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On letting of go of plans and making a book…

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If I had a soul sister from a movie, it would be Belle from my all-time favorite animated Disney movie, Beauty and the Beast (the live action version is now showing in theaters, FYI!). Belle is described by the villagers to always have “a dreamy, far-off look, And her nose stuck in a book.” That’s me! Or at least that used to be me when I was younger. These days, my nose would most likely be stuck on an e-reader, but the same love for books...

On control.

The third lightbulb moment I had from my Prayer and Fasting week had to do with the idea of taking control. (For the first and second lightbulb moments, check my last two posts) I used to be someone who wasn’t very good at dealing with chaos. Actually–scratch that. I was very good at dealing chaos. Too good, in fact, that I always called in to manage and control fires. Fires in the family, fires at work, fires in other people’s lives, etc....

On hope.

A couple of weeks ago, at the start of the year, I asked God what I should hope for this year. I was in the middle of one of our church’s Prayer and Fasting prayer meetings when I felt Him tell me: “How about this year, we set aside the things that you should hope for? Instead, let’s focus on where you’re putting your hope. What…or who…are you hoping in?” I know it’s God speaking when the responses are razor-sharp and they...

On fear.

I find it funny when people say I’m confident and courageous. I guess I have my moments, but a lot of the time, I still have a lot of fears. Some fears are so shameful for me that I can’t even bring myself to type them here. A couple of weeks ago, my church community went through our annual start-of-the-year Prayer and Fasting Week. It’s a great time for us to focus, get rid of distractions, spend extended time in...

My Wall of Happy

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In my last post, I talked about how special 2016 has been to me. When I think about the year that has passed, there are just too many memories that I want to hold close to my heart. Thus…the Wall of Happy (and yes, for those who have seen it, the name is slightly inspired by the movie Saving Sally): I’m a very nostalgic person. If I could put up all my favorite photos, EVER, I would be living in...

What Christmas means to me

I have a love-hate relationship with the Christmas season. On the one hand, I love the times spent with family and friends, and I definitely love the gifts and feasts. But I also dread the stress of holiday traffic both on the roads and in the malls, the stress of having to find the right gifts and having to plan parties left and right. In the midst of all the craziness, it’s easy to lose sight of what really matters. That’s...

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...

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...