Tag Archives: organization

The Emotional Logic of “Awe Bei”

My parents often called me “awe bei” in Shanghainese when I was little. (No, it doesn’t mean “garbage.”) It wasn’t until later that I finally figured out from context that “awe bei” meant doing something contrarian, usually something that displeased … Continue reading

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Q1 Report: Physical

Three months have passed since I quit — a quarter of the one-year “retirement” I have allotted myself. At this milestone, I am taking stock of my journey of self-discovery so far. The good, the bad, the expected, the surprising … Continue reading

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Routine, Not a Productive One, Yet

I think I have found a perfect spot for blogging: Argo Tea in the Flatiron Building on 22nd and Broadway. As I sip a medium not-too-sweet skim pumpkin chai, ideas are flowing in my mind. Spending $4.64 on a cup … Continue reading

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Couch Potato? Hardly

When I quit I envisioned that I would be a couch potato for the first couple of weeks. I had at least 10 movies reserved in my Netflix instant queue. This is my fourth day already, but I have watched fewer than … Continue reading

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Need for Order

Before I can concentrate on thinking about future possibilities, I feel the need to organize my life — at least the things around me that are within my control — into clearly delineated categories. 

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