The gentrification of Mahjong teaches a valuable lesson on the importance of professional copywriting

The Mahjong Line’s  “Cheeky” line
The Mahjong Line’s  “Cheeky” line
Source: Gear Patrol, The Mahjong Line

Click. Click. Click.

That’s the sound of Chinese tradition being played across generations, a game that grandkids can play with their grandparents. A game passed down from their ancestors and their ancestors before them. The swooshing of the tiles on the velvety green table is mesmerizing, as are the hands doing the swooshing.

Mahjong is a Chinese game. But more importantly, it’s a game filled with Chinese heritage and culture. Not many games have stood the test of time like Mahjong.

Courtesy of Jeff Goins’ The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do

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“In each experience, we find certain truths we might otherwise miss”

Every day is a new experience in which we can learn something about ourselves.

The smallest task can often teach us the biggest lessons about ourselves about who we are and who we want to be. Pay attention to these small but significant moments.

“Sometimes the route to our purpose is a chaotic experience, and how we respond matters more than what happens to us.”

Things happen to us all the time. Both good and bad. And sometimes to the point where our lives feel totally out of our control. And sometimes they are. But what matters most isn’t what happens to us, it’s how we respond. …

This year was supposed to be a new beginning but it’s looking more dismal than ever

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With a vaccine announced before the new year and Biden winning the Presidency, a whiff of hope was in the air. There was hope that this virus was going to be eradicated or at least slowed down and that America would finally see the light at the end of a four-year tunnel.

The photos of the first health care workers getting a vaccine were hopeful. America (and the rest of the world) gave a sigh of relief as Biden gave his first-ever President-elect speech.

November and December were good months.

And then the holidays came and every ounce of hope I had for a better year was dashed. …

Trump is preparing for the next Civil War while we all watch and wait

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January 6th, 2021 will always be remembered as a dark day in America. It’s the day when the sitting President incited a coup against his own country. Proud Boys, MAGA, and other Trump supporters violently sieged Capitol Hill with firearms. All over the world, the US Senate seen to be cowering under their desks as shots fired on the other side of the door. The whole thing was live streamed, people taking selfies. This was a proud moment for Trump supporters and a total collapse of American civilization. American democracy has officially been cancelled.

We all knew Trump and his supporters weren’t going to go away quietly. …

Eating is meant to make you happy, not miserable

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A new year typically means new resolutions to lose weight or to only drink lemon and turmeric for breakfast. January is the time of year to hit the gym (if they’re open still) and try to lose that extra 10 lbs we gained over the holidays or the extra weight you’ve been carrying since…well…forever. I still have baby weight from being pregnant and I’m not sure if I’ll ever get rid of it. Even then, I’m not too worried about getting back to my pre-pregnancy weight.

I’ve never had an obsession with food. I guess I’m lucky that I’ve never truly worried about my weight nor have I ever made resolutions to lose any. But with that being said, I always have a goal to be healthier and happier than I was the year before and food plays a huge part in making that happen. If your goal this year is to be happier and healthier than last year, here are some food resolutions that might help you get started. …

The only regret in life is to keep regretting the choices I’ve made

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Every year, I make big goals for myself for the upcoming year. The two biggest ones that get carried forward year after year are:

Learn Spanish. Make enough money from my writing to (have the option) quit my job.

And every year, I fail terribly and I beat myself up for it. The truth is, I don’t put as much effort as I should into achieving these goals so I shouldn’t be shocked when I don’t achieve the results I want.

This year, I don’t have any big plans to change myself or to change anything about me. I’m sick of disappointing myself year after year. And after the year we, as in the entire world, had, I’ve decided that 2021 will be a year of refocus and gratitude. …

Stop destroying your future by obsessing about the future

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Humans are supposedly the smartest beings on Earth but we are also inherently dumb.

Idiotic thoughts occupy our minds and rather than forcing them out of your head, you treat them as gospel and live by them. These thoughts are idiotic because they lack common sense and distort your sense of reality and waste your time.

The worst thing is you know these thoughts are a waste of your time yet they be controlled especially in the most pivotal moments of your life. …

Even Gandhi and the Dalai Lama have a quote quota

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When I started on my writing journey, I wrote about two topics, writing and self-improvement. I wrote about how to become a better writer, overcome fear, be a better person. I wasn’t an expert on any of the topics but it’s what I knew at that time because I was personally experiencing them.

I continued writing about those topics for years. All my free time went into researching, reading, and writing about those topics, and only those. I had no plans to deviate from my topics of choice. But after so many years of writing about the same things, I don’t feel like an expert on anything I’ve written. …

Lesson of the day: Don’t reinvent yourself because you assume that’s what people want.

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It’s my 8th birthday. The whole family is invited to celebrate — grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins. The house is at full capacity during those special occasions. The adults would sit and chat at the dining table while us kids sat on the floor in a big circle. The feast was a treat in itself. Pizza Hut and KFC. It was always the same every year but I loved it because we rarely got pizza or fried chicken. It’s one of the reasons why, after almost 30 years, I still love Pizza Hut and KFC. …

There’s a reason why Trump won in 2016 and Biden barely won in 2020

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Come January, the terror of the Trump administration will be over. I’ve watched America ignite itself on fire for the last 4 years. I’ve watched racism, bigotry, and just plain stupidity take over what used to be a great country. While I do have my biases against American policies as a Canadian, I always considered America to be one of the greats.

America is the land of the free and creativity, the birthplace of the Wright brothers, and some of the best fast food joints in the world.

Trump had his appeal in 2016

I understand why Americans voted for Trump in 2016. He vowed to bring jobs home, he wasn’t a political elitist. He was a businessman, a regular guy who just happened to be a billionaire. The promise to “make America great again” was a strong and powerful motto that ultimately drove him into the White House. …


Alice Vuong

Living life imperfectly and as creatively as possible. I write about creativity, motherhood and personal growth. Website:

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