This Is Where We Begin

President Trump has made his move against women’s rights. Saturday was an enormous physical representation of those who won’t stand for it, and it’s time now to put that representation into action. The United States provides aid to foreign health services. President Trump’s first Monday in office starts with banning aid to any foreign health service…

The Still Whirlpool

That’s what my brain feels like these days. There are voices saying this, telling me that, reminding me about this, and my own voices trying to express how I feel and what I want, and the only one that rings loudly over all the others is the one that cries out, I miss the family…

How to Fight

This election is a wake-up call. It’s unfortunate that we had to be woken up. I’m embarrassed that I had to be called to action–that I wasn’t in action already. But I am here now. Like I said in my last post, this is the time to love. To protect. To stand even more firmly…

Red

I’m disappointed, and anxious, and heartbroken. I know exactly where in the United States I’ll feel scared, unwelcome, and disrespected as a woman, with an education, of non-white ethnicity, from a rich multicultural background. I also leave this day with a stronger conviction. A conviction to educate myself and those around me. A conviction to respect…

Edge of the Water

I’ve finished couchsurfing! It was both a longer and shorter journey than I expected. Longer in that it was a somewhat difficult lifestyle. Longer in that dragging suitcases and changing couches and adjusting to new sleeping surfaces and smiling through all the different friends’ lifestyles and eating with their diets was hard on my physical…

Football and Me

My team is the San Franscisco 49ers. Why? I’m not completely sure. Maybe it’s because I remember an old pillowcase with the 49ers on it. Maybe it’s because the 49ers are what San Jose families cheer for. Maybe it’s because they have nicer colors than the Oakland Raiders. I learned to watch football when I…

Strength in Numbers

Even though I’m more sure of my path than I have ever been, a word of encouragement and an ego boost can go a long way in making me feel even more ambitious and pushing me to go forward. But every person has a different trigger. What’s mine? I grew up in a very competitive…

The Current ESL Situation in Korea

When I was in middle and high school, coming to Korea to teach English was a pretty big thing. Ten years later, I guess it still is a thing–but possibly not as big of a thing. I’ve been in Korea for over three years, and even within those three years, I’ve seen the ESL landscape change…

What Do You Do?

This is a question that’s understandably common when meeting new people. You want to know what this stranger does for a living, what they spend most of their day doing, how their energy is spent. I’ve been happy to answer this question… until recently. Because what do I do? “I was a teacher, and I quit my…

Promises and Wishes and Home Sweet Homes

I’m engaged! It means a lot to me that I’m going to be side-by-side with this man for the rest of my life, and that we get to have a family and a home together. We have a unique situation, though, and at the end of the year, we’ll be apart for a few months,…

Goodreads

I neglected my childhood love of books for many long years, but I was brought back into the bright shining world early this year with The Martian. I’m trying to keep up the habit now, and expand my reading while I’m at it. I’m putting in what I’ve read on Goodreads, which is encouraging because…

What Girls Do When They’re In Love

I like to order clothes online. It’s easier for me to click next, next, next, next, until I see something that catches my eye. I have a picky eye, and most things don’t catch it. One time, I ordered a scarf online. I knew it would make my then-boyfriend, now-fiance happy. I sent it home…