Young and Female: Being Told I Can’t

Growing up, I never thought of being a girl as a disadvantage. I learned about the hardships women faced throughout history, but I didn’t think any of that was relevant to me and my life. But as I’ve gotten older, the realities of being a woman have proved more complex than I thought.

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Enjoying the last bits of sunshine together

I enjoyed the last rays of the summer solstice in the company of my Kentucky-born grandfather. He was in America sitting outside by my grandmother’s grave, while I was in Korea sitting inside at my desk, but through the amazing technology of FaceTime, we were together.

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Which Hero Are You?

My favorite part of my X-Men Apocalypse viewing experience was between the movie and the post-credits scene. My friend said she had asked God which X-men she was, and God had said Jean. (Spoiler alert––Jean has a pretty fierce role in the movie.) I thought that was cool. I never think to ask God questions like that, […]

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The Treasure that is Relationships

I have a bit of a fear of social awkwardness. I’m one of those people who ducks and hides when she sees former acquaintances on the street. I tend to avoid unnecessary conversations in which I’m not sure I’ll know what to say. It’s nothing against those people. It’s just awkward. So it only took me […]

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Teacher Life: Was I Like This in Third Grade?

I was nervous going into this week. Actually, I was downright dreading it. I’ve been teaching after school English to a range of elementary to middle school students for a couple months now […]

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Self-Confidence

Sometimes people tell me I should be more confident. And sometimes I am tempted to get offended. I think, “I was feeling perfectly fine about myself until you said that! Now I’m questioning myself and feeling increasingly insecure and angry!” But I guess that reaction pretty much exposes the issue right there. If I was fully […]

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Growing in BOLDNESS

Lately I’ve been realizing that I am BOLD. Actually, if I had to name one defining characteristic of myself, I would say that I am gentle. I was thinking recently about how everyone is lovely and attractive in their own way, and I realized that for me, I am the gentle type. I can also […]

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Strength out of Weakness

It’s weird to think that just 9 months ago, I was preparing to come to Korea, wondering what my 10 months in Korea would be like (clueless that the 10-month plan would soon go out the window). Everything has changed since then. The changes are so overwhelming that I lose my bearings at times. Who […]

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