Cultural consultant and digital wellness advocate. Writing about anthropology, dance, and whatever else I think of.

A social scientist with a side of sphynx cat crazy.

Welcome to my medium feed. I’ve written this About Me post to share my background and some of my work. I’ll also give you a glimpse of me as a human apart from the career.

At the end of the post, you will find more information about my stories here on Medium and also how you can contribute to my publications.

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The Work Side

I started studying anthropology back in 2011, and it’s been an exciting career.

I am a cultural consultant specializing in digitization and human interactions with technology. …

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It’s no surprise that so many wellness coaches have taken to the internet to provide online coaching and motivation to their clients. This is good news for people who have been wanting to experience personalized wellness programs, but the abundance of options may make for a hard choice.

Health and wellness coaches provide a personalized experience, so many people find that they need to try a few different coaches before finding the right one. Some people may even work with multiple coaches simultaneously to reach their wellness goals. …

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When physical dance studios began shutting down, many individual dance instructors started exploring more freelance teaching options.

Whether you are teaching via live-stream on social media or through a video conference-calling service, investing in a personal website brings benefits for you and your students.

Anyone can make a social media profile, but a website takes some planning. When you design your site, you have control over how you present yourself and your classes. Having this control helps you communicate to your users precisely who you are and your teacher's qualifications.

There are many different types of dance businesses out there. While social media can be useful for reach, it can be challenging to be authentic when using a static layout style or character limit. Not only that, but posts about upcoming classes and other important information can quickly get lost in social media feeds. …

Comparing Applied and Theoretical Approaches to Anthropology

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In their text on Applied Anthropology, Ervin emphasizes the “reciprocal relationship” between applied anthropology and theory.

Despite their intimate interplay, the dividing distinction is often from the direction.

The comparison Ervin provides in their text is that researchers select their topics to pursue in classical, theoretical anthropology. The issues usually relate to their research interests.

On the other hand, the applied approach can be viewed more as an anthropological service, where the topics of interest stem from society's needs. …

Content ideas for dancers or any other performing artists

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We may not be dancing in studios or on stages right now, but we can still find ways to keep creating our dance arts digitally. If you feel blocked on inspiration, try one of these five dance content ideas to inspire your next digital post.

1. Learn a Dance Combination

One idea for digital dance content is to search for a song or choreographer you are a fan of and see if there is a dance combination available to learn. You can learn the steps and then record yourself performing the combination (remember to tag the choreographer for credit).

2. Teach a Dance Tutorial

If you are a dance teacher or choreographer, consider teaching a tutorial class or combination. You can choose to prerecord your lesson or even try live-streaming to your students. …

Scrolling in the right place at the right time with the proper preparation can make all the difference.

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One day, I opened up my Facebook feed and saw a post:

Attention Bay Area Archaeologists, I need to hire a ceramic analysis assistant. Email me your resume.

I scrolled past it. Then I scrolled back up to reread the post.

The Bay Area.

I’d just moved there.


I specialized in archaeology as an undergrad.

Ceramic analysis.

Well, I had the first two out of three. Ceramic artifact analysis was not my expertise at the time. I focused on rock art and digitization. But I had learned some in my archaeology courses, and I was willing to learn.

Lesson One: Be Prompt

I rushed to my email and attached my CV with a quick note that I was interested in the position. What was the harm in trying, right? I figured even if they did not hire me, at least I was starting to put myself out there for exciting opportunities. …

Things that seemingly have little worth have great worth if you notice and accept them consistently.

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Some of my favorite memories are from when I used to go for walks with my grandpa. He would tell stories, and I would search for coins and treasures on the ground. He called me “Eagle Eye” because I usually found something.

One day, I had gone to pick up a coin and stopped myself. Someone had seen me do it and told me it wasn’t worth it to pick up coins since they had such a small worth.

My grandpa told me a story of a friend who picked up coins every time he went for a walk and placed them in a jar. …

It’s a great ride!

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Ten years ago, I met a girl on a bus. She complimented my bracelet and showed me hers, saying she wanted to alter it somehow. We brainstormed various additions, and she told me about her life, relationships, and health issues. She was ecstatic that someone who sat next to her on a bus could have a human conversation.

A Bus of Disconnected Humans

I told the girl I was off to college to become an anthropologist, and she found humor in it. I was the only one on this bus full of people who had taken the time to converse. Looking around the bus, most people were sitting silently with headphones on or looking down at their phones. …

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