Episode 21: An HR Professional from Minneapolis & a Writer and Journalist from Hong Kong — Sarah and Lesley

You and Me and Everyone We Know is an audio diary made by everyday people living through the Covid-19 pandemic, and in today’s episode, we’re talking to a Human Resources professional from a Minneapolis tech company and a writer, journalist and Growth Strategist from Hong Kong. Press play below to listen to the latest episode (or find it on Apple PodcastsSpotify, Google Play Music, and Stitcher):

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Sarah and Lesley share their stories

In the first part of this episode, Sarah. Sarah is the first friend I made when I moved to Minneapolis nearly a decade ago. She and her husband Thomas live in Minneapolis, and when Sarah and I talked on March 27 we were still in the middle of everything changing. We talked over Zoom which was becoming a household name over night. And, like old friends do, I noticed her new haircut right away… 

In the second part of this episode we’re talking to Lesley. Lesley is a writer in Hong Kong and a Correspondent for A City Made By People, an internet publication and global network for city enthusiasts. Lesley founded their Hong Kong Chapter, and through that network, she’s in contact with people around the world living through their own pandemic stories. If you’ve been listening for a while, you know I’ve put out the invitation to anyone and everyone that they can be part of the podcast. Lesley took me up on the offer, and I was so excited that she did. We were finally able to connect on May 8. Honestly, it was so nice to talk with someone feeling so much more at ease about the pandemic than I was… 

Here’s some of the things we talked about in this episode:

Covid-19 and…
-Showering problems
-When my boyfriend used to wear my clothes
-Neighborhood walks
-Walking around the cemetery
-Hugging trees
-Missing people
-Aging and stress
-Emergency stress kit
The Soovac Gallery
The perfect IKEA couch
-Your personal health plan
Hong Kong
Work travel
-How normal it is to wear a mask
-Hong Kong mask culture
-Taking care of others
Global community
A City Made By People
A City in Lockdown Video Series
-Cultural differences in pandemic response


More about this episode at: https://atomic-temporary-10558736.wpcomstaging.com/episode-21-human-resourses-professional-minneapolis–writer-journalist-hong-kong-sarah-and-lesley/
Connect to Lesley here: https://lesleycheung.net/

If you like this episode, check out these pandemic stories:

Amelia, a Global Covid-19 Responder in Mineapolis
Maxie, a Veterinary Cardiologist in Hong Kong
Michaela, an Event Designer from New York

Thank you for listening. 

And thank you to Sarah and Lesley for coming on the podcast and for connecting with all of us. 

If feel like someone you know might feel comforted by hearing how everyday people are getting through these tough days, please share this podcast with them.  

If YOU, dear listener, want to be part of this podcast send me a message here or find me on Instagram @heybrentlove

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