Shared thoughts and lessons on pursuing a well-lived life.

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The Joy of Missing Out

It seems to me that many of our everyday decisions are driven by the fear of missing out. It manifests itself in many ways: our eyes are glued to our social media feeds, we’re constantly buying or saving up for the latest tech or fashion craze, and it seems we can never miss attending a social event or trip with friends—even at tremendous unreasonable cost to ourselves. It’s the unsettling anxiety that everybody else is

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Video of the Week: 2007 iPhone Announcement

This video of Steve Jobs presenting the very first iPhone in 2007 is one I’ve seen multiple times. I watched it again a week ago. I’m entertained every time I see it, partly when I remember it’s already been more than a decade since this event, partly when I think about how groundbreaking this technology seemed to be at the time, and mostly by the presentation skills of Steve Jobs and the rest of the

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Dear Harana

Dear Harana, It’s hard to believe you’re already a year old. You bring a great amount of joy to me, your mom, your brother, and not to mention to your grandparents who have long been wanting to have a girl in a household of boys, toy trucks, Nerf guns, swords, and action figures. Like your mom, you are beautiful, a little more spunky and strong-willed, but nonetheless sweet and adorable. As you celebrate your birthday,

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Here’s an Idea: Stop Glorifying Startups

The other week, I wrote briefly about why one specific type of job is not necessarily more important than another. Let me follow through with a related observation and say I really don’t like the over-glorification surrounding startups today, particularly technology startups. Being part of a small team, working with less bureaucracies, and pursuing a big mission are certainly great things usually associated with the startup scene. But startup work is not the only work

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Blitz Chess and Life’s Surprises

As we get into the second week of February and dive into the rest of the year ahead, I can’t help but take one more look at the previous year. As I think about it now, 2018 was a year of many transitions for me at work and in my personal life (I oftentimes can’t distinguish between the two now): we gave birth to Harana, I transitioned to different roles within Bridge, and have had

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In Defense of the Desk Job

“I don’t want a desk job,” is one of the most common things you’ll hear today. There’s nothing essentially wrong with that. Some people just like to do work that allows them to go around and be on the field, and they’re more effective doing just that. What’s wrong is when what is meant by that is any of these two things: The first is this: “I don’t like a desk job because desk jobs

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