"Fragrance to me a is a doorway to the realms of our memory. Natural perfumes push it further, pulling you into the world of nature, bathing in the forest of your childhood, the plains of freedom, the flowers of love. It’s transcendent and sensory. It, to me, is a way of life..."
"I truly believe food connects us and grounds us. We all need physical nourishment to thrive regardless of our race, gender and social, or economic background. The invitation to come and experience a meal with someone is an act of sharing and giving. It can really leave a lasting impression on people and it opens up space for them to feel heard, seen and loved..."
"It’s a common misconception that people only see a therapist when they are severely struggling. However, that’s not the case, they reached out because they felt like the way they were dealing with it wasn’t enough. We should normalize reaching out for help when we need it. While it may be scary at first to go see a therapist, it can be immeasurably helpful, and incredibly empowering. Even in school they encourage us to be on the other side of the chair/table to understand that perspective. Therapists have skills to help. They are there waiting to answer your call..."
“I’m pretty proud of the life I’ve built for myself. It’s not easy for a woman to start and run a farm. It’s not easy for a mother to run a business. It’s not easy to constantly learn new skills so that I can continuously build our life from scratch. I always feel proud when I tackle projects that are meaningful, but challenging...”
"I wanted to show people a different side of Lao cooking. I wanted to show them the inner beauty of the culture through beauty in the food. The recipes are still the same, the flavors and tastes haven’t changed, I just want to show the possibilities of its appeal to the newer generations as well as the old...."
"I don’t overthink things, so I don’t get too caught up on challenges. I’ve overcome paralysis, lost everything I owned a couple times during disasters, and had a house fall on my head. If you spend too much time thinking about how you won’t overcome challenges, you’ll succeed..."
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