Last Bite of Summer

I’m lying on a navy blue beach towel by the pool, sipping a grapefruit Vodka Soda cocktail (make it a double- I whispered to myself while I was making this drink in the kitchen). This is the last day of summer holiday and the labour day weekend – no joke – I’m serious about it, and definitely bring a sense of ceremony to my beverage.

Toronto had a gorgeous summer, probably the best one in the past decade. How lucky we are, with all the warm sunshine and long bright days.

I enjoyed this beautiful season just as much as all others did. In between drinks and outdoor parties and events, I did manage to learn something new at work every single day. Workplace is a magic playground, full of puzzles, fun and excitement. I have to say, it’s never a dull moment at work and in life, as long as you are open-minded and eager to grow.

Looking back at the beautiful summer, I can sum it up with one word – 🍊 orange. It’s a Color of passion and hope.

This summer, I worked hard, played hard, read a lot, laughed a lot. Sometimes I wish my parents were here in Toronto with me so that we can enjoy the fresh air and pool time together. Sometimes I wish I was back in Beijing so that I could go to TsingHua university and experienced the excitement with my niece, a talented and gifted student, of being accepted by the best university in a country that has 1.4 billion people.

Ha!! Don’t we all have wishes and dreams?!

Tomorrow when I drive on the busy highway 401 to work at 7am, I know how pumped I will be.

Life is what and how you make it. The funniest stand-up comedian Ali Wong said on her first Netflix show Baby Cobra: I don’t want to Lean In, I want to Lie Down. 😂 With 7.5 month into pregnancy and performing on the stage, her message to the audience is actually: I don’t want to Lie Down, I want to Stand Out. 🙋🏻‍♀️

Here is the last bite of summer – a piece of advice for all the girls out there when school starts tomorrow – Be a flamingo in a flocks of pigeons. Be different. Stand out, and work your butt off.

Off we go, work hard in the harvest season. Bring it on, September.

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