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Enough said! Last year I went a little overboard, planning an all white beach soiree. It was lovely but since this month is going to be a whirlwind with work and my upcoming travels I think I am going to lay low this year, perhaps a nice dinner with a few close friends and a special someone. I will be turning 28 so I might as well start planning for a blowout 30th. But for any of you planning any size gathering, check out my pinterest board for some serious party inspo! 

2. Rich People Problems

Kevin Kwan's third novel since his debut Crazy Rich Asians, Rich People Problems is now the third addition to his infamous trilogy about the frivolity of the Chinese super rich. He had me hooked from the first page and I'm amazed how quickly he's pushed out this third novel, right after China Rich Girlfriend. Even more exciting, they seem to be making REAL moves on a full motion picture version of the novel in the series and I'M SO EXCITED! I also have a few other beach reads on my list currently Fake Plastic Love, The Commonwealth, Our Little Racket.  

3. Bon Voyage to ... Europe and Israel!

AND I JUST CAN'T WAIT... until my "to do" list is finally done. It's going to be quite the trip and I can't wait to see everything, bask in the sun and eat lots of yummy food (aka pasta). We are headed to Lisbon, the French Rivera, the Amalfi Coast and Tel Aviv. It will most certainly be a whirlwind trip and I just want to make sure I enjoy every moment. I just got my first professional camera and so practicing all the great shots is a top priority! Would love any recommendations for both the trip and how to use a real camera! 

4. Goodbyes and Hellos

So this past year I had the pleasure of mentoring interns while they complete their master programs in Social Work at USC. Unlike most internships, they have been with me the entire year and I must say I am going to miss them. I have learned so much being a mentor and supervising for the very first time in my career as a therapist. It's been quite a humbling experience and very cool to have a part in training people in my own field. The upside to saying goodbye, however, is that I will be getting four brand new interns right after! I can't wait to do it all again, this year with a little more insight and mentorship practice; more to come on that in a future post. 

5. Eat, See, Here

This weekend my cousin invited me to a really fun night in the park hosted by EatSeeHear, an outdoor movie company that puts on events every weekend around Los Angeles in the summer. I used to do this in Chicago and my mother always told me stories about the old school drive in movies (anyone know if they exist anymore?). So we packed a picnic, listened to some live music and watched a showing of Young Frankenstein under the moon and the stars. It was a really fun night, I highly recommend going ahead of time and trying some of the food trucks before the movie starts with friends. They were also super dog friendly, so that was a perk for the canine obsessed like myself haha. Next movie showing is Mean Girls in Pasadena (classic), then When Harry Met Sally, and more through September.  

Any other Leo's out there? 

Happy August, 



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