Becoming JA

Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | 7 Comments
Becoming JA

Something happened over the past year. Somewhere in-between my trips back and forth to Hawai’i and my many hours rethinking my career, I turned into a Japanese-American. Many people have a story to tell about their ethnic awakening. Usually it’s a moment that involves an old person, and maybe a food or an artform. Lately, I’ve had many such experiences […]

I Always Cry at Art Museums

Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | One Comment
I Always Cry at Art Museums

I love watching my Facebook feed on Mother’s Day. I love seeing my friends honor their Moms or being honored by their kids. I admire the heartwarming commercials — like this one from American Greetings, which made people interview for the world’s toughest job. Or this one from UN Women, which is trying to change a cultural norm in the […]

Temptation Bundling

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Life Hacks, Sue's Blog | No Comments
Temptation Bundling

During my last trip to Hawai’i, my friend Kel was bragging about how much weight she had lost because of her Fitbit. I have a Fitbit too, but it hasn’t done squat for me. I got it about a year ago, after buying one for my Dad for his birthday. For those of you who don’t know how […]

Retiring a Prototype

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | 2 Comments
Retiring a Prototype

I made a really tough decision earlier this week. I decided to put my Hawai’i work on hold until further notice. My trips back-and-forth for the past four months have been very successful in re-establishing my network, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. But at this point, I do not have enough confirmed clients to sustain […]

Techie Hubris Invading Hawai’i

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | No Comments
Techie Hubris Invading Hawai’i

For several years now, my friends have heard me get on my soapbox and sound off about how worried I am about the insane levels of income disparity in the Bay Area. There’s no sign of it stopping. Widespread gentrification. Google buses getting egged. The endless stream of Teslas commuting up and down the peninsula. There are so many obscene […]

The Power of Naps

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Life Hacks, Sue's Blog | No Comments
The Power of Naps

Ray and I are on a mini-vacation. Recently, my travels and his back-to-back trade shows had made us passing ships in our house. We hadn’t spent any quality time together in over a month. So when I got booked for a design-thinking workshop in Portland right after his busy period was scheduled to end, we decided […]

Bringing Barter Back

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | No Comments
Bringing Barter Back

My closest friends know that I’ve been experimenting with barter. I’ve taken on a small handful of “barter clients” and I’m using it as an opportunity to grow my business. The projects are generally non-urgent and in an area that is new and interesting to me. I take them on so that I can experiment […]

Trusting the Process

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | No Comments
Trusting the Process

This week I co-facilitated a design interactive session at SXSWedu in Austin. I spoke at SXSW. Pinch me! South-by-Southwest (SXSW) is a huge gathering of the coolest of the cool. It started as a music and film festival, and later branched out to become *the* place to launch new interactive technologies. Twitter was launched at […]

Sisu

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Rants & Reflections, Sue's Blog | One Comment
Sisu

My new favorite word came from a keynote speech that I heard earlier this week at the Carnegie Foundation’s 2nd Summit on Improvement on Education. Angela Duckworth is a groundbreaking psychologist from the University of Pennsylvania who spoke on the topic of “grit” — the personality trait that allows you to persevere towards long-term goals. I had […]

What is your Purgatory?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Cool People I've Met, Sue's Blog | No Comments
What is your Purgatory?

Last month, my good friend Kirstin and I were having tea on the deck of her cozy cottage near the top of Wilhemina Rise in Honolulu. We had a very intriguing conversation around the question: “What is your purgatory?” In other words, what would be the ultimate combination of tasks or conditions that would irritate you incessantly if you […]

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