Melissa Aki Washington

Writer, Photographer, and Artist.



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Beauty In Everyday Things

In modern times, we are attached to our electronic devices. Face down in the screen, many people miss the beauty in everyday things around them. I like to stop and smell the roses.


My third life: Reinventing myself by moving to another city

Recently, I moved from Brooklyn, New York to Greeley, Colorado. How did this self-proclaimed "Girl of the City" get here? I was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and when I was five, I told my mom that I was moving to New York City one day.

Why I quit my job and became a barista at 30

Between middle school and college, I studied Spanish, French, Japanese, and American Sign Language. Over the years, I learned a few words in Korean, Turkish, Hebrew, Portuguese, and other languages from my friends and coworkers, so working at Berlitz Language School in Rockefeller Center in New York was a dream come true.

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Melissa Aki

Melissa Aki is a freelance writer and coffee enthusiast. She is currently working on her second novel, The Barista Chronicles, about her many years working in the specialty coffee industry.

Spawn: The Life of An Alternative Model by Melissa Aki

Spawn (Born Shawn Wesley Wu) is an alternative model from New York City. The 38-year-old has been modeling for fifteen years and has worked for companies such as Calvin Klein, Target, Old Navy, and many more. Agencies include Click, Fusion, and Rocket Garage.

Let's Sing! 6 Great Songs to Learn Japanese with Music

Picture yourself at five years old, sitting in front of the TV watching "Sesame Street." Now, can you still remember some of the songs you heard on that show? How about the pop tunes you obsessed over as a teenager? Still got the choruses stuck in your head?


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Au Revoir Polyvore

Polyvore is gone, but it was nice releasing my inner fashionista. Here are the sets I created.

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