“I’m a bad cook”

That’s what I used to tell myself and others. And, guess what, I was. I manifested what I told myself and the world. It’s likely because cooking a meal from scratch takes time to prep, to cook, to serve, to clean, and to plan. Plus, I hadn’t made it a top priority. That has changed these last few months. I have found joy in cooking and doing it for those I love.

I’ve taken on a challenge: To be a better cook. More importantly, to change my mindset and to manifest what I want…”To be a good cook.” From the second helpings requested by my boyfriend, I believe I’m getting closer to being a better cook.

Baked Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups

Thankfully, I’ve had great teachers, whom I’ve observed over time, show me how to cook delicious meals using fresh produce. My dad is a cook by profession and my mom is an amazing cook at home. I was lucky to be well fed every day of my childhood because of my talented parents. They always prioritized making home cooked meals for my brother and me. Every day, mom would come home from work, cook for us, clean for us, and then do prep work for the next day’s meals. It takes time and effort to make healthy and tasty meals, and I’m grateful my parents chose that for us.

Thanks to the guidance from my mom and sister-in-law, who cook delicious meals, and the encouragement from my family and friends, I’m becoming a better cook these days. I have always found joy in eating (evident from my social media posts). Now, I find even greater joy in preparing and cooking fresh meals.

Cilantro Lime Rice and Spicy Homemade Guacamole

Now, I’m telling myself, “I’m NOT a bad cook.” I’m prioritizing my time to be a better cook and to someday be a “good cook.” Reminding myself that I control my narrative and I choose my mindset. And, you have control over yours.

So, let’s all have some fun cooking #LunchWithLily! Send me healthy recipes that I should try.

Friday Fun: Jobs

Hope this week has been treating you all well. Thought I’d have some fun on Friday by posting jobs I’ve had and let people guess the fib.

Here’s some background on these photos.

The top left photo was taken outside of The White House when I had the opportunity to represent Kansas during the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. This was one of the highlights of my time as president of the Wichita Asian Association. The top right photo was a fun bridal photoshoot. No, I’m not getting married. I was modeling for my friend, Amanda, who owns Avid Artistry, and my friend, April, who owns Dress Gallery.

The bottom right photo was early in the morning! It was taken at the annual Blarney Breakfast to benefit Rainbows United. They were looking for volunteer coffee pourers, who would donate their time and ask for tips to raise money for the non-profit. The bottom left photo was taken at the annual fundraiser for the non-profit, Storytime Village.

Now, here’s the answer…

I did not intern at the White House. But, I did intern in Washington, D.C. one summer long, long ago.

Congratulations to all who have held a job, have a job, and will be hired for a job. You are all essential workers. Thank you!

There’s More Good News

During these challenging times, I’m choosing to find more moments of gratitude and joy throughout the day. One of the places I find joy is in watching positive local news stories. For me, local news has a vital place in society and it plays an important role. That role is to share hope.

Yes, the news has to share the bad, too. News has a responsibility to expose the bad while providing hope that there can be improvement. News also has a role to shed light on the good in communities. And, there is more good!

I decided to search the word “helping” and find the good news on my local TV news station websites. I hope you’ll like these and share them. Also, I encourage you to give those reporters a follow, a like, a positive message, because today we #ThankAJourno and we thank them for being #PRESSential.

Helping: Neighbors

A Wichita dealership is offering free car sanitization

Posted: Apr 09, 2020 8:00 AM CDT | written by Jamie Jackson


Andover teacher writes 100 letters to students after schools close over COVID-19

Posted: Mar 18, 2020 3:11 PM CDT | written by KAKE News


Augusta residents take part in community prayer

Posted: Fri 11:19 PM, Mar 27, 2020 | KWCH


Child surprises heroes during coronavirus pandemic

Posted: Apr 3, 2020 / 01:34 PM CDT | by: KSN News


Derby girl gets birthday parade from local first responders

Posted: Apr 5, 2020 / 06:49 PM CDT | by: Byron J. Love


Family, friends drive by home to honor Wichita teen who died of rare brain tumor

Posted: Sat 8:41 PM, Apr 04, 2020  | By Ellen Terhune


Hutchinson community gathers to pray, support hospital workers, patients

Posted: Apr 06, 2020 10:15 PM CDT | written by Lacey Williams


No school, no problem, Rise Up For Youth using Zoom to mentor students at home

Posted: Apr 5, 2020 / 10:57 PM CDT | by: John Asebes


Non-profits helps pet owners impacted by COVID-19

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 / 09:39 PM CDT | by: Jhovani Carrillo 


Sign company helps recognize local high school seniors

Tue Apr 07 15:39:20 PDT 2020 | KWCH


Teachers caravan through neighborhoods to show students they care

Posted: Mon 6:38 PM, Mar 23, 2020 | KWCH


Valley Center, Garden City police, fire make children’s birthdays special during COVID-19

Posted: Mon 10:14 AM, Mar 30, 2020 | KWCH


Wichita Children’s Home spreads positivity with chalk art

Posted: Apr 2, 2020 / 10:14 PM CDT | by: KSN News


Wichita kids connect with dementia residents through art amid coronavirus

Posted: Mar 26, 2020 / 08:13 PM CDT | by: Emily Younger


Wichita siblings come up with fun and innovative way to spread Easter joy

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 / 08:26 PM CDT | by: KSN News


Helping: Healthcare

Assistance League of Wichita members busy making masks

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 / 05:10 PM CDT | by: Gwyn Bevel


Dear Neighbor Ministries creates a temporary food pantry during COVID-19 pandemic

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 / 06:20 PM CDT | by: Andrea Herrera


Halstead business makes creative shift to help fight against COVID-19

Posted: Wed 8:11 PM, Apr 01, 2020 | KWCH


K-State students design 3D print face shields for healthcare workers

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 / 08:38 AM CDT | by: KSNT-TV


Local alteration shop making masks to help with the COVID-19 pandemic


Local business owner provides cotton face masks to Kansas hospitals

Posted: Mar 22, 2020 / 08:41 AM CDT | by: Andrea Herrera


Local print company doing its part to help during pandemic, giving away 500 free masks

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 / 10:13 PM CDT | by: KSN News 

More than cookie cutters, local business turns to making face shields

Posted: Apr 1, 2020 / 06:50 PM CDT | by: Angelica Castelo

Organization asking for graduation gown donations

Posted: Apr 08, 2020 2:42 PM CDT | written by Bri Smith


Prairie Quilt Guild sews masks for those on front-lines of COVID-19

Posted: Mon 7:48 PM, Mar 23, 2020 | KWCH


Salina employees put in the extra work to help stop the shortage in medical gear

Posted: Mar 28, 2020 / 10:51 AM CDT | by: Andrea Herrera


Shocker softball player dedicated to making masks for those who need them

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 / 08:43 PM CDT | by: Kendra Douglas 


Wichitans use 3D printers to make face shields for first responders and health officials

Posted: Mar 25, 2020 / 10:38 PM CDT | by: Alexis Padilla


Winfield company helps create parts for ventilators for COVID-19 patients

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 / 06:59 PM CDT | by: Krystle Sherrell 


Winfield company plays role in helping to save lives around world

Posted: Mon 10:56 PM, Mar 23, 2020 | KWCH


Helping: Food/Restaurants

Food pantries changing how they help the hungry

Posted: Apr 01, 2020 3:10 PM CDT | written by Pilar Pedraza


Goddard church hands out bags of groceries for families in need

Posted: Sat 6:18 PM, Mar 28, 2020 | KWCH


‘Grocery Getters’ willing to shop for those in need of help

Posted: Mar 16, 2020 / 10:33 PM CDT | by: John Asebes


ICT Bar Rescue awards $50,000 worth of grants

Posted: Apr 8, 2020 / 10:39 PM CDT | by: Alexis Padilla


Local business going the extra mile to help its employees

Posted: Apr 07, 2020 6:27 PM CDT | written by KAKE News


One-stop-shop: Local business owners create ‘virtual food bank’ for Wichitans

Posted: Mar 24, 2020 / 06:44 PM CDT | by: Angelica Castelo


Wichita coffee shop starts food pantry to help families in need

Posted: Apr 02, 2020 12:56 PM CDT | written by Jackson Overstreet


Wichita native creates app to help find local restaurants that are still open

Posted: Apr 06, 2020 5:15 PM CDT | written by Chris Lilly


Wichitans coming together to help during Coronavirus crisis

Posted: Mar 17, 2020 7:31 PM CDT | written by Morgan Mobley


Helping: Out-of-State

Kansas man helping nurses in New York

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 / 11:58 PM CDT | by: John Asebes


Medicine Lodge police officers orchestrate escort home for lost Nebraska man

Posted: Apr 05, 2020 10:45 PM CDT | written by Scott Braswell


Newton nurse travels to New York City to help fight COVID-19

By Ellen Terhune | 

Posted: Sun 10:26 PM, Apr 05, 2020 | KWCH


Sailor from Wichita aboard ship docked in NY to relieve burden caused by COVID-19

Posted: Mon 10:57 PM, Mar 30, 2020 | KWCH


Teen sending pieces of Kansas to 49 states

Posted: Mar 19, 2020 / 08:30 PM CDT / by: Emily Younger 


Wichita company ready to help with worldwide COVID-19 response

Posted: Thu 7:19 PM, Mar 19, 2020 | KWCH


Wichita Presbyterian Manor opens up campus to family amidst COVID-19

Posted: Apr 7, 2020 / 06:24 PM CDT | by: KSN News