Boss Lady

http://www.riskandreward.org/

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Couldn’t be more grateful to be in a beautiful place to reflect on the loss of my boss my mentor my friend. I hate being so far away from family and friends and especially not being able to pay my proper respects. I owe my career to this man. He put an inexperienced young kid in charge of his purchasing department and just let me figure it out. He was the reason I ever started working in Asia. And never once did he ever stop believing in me. He showed me what it was like to work for a kind, loving, supportive, fun and giving boss. I mean who gets to have a water balloon fight in the middle of work with the CEO? Or where popping popcorn and delivering it to him during meetings was part of their job description? Or when he called me from his vacation to tell me I couldn’t take another job offer because he didn’t want to lose me? Or the day he sold his company and gave me a part of his profit? He made me feel like family. I am forever grateful he was in my life. I hope I can honor him by continuing to push myself to the next levels of my career. Mike Hill thank you for being you. I will miss you and cherish the memories. ❤️ #justpeachy

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Being outside makes me so happy!! Love exploring the city. #optoutside #expatlife #girlsday #neverstopexploring #chinagirl

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Gumdrop mountains with the girls! This weekend was just what I needed. A break from class and a chance to actually use my Chinese. Yangshuo China is a magical place. We road buses and boats, hot air balloons and scooters oh my! Ate delicious food, laughed, shopped and didn’t sleep. I wish I could capture the beauty of this place but it’s impossible. When someone asks why do you live in China these are the moments that come to mind. If anyone wants to come visit I will gladly be your tour guide. I just need a bit more time to work on my Chinese 😝 #travel #neverstopexploring #chinalife #expatlife #optoutside #themountainsarecalling #mountaingirls #girlstrip #girlswhotravel #solucky #mylifemyadventure #bossladies #beautiful #iwanttogoback #imissthemountains

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A night out with the girls. We like pretty drinks. Fun fact. My city has embraced the idea of secret bars. They are popping up everywhere. I feel lucky to be in the know on some good ones. #drinkup #girlsnight #lifeinchina #speakeasy #expatlife #sip #nightout #stylish #neededabreak #prettylights #lookslikethefrenchflag

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Happy Holi! Felt like a child, carefree and silly. Amazing day with my amazing friends. I was so caked with color I thought my blonde was going to be rainbow. 🌈 #happygirl #colorfestival #holi #rainbowbright #mylifemyadventure #childlike #expatlife #chinalife #stillablonde #braids #somuchfun

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This pic sums up a lot of how I’m feeling. I miss Taiwan and the ocean more than ever. And I feel totally submersed in my learning of a new language. But not exactly in a good way. This shit is hard. Being so much older than my classmates has made me a bit self conscience and keeping my expectations of myself in check has proved the most difficult. But I am determined to make the most of this time in my life. So it it means not seeing the ocean for awhile and spending more time studying then so be it. #sacrifice #studentlife #imisstheocean #islandgirl #justkeepswimming #i❤️Taiwan #lookforward #stayfocused #staypositive #chinagirl #thiscouldchangemylife

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Taking the biggest risk and I KNOW I will reap the reward. I’m taking Chinese classes!!! I have been trying to figure out how to make this happen for awhile. Well the universe made it happen. I’m so stoked to be a full time student. With the career taking second for the first time in my adult life. As hard as it is I’m enjoying it and can’t wait to finally be able to say yes when someone asks me if I speak Mandarin. #chinagirl #studentlife #sohard #mybrainhurts #happygirl #zhongguo #sacrifice #study #grateful #risk&reward #bosslady

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Happy Birthday Kippy!! Kippy you have taught me to love again with abandonment. To find the fun in every moment and to laugh as much as possible. There is never a dull moment with you around and your sweet, more like mischievous smile makes my heart melt. Love that I kissed that dimple into your cheek and I love even more that you let me kiss you as often and as much as I want. You truly are one of a kind and I’m proud to be your auntie. Can’t wait to have more adventures together my little daredevil. Love you Krazy Kip! Wish I was there to help you celebrate. #krazykip #4 #birthdayboy #auntiebear #auntie #nephew #partytime #loveyou #missyou #dimples #smile #sillyphotos #matchingdimples #saycheese #bestlaughever #happyboy

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Sunshine, Temples and Incense.....I’m back!! #feelsgood #chinagirl #chinesenewyear #yearofthepig #hike #dongguan #solo #neverstopexploring #expatlife #explore #enjoylife #optoutside #asia

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Can’t believe I’m leaving. Feels like forever and feels like I just got home. So grateful for my time with my amazing family and friends. What a life I have. Heading back has me a bit conflicted but I’m ready for what’s next. Starting the trip out right with a @delta upgrade to business on my 12 hr flight. Couldn’t ask for anything better. Cheers to my next grand adventure!! #sadandexcited #happygirl #businessclass #bosslady #chinahereicome #family #thankyou #mylifemyadventure #solotraveler #bossbabe #neverstopexploring #adventureawaits #imready

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Okay I may complain and say I don’t like snow and that I prefer warm weather but nights like tonight remind me how beautiful snow is. Flakes so big I caught one on my tongue. Now I just hope this ends before my flight leaves. #peaceful #utahisrad #snowflakes #letitsnow #winternights #stillreadyforwarmweather #nofilter #lastdaysathome #childlikewonder #beautiful #winterwonderland #utah #utah #utahgram

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Totally lost my shit when we got to PCH and Huntington Beach as the weather was amazing. Celebrated Chinese New Year Disney style! Lunch with the one and only @omnium88 in the club and much needed sister time in the happiest place on earth. Such a fun weekend before I head back. #california #pacificcoasthighway #sunsetjesus #roadtrip #sistertrip #cny #makeawish #disneyland #disneycaliforniaadventure #sunshine #blueskies #ineedatan #friends #doublerumrutkin #drinks #cheers #club33 #singlerider

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