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What is a liminal state?
A state of transition; a ritual passage from one stage to the next; an in-between phase marked by ambiguity and uncertainty. Basically, it’s middle-aged life.

Welcome to Everything is Liminal

I used to write a blog called Sweet Fine Day from 2008–2019(ish) that documented our life as small business owners while raising kids in NYC. Before that, I was a partner in a blog network that covered products for kids and tech gadgets for women. And even before those blogs, I published a webzine on Asian American pop culture. I’ve rambled on the internet since 1999. That is a lot of rambling.

After taking some years off from writing, I’ve decided that I needed to write again to process the last few years. Midlife is wild. If you’re in it, maybe you’re feeling it too.

This is a newsletter with a collection of personal essays about:

  • the joys of midlife (said with a side of sarcasm)

  • raising teens (who have already started to leave the nest)

  • caring for elderly parents (only one living now)

  • processing death and grief (it’s a long journey, folks)

  • navigating another new shift in my design career (I have failed miserably at every turn in my quest for better work/life balance)

  • my ongoing journey of getting back in touch with my Korean heritage

  • rambling commentary on current events (hoo boy, this world is a lot)

  • occasional recipes from our archive

I never was very good at staying in one niche, so why start now?

Update: Just three months after launch, this newsletter became a featured publication. Thank you so much for all your support!

Why should I subscribe?

If any of these topics are of interest to you, please consider becoming a free or paid subscriber. I’m aiming to publish once a week on Wednesdays and new posts will land in your inbox.

Wait, there’s a paid subscription?

If you were familiar with my old blog, you may remember that as a blogger I was really terrible about monetizing (meaning, I didn’t). Sometimes I really kick myself for not leaning into the opportunities I had to make money off the old blog. Maybe my life back then would have been a tiny bit easier had I not been so stubborn about maintaining my integrity as an ad-free, non-sponsored blog. But writing takes a lot of time, so I’ve turned on paid subscriptions (I’m making real progress in the name of capitalism, I’m really trying!). If you’re enjoying my newsletters, I hope you will consider becoming a paid subscriber. It will really help keep me writing, but most weekly posts will remain free.

Thanks for reading! Subscribe below to receive new posts. As always, I appreciate all your support, especially to the blog readers who stuck around all these years.


A little about me

I’m a 1.5 generation Asian American raised in New York City, a mother of 2 teenagers, and a UX and product designer who has spent the last 20 years working with consumer brands, agencies, NGOs, and early-stage tech startups building products and brands. I co-founded a bakery with my pastry chef husband from 2008–2020. I’m currently on a self-proclaimed (semi) sabbatical while I figure out my next move in life.

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Liminal states are the in-between stages—in other words, transitions. And as a GenXer who is about to become an empty nester, I think about this stuff a lot.

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Jenna Park

UX and product designer. Longtime blogger. Asian American. Artist. New Yorker.