Confession: I stopped updating the blog for two full weeks while my boyfriend was visiting me. (You haven’t noticed because the blog hasn’t launched yet.) I decided that since this was the last time he and I would see each other for a while, I wanted to spend my time with him fully and with a degree of privacy.
So there’s a lacuna on the blog where 2 extremely eventful weeks of life had been – which brings me to reflect on the blog/life disparity.
Not to perpetuate a stereotype or anything, but summers growing up in Southern California were amazing. With the ocean a quick drive away and warm nights in Los Angeles, there was always a wealth of fun, carpe diem-y things to do. Summer was a sparkler – bright, ardent, and fading fast.
I have the pleasure of collaborating on this regular post with my one of my dearest friends. Christine and I were both extremely fortunate and managed to graduate with full-time job offers. Though our workplaces are vastly different (she works at an esteemed law firm in DC, and I’m at a tech company) we share one important common experience: We’re both young women of color working in traditionally white male-dominated fields.
And we think that’s pretty cool, don’t you?
So with a dedication to an intersectional lens on career advice from the female perspective, and in the spirit of our Friday night check-in calls, Christine and I bring to you Work It. We hope that as we learn more about the world of work, we can share our growing store of wisdom with you.
We are also mindful that both Christine and I are cishet women. If you have a queer female-identifying lens on navigating careers, please contact me, and we can talk about sharing your ideas.
Thanks for being here. Let’s strive hard, embrace uncertainty, and remember that inspiration comes in unexpected packages.
There is no bliss like fresh mochi.
Growing up, I would associate the gooey balls of sweet rice paste with trips to the Asian supermarket with my mom. We almost always chose Daifuku, or mochi with a sweet red bean paste filling. It was the tasty, sticky snack at the end of a family errand. So it seems appropriate that it was my mom (through impressive Internet-sifting) who found out about the Benkyodo Company.
I finished a bag of fresh fortune cookies from the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company, and they gave me weirdly encouraging words for my first day of my first postgrad job! How did they know?!
Loads of people on the Internet have more informed opinions on lip gloss and trends. I highly recommend checking them out. I’m still scrabbling for wisdom myself, so I’m really not in a position to impart any.
What you might get out of this blog is an exciting, impressionistic portrait of one person’s embarkation into a new city and post-grad life. This is where I’m documenting newness of moments before they pass.
Like this stage in my life, La Pia en Rose is bright and inchoate. It is, at least, a promise to myself to savor time, write more, and in doing so understand more. Maybe, at its grandest, this blog can be an act of love.
By way of this blog, I hope to generate new experiences, perspectives, pieces of text, and sending creativity into the world like messages in bottles.
Maybe they’ll wash onto your shore. Maybe you’ll even enjoy them.