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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Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

“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…


“High-quality relationships are transformational, not transactional.” — Benjamin Hardy

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As Belgian psychotherapist, Esther Perel, “the quality of our relationships determines the quality of our lives.” Relationships are the cornerstone of every person’s life. Your success, your failures, creativity, quality of life, and every in between depends on how you manage your relationships.

I didn’t know how to cherish relationships in my early 20s. I was terrible at maintaining my friendships, I definitely wasn’t the best daughter, sister, or partner. I’ve learned a few things, though, in the last few years. …


You need to approach your work with humility if you want to be great at it

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Photo: The Australian from Mark Harrison

After being bombarded by Masterclass advertisements all throughout December, I finally caved and bought a year’s subscription. It didn’t hurt that they were having a two-for-one sale at the time so I was able to gift one subscription.

The first class I dove into was Malcolm Gladwell’s class on writing. Gladwell is the national best-selling author of Tipping Point, David and Goliath, and Blink, among others.

His class consists of 24 courses, ranging from 7–20 minutes long. His class alone is worth the yearly subscription fee of $180 USD ($240 CDN). …


I’m no longer waiting for that whoosh of enlightenment

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Photo by Zach Lucero on Unsplash

My son turned 2 today. There were a few bumps and bruises on our way to this milestone but he and I made it somehow. It’s amazing how time can go so fast and yet be so slow at the same time. It feels like we’ve had him forever but it’s only been 2 years since I brought him home from the hospital.

When my son was 3 months old, it was also, ironically, my first Mother’s Day. I thought celebrating my first Mother’s Day would finally make me feel the emotions I was missing but I didn’t even know…


Who shot Alexander Hamilton? It wasn’t “Awon Buh”

Milk spills onto mugs.
Milk spills onto mugs.
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If you were born in the 1980s like me, there’s a good chance you remember the Got Milk? commercials that dominated television sets in the 1990s. Celebrities donning milk mustaches and actors crying out in frustration as they ate a cookie only to open the fridge to find an empty milk carton. Even Kermit the Frog sported a milk mustache.


Inspiration doesn’t have to some mysterious void

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Photo by JOSHUA COLEMAN on Unsplash

Two major events happened in December. First, my first “viral” article happened. The second, I seriously hurt my back.

Let’s rewind a bit.

My “viral” article

I’ve been working from home since March 2020. Even though I was home and in front of a computer all the time, I didn’t get much writing done. Work seamlessly flowed into my home life and there wasn’t much time for anything else.

Come December, I was feeling pretty crappy and disappointed about my whole writing journey. I was averaging 3–4 articles a month, sometimes less. Most of them flopped. …


Plus 9 more lessons from Admiral William H. McCraven’s 2014 University of Texas commencement speech on how to your life and the world

Admiral William H. McCraven
Admiral William H. McCraven
Photo of Admiral William H. McCraven from Inc.com

We’re all born with the potential to change the world. We want to leave a legacy, to have the freedom to live our lives, to be joyous and satisfied with the life we created. But every day, we’re also inundated with stories about global warming, lost lives, and animals being hunted. We get stuck in jobs we hate, lose loved ones, or are thousands of dollars in debt. Atrocities are thrown at us from every which way and we can get lost in the endless cycle of bad news.

Change feels out of reach but knows that it’s not.

Life…


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…


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

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Photo by Luke Stackpoole on Unsplash

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…

Alice Vuong

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

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