Making His Praise Glorious

When I was a little girl dreaming about singing on stage as part of a worship team, I had very little understanding of what that role required. Now that I have the privilege of not only singing with a praise team, but being a praise leader, I know that it’s about much more than singing a few songs or saying a […]

Read More

Taking Myself Seriously as a Musician

This year, God has been challenging me to take myself seriously as an intercessor, worship leader, shepherd, and influencer. And a big part of that has been choosing to cut certain things out of my life. In order to gain something, you often have to forfeit other things. So I’ve been rearranging the way I live…

Read More

More Than Good Enough: Overcoming the Pressure to Perform

The Pianist There was a time when practicing the piano was a part of my daily life. Actually that “time” spanned most of my life. I forget that sometimes. But when I randomly decide to sit down at my keyboard and play some Chopin, it all comes rushing back. I feel like I’m breathing in […]

Read More

Unexpected Reminders: Classical Music

Almost two weeks ago now, I was sitting in church when something unexpected happened. A realization hit me so hard I ended up leaning against the wall sobbing during closing praise. On the verge of starting my first full time job (as a kindergarten teacher) and of leading my first small group at church, I […]

Read More

Done with Performing

Last weekend at my church’s Praise Team Retreat, I performed a song I wrote. It was the first time I’ve ever performed an original song for a group of people, and I was pretty nervous. I expected that. What I didn’t expect was getting so choked up with emotion that I could barely croak out […]

Read More

Ready to Dream Again

An open schedule can paralyze me. Instead of pursuing all the personal projects I’ve been putting off, I usually just watch TV, take naps, and generally waste time. I lose my sense of direction. I’ve been putting off a lot of things lately: Moving, applying for my new visa, buying a keyboard, finding piano students… Instead of taking […]

Read More

Music-making Tuesdays

When the semester started a few weeks ago, I thought I was going to hate Tuesdays. Wake up at 7:30am, hour commute to school, piano lesson at 10am, 2-hour studio class at 3pm (almost entirely in Korean), then hour commute to the prayer tabernacle for practice, then serve from 8-10pm. After “enduring” two of these Tuesdays, however, I have to say that I love/hate Tuesdays…

Read More

First Studio Class in Korea

First Studio Class! Earlier, I was planning to write a post about my first studio class in Korea and all the interesting little things that happened (like how we just ate food and chatted for 40 minutes until someone finally volunteered to play), but now I am simply too tired. This is mostly because, near […]

Read More