The Opportunity in Giving Up On Your Dreams

We are told at a young age that we can do anything. But I believe it is impossible, and sometimes unwise, to achieve these goals at any cost. Because the dream that we once thought would make us happy may not be what actually gives us a meaningful life.…

Year in Review 2020

I write a review every year on my birthday to reflect (past editions here: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015). Here's what my 2020 looked like: The goals I set at the beginning of 2020 were simple:Dance bachataTake improv classesMeet my new girlfriendBuild homes for a non-profit in NepalRoad…

Year in Review: 2019

I usually write a review every year on my birthday to reflect (past editions here: 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015). Here's what my 2019 looked like: Finishing up my chess sabbaticalI spent the first part of 2019 finishing up my days of chess tournaments and teaching kids. Chess consumed my…

Year in Review: 2018

2018 for me has been full of excitement, adventure, and peace in that order. A good friend of mine described me as transitioning from a naive and wide-eyed boy to an old Asian dad. I agree with her. Every year on my birthday, I look back and reflect on how…