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How I Cured my Digital Addiction

How I Cured my Digital Addiction

My name is Lisa and I’m addicted to my smart phone. It wasn’t always this way. I got my first personal smartphone in 2013; that’s the year when it just tipped over to a majority (53%) of Americans owning a smartphone but it wasn’t as...

How to Change Your Life One Week at a Time

How to Change Your Life One Week at a Time

For many people, change is scary. But change is inevitable. The thing we can do is to get more used to it. Over a decade ago, I vowed to do at least one new experience every week (“one new thing a week” or ONTAW). I...

How to Become Luckier

How to Become Luckier

An acquaintance baked a cake, and implored us to take extra slices. So I did, to be nice. And she thanks me by commenting that I was really lucky that I didn’t have to struggle with my weight. Bear in mind, that I’ve known this...

The Ultimate Measure of Wealth Isn’t Money

The Ultimate Measure of Wealth Isn’t Money

We all intuitively know that money isn’t everything. When we daydream of a life of wealth – we aren’t thinking of ourselves alone in a room full of cash. Instead, we all regularly exchange money for things to build a rich life for ourselves. The...

How I Do a Zero Waste Day

How I Do a Zero Waste Day

Every time I’ve seen a landfill, it’s been in a movie or in a foreign country. Though I’m surrounded by garbage cans in the U.S., I am insulated from the effects of all the trash that my affluent community regularly creates. But when I look...

What I Learned from my Worst Negotiation

What I Learned from my Worst Negotiation

Practicing law involves a multitude of skills – including analysis, communication, and negotiation. One would think that these skills would transfer easily to my real life. For instance, I’ve negotiated¬† a few settlements and thought I would be an excellent negotiator in real life. But...

What The Partner Track Gets Wrong About Asian American Female Lawyers

What The Partner Track Gets Wrong About Asian American Female Lawyers

As a Chinese American attorney, I was eagerly awaiting the TV adaptation of Helen Wan’s novel, The Partner Track. Wan is Chinese, and an alumna of both my high school and my law school. Her novel’s story follows a Chinese American woman as she seeks...

regret spending too little

Can You Save Too Much Money?

My parents are immigrants so thrift is deeply ingrained in me. Pinching pennies in my 20s and living a zero waste, one-meal-a-day lifestyle means that I really don’t check prices on things anymore – my lifestyle is cheap. The retirement calculators tell me I’m doing...