Back here, in a different place.

I can’t believe it’s been almost two years since I last wrote in this blog. In some ways, I am still the same person, but in many ways, I am different. Just like this blog. If you’ve been here before, you’ll notice that a lot of the content is still here, but the site looks different. Life moved on, circumstances changed, time healed wounds, and now, here we are. For the longest time, I felt like I had no motivation to...

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 like a great leader and a classy guy. But then I was won over by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson after reading about his story and...

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 I sat down at my office desk, instead of doing it at home. It helps me be more integrated, understanding that my spirituality and my...

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 by a team. The same is true in the workplace—teamwork matters. Teamwork is important because people need each other. Working in an organization is not...

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 talk with the stranger sitting beside me. I’m THAT person who wears a polite smile and a pair of earphones pretty much during the entire...

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 back on the year, I would choose UNDERSTANDING. In retrospect, more than learning new things, I actually gained a deeper understanding of things I thought...

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 I want to share with you: 1. Blue Like Jazz – I’ve always loved this book by Donald Miller and now I love the movie....

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 needed to do, I found myself nervous and anxious. I started second-guessing myself and I wondered if I should regret what I did. Forty long...

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.

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., When the Well Runs Dry Have you ever planned your own surprise party? It just doesn’t work that way, right? No one wants to plan...

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. [...]

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.) see my family again (some of them are coming to visit, I can’t wait!) experience autumn in California (I don’t think I’ve ever been here...