Choosing Forgiveness (Learning to Love Myself)

I had this unexpected epiphany recently: I realized that I needed to forgive myself. As a Christian, forgiveness seems like a pretty basic concept. God forgave us, so we must forgive others. We need to let go of offense, get rid of bitterness, and release to others the grace we have been shown. It’s one of those seemingly simple […]

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Falling (why I’m thankful for mistakes)

I used to be deathly afraid of making mistakes. Not only as a straight-A student, not only as a classical pianist, but also as a person. I pictured this ideal of who I was supposed to be and found the idea of slipping outside of those imagined lines unbearable. It has taken a lot to learn to accept the messiness […]

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Perfection (Met by Grace)

As a recovering perfectionist, I can attest: Perfectionism is a bad thing. It’s overwhelming, paralyzing, and ultimately unhelpful. Requiring perfection of yourself is a miserable way to live, because you will never attain it. Yet we all––in some areas, at least––desire excellence. To me, the line between pursuing excellence and getting caught in perfectionism can be […]

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Uncontainable Joy: Learning to Let Him Take Care of Me

I have been feeling an outrageous amount of joy this week. It’s been a little overwhelming. It’s not just because I’m not working anymore and can enjoy this awesome, unexpected VACATION (hehe), it’s obviously and directly straight from God. The thing is, just a few days ago, I was not in such a great place. […]

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New Beginning

I did not think today was going to be a good day. After the shortest summer vacation of my life (one week), I didn’t think I would be ready to go back to school. But today turned out to be surprisingly great. It started with the lovely surprise of finding my whiteboard and desk had been […]

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Real Life: Trying to Handle It on My Own

Life is hard. I think it’s healthy to expect it to be. Lately, it’s been rather hard for me. But instead of talking about why it’s been hard or the strategies I’ve been brainstorming on how to make everything better, I’d just like to share one simple observation: Life is much harder when I try […]

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