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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Ride Against Traffic Korea: Surrendering to my Calling

Chuseok Last weekend was Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) here in Korea, which meant we all got a four-day weekend. Most Koreans visit their family during this time, most foreigners relax/go on vacation. I decided to volunteer to serve on the support crew for a group of bikers biking from Busan to Seoul––550km in four days––in order to raise awareness […]

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Vulnerability with Other Humans

Vulnerability is one of those keys to life we never quite graduate from learning. Who can say that they are always comfortable with vulnerability? (Show me that person, and I’ll call them a liar. Though maybe not to their face..) Isn’t it strange how when we need help the most, it’s the hardest to ask […]

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Teacher Life: Unexplainable Feelings

Yesterday my boss came in to talk to me about one of my students. Apparently this student had gone home and told his mother that I treated him unfairly, only punishing him and no one else. While that was not true, I knew exactly which student my boss was talking about even before she mentioned […]

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Living Love: Some Tips

I love love, and I hate hate. Love is beautiful, and hate is ugly. It’s so simple, right? But love––real love––actually requires a lot of strength and maturity and fortitude. Loving someone doesn’t always mean doing what your heart naturally wants to do. It means listening, seeking to understand, holding back, and even (gasp) sacrificing. […]

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Loved

I’ve always been able to relate to Peter, the disciple who denied Jesus. He’s one of my favorite people in the Bible. Not only because of his blatant mistakes (which encourage us ordinary messes), but because of his passion. When he did anything, he did it big and brash, including making a fool of himself. (Jesus even […]

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Devotion

I had a lovely chat with my grandfather last night. It made me realize I should call my grandparents more often. I have so much to learn from them. First of all, my grandfather is almost 85, and he is more physically fit than most people I know. When I called, he was at Panera Bread […]

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Loving Past Irreconcilable Differences

There have been moments in my life when someone I am supposed to love has hurt me to the point that I just can’t take it anymore. I don’t even know what the loving way to handle the situation is. Love seems impossible. They have been some of the most gut-wrenching moments in my life. Because to me, love is the ultimate goal. So if I can’t love, I must be a failure.

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