THE FEARLESS ISSUE

SUMMER 2013

 

Editor's Note

Dear readers,

If you’ve visited our site recently, you may have noticed that we have a brand-spanking-new look. Thanks to the incredible folks at BarrelNY, we debuted our redesign a few weeks ago to give ourselves some time to work out the final kinks before launching our new Fearless issue.

This summer, it’s all about embracing the terrifying and having the confidence to chase after what might seem like an unlikely fantasy. I couldn’t have dreamed of a better cover story than boxer Dara Shen, who has what I believe is one of the scariest jobs in the world. And boxing isn’t all she does—she somehow manages to hold down a full-time job as well. Talk about fearlessly doing what you love. This issue also features Christine Ha from “MasterChef,” who despite being legally blind, entered and won the third season of the cooking competition. I’m lucky enough to full use of my eyes, and I can barely turn on a stove.

There are some great stories in this issues that I think are incredibly worthwhile—from our favorite summer reads to debunking common diet myths (no, brown sugar is not healthier than white!). And for all those interns and recent college grads out there, there’s a fascinating story on juggling workplace romances. Is it a do or a don’t? You decide, but make sure to read our stories from two young women who have been through it all.

We’re keeping our eyes on former cover girl Katie Chang, currently on screens everywhere as the star of Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring.” Somewhere between the red-carpet circuit and preparing for her freshman year at Columbia, she managed to find time to pen a story for us about weekend fun that doesn’t involve clubbing. I love that she’s not afraid to disprove the common belief that you have to drink to have fun.

So take the plunge with us this summer and tackle something you’re scared of. For us at Mochi, it was making the big monetary investment to overhaul our site for a sleek new look. We think it’s worth it—after all, it’s our fifth anniversary! Somehow, in the blink of an eye, this project we started while in college is five years old. It’s all thanks to our incredible staffers, my fellow co-founder Maggie, and, most of all, the loyal readers who have stayed with us and inspire us to keep improving, no matter how scary the future might seem.

Fearlessly,
Steph

 

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