sharing is caring: #65


1. Sensible financial advice to keep mindful of, especially the one below.

Buy a collection of low-cost investments like index funds, which will track different certain segments of the stock and bond markets, that provide exposure to businesses around the world. The most important factor is coming up with the right mix of aggressive investments (stocks) and conservative ones (bonds) that you can stomach…

2. Self kindness and compassion is hard but worth embracing. Think about the following questions to overcome failure.

  • What’s the worst that can happen?
  • Then, can you deal with that outcome? What resources do you have to handle it?
  • What are some possible benefits of your failure, even if the situation doesn’t work out? 

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sharing is caring: #44


Below are some articles that’s been collecting dust in my inbox as I recovered from my travels.

This year, I’m trying to make less resolutions and live with more clarity. Have only a couple of objectives and make each day count.

1. Can’t believe that “sponcon” is a real concept among wanna-be influencers. An extreme version of fake it ’til you make it

2. Because I strived to de-clutter my email situation all of last year, I’m not a fan of “inbox infinity” but maybe that’s the realistic future for me as well.

Adopting inbox infinity means accepting the fact that there will be an endless, growing amount of email in your inbox every day, most of which you will never address or even see.

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the joy of de-cluttering my inbox

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In hopes of de-clutter my inbox, I started evaluating emails that bring me “joy” versus emails that “interrupt / disrupt” my day.

Most promotional emails from retailers and brands did not bring me “joy.” To de-clutter my inbox, I unsubscribed from

  • various retailers (Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Wayfair, Nordstroms, Wholefoods, Walgreens, etc.)
  • electronic brands (Bose, Philips, etc) make-up and fashion brands (Kiko Milano, Estee Lauder, Madewell, Sephora, Ulta, Clarisonic, etc.)
  • various event organizers (TicketMasters, NYC Events, etc.)Read More »

note to self: stop making these email mistakes


I’ve been enjoying nuggets of wisdom from newsletters and this morning, I received two tips about writing emails that were worth saving.

[1] Kat’s tip about writing better questions in emails

It’s tempting to think that this multiple choice approach makes it easier for the respondent to reply…However, I’ve found that the opposite is actually true. I receive a much clearer response when I ask a short and direct question—as opposed to relying my previously long-winded approach.

Example: Should I include images in this article? Or, should it just be strictly text? vs. Should I include images in this article?Read More »

how’s your email situation?


I’ve been slowly unsubscribing to a lot of newsletters and promotional emails to address my email situation. My inbox is currently housing about 15,000 unread emails and I’m trying to get to the bottom of it.

For the longest time, I felt that I was in control of my inbox, even if it was overstuffed and overflowing with emails calling for my attention. I can decide what to open, hence, I was in control. Wrong.Read More »