch flips and I quite enjoy them! For this reason, and also because I enjoy Lewis’s congenial style, I have taken to watching Lewis Howes interviews on youtube whenever I’m commuting, eating takeout, etc. Here are a few I’ve particularly enjoyed. The Science of Hunger, Optimal Health and Body Love with Celebrity Nutritionist Kelly LeVeque Kelly LeVeque inspires me. She…

  • Career,  Self-Development

    Learning New Skills As An Adult

    Learning New Skills As An Adult One of the best parts of working in nonprofit, as opposed to in management consulting, is the staggering increase in free time. For all you management consultants out there (no hate, I am very pro-consulting!), I assure you there a world exists in which you needn’t work 60+ hours a week. What’s that you ask? “Can you really go for a date or a dinner or a drink on a weekday?” “Can you really sleep 8 hours a night?” “Can you really dedicate an hour or two a day to developing other skills?” YES YOU CAN. A huge percentage of the gratitude I’ve felt…

  • Food

    A Cacio e Pepe 2018

    Ms. Chang, my amazing 9th grade English teacher, often hammered in the importance of ‘Showing, Not Telling.” Sorry, Ms. Chang, but ten years later I remain too lazy for that, so I’m ignoring one of the basic rules of good writing to just tell you that I love food. Check out my yelp reviews if you don’t believe me, or are in the mood to read a pretentious snot’s judgement on a number of restaurants. Link to my yelp account. One of the hardest questions to answer as a foodie is “What’s your all-time favorite dish?” Truthfully, I have so many, and the list changes over time, but Cacio e…

  • Career,  Relationships,  Self-Development,  Uncategorized

    You should feel good about 2017

    Every day in December, a friend of mine writes down one accomplishment in the last year that makes her proud. By the end of the year, she creates a list of 31 accomplishments. What a brilliant idea! I’ve heard of many “Year in Review” type activities, but always shy away from them…they usually involve copious amounts of self-flagellation, and many of us are too good at that already. New Years doubles as an opportunity for self-reflection and change for the better, but it can also be a lovely time to simply smile at oneself and say, “well done!”. In the spirit of self-acceptance, I’m sharing a partial list of my…