A great reminder from the Seattle Seahawks

Apart from the fact that sports is my business, I really do enjoy watching games–especially big ones like the Super Bowl. Prior to this year’s Super Bowl, I was torn between rooting for the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. I like the Seahawks, but I also like Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning because he seems […]

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Dealing with hopelessness

For the first two weeks at my new job, I was so stressed that I struggled with indigestion every single day. I knew I had to make some adjustments quickly, or I wouldn’t make it past the first month. One of the first changes I made was to have my “quiet time” as soon as […]

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Thoughts on teamwork

As mentioned in my last blog post, here’s an excerpt from one of those papers that I wrote in grad school:   I grew up playing volleyball, so I can say that I’m keenly aware of the importance of teamwork. The outcome of a game is almost directly proportional to the quality of teamwork displayed […]

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The story of how I ended up in grad school

I was sitting by the window on a full flight to New York, casually reading a moderately interesting book on social media marketing. I like window seats on airplanes and I like reading books when I travel — window seats because I like looking at clouds, and reading because it saves me from awkward small […]

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When you don’t know…

I love picking out my word for the year. In reality, I’ve only done it once, but I got pretty excited about that one time back in 2011. My word for that year was COURAGE. In 2012 (also known as the year of my blogging incompetence), I didn’t choose a word. But as I look […]

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Learning from stories

I love learning, I love stories, and I love learning from stories. There’s nothing like being so captivated by a story that you lose track of time. Great stories can ignite emotions in the depths of one’s soul and unlock new ways of thinking–that’s why I love them so much. Here are some stories that […]

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Hello, courage.

Today I did something difficult. It was difficult, but I knew I had to do it if I wanted to heal, grow, and live in freedom. In the midst of doing what needed to be done, I was surprised that I actually felt calm and at peace. But as soon as I finished what I […]

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Breaking out of a rut

I hate being stuck in a rut, and yet, it’s so hard to get out. For some reason, I often think that being stuck in a rut is like being stuck in quicksand. I’m afraid of making any moves because I think things are just going to get worse.

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I know I’m not the only one with this problem. Why do we let ourselves stay stuck? Maybe it’s because once upon a time, we made a move and we got hurt. Maybe we’re just paralyzed by the fear of making a big mistake. Maybe we’re just too numb, too overwhelmed, or too tired. Maybe it’s all of the above.

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Why detours can be blessings

“Gradually I began to realize that the best planned outings, where everything went as anticipated, left me somehow empty afterward. By contrast–unplanned surprises–contrary to my temperament and my expectations–often left the happiest memories. The more I had anticipated the results in detail, the less satisfying the outcome proved to be.” – Thomas H. Green, S.J., […]

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How important is it to be noticed?

Have you ever felt overlooked?
Have you ever secretly wished that people would notice you more?
Have you ever been frustrated because someone else took credit for something that you did?


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I’ll be honest–I can answer “yes” to all of those questions. But a couple of months ago, I learned a valuable lesson from a fascinating leader named Bob Goff: being noticed isn’t really all that important. Your popularity doesn’t define your purpose, and becoming well-known isn’t a prerequisite for making an impact. […]

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I can’t wait to…

___________________________________. Go ahead, fill in the blank! Are you looking forward to something? I’ve got a number of things on my list. I can’t wait to.. reunite with the rest of our Vanguard University cohort tomorrow (we only see each other one week/semester) watch Tony Bennett in concert on the 24th (I’m a fan, seriously.) […]

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Food for thought: Obedience

“Obedience…is the means of living within the sphere of blessing and enjoying it; obedience is never the means of earning or deserving the blessing.”

– Christopher J.H. Wright, The Mission of God’s People

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I’m looking forward to this!

It’s been a while since I last watched a movie! But when this comes out, I’m definitely going to watch it. Blue Like Jazz is one of my favorite books…

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Be where you are, lead where you are.

Here’s a little peek into my life. If you were sitting at my desk, this is what you would see:

This is the spot where I work on my papers, go through my books, pay my bills, write letters to my friends, and have Skype chats with my family. […]

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Six months later…

As of today, I have been living in the US for six months. Allow me to quote a Lea Salonga song when I say, “What a journey it has been.” When I first got here, I was overwhelmed and filled with anxiety. Six months later, I can say that God has been so faithful, just […]

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