We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandy Yeh and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sandy, how do you think about risk?
No risk, no reward! I wholeheartedly believe that statement to be true! Most people fear risk or want to weigh the risks before deciding to step into the unknown, but you will never know the glory and wonderment of life without taking chances and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone! It is easy to stay comfortable, but if people are honest with themselves, most have always learned and gained the most from the situations that challenged them, where they felt some level of risk or discomfort. Every decision or choice in life that doesn’t work out exactly as you hoped or planned can be seen as failures, but I think of them as lessons, stepping stones to teach you about yourself, about life, and about others, if you’re willing to learn from those experiences. In any endeavor you pursue, getting an education, a new job or career, a new friendship or relationship, moving, having kids, etc., there are no guarantees on the outcome. It is what you gain from the journey. There will always be setbacks or obstacles in life. The more important question is, what will you do? The only thing you can control is how you respond to any situation that arises. Having the mindset to persevere and be resilient, have a positive attitude, and never give up will allow all risks to be rewards!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have been a clinical pharmacist for several years and initially decided to pursue a career in healthcare because my dad encouraged me. It seemed like a career choice that aligned with my desire to help people. I have branched into many Pharmacy avenues, many of which most people never know pharmacists were involved. I began working as an Emergency Department Pharmacist, which was one of the most eye-opening experiences of my life! After almost 7 years in the hospital, I felt confined in my ability to impact positive change, so it was time to seek change. When I relocated to San Diego, I started a journey of finding new roles that expanded my horizons hoping that I could find more purpose and influence to produce direct results that could make a difference! In 5 years, always holding 2 different jobs simultaneously, I had 6 different positions. Needless to say, I have one of the broadest arrays of work experience. Today, I work for a healthcare technology/software company to represent the customer’s voice and collaborate with software developers and engineers to update software. I still work at the hospital from time-to-time. I feel honored to have been part of so many people’s lives. I’ve gained so many insights throughout my career and experiences! Most notably, living a life authentic to oneself and cherishing time, making memories, and being with those who help your being is all within your control. Ironically, that fact is also the biggest regret of most people’s lives because they are not sincere to their hearts. They conform and follow others’ expectations, and they do not prioritize time to live the life they genuinely envision. What has set me apart from others is my willingness to try new things, take risks, and lead by example so that others can see paths they never imagined! As one of my mentors said, many people don’t know what they want until they know what they can have, and it’s my responsibility to show it to you!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are so many incredible neighborhoods and spots to check out in San Diego! Plus, with amazing weather year-round and so many options close by, there are endless possibilities! I would begin with a local bike tour, renting Soft Cruisers by Rusty Spokes (at Pacific Beach Bike Shop) and tour along 20+ miles of Mission Bay, to the Boardwalk and Belmont Park. If you’re starting off early, grab an amazing breakfast at Kona’s Cafe, right by the Pacific Beach (PB) Pier! After fueling up, depending on how far you’d go, you could stop in Ocean Beach (OB) for some Hodad’s for lunch. Don’t miss out on those fantastic onion rings! The perfect crisp and crunchiness! You can also get a beer around the corner from one of the great local breweries, Kilowatt. After perusing the local beach/surf shops, grab a waffle icecream sandwich from Lighthouse Icecream. Head to the beach and enjoy that warm waffle sandwiching the cold, delicious creamy icecream, delight in every bite! As you work up an appetite cruising back to PB, hit up Oscar’s Mexican Seafood for some scrumptious tacos! For a more urban vibe, head out for a great night in Little Italy! For Italian, Barbusa. More casual and some fantastic fried chicken, The Crack Shack! A romantic yet warm and sensual ambiance, Herb & Wood. After staying and enjoying the lovely bar at Herb & Wood, venture to Kettner Exchange for more of a dance/social scene. Of course, we can never forget dessert! Do it like the Italians do, and savor the best gelato with some espresso at Pappalecco. Looking for a more extravagant showstopper? Extraordinary Desserts won’t disappoint! To continue with more outdoor ventures, hit up Mt. Soledad for an incredible view of the city. Walk around La Jolla (LJ) Village Shops then catch sunset at LJ Shores. Balboa Park is never a bad idea, or head north and explore Torrey Pines, Annie’s Canyon in Solana Beach or Encinitas.
Wander towards North Park & South Park and check out some local shops such as Pigment and Graffiti Beach. Snap a photo by the ‘Greetings from SD’ mural. Grab some amazing cold brew or my favorite, The Champ from Dark Horse Coffee! Then devour some incredible pizza from Buona Forchetta! Of course, I would be remiss not to take you to some of my native and sister restaurants in Convoy, the Asian District of SD. However, you must also head south for some serious grub food and a major hidden gem at MJ’s Yogurt Time and Deli. SD may be known for carne asada fries, but the Buddha fries at MJ’s, a fusion between Hawaiian and Filipino food will blow your mind! On your way back, stop back in Little Italy and check out the group of shops by James Coffee while you linger, play some games and chat over some tantalizing local coffee! I could go on for days, so for more tips and recs, feel free to DM me on Instagram!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am SO fortunate to be blessed with so many incredible people in my life! These soul connections have influenced and shaped my life, and I am forever grateful to my pillars of support and love! To my wonderful family, especially my big sister and my brother-in-law, we have been the fabulous trio for over 25 years! To my bestestest and closest friends, I could not do life without their incredible guidance, encouragement, and friendship! And to all of the other wonderful people and humans that I have been honored and privileged to meet throughout, all of them have taught me so many things along this road, and I am appreciative for all the teachings and experiences.