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Episode 21: Make a Move with Career Coach Cynthia Pong

Episode 21: Make a Move with Career Coach Cynthia Pong

I'm pleased to welcome Cynthia Pong back to Chief Executive Auntie. Cynthia is a feminist career strategist and now self-published author. Tune in for her career advice during COVID-19, an inside peek at writing and self-publishing her book, and a very special offer...

Are you a panda or a trash panda?

Are you a panda or a trash panda?

Let’s talk about niche. In ecology, a niche is the unique place an organism occupies within its community. This includes its habitat, its spot on the food web, and the adaptations it has for surviving in that environment.  In business, a niche is the intersection...

Shoot your shot…or save your powder

Shoot your shot…or save your powder

A few weeks ago, I cold-messaged one of my favorite Asian American authors (who happens to be a Nebula award finalist) to ask if she would like to be on my podcast. My podcast with 598 downloads ever. You know what? She said yes. I also put out a call on Twitter for...

Why “no guts, no glory” is bull

Why “no guts, no glory” is bull

I recently looked in my 2016 planner (good thing I never throw these things awaaaaay) and found a diagram I’d drawn at the very beginning of my freelance journey. [image description: A grid with two rows and two columns. The columns are labeled “low risk” and “high...

Your Business Life Essence

Your Business Life Essence

Long before there was Animal Crossing, I started playing a very silly and gently addictive game called Merge Dragons. But it actually taught me a lot about managing resources in my business. Merge Dragons is a puzzle game that involves merging like objects to form...

Episode 20: Author, Editor, and Coach Joanne Machin

Episode 20: Author, Editor, and Coach Joanne Machin

Episode Recap: Joanne and I talked about: The existential dread we’re all feeling right now (1:19)The questions she asked before leaving her full-time job (6:15)How she got started in writing (15:20)Her book, Game Changer (18:25)How she writes diverse stories without...

Episode 19: Retinal Surgeon and Author Dr. Andrew Lam

Episode 19: Retinal Surgeon and Author Dr. Andrew Lam

Episode Recap: Dr. Lam and I talked about A day in the life of a retinal surgeon (1:27)How he finds time to write with a full-time job and four kids (6:13)His process for writing historical novels (8:17)How a history major became an eye surgeon (15:08)Why doctors...

Episode 18: Ovee Health Co-founder Maddy Siriouthay

Episode 18: Ovee Health Co-founder Maddy Siriouthay

Episode Recap: Maddy and I talked about How to explain to traditional Asian parents that you write about vaginas all day (3:13)Maintaining personal boundaries when writing publicly about sexual health (4:58)A typical day for a digital content creator (9:12)The power...

How Do I Price This: Data Entry for Real Estate

How Do I Price This: Data Entry for Real Estate

This week on HDIPT, a question from Kara about turning hourly rates into a flat monthly pricing: The client is looking for a flat-rate fee per month rather than an hourly charge to add listings to their real estate website. There's some variability -- spring and fall...

Episode 17: Freelance Writer and BTS Stan Virginia Duan

Episode 17: Freelance Writer and BTS Stan Virginia Duan

Episode Recap: Virginia and I talked about How her blogging career started (1:48)How she homeschools four children in Mandarin (5:45)Her social media management work and partnership with Sagebooks (13:35)The importance of a supportive partner (26:27)Managing multiple...

How Do I Price This: Copywriting Descriptions

How Do I Price This: Copywriting Descriptions

Welcome to HDIPT, a blog series where Auntie answers all your specific pricing questions! Today’s question is from Marsha about copywriting: My realtor (and good friend) really liked the copy I wrote for my condo listing and wants to hire me to write copy for all her...

Episode 16: Asian American Mental Health Care Providers

Episode 16: Asian American Mental Health Care Providers

Episode Recap: I got to speak with Dr. Anna Huang, PhD, Dr. Martin Hsia, PsyD, and Dr. Joseph Lee, MD about the everyday reality of being a mental health care provider. We debated what the best kind of doctor is, and discussed some of the challenges and rewards of...

Episode 15: Feminist Career Coach Cynthia Pong

Episode 15: Feminist Career Coach Cynthia Pong

Episode Recap: Cynthia and I talked about Her customized approach to career coaching (2:20)What to do when you’re overworked and underpaid (6:25)The problem with “Charge your worth” (8:33)Cynthia’s foundational coaching program (12:00)Some of the biggest challenges...

Episode 14: Bawdy Bookworms Founder Thien-Kim Lam

Episode 14: Bawdy Bookworms Founder Thien-Kim Lam

Episode Recap: Thien-Kim and I talked about The work from home mom lifeDoing whatever you want by pissing off your Asian parents so badly they don’t care about anything else you doHow Bawdy Bookworms got startedTalking to kids (and maybe your parents?) about sexThe...

3 Quick Hacks to Help You Focus Better

3 Quick Hacks to Help You Focus Better

I’m squarely in my post-period power week (people with ovaries, ask me about it, it’s great!) so I’ve been a bit of a task-list devouring beast-o-tron. Here are three quick focus hacks I’ve been using with pretty good results. Migrating unfinished tasks I use a paper...

Episode 12: Passion Planner Actress Ambassador Nikki Soohoo

Episode 12: Passion Planner Actress Ambassador Nikki Soohoo

Episode Recap: Nikki and I talked about The daily habits of Passion Planner CEO Angelia Trinidad (4:10)Living and working with your BFF (5:51)The role of Kickstarter in growing Passion Planner (10:44)The ups and downs of being a working actress (15:18)How acting and...

Episode 11: 2 Bros and a Bard Co-Founder Jeff Basladynski

Episode 11: 2 Bros and a Bard Co-Founder Jeff Basladynski

Episode Recap Jeff and I talked about The importance of having a diverse “party” supporting your business quest (10:12)Using his background in marketing to elevate the creative careers of his other staff members. (13:35)The challenges of scaling a business selling...

Episode 10: Nimble Made Co-Founder Tanya Zhang

Episode 10: Nimble Made Co-Founder Tanya Zhang

Episode Recap Tanya and I talked about Working with a life partner (not recommended for everyone!) (3:48)Her decision to leave corporate life (14:14)Challenges of running a startup (20:15)Holding physical inventory in a tiny New York apartment (32:28) Powered by...

Episode 9: Artist and Educator Trisha Hautéa

Episode 9: Artist and Educator Trisha Hautéa

Episode Recap: Trisha and I chatted about: A day in the life of a real digital nomad (1:31)How she uses her diverse background in art and education (4:21)“How can I do what I like but also get compensated for it” (5:53)Why your major maybe doesn’t matter as much as...

Episode 8: Jewelry Designer Peggy Li

Episode 8: Jewelry Designer Peggy Li

Episode Recap: Peggy and I had a great conversation about... A day in the life of a jewelry designer (1:19)Her journey from engineering major to screenwriter (4:17)How she got her jewelry onto Buffy the Vampire Slayer (5:29)The importance of steady jobs when building...

Business Lessons from Potty Training

Business Lessons from Potty Training

We’ve been in the death throes of potty training our three year old for the last 300 years months. Only recently did things finally start to click. It just dawned on me that learning to deposit metabolic waste in a designated receptacle is a lot like learning how to...

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