Diane Lin Presser

Digital Marketer & Martial Arts Enthusiast

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It Starts with Leadership

I currently volunteer as an Assistant Instructor at the United Studios of Self Defense.  I help organize Free Women’s Self Defense classes and assist with the teens and kids classes every week. I created the dojo website and manage the USSD Centennial Hills Facebook page as well.

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I have recently rediscovered my passion for martial arts in my early 30’s.  What I most love about martial arts is that it not only helps you continually improve yourself but you have the opportunity to give back to the martial arts community through your unique skill set. Here is a iPhone video I made of a belt test:

During my lunch breaks I like to make karate videos.

I am extremely thankful to martial arts and my instructors for all that they have taught me so far.  Karate came into my life at the exact time that I was looking for more fulfillment in my life and it has give me that and so much more.

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(Images by https://www.instagram.com/allthingswild__)

I helped start an organization called Kafe 9. We are made up of a group of dog lovers who share the same passion for bringing people together to have fun and share good vibes. Together, we hosted our FIRST exciting dog meet up at Tea of Joy in September 2019. Our long term goal is organize pet adoption events.

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Our group first met in an Esports Lab at UNLV in 2016 and have been friends since. Below is a picture after our final group presentation where we were recognized as the lead team with most innovative idea for attracting millennials into casinos.

UNLV eSports Lab

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diane presser vegas we're just kids proverbs article

I wrote these little stories/proverbs that I hope you enjoy!

We’re Just Kids – Proverbs of a 1/2 Chinese Girl

The Young are Selfish

“These are the coolest drinks I’ve ever seen!” says 15 year old Nao. Nao inhales her drink and Lin takes a few sips. Lara Jean, just 7, stares at her drink saying “It is too beautiful to drink…” Lin offers her younger daughter a taste of her drink. Lara Jean excitedly jumps at the offer and gulps down half of her mother’s drink. Nao and Lin look at each other and laugh.

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Clothes Aren’t Everything

It’s Nao’s16th birthday and she got to buy all these cool clothes from the street shops in Shanghai. She couldn’t wait to show off her new unique pieces to her friends at school. She comes home and finds her new clothes accidentally put into the dryer having all shrunk. She starts crying. Her mother and sister in the next room help her lay her clothes out on the bed to see if any are salvageable. Her mom and sister end up trying on some of the shrunken clothes and they fit her sister perfectly. Nao starts crying feeling more hurt. Her mother says “Don’t worry. We can always buy more clothes”. She hands Nao some money. Nao stops crying and feels silly and a little shallow.

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Throw It Away

Nao comes home from youth group to find her mother in the kitchen. Her mother casually comments that she thinks Nao is going to church too much. It’s true Nao is spending a lot of time at church. She went from spending a couple of hours on Sunday to going a few days a week. Her mom casually comments “Learn everything you can from something then throw it away. If you hold onto only one thing or way for too long it can turn corrupt.” Nao asks her mom if she believes in God. Her mom says she believes in some higher being but she doesn’t know what it is. Nao asks her dad if he believes your fate is predetermined or if you make you own fate. Her dad says he makes his own fate. He doesn’t seem to believe in God but he is the most loving man Nao knows.

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Stinky Feet

Nao, now 31, gets a text from her sister who is packing for a move across the country. It is a picture of a hand drawn note that says: “NOTICE TO ALL LARAIANS: Thou must wash thy feet of stickiness before entrance” with a sloppy signature. Nao texts Lara back saying “Wow, I apologize for being such a jerk”. Lara texts back “Haha. No it’s fine. I thought it was funny. I have no idea why it was under a chair though.” Lara’s boyfriend is in the background helping her pack her belongings.

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After Work

Nao comes home from work. It is almost 10 years after she graduated college and started her first job. Her husband Daniel was reading on the sofa with their puppy. He gets up to give her a hug as their puppy beats him to the finish. He asks her how her day was. She says “Good. I just wish I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I’m so hungry. What do you want to eat?”

Baggy Karate Pants

Nao gets dressed for karate class as her husband Daniel is editing his book on his laptop. “I should design karate uniforms for women. I hate how baggy the butt part of these pants are.” Daniel looks up from his laptop, smiles and says “Kick some butt at karate boo!”

Puppy Looking Out the Window

Nao is drawing alone in the empty spare bedroom after having a creative itch. Her husband, followed by their puppy, rush in and jump onto the bed. “Just wanted to say hi” says her husband. He snuggles the pillow with a big smile. He was watching a baseball game with his favorite team. He says “If I was our puppy I would sit here all day, look out the window and bark at the people outside.”

My Own Dojo

Nao has made a dojo of her spare room. She likes to stare at it but hasn’t started using it yet. She read an article saying to be a karate instructor you need to practice a minimum of 3–5 hours a week outside of class mastering the basics. She quit piano, she quit violin, but she says to herself she will not quit karate. She added a mirror, a lamp, and a speaker to the room. She turns up the music and starts pretend ballet dancing and then she starts kicking. Her dog is too scared to come into the room.

The Less You Have The More You Give

Nao drives past a group of homeless people situated outside a place she once went to volunteer. She parks and visits her sister’s old nanny. The nanny cooked up ten vegetarian dishes for Nao. As they eat in this tiny overly crowded one bedroom apartment, Nao offers to pay for the groceries that made all this food. The nanny gets angry and says no way. They go back to eating, chatting happily about old memories together of their younger selves.

Cool Older Girl

One day Nao walks home with the cool older girl after school. It was 4th grade. The cool older girl and Nao jumped the wall into the cool older girl’s backyard. The cool older girl lived in a huge house and offered Nao a snack. They went swimming and Nao had a blast. Nao walked home afterwards. Her parents had called the police and told all the neighbors she was missing. Nao thought she told her parents where she was going. She was having such a good day and now she was in trouble.

Friends Who Know

“I knew within the first few minutes of hanging out with you that I wanted to be your friend.” It feels good to be chosen. I would have chosen you too.

How You Define Yourself

“I define myself by my relationships and not my job”. How can you be younger but know so much more? It’s funny how you used to convince me to play Pretty Pretty Princess and now I still feel like the little princess.

I wrote a fun article / children’s story about finding your passion in life.

When I Grow Up

When I Grow Up 2

There was once a little girl who wished she could put on a sorting hat, like the one in Harry Potter, and it would tell her what she was supposed to be in life.

One day the little girl met a little boy and asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up. He replied he wanted to be a puppy so he could play, sleep, and be loved all day. She added that she wanted to be a butterly. They both instantly knew they’d be friends.

The two friends grew up, went to college, and got jobs in the real world. Coincidentally, the jobs were right across the street from one another. The boy grew up to be more introverted and enjoyed exploring and researching things. Unfortunately his job didn’t allow him to spend much time digging deep into things he was interested in. During lunch the two would sometimes take walks and joke about running away to a forest where butterflies and lost puppies went.

The girl always invested her whole self in her job and one day the girl felt frustrated because she felt like she was not appreciated at work. That same day the two friends went for their normal lunch work hour walk. They got to talking and instead of turning back, like they normally did halfway through, the two agree to just keep walking. The walked all the way to a nearby park which was empty.

The two of them found a spot in the grass right under a big shade tree and the girl laid her head on its bumpy roots and soon fell asleep.

The girl then suddenly woke up but noticed her good friend was gone and that in his place there was a puppy sleeping in a little ball. Also she noticed that she was inside a forest and that she was a younger version of herself. The girl figured she must be dreaming and decided to just go with it.

The girl started walking and the puppy immediately followed. Soon the two met an owl. The owl said she used to be a young woman who worked at the library. The owl said that she loved to read books all day but then one day realized there were much larger problems outside of her library needing solving. The young woman then left the library and worked on helping solve the problems of the world. Unfortunately the young woman was not as happy as before since the world’s problems felt much heavier than all the books that she had read in the past.

The owl then joined the girl and the puppy. As the girl was walking a lizard ran across her shoe. The lizard informed them that he was a young engineer, one who worked on building cool projects that could reach space. Then one day it was time for him to graduate and get a job. He found a position at a top company which had amazing pay, great benefits, and a leading company culture. Even though his work technically touched millions of peoples’ lives he didn’t feel like he was actually touching anyone. He felt bored and wished to challenge himself with more ambitious and demanding problems.

Soon the gang of four, the girl and the three animals, came across a toad wearing a purple polka-dotted suit. The toad was carrying a walking stick. The toad stood tall, even though he was old, and asked why they were there. The girl said that she was lost and so were her friends. The toad asked what the girl wanted and how he could help her. The girl replied that all she wanted right now was to help her friends, to make them happy, and to make a difference in their lives. She asked the toad how she could do this. Also she asked the toad why she was not an animal in this land, like her new friends.

The toad said the answers to her questions would be at the river. He said to walk north and follow the sound of the water hitting the rocks.

The little gang of four soon became good friends as they journeyed deep into the forest towards the river. The girl became like a mother figure for the group, always setting a good example on how to travel safely and treat one another kindly. The girl was always thinking about what was best for each of her friends. For example she always asked the puppy to investigate the paths first and choose the best one for the group. She asked the owl to read the signs of the forest and tell the group about what she found. She asked the lizard to make safe bridges for them all to get across the swampy and dangerous parts of the forests. She herself was always looking to learn new things about the forest as well.

As the group reached the waters, the girl saw the toad again. He was dipping his slimy toes in the water as big waves splashed all around him and he laughed out loud. The girl called out to the toad but the toad couldn’t hear her. The girl then shouted, “We traveled all this way and I still don’t know the answers to my questions: How can I help my lost friends? What am I supposed to be in life?”

The toad smiled at her and hopped across the rocks but at the last hop the toad tripped and fell into the rushing waters. The lizard immediately grabbed a nearby branch, the owl flew up and grabbed the other side of the branch. They brought the branch to the toad but as soon as the toad grabbed the branch it broke. The puppy then jumped into the water and all three of the animals helped pull the toad out together before the girl could even do a thing to help. She stared with shock, relief, and guilt for not helping.

After the toad was on the shore and caught his breath again, he gave his typical toad smile and said to the girl, “All you wanted when we last spoke was to make a difference in your new friends’ lives. I think you have accomplished this. They are each more confident than the last time we met. Although they have more growing to do they are well on their way to fulfilling what they are here for.” The girl then looked back at her animal friends and instead she saw three humans including her old friend that she grew up with. As she stared at them she heard the toad saying in the background, “Even though you think you don’t know what you want to be yet, I think you do. You are meant to lead and to help create leaders. When you are yourself you give others permission to do the same.”

Here is an article / children’s story inspired by the topic of company culture.

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When I Grow Up

You are standing in the middle of an outdoor space. There is laughter and music and the world happening around you. All of your friends, family and acquaintances, from childhood to the present day, are also there.

A familiar little girl, in a flower dress with a smudge of dirt, and a little boy, in a handsome suit and tie, proudly skip into the center of the space. You are surrounded by an assortment of colorful drawings from astronauts to sea turtles to ballerinas to inspiring faces of the past all on the ground beneath you. The little boy then grabs a piece of white sidewalk chalk and draws a line down the middle of the space between all the different array of drawings.

The little boy then says “So I have traveled to the future and bring news about the timeless question for people your age: Is work supposed to be fulfilling? The answer is that work is just work. No one really loves their job. I do my job but then I come home and spend time on what I really love. If you agree can you please step to the right side of this line?”

The little girl then comes up and says “I haven’t been to the future yet but a job isn’t just a job. A job is supposed to be personally fulfilling. A job should be your life’s mission. You are meant to make a difference in this world through your work. If you agree with me step to the left side of the line.”

You smile at the boy and walk to the left side. The girl then grabs your hand and asks you “If you were offered your dream job, would you be ready?” She also hands you a piece of paper with a list of questions.

When you look up you realize you are suddenly inside a maze and all alone. The paper is still in your hand. It reads in misspelled handwriting.

  1. Do you bring your whole self to work or do you wear a mask acting like a grown up?
  2. What is better, to provide the best service/quality or to be the most efficient?
  3. Is it your company’s job or your job to make sure you learn new things, feel inspired, and are always part of a team?
  4. If your dream job was fulfilling but 10x more exhausting than you imagined would you still want it?
  5. If you are not already doing what you love at work or on your way to doing what you love, what is holding you back?

You start to answer each question in your head. Then as you look up an ocean wave starts coming towards you from the distance. Suddenly there is a surfboard sitting to your right and a door to your left. The sunshine is blinding and time is running out. You instantly know that through this door is where you came from and everything behind it is familiar and good. The wave then gets closer.

Once upon a time Diane Sullivan asked Garner Presser out on a date.  One date quickly became two dates, then three dates, then suddenly there was hand holding and quick smooches, Garner nervously saying “I love you” and Diane saying it back, followed by more hand holding, trips to Zion, trips to San Francisco, a puppy named Cooper, more “I love yous,” pillow forts, Christmas videos and lots of deep stares into one another’s eyes. Now we have been married since September 2017.

Fun facts:

  • Garner recently finished his first novel, Louder is Better, and is currently looking for an agent to help get it published.
  • Our forever puppy Cooper has his own Instagram page.

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This was our wedding website: https://www.dianeandgarner.com.

In my next life I want to be an elementary school teacher!  Mostly because my elementary school teach, Mrs. McKaren, was the best ever.  From teaching English in Beijing to volunteering at an engineering school for kids in Vegas, I have always enjoyed being around little humans with big spirits.  If you ever need help at an event or a babysitter, please let me know!

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“I do things like get in a taxi and say, ‘The library, and step on it.’”
– Infinite Jest (1996)

Everything takes time. Bees have to move very fast to stay still.” – Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (1999)

Fiction is one of the few experiences where loneliness can be both confronted and relieved. Drugs, movies where stuff blows up, loud parties — all these chase away loneliness by making me forget my name’s Dave and I live in a one-by-one box of bone no other party can penetrate or know. Fiction, poetry, music, really deep serious sex, and, in various ways, religion — these are the places (for me) where loneliness is countenanced, stared down, transfigured, treated.”

“Every love story is a ghost story.”

Harlem by Langston Hughes

What happens to a dream deferred? 

      Does it dry up 
      like a raisin in the sun? 
      Or fester like a sore— 
      And then run? 
      Does it stink like rotten meat? 
      Or crust and sugar over— 
      like a syrupy sweet? 

      Maybe it just sags 
      like a heavy load. 

      Or does it explode?

Kindness by Naomi Shihab Nye

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.
Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.
Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing. 
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.
Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you everywhere
like a shadow or a friend