To My 20-Year Old Self, A Recent Graduate. A Letter from the Future.

Dear young Mailan, Congratulations on your thesis! Congratulations on finishing school. You have shown great perseverance and fortitude. I look back at that moment and I still feel proud of you. The years ahead will be challenging, as is always the case when one is starting out, but these experiences will build your character. You will turn … More To My 20-Year Old Self, A Recent Graduate. A Letter from the Future.

2015 Year-end Review: Regrets, Lessons, Big Wins

OVERVIEW 2015 for me has been a year of breaking points, reflections, and grand life auditing. The first half was really B A D, which prompted me to jump into the Great Unknown and take a 3-monthish break from adulting, where I did a lot of thinking and changing. Then my life took a 360° from that and everything turned … More 2015 Year-end Review: Regrets, Lessons, Big Wins

13 Quotes That Will Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

(DISCLAIMER: No therapeutic claims. Just ~zen~.) In school, we’re trained to be professionally competent and gritty for the ~Real World~. They’re right about that. But what I found after I’d graduated is that Being Chill All The Time is a very important trait that I must possess in order to rise above difficult people and … More 13 Quotes That Will Improve Your Emotional Intelligence

JOB HOPPING: Is it really the person’s fault if he’s/she’s a job-hopper?

The State of Affairs If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know that I took a three-month life break (which became a four-month thing) where I took a leave from teaching and did some “soul-searching.” Ironically, I’m back to teaching. I never really intended to go back to teaching this early. But one day, I dropped by at … More JOB HOPPING: Is it really the person’s fault if he’s/she’s a job-hopper?

I Took a Three-month Break from Adulting and Here’s What It’s Like

I initially called it “strategic planning.” Then I called it “existentialist break” and sometimes, loosely, “soul-searching,” which both felt partially wrong. When I was reaching out for the exit, it didn’t feel like I was at a loss with who I am or what the purpose of my life is. It felt like I needed … More I Took a Three-month Break from Adulting and Here’s What It’s Like