More than My Trauma

The past year and a half, it has been hard for me not to define myself by my trauma. I have been through some things. I’ve had some long, complicated experiences that have been arduous to process. Years worth of mess to sort through. And it has been hard not to stay stuck. I’m sure […]

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Accepting the Good

I’ll be the first one to admit that I think platitudes about gratitude are lame. (Though I’m sure I’ve made plenty on this blog…) Gratitude cannot be the solution to everything, and besides, some problems need to be wallowed in and solved that way. Right? Waiting In the middle of 2019, I decided to start […]

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Crying: Some Tips

I am of the opinion that crying is healthy for everyone, but that some of us need to cry more than others because, let’s face it, some of us just have bigger hearts. (You’re welcome, world, for feeling all the things I do.)

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Sadness (We All Need It)

I cried a fountain while watching Inside Out. The movie is a surprisingly profound look at loss and the ways loss changes us…

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Death Defeated

There is one particular moment that stands out from my church retreat experience last weekend: falling to the ground weeping at a single song lyric: Just moments before, I had stood for an altar call to release disappointment, and deep disappointment had surfaced about my grandmother’s passing back in December. It wasn’t just disappointment that God never physically healed her from Parkinson’s. Nor mere sadness about […]

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In the Midst of Tragedy

There are still hundreds of people missing from the terrible ferry boat incident that happened in Korea last week. Thousands and millions of people are still glued to the news and reeling from the roller coaster of emotions. Hope for survivors, sorrow for the lives lost, frustration about the obstacles to rescuing people and finding answers. Many are searching […]

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Amidst the Threat of War

Tensions have been steadily rising between North and South Korea the past few weeks. I know because I see articles about it on NYtimes.com almost every day. But here in Seoul, there is no tension in the air. None. As someone living on the ground in Korea, I felt it my duty to write something […]

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Overcoming My Fear of Making Mistakes

I have always been very conscious about doing what is right. Dubbed a “goody-two-shoes” by my stepsister growing up, I often found my standards of integrity and morality to be outside the norm, even among Christians or other “good students”. I like this about myself. I continue to uphold high standards of integrity and morality. […]

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