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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Even Here

I don’t like going through difficulties. I prefer the stage of an endeavor when you are experienced, have already built momentum, and everything is running smoothly. But in every uncomfortable, unpleasant, and devastating circumstance is a unique opportunity…

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Not Over Yet

A month or so ago I had a dream that I completely forgot it was my birthday so I spent the day after my birthday repeating to myself, “I’m 29, I’m 29, I’m 29,” trying to get it to sink in. When I woke up, I thought, “Wait, what happened to 28?” In moments like those, […]

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On the Day of a Thunderstorm

My beloved MacBook Pro got taken out by a wild thunderstorm on Friday. I came home to find it sitting on my floor in a puddle of dirty water and immediately started to cry. Just kidding. But it did rather effectively kill the adrenaline high I had been on anticipating my brother’s imminent arrival to Korea. […]

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Discovery through Denial

Last weekend, I did my first ever 3-day water fast (as in, I drank only water for 3 days). I have never felt so physically weak in my life. Or so mentally and emotionally refreshed. It was a somewhat spontaneous adventure––the idea just came to me the week before. But the more I considered the idea, […]

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Lost in a Good Book

Between my life in Seoul and the life I’m about to start in Busan, I find myself in the good ole US of A for three weeks, reconnecting with old friends and enjoying the easy comfort of being home. There have been many pleasant surprises already in the first few days of this trip, including the […]

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Real Life is Better than TV

Sometimes I forget how great real life is. I automatically collapse in front of the TV instead of taking a moment to reflect on all the hilarious, touching, inspiring moments of my day. Like the other day during class when I asked one of my kindergarteners why he had fought with his sister and he […]

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Two Years

I just realized that I moved to Korea almost exactly two years ago! That’s crazy. When I think back to that time––nervous me, boarding the plane for Seoul with my two overstuffed suitcases; clueless me wandering the streets of Korea, asking strangers for directions to the nearest subway station––I feel like I am looking at […]

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