Excuse Me, Life Passing Through

2017 has been a year of revelations for me. The year where I finally understand all the things my parents tell me when they say, "I'll tell you when you're older." Things that had once been so clear to me aren't what I had expected them to be. People have changed. My perspectives have changed.... Continue Reading →

Vietnamese Heritage

Celebrating my first Vietnamese New Year Tet in my motherland and experiencing traditions passed on for thousands of years. Wearing the traditional Ao Dai, holding red packets (with money inside), red and gold peace and prosperity decorations, and vibrant flowers of all colors for the best luck of the year. A Blog Response to Photo... Continue Reading →

Sunrise at the Wat

The sunrise view of Angkor Wat and it's reflection on the water is an experience of a lifetime.  But I was not told of the thousands of other people who were also trying to see that view every morning. Although the loud chattering and cramped standing space had destroyed the serene picture that I had... Continue Reading →

The Drop Off

One of the most iconic hikes in Zion National Park, Angel's Landing, is not for the faint of heart (or fear of heights) to navigate the part with narrow paths and sharp drop offs of over 1200 feet on both sides. Regardless, this is my favorite trail of all time. The views at the top... Continue Reading →

Yarn: A Blog Response from Kids

What if children wrote blogs?  As a way to spend more time with my siblings, who live 15 hours away, I had come up with an idea to ask them to write the daily post challenge responses with me. They have been very enthusiastic and we had lots of laugh doing this together. It's also a... Continue Reading →

I Go Where My Feet Takes Me

New York has been especially beautiful lately. We were biking down Hudson River Greenway when I saw an excellent bench to sit with a great view of the water and the skyline. We brought our books and sandwiches, and have all the time in the world to sit and creepily watch people walk by.   A... Continue Reading →

Not Good Enough

I'm not good enough.  There are days where negativity bullies its way in to haunt my mind, jabbing at my frustrations of things that I can't control. It leaves me helpless, my thoughts trapped in a never-ending cycle of discouragement. My inability to do things with my life that I want to because I am... Continue Reading →

Like a Mother

We love her. She is beautiful and full of life. She's is gentle, yet strong. Her anger inspires the worst of fears, but she forgives easily. Her love is bottomless. She gives and gives and gives. She is protective, giving us all that we need to survive. Our food, our shelter, our history. She nurses us... Continue Reading →

Avid: A Blog Response from Kids

As I sat, pondering which avid interests I should write about, I was struck with a genius idea: how would children respond to these one-word prompts? I decided to launch my project right away. I called my siblings (they live 15 hours away), and asked if they wanted to write my blog with me. They were really... Continue Reading →

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