Welcome to my blog! I’m Stephanie, a second-year orthodontic resident. I’m a food-junkie, an artist, a dreamer, a blogger and photographer. Armed with my degrees and passions, I plan to take on the world upon graduation (or residency, for starters). 

I’m a southern California native who hails from Walnut, a quiet suburb composed of residential units and horse trails. I’m twenty-seven and a recent transplant to the east coast. Life is about the journey, not the destination. In 20 years, I want to be able to look back and this blog and remember how I got to that point in my life.

I am an artist inspired by the beauty of photography and the impact of words. Mirror & Explorer is a blog I started back in August 2008 as a creative outlet to document my adventures in Los Angeles, my experiences as a student at a prestigious university, and my path to becoming a dentist (a work still in progress!). Although many of my previous entries have been lost in the shuffle, I hope that this will become the permanent home for my blog.