Experiment: Make my own deodorant

Nov 25, 2014

I’d like to send a shout out to the blogger who calls herself Scratch Mommy for her recipe, Homemade DIY Deodorant, and a shout out to the unknown forces of the universe that allowed me to come across that blog post at the right moment in time.

I’ve been looking for ways to live a more sustainable life, especially with regards to two areas: Waste and Chemicals.  Continue Reading

Conversation with my naturopath friend

Sep 13, 2014

After writing my last post about my chronic fatigue and adrenal fatigue theories, a friend of mine messaged me on Facebook. I hadn’t talked to her much since moving from Seattle, when she was setting up her practice as a naturopath, and was bewildered with myself why I hadn’t asked her for advice sooner.

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She’s fabulously lazy

Sep 10, 2014

I heard the term Fabulously Lazy in a Franz Ferdinand song. (I base a lot of my life on song lyrics. I first heard the phrase “Sour Jane” in a song lyric as well.) I think the song is about a glamorous gal who gets people to do things for her, and isn’t the best connotation, but what I enjoy about it is the juxtaposition of some kind of “large” life combined with something decidedly mellow. I’m open to new name ideas.

But that is how my life goes. I have big ideas paired with an extremely low-key manner. I’m a mass of contradictions.

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Inside Jobs @ TechCrunch on UX

Apr 4, 2014

Inside Jobs is a TechCrunch project devoted to learning what various jobs are like in the tech industry. They interview developers, designers, researchers, and more, in an effort to give a day-in-the-life snapshot of what people do in tech.

I was interviewed for their episode on what a UX Designer does. Get a glimpse into my life at True&Co., when I was transitioning from Designer to Manager. Continue Reading

The thing about clothes

Apr 3, 2014
According to Forbes, the image I send to the world with my clothes is that I might be “stuck in a psychological rut, too comfortable to shake it up, or too afraid to draw attention to yourself.”

I have some severe issues with clothes and shopping, from the overpriced poor quality junk that passes for fashion these days, to the uncomfortable trends we’re made to feel we ought to conform to. I’m not teetering around on tiny spike heels, sorry!

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My 4-step design process

Apr 3, 2014

First Round Capital, a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage startups, hosts a regular event called Design + Startup. I had the opportunity to give a talk at one of their San Francisco events. I described my 4-step design process I’ve developed over the years working at startups, building products customers love.

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How to feed yourself without relying on take-out

Mar 31, 2014
Cilantro on my balcony garden
Cilantro on my balcony garden

Once again, after years of stubborn refusal, I’m back on the “trying to cook” wagon. I moved from my tiny studio apartment in San Francisco to a larger studio apartment in Oakland with a balcony. I planted herbs and resolved to cook with them, and you sort of just have to go all in.

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Reasons to Blog

Mar 23, 2014

Inspired by this post on becomingminimalist.com, I’m going to attempt to blog more.

  1. I like the idea that it can help me organize my thoughts to become a better communicator.
  2. I like that it can add greater intention to my life, organizing and prioritizing the issues I care about.
  3. I like the idea of a personal journal so I can look back at where I was and how I’ve grown.

I keep forming blog posts in my head. The trick is finding the time to sit down at the computer and make it happen. Topics will cover the lifestyles of the Fabulously Lazy. (I’m neither lazy nor fabulous, really. I’m always trying to find ways to conserve energy, simplify, and live a full life.) From eating habits, to getting dressed, to beauty routines, to budgeting. Living with intention and  creating a system.

Two and a half years

Sep 29, 2013

Great Adventure Hayes Valley San Francisco

It’s been two and a half years since I wrote anything of substance here. Things have changed, things have stayed the same. I’m still living in the same apartment in San Francisco, but it doesn’t have much of a view anymore (more on that later). I still haven’t committed to window treatments, though I did do a temporary thing of tacking up some drapes and sheers from moulding hooks. I still haven’t gotten a bookshelf, but I stacked up some books in wine crates.  I never had a housewarming party, but I have had people over a few times.

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