Showing posts from February, 2018

How To Have Courage When You Are Bullied (3 minute read)

In honour of Pink Shirt Day, I wanted to share 2 true stories of myself standing up to bullies as a kid. Although I've met bullies at all ages, it’s when you’re a kid that you’re the most vulnerable, where the hate hurts the most, and horrible, unnecessary shit happens.
**Click Below To Listen**  I’m in Grade 4. This is the mid-90s and I’m obsessed with Clueless. (You know, because a short, shy, Chinese girl with a bowl haircut screams Whatever! As If! My Bad!)
One particular day, I was proudly channeling my inner Cher Horowitz. I wanted to wear knee-length socks with a mini-skirt and the only socks I could find were the ones I wore for Girl Guides.

It’s lunchtime and I’m in the girls' bathroom. A Grade 6 girl comes into the bathroom. I’ll call her “Courtney.” I’m sure there are a lot of nice “Courtneys” out there; it’s just a name that came up for me.

“Courtney” stares at me while I’m trying to fix my skirt in the mirror. She stops me as I’m about to leave the bathroom.
She snarls…

Why Chinese Superstitions Are Actually Bad Luck (3 minute read)

Happy Lunar New Year! I can probably write about how I celebrate it with my family (the red pockets, food, family traditions, stories etc.) **Click Below To Listen Now** Instead, I want to talk about Luck. 
I started thinking about the beliefs associated with the celebration. If I were to stereotype Chinese people, I would say we have an incredibly superstitious culture. 

We have beliefs about certain numbers, dates, colours, daily practices, types of food, words and pretty much anything you can think of. Depending on what they are, it will either bring you good luck or give you bad luck.

From planning to give birth/get married/engaged on a particular ordering an even number of dishes at a restaurant, there is a lot of thought that goes into every decision a Chinese person makes, depending on how superstitious they are. 

I would say my parents are moderately superstitious. They pick and choose what they want to believe in and tried their best to get my sisters and me to believe in…

Why You Should Stop Your Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) (3 minute read)

The other day, I was rolling around the floor with my daughter when she picked up one of my husband’s lame CPA magazines and chucks it at me.**Click Below To Listen Now** She proceeds to grab one of her own books and starts reading. I get it...I begin reading.
I started to peruse an article about spending habits (you know because accountants love all things related to money). In it, it said that FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) is an actual reason why millennials overspend.

Are you fucking kidding me? People my age spend money because they have a “fear of missing out on”....what? Like that beautifully pictured cappuccino and notebook placed precisely on the edge of a table? Or that perfectly timed photo of someone mid-jump on top of a mountain, looking super cool and dangerous?

So I’m trying to wrap my head around this article (I guess the magazine's not as lame as I thought since it's making me think). That means some of us see these images and/or statuses on their social media feeds a…