When the Mission Requires Sacrifice

After watching Interstellar last weekend, I cried a lot. [SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the movie yet, watch it before reading this post!] The strongest emotion that surfaced was the fear of regret.

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Learning to Embrace the Process

I’ve always liked to have things defined. Decided. Determined. Known. I don’t like being in the middle of decisions and I don’t like being left in an undefined state. Am I your friend or not? Am I moving to that city or not? Are we going to see that movie or not? Let’s just decide! (This is […]

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Building a New Life

It finally hit me this week that I actually live in Busan now. I’m not just on vacation, but I actually live here. The other day, I finally cried about leaving Seoul. Only took two months to hit me.. Life good here. I have an great job, live right by the beach, have an awesome roommate, can […]

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Overcoming Anxiety: Some Lessons Learned

Last week, I had a fierce battle with anxiety. Happy to say, I emerged victorious! Eventually. I knew from the start that I shouldn’t feel anxious, that it wasn’t helpful or productive. But even as I told myself not to worry, my stomach tied up tighter in knots. The thing is, telling yourself not to do […]

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Facing the Unknown

I used to be highly uncomfortable with the unknown. I desired answers and to just know what lay ahead. In fact, I wanted to not just know, but to be there. Now I know that it’s much better to live an adventure, to NOT know everything. The unknowns make life exciting. Before, I didn’t know what it […]

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In the Dark

While I was lying in bed last night, two car crashes happened outside my open window. It was jolting to be half-asleep and hear the screech of tires followed by the crash of metal and glass. Even though I was lying safely indoors up on the fourth floor, I felt as if the cars were […]

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Stolen Joy

Several weeks ago, I declared war on stress. I realized it was stealing my joy. So I decided it was time to fight. Life is a struggle, I wrote in my journal, and being a fighter is crucial. But during my church retreat last weekend (all messages can be found here), I realized that that picture of […]

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Thanksgiving

I can’t believe Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of all time, is in two days. It totally doesn’t feel like it. This is the first Thanksgiving ever that I am not spending with my family. (Wow, that just sunk in…) But somehow, as my first Thanksgiving abroad (i.e. a Thanksgiving that doesn’t feel like real Thanksgiving) approaches, […]

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