Exploration at Home: December Edition (NYC & beyond)

Choose your own adventure:

Pare down…

Collect memories, not things. There’s nothing like living out of a suitcase for a year to devalue the emphasis on material objects. Since coming home, I’ve donated boxes of items in a frantic need to streamline my life and focus on the more important things. For more tips and inspiration, check out Courtney Carver’s How I Simplified my Life to 100 Things. (My next challenge? Luggageless traveling; details to come.)

Find your sweet spot…

I’ll usually take salty over sweet, unless we’re talking Asian dessert bar. I will always choose an ADB. Gastronomic delights aside, there’s something supersweet about the happy, wholesome teens who congregate at Milk Plus and the likes, instagramming condensed-milk topped toasts and bubble tea. 

I would venture as far as to say dessert bars capture the zeitgeist of Asia which explains my thrice weekly trips to the knockoffs here in NYC: ChikaLiciousSpotKyotofu and Momofuku Milk Bar (the last two ship nationally, FYI). A bite into an exotic green tea, black sesame confection concoction is the cheapest ticket overseas I know.

Self help yourself…

I’m all about self-improvement; from therapy to inspirational Pinterest boards and life coach sessions, I just want to be a better person. So I’m adding books to my bedside that push me along, a little Gabby Bernstein to nurture the spirit and Steven Johnson to get me amped for innovation. 

Pay it forward…

I can’t tell you how much it means when readers go out of their way to send me a compliment. So in turn, I’ve been putting myself out there, reaching out to people whose work I admire. It’s opened the door on friendships with a freelance writer living in South Korea to a crazy talented photog in San Fran. Spread love and kindness and you’ll see: Karma is a boomerang.

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