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I work for a non-profit in the performing arts. I spend my free time exploring the city I live in, reading, taking a Peloton ride with my favorite instructor Sam Yo, rooting for the LA Dodgers, attending plays/musicals, listening to podcasts, and planning my next adventure. —Michelle Lynn
Hobonichi Techo Writing things down, seeing my schedule and crossing off my to-do's on paper is very gratifying. I love the Hobonichi layout and its portability! And it's fun to look back and see what I did and my general thoughts of the day. I decorate the entries with stickers, highlighters/markers, stamps, ephemera, and washi tape. I'm not artistic, but this lets me feel a little creative and I enjoy learning how to express myself in a fun way.
Yoshi Yoshitani tarot cards I was at NY Comic Con in Oct 2022, and stopped by her booth to buy a print for my sister. She's one of my sister's favorite artists. I was immediately drawn to Yoshi's tarot card set. I have never been interested in tarot before, but I was like a moth to a flame when I saw her tarot cards. I do a one-card pull every day and write down my thoughts, and then immediately look at the accompanying guidebook and handbook for more insight. It's fun to learn and is also kinda wild how accurate the card pull is! I carry the card with me all day. I love being a beginner and can't wait to start doing a more detailed spread when I'm ready. She has an oracle deck coming out soon, and I can't wait.
Nguyen Coffee Supply mug When I went to Vietnam in 2015, I became obsessed with Vietnamese coffee. My fondest memories were visiting the various coffee shops with my friends and trying the different kinds of coffee (my fave is coconut coffee). I am a fan of this brand because each cup I drink reminds me of being in Vietnam, the coffee beans are stellar (my fave is Loyalty), and Nguyen Coffee Supply is a company I feel aligned with and am happy to support. I love drinking my coffee in their insulated mug.
Yoseka Stationery I love writing letters and journaling. Yoseka is one of my favorites for stationery. I check their website way too often for new arrivals. They have a thoughtfully curated selection of items, and the kindest staff who are always happy to assist their customers. My favorite is their Inks section for fountain pens and dip pens. They have a nice variety and sell sample sizes if you don't want to commit to buying a full bottle and/or want to try a bunch of inks.
Aloha. Ever since I was little, I've been inexplicably drawn to Hawaii, its history and culture. I'd like to think I lived there in a past life. I try to carry aloha with me wherever I go, and it's a reminder for me to stay present, humble, loving, and compassionate.