Fun Sized Fitness: Do Numbers Matter?

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From when I first started on this fitness journey to October 2015 (when I was at my lowest weight), I had dropped a total of 15 kilograms. I was at my lightest and smallest then. Ecstatically, I brought armfuls of clothing to my tailor to get them sized down. Overall, I estimated I had dropped 3 dress sizes, depending on which brand we were looking at. One of my biggest fears was I wouldn’t be able to maintain my weight and would not be able to fit into any of the work clothes I had gotten tailored.

With the weeklong festivities of Chinese New Year and my dear friend, Cristin, visiting me from out of town, my regular clean eating habits were thrown out the window. Even after the holidays were over, my eating habits never fully returned to the way they were as my work schedule got the best of me. I started to indulge more food-wise. Gradually, the numbers on the scale started creeping back up. BUT, my clothes were fitting better than ever before and I was feeling fitter and more energetic than ever before? Why was that?

It’s very simple. Muscles. Over the past year, I had built muscle which not only slimmed me down, but also increased my base metabolic rate. This means that even if I didn’t work out on a particular day, I still burned more calories than I would’ve before. And muscle is denser than fat, which meant that a particular volume of muscle would weigh more than the same volume of fat.

But honestly, numbers don’t really matter. Your energy levels, your emotions, how you feel about yourself are much more important than any stupid number. At the end of the day, we should all accept and love our bodies for being healthy and strong and propelling us to do wonderful things with our lives.


I stand by the importance of staying active. If possible, I like to be in the gym at least 4-5 days a week. But what if you are absolutely crunched on time? Chobani was wonderful enough to provide some tips on how you can easily burn 100 calories anywhere. My personal favorite is to just put on some music and dance around the house. Guilty pleasure song of the moment to rock out to? Cake by the Ocean by DNCE. Also, visit the Chobani – Simply 100 site for more tips on how to get delicious and healthy snacks for only 100 calories. Chobani was my yogurt of choice when I was still living in the US. If they were available in Taiwan, my life would be complete.

Fun Sized Fitness: Not Apologizing for My Lifestyle

I came across this article from New York Magazine a few days ago and it resonated with me. I remember when I initially started to eat cleaner and exercise more, there was nothing but encouragement around me. I was SO out of shape at that point that I don’t think anyone objected me to changing my situation. I packed salads and grilled fish for lunch at the office. But after a while, people would start to put out the odd remark such as, “Wow, is that all you’re eating?” or “Why are you always eating so clean?” I didn’t make too much of it at the time and I simply replied that I was trying to be healthier.

After I came back to Taiwan, I started hitting the gym hardcore. Especially after my personal training sessions ended, I ramped up gym sessions to at least 5 days a week. I also continued to eat clean, which, by the way, is EXTREMELY HARD to do in Taiwan. I cut out rice, a staple in the Taiwanese diet, and I try to stay away from all meat except lean fish. Those around me took notice. In place of encouragement, I was getting eye-rolling and judgmental remarks along the lines of, “Oh, you’re one of THOSE people now.” I suddenly felt like I was being guilted for exercising and eating cleaner and that I was being reversed body-shamed for being fit.

It was not a good feeling to have. I feel women, in this day and age, can never do anything right when it comes to fitness. You’re either too curvy, too voluptuous, too fat, or you’re too skinny, too thin, or too fit. I am NOT going to apologizing for my lifestyle. I’m not going to feel bad for eating healthy at the office while other people are chowing down on fried dumplings or fried chicken. I will not apologize for going to the gym on a regular basis. I will not be shamed by people who feel a need to judge me because they see it as a deflection for their own laziness. I will continue to be the fitness goddess that I am and continue to kill it at the gym.

Looking Back on 2015

Every holiday season, I have a tradition of reviewing the past year and setting some goals for the incoming year. Here’s what I wrote for 2014.

2015 was a big big year for me. In many ways, it was rough. But in many other ways, it was full of blessings and growth. I quit my first full-time job out of grad school at the end of January. It was a toxic environment and I really wanted to pursue interpreting and translating. In February, my family and I went on a two week holiday to Lake Tahoe and Las Vegas. That was probably the last family vacation we would have in a long time as I was already planning to move back to Taiwan and my brother was getting ready to finish up school and fulfill his military responsibilities. In March, April, and May, I accepted a few amazing interpretation assignments with a prestigious investment firm in Los Angeles, Herbalife, and Berkshire Hathaway – Warren Buffet’s company.

In August, I packed up my whole life and moved back to Taiwan. It was hard to leave the nice cushy life I had in LA, a nice house in the suburbs and a nice car, both provided by the parentals, but it was something I had to do. I needed to assume full responsibility for my career and my life. The transition wasn’t as hard as I played it up to be in my mind. A good majority of my close college friends were still in Taiwan and I was able to quickly make new friends.

2015 was the year of many relationship firsts for me. I had my first of a few heartbreaks, many first dates, my first ghosting experience, my first dumping-someone experience, and many others. This was a year in which I learned about a lot of about others and a lot about myself. I learned to always listen to my gut, to not give a shit about what other people think, and never take people you truly love for granted.

I’ve decided not to set any resolutions for 2016. A more realistic approach would be to set actual qualitative goals every quarter. I’m just going to keep an open mind and see where this year takes me. I’m looking for more opportunities to learn and grow and to embark on even more exciting adventures. Hope all of you have an amazing 2016!

Banana Bread and Chocolate Chip Cookies for Christmas

Baking relaxes me. When I didn’t have to go into the office this week, I decided to bake up a storm. My go-to recipes are banana bread and chocolate chip cookies. I decided to take some to a couple that I’m friends with as a Christmas present. They happen to manage a cooking Facebook page and deemed my baked goods good enough to be featured!

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Click on the picture for a link to the Facebook page

I’ve made banana bread and chocolate chip cookies from various recipes over the years. The recipe I use today is a combination of these various recipes with a few of my own modifications. I hope you enjoy!

Banana Bread

Ingredients:
-2 cups flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/2 cup butter
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-2-3 eggs
– 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  3. Add bananas and mash. Add 2 eggs and mix well.
  4. Add flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  5. If the mixture is too dry (there seem to be clumps of flour that are not mixing well), add in the third egg.
  6. Pour mixture into a lightly greased pound cake pan. (I just dip a pastry bush into some room temperature butter and apply it on the pan)
  7. Bake at 350 F or 175C for 45 mins. If you insert a chopstick into the middle and it comes out clean, that means it’s done
  8. Let it sit in the pan for 10-15 mins. Remove from pan and let cool.
  9. Slice and serve

Chocolate chip cookies

Ingredients:
-2 1/4 cups flour
-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
-1 cup unsalted butter
-1/4 white sugar
-1/2 cup brown sugar
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-2 large eggs
-1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F/175C
  2. Mix butter and both sugars together with an electric beater on medium until fluffy.
  3. Add salt, vanilla extra, and eggs on low for one minute.
  4. Add flour and baking soda and mix until well combined.
  5. Add chocolate chips and mix until dispersed evenly.
  6. Lightly grease a baking sheet. Please large tablespoon sized balls of dough onto the sheet about 1 inches apart.
  7. Bake for about 15 minutes. Remove, place on wire rack, and let cool completely.

Out of My Closet: Thanksgiving Luncheon

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I haven’t written an Out of My Closet post in almost two years! This past weekend, my church had a Thanksgiving luncheon for people who served in a ministry team. It was at a pretty fancy venue and dress code was semi-formal. I was happy to finally get the chance to wear this dress I had purchased from Express towards the end of the winter season earlier this year. My friend spotted this on the clearance rack and wanted me to try it on. I thought she was out of her mind, it was a size 2! But she insisted and I did it just to placate her. Surprisingly, it turned out to fit really well on my body. The back has an amazing cutout design that perfectly balances the conversativeness of the front. I just wish I had a picture of it!

Dress: Express
Shoes: Aldo
Necklace: Forever 21

Fun Sized Fitness: Working With a Trainer

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Hey blogosphere! It has been a while since I last posted and I just want to write down my thoughts about yet another step of progress in my fitness journey. A few weeks after I moved back to Taiwan, I joined a gym and decided to hire a personal trainer affiliated with the gym. It was not an easy decision. The gym membership itself was a hefty sum and the personal trainer was a SUPER big investment on my part. But I’m at the point in my life where my fitness and health are very important to me and this is an area where I am willing to spend big money on. So I decided to bite the bullet and purchased 24 sessions with a combination of regular personal training and TRX. I assumed the routine of having two sessions per week and it has spanned almost three months. I currently only have one session left next weekend. After that, I will be on my own again until I save up enough money to purchase more sessions.

First, let’s talk about my trainers. My gym assigned me with two trainers so they could rotate and, boy, are they two completely different people. One of them always had a structured routine planned for me. Conversation with him wasn’t as interesting and mostly centered around fitness and training. My other trainer decided which exercises we should do on the fly, usually based on what I wanted to work on and how hard I wanted him to push me. Conversation, with him, between sets was much livelier and I felt the relationship was friendlier, instead of one that was strictly between a trainer and a client. Both methods had its pros and cons, but I enjoyed my time with the second trainer more. I felt the sessions went by faster and I liked how it was more like working out with a friend.

In the beginning, I learned how to operate and train on the machines that were available at my gym. As I grew stronger, I progressed to free weights and the bar. Eventually, I was able to squat and deadlift using the bar and plates. I was also taught how to use a variety of cable machines. Towards the end, I started doing TRX with the trainer that was TRX-certified. TRX was very fun and challenging. A lot of it depends on how strong and focused your core can be and I’m a big believer in having a strong core. I’ve decided I will purchase my own set of TRX equipment so I will be able to train independently after my sessions are over. My other trainer started having me do a combination of high-intensity exercises because I had expressed to him that my main goal was to decrease body fat. He also did boxing with me for one of the sessions because he was certified in teaching boxing.

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How do I feel after three months of working with trainers? I feel amazing. My muscle ratio is at its highest and my body fat is at its lowest. Working with trainers has also expanded my knowledge of lifting and using machines which makes working out by myself more effective and efficient. I have gotten into the habit of training by myself even without my trainers present and they believe that has played an essential part in the transformation of my body. I now better understand what to do, and I know how to squat and deadlift correctly.

I would recommend hiring a trainer if you are serious about being fit and taking your fitness to another level. But without commitment and hard work on your part, no amount of personal training will change your body. When I hired a trainer, I felt like I had plateaued and I needed an extra push. This extremely large investment did just that. Even though it was a great deal of money, it was worth every single penny and I would absolutely hire them again in the future.

My First 6 Months as a Freelancer (Part 2)

Hi blogosphere! I’ve recently just moved back to Taipei and am settling in quite nicely. Besides from running the usual errands that one has to run after being away from home for three years, I’ve also really dug into the book I’m currently translating. But I thought I would continue this three post series on my experience of freelancing in the United States. Click here to read the first post in this series.

At the beginning of May, I went on a crazy business trip to interpret at two events. A classmate of mine asked if I wanted to partner with him to interpret at Berkshire Hathaway’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. Berkshire Hathaway is a multinational holdings company based in Omaha, Nebraska and either wholly owns or has minority holdings in companies like GEICO, Diary Queen, See’s Candies, Coca-Cola, and Wells Fargo. According to Forbes, it’s the fifth largest public company in the world. The real kicker? The CEO, president, and chairman of the company is Warren Buffet.

Warren Freaking Buffet.

Did I want to partner with my friend and interpret at this event? Hell yeah, I did. There was no way I would pass up this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

The meeting was on a Saturday so we hopped on a flight to Omaha, Nebraska on Friday night. All the hotels in Omaha were already booked for the event so we had to stay in the next town over. It was almost 1am by the time we got to our hotel so we just went straight to bed. The next morning, the bus left the hotel at 6am to make the one hour drive to Omaha.

The Shareholders’ Meeting is actually a weekend-long event that takes place at the Century Link Conference Center in Omaha. Friday is usually an exhibition that features booths from all of the companies that Berkshire has shares in and shareholders are free to walk around and buy products. Since this year’s meeting was the 50th anniversary, there were also special dinners that were hosted at various restaurants around town.

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Saturday was the main event: the six hour Q&A with Warren Buffet and his partner, Charlie Munger, the vice-president of Berkshire Hathaway. This was the part we were supposed to interpret. The vast majority of the shareholders sit in the main arena for this event. There are also meeting rooms scattered around the building that provide a livestream of the event for those who were not able to find seats in the main arena. There was a special meeting room reserved for the Chinese-speaking shareholders that required interpretation services.

And so, it began. And oh my goodness, it was the hardest material I have ever interpreted in my life and it will probably remain the hardest material I will ever interpret in my career. Buffet and Munger, one in his late 80’s and the other in his earlier 90’s, are still sharp as knives. Not only that, they are truly geniuses. The way their minds worked was just incredibly fast and they talked about anything and everything. So it was extremely hard on the interpreters because we had to follow their train of thought. There was much discussion on the history of the company since they wanted to look back on the past 50 years and there was so much reference to things that I had never even heard of before.

After the conference, my booth partner and I compared notes and we both found the difficulty level of this event to be even harder than ALL of the hardest materials we ever worked with while in school combined. COMBINED. That’s how utterly crazy hard the material was. But it was a wonderful learning experience and it showed me areas where I needed to work on. Just being physically present and soaking up everything that was happening around us was so exciting.

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Immediately after we finished interpreting, we went straight to the airport to catch our flight back to LA. We got to LA and headed down to San Diego because we had another assignment for the next day. By the time we got to our hotel in San Diego, it was already 2am and we had gone 20 hours without sleep. Under normal circumstances that wouldn’t be so bad, but we still had a full day of interpretation the next day.

The assignment we had in San Diego was the Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s Global Leadership Conference. Members from all around the world were sent by their regional chapters to attend workshops at this conference so they can learn how to expand their chapter. There were a few members of the China chapter that required interpretation, but they were in different workshops. Originally, the organizers wanted my booth partner and I to interpret separately, but we refused. Simultaneous interpretation requires us to rotate every 15-20 mins or else our brains would overload. So the organizers said we would be assigned to the workshops with the most Chinese listeners and a few of the Chinese-speaking staff members would interpret at the other workshops. I was skeptical this would work for them, but I couldn’t argue.

The material of this conference was much more straight-forward and everyday than the Berkshire material. But conference lasted two days and we were pretty exhausted by the end. We also had to deal with using portable equipment, having a hard time hearing the source, and having to interpret in noisy environments. We also experienced a speaker who spoke extremely fast and politely refused to slow down when we asked him to. At the end of the conference, the Chinese-speaking staff members that were interpreting at the other workshops came up to us and told us they didn’t realize simultaneous interpretation was this difficult until they had experienced it for themselves. I had to explain to them the rigorous graduate school training we had to complete in order to enter the field and also had to dispel the popular misconception that any bilingual individual would be able to interpret.

interpret_2_2jpgI personally felt that was one of the biggest achievements of the conference. Whenever we help clients realize that interpretation is truly a specialized profession and that we do more than just language conversion, we are helping the world to better understand what we do. And when clients better understand the services we provide, the more likely it is that interpreters will receive the treatment and compensation we deserve.

After three days on the road, I returned to LA exhausted but happy. I would never again be insane and book two back-to-back assignments but I was so grateful for this learning experience. Stay tuned for the third (and final) part of this series!

Fun Sized Fitness: One Year Progress

20150717_1It’s been roughly one year since I embarked on my fun sized fitness journey and I’m thrilled to say amazing progress has been made! I know it may not look like significant change in these photos, but let me walk you through this.

Since my last progress post, I’ve only lost 3 additional kilos (about 7 lbs), bringing my total loss to 10 kg (22lbs). But the numbers aren’t important. What’s more important is that I’m currently in the best shape I’ve been my entire life! I feel so much stronger, more agile, more energetic. I feel happier and I sleep like a baby. Going down three dress sizes is only one of the perks.

20150717_3My workout routine consists of doing mat Pilates about 5 times a week. I follow Blogilates’ workout calendars. Her workout videos are free and readily available on Youtube. I also attend two reformer Pilates classes per week. Working with the reformer is slightly different than just being on the mat and it also helps to have an instructor correct your form. I’m lucky to have found an amazing instructor at the studio that I go to. I’ve been taking classes with her for seven months and she continues to challenge my muscles with advanced variations. Pilates really helped me tone up my muscles, especially my core. I have much better balance now, thanks to my core stability. But around February, I started to plateau. I was eating clean and still working out consistently, but I discovered that my muscles were no longer being challenged.

So I decided to up my workouts. I added high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and weight lifting into the mix. On the weekdays that I don’t have my reformer Pilates class, I will do a 20 minute HIIT workout after my morning mat Pilates workout. Then, in the afternoon, I squeeze in a 40-45 minute weightlifting routine at the gym. While this may seem like a lot of time spent on working out, in reality and if done correctly, total workout time is only 1hr 40 minutes. And I’m sure most people easily spend that amount of time (or much more) aimlessly goofing around on the Internet or in front of the TV.

20150717_2I work out a ton. But the most important lesson I’ve learned over the past year is: your diet is 80-90% of your weight loss. I didn’t realize this from the beginning and I still ate crap every day. Or, I ate clean, but I ate too much. It’s simple math. Eat fewer calories than what you burn, and you’ll lose the fat. I find that keeping a food journal really keeps you aware of the stuff you’re putting in your body. If you’re forced to list every piece of junk you eat, you’ll stop and ask yourself if it’s really necessary. I tried the journaling route for a bit but I thought it was too much of a hassle to lug around a journal all day. So I decided to use My Fitness Pal. It’s an app that lets you keep track of the food and how many calories you are eating. You can also use it to log exercise and how many calories you are burning. But I find the MFP exercise logging functions to be a little lacking. I recently got a Jawbone Up2, a fitness tracker. Jawbone has its own app that is great at tracking the calories you burn. And the best part? You can link the two apps together and I find that they complement each other perfectly! The Up2 also tracks your sleep time and quality.

This brings me to my next point. Another vital aspect of getting healthy? Getting enough sleep and enough water in your system. Experts recommend getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Also, it’s important to be asleep between the hours of 10pm -1am. That’s when your liver does its thing and processes all of the toxins in your system. So even if you’re getting 7 hours, but going to bed after 1am, that’s still a no-go. I personally prefer going to be bed around 11 and waking up around 6:30. This allows me to get my morning workout in before I start work at 8:30. You must also drink water throughout day. There are different recommended amounts, depending on who you listen to. But the best guideline I have heard is to drink enough water so the color of your urine is close to clear.

Sometimes it’s hard to stay motivated. It helps to have someone compliment your progress. My family has been super supportive in doing that. The Pilates instructor that I follow on Youtube, Cassey Ho, has been really great in motivating me. Her videos and various social media outlets are always so full of energy and positive encouragement. I had the pleasure of attending one of her classes and meeting her in person when she went on her book tour and she is also like that in person. I’m also a fan of  visual motivation and since there seems to be a wellness/fitness trend right now, there is no shortage of visual motivation on Instagram, Pinterest, etc. You just gotta find what works for you.

If you’re interested, check out my other Fun Sized Fitness posts!

My First 6 Months as a Freelancer (Part 1)

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As my time in the US is coming to an end, I thought I would recap what life was like as a freelancer in the past 6 months and the assignments I booked.

My first interpreting assignment was between an American investment firm and a Chinese securities company. The Chinese company had invested in a fund with the American company and sent a delegation to learn more about the American investment scene. I was contacted by the American client through LinkedIn but I later found out that I was recommended by a friend in Shanghai. He met the American client while providing simultaneous interpretation at a business meeting between the two sides in Shanghai. The American side had arranged for the Chinese delegation to attend presentations at four different investment firms. I was to follow them and provide consecutive interpretation for the presentations.

This assignment was super challenging and I was really nervous going into it. I actually wasn’t anxious until I met up with a friend from grad school and told her about the nature of the assignment. And she replied, “Wow, you’re taking on such a hard topic for your first assignment!” And that’s when I thought, “What did I get myself into??” I dreaded the drive to the first location. The firm was on the street right next to Santa Monica beach. I was taken into the conference room which had an AMAZING view of the coast.

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As it turned out, the contact for the American client was bilingual and well-versed in the business deal between the American and Chinese firms. Whenever there was a term that I struggled with, she would jump in and help me. And since she knew the industry so well, she would also add additional explanations or comments to the English-speaking presenters. She was also very sweet and encouraging to me. After each firm we visited, she would tell me what a great job I was doing and thanked me repeatedly. She spoke extremely well to the other firms of my performance and called me a “lifesaver.” I really like hearing all of that, not to stroke my own ego but because it gave me a lot of confidence and helped my interpreting.

The three day assignment was an eye-opening experience. Not only was it my first real assignment out of school and in a field that I was unfamiliar with, but the caliber of the firms that I interpreted at were top-notch. They managed assets in the billions and had some posh real estate in the affluent parts of LA. And it felt good that I was able to provide my services and serve as the linguistic and cultural interlocutor for firms of this level.

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At one of the firms, they served lunch during the last speaker’s presentation. As I sat right next to the speaker, the catering staff served me as well. But one rule that we were always taught at school was: never eat in the middle of an assignment. But the aroma of the three course meal kept wafting up to my nose as I took my consec notes. It was sheer torture. And by that point, it had been a good five hours since my breakfast and my stomach was complaining. Luckily, I made it through and the American client was kind enough to make sure that I got food to eat before we went to our next location.

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A month after this initial assignment, another delegation from the same Chinese company paid a visit to the US and I was asked back to interpret. The experience was a little different from the previous one. Participants of this delegation were much more interested in the technical details of the fund that they had invested in with the American firm. And since I was not privy to any of the details, it was very frustrating for me to interpret the questions they had.

There was also one point in the conversation when the two parties were on completely different pages, not due to any linguist misunderstanding, but because of very large cultural differences. After much back and forth, one of the Chinese clients said something along the lines of, “Stupid Americans don’t know how the Chinese do business.” This was made as an offhand remark to me, but the American clients looked expectantly at me for an interpretation. I was mortified; there was no way I could interpret that into English.

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But all in all, it was awesome experience. I learned a bunch about the investment and financial industry. I did something I love and I got paid doing it. I thoroughly enjoyed the adrenaline rush (one of the best perks of the job!).

My Tithing Testimony

My church, Hope Unlimited, is getting ready to kickstart a 90 day Tithe Challenge starting next Sunday. For those unfamiliar with the term, tithe is when you give one-tenths of your income as an offering to God. This is the most basic and regular form of offering. I would have loved to participate in this challenge, but sadly I will be moving back to Taiwan before the end of the challenge. Regardless, I just want to share the wonderful things God has been doing in my life in the past few months because I have been tithing.

I quit my steady 8-5 job at the end of January. The paycheck was great but it wasn’t my true passion. I decided to become a freelance interpreter and translator which was what I was trained to do in graduate school. It was a leap of faith for me because there was no guaranteed paycheck. Work would be highly unstable. I was reluctant. I didn’t even tithe regularly when I had my steady well-paying job. But I made a promise to myself and to God that no matter how much or how little work I got, I would ALWAYS tithe. It was my way of proclaiming my trust in God and believing that He will provide for me.

February was a slow month. I received a little bit of work, but it wasn’t much money. Fortunately, I still lived with my parents and they were encouraging and supportive. I kept tithing, always giving 10% of each check I received after an assignment. Suddenly, when March rolled around, a client reached out to me out of the blue and offered me two large interpretation assignments. I was nervous because it would be my first real interpretation job out of graduate school. But I accepted and I knew that God would be with my every step of the day. It was an extremely tricky assignment centered on finance and investments. But God gave me the words to say and he kept me calm through the whole thing. At the end, the client was extremely satisfied with my work and said she would gladly refer me to any of her contacts in the finance sector if they ever needed an Chinese-English interpreter.

Even though I wasn’t super aggressively searching for new assignments or networking with potential clients, ever since the first two assignments in March, I have been steadily presented with job opportunities. And I know this has all been God’s doing. The best opportunity He gave me was when I was offered an assignment to fly to Omaha, Nebraska to interpret for Warren Buffet, the second richest man in the world, at the 2015 Annual Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder’s Meeting. It was both an exciting and extremely nerve-wrecking assignment. But I am so thankful for this one-in-a-lifetime learning experience.

Right now, I have a steady stream of work and I am making roughly the same amount as my previous full-time job. But I have so much more fun now and I can make my own hours. I’m not even working at my full capacity yet so I know God has more in store for me.

I am moving back to Taiwan at the beginning of August. Career-wise, this means that I will have to start from zero. I have to build a new client base, find mentors, and network. But I’m not scared or anxious. I’m excited. This is what God has called me to do. Taiwan is the place that God has called me to be. And I know that he will reward me with wonderful blessings and provide me with more opportunities than I could ever imagine.