Philly and NYC Adventures!

Winter break has been great so far and I’ve been doing some urban exploration. My cousin and brother and I took a day trip up to Philly with the Philadelphia Magic Gardens as the main attraction.

I’m also currently in New York before I leave for Thailand! Here’s a little peek Loopy Mango which we stumbled upon on the way to lunch the other day. I’m pretty sure I saw them on Tumblr ages ago so this was exciting to find. I couldn’t buy anything because it was way over my budget but the oversized yarn and chunky knits were super cool.

Bonus! Here’s a Meiji period Japanese woman knitting in the form of woodblock print which was in a Metropolitan Museum of Art exhibit.

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I’m still in New York for a couple more days (including New Years!) so there may be more adventures to come before an adventure on the other side of the world.

Yogic Time Management

It’s been quite a while since I last posted, and I’m only writing this because I’m procrastinating studying for my two exams coming up next week. (I know I need to do a sky scarf saturday but I don’t have a picture of my progress!)

This semester I’m taking yoga and I love it. I’ve been interested in yoga and meditation for a while, but ironically don’t have time to dedicate to it unless I strictly schedule it into my life. Before each practice, we are asked to reflect on a certain topic and write it down in our journals. This past week, it was about balance, both physical and life balance, and how to achieve it.

This past week has brought up a number of opportunities to eliminate stress factors in my life and achieve a more balanced life. Throughout high school and college, I had managed to cram just about everything I was interested in into my schedule. But there comes a time when you are no longer exploring options and opportunities, and you need to prioritize your commitments and figure out what is really important and positive for you. This applies to activities, work, people, relationships. Sometimes you just need to cut things out that are harmful to your mental well-being.

So I left a board I was part of and a team I was supposed to be on. I’ve limited communication to people I know would leave me in a bad mood. And with all that time I’ve saved, I’m able to focus my energy on the activities that matter to me – and sleep. In living in such an obsessive, reactive, workaholic, work-hard-play-hard culture, it is easy to lose a sense of self and forget self care. Especially as an introvert who is heavily involved in working in groups and teams and organizing people, it’s easy to ignore my own needs when I’m working towards a common goal. But after so long, I need to have that moment for myself.

Last night I watched 2.5 great movies on Netflix, by myself, with yarn strewn across my covers, and ate mint chocolate chip ice cream. It was the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had in a really long time.

To what lies ahead

It’s July, I’m in full swing in my internship, and I’m diving head first into fall recruiting preparation already. Before I know it, I’ll be on my way to my first class of my last year of college and that is terrifying. And while that may be the case, I have been learning and absorbing so much about business, professional development, and simply building meaningful relationships with people. These are things that I definitely take back with me to school and into my future career.

So far in this internship experience, I’ve received a lot of exposure of not only supply chain but other functional areas in its periphery. I am getting to work on a couple projects for an integrated business manager which is a position I’m starting to think would fit me if I were to continue my career in industry. I’ve also met a lot of leaders with very good insight on how to plan for and succeed in whatever career path I choose. One of my favorite tips that I’ve heard is having a balance between processes and positive relationships to facilitate sustainable success. I 100% believe that both qualities are necessary in any job function.

I have noticed that a lot of people assume that I do not know where I want my career to head yet, which is a reasonable expectation for a college student. But I’m no normal college student. One director that I had a conversation with gave me the advice to have a 10 year plan, to make small career move objectives that will help me get to where I want to be in 10 years. Little did he know that I already had a 5 year plan put in place since last year! If you’ve been following my posts, you know that I know exactly where I want to be by age 25, starting my own nonprofit organization that provides entreprenuership education and consulting services to minority/women small business owners

And to get there, I’ve modified my smaller objectives a bit since the goal dawned on me. I feel like I’m juggling a million things right now, and despite my pushback on the model minority stereotype, I am doing all that it takes to get all the experience I need to fulfill my goal. My first priority is to secure a post-graduate job in a consulting firm. While it would be amazing to get an offer from an MBB firm, I’m grounded in reality. This is like college applications all over and getting into on of these firms straight out of college is tougher than getting into an Ivy League school. I’m currently studying up on the interview process and it’s a bit overwhelming. But if anyone out there is looking for a partner to practice case interviews with I’m your girl. I’m also attempting to build my network, which is hard for an introvert. I just need to keep in mind that the more attempts I make the better I will get and the more likely I can sustain the relationship.

I’m filling the cracks of my spare time with some experience in the Asian American and nonprofit spaces. I will soon be a one third of a social media management team for an Asian American nonprofit media website. (I will reveal it when this becomes more concrete!) I am also hoping to be able to get my feet wet in a research project about diversity in business with a professor/mentor at school, and I am going to go full force with one more year in our Asian Student Association as a student leader and hopeful organizer.

And on top of all that I have my personal life too. It’s not really something I talk about on my blog, but now it’s getting to the point where I am close to thinking about my future and what this means in terms of maintaining relationships with friends and family. I don’t want to be the person that puts her job first, but that’s precisely who I am. But I think what makes it different for me is that I know what I’m doing it for. It’s not the money or prestige. I just want to be able to help those in need with my strengths. And in the end, I want to be a founder and owner, in control of my own life and happiness. To what lies ahead…