I like closure just as much as I like boundaries. I also enjoy order and organization and experience minor bouts of frustration and anxiety when my expectations aren't met.  I hate not finishing anything, but it's been a few weeks - months now? - since I've picked up Yell Less, Love More or How to Deal with Your … Continue reading re-cap

home sweet home

It's the age-old interrogative sentence that haunts all of at some point, no matter how physically far away we are from "home." And where is home exactly? Today in social studies, I warned my students that after the lesson they were going to want to leave America and travel the world for the rest of their … Continue reading home sweet home

Why I Run, Part III: the bucketlist

  That weekend at the Taroko Gorge, my roommate wasn't the only one running the half marathon. Our friend Andrew ran it with her. In fact, there were a few people on that trip who wanted to run the race but didn't register in time. Andrew ran it anyway, bandit style. On the train ride back … Continue reading Why I Run, Part III: the bucketlist


Reading and writing opens the toolbox. Inside the toolbox are the tools to break down the doors and the walls keeping you from bigger worlds.  Meet Teddy. NOT the bear - I'm talking about my student who made me cry this morning. And this is why I want you to meet him; because I won't be … Continue reading Teddy

2014 in 365 words

An unbearably rough start. An incredible 26-mile victory. Facing pain and beginning a journey of letting go. Creating new memories through celebrating the Lunar New Year the local way. An involuntary sabbath. Finding stability through maintaining physical strength. 8 weeks of counseling that changed my life. Rediscovering independence through shedding unhealthy layers of dependence. Rowing … Continue reading 2014 in 365 words

A Tribute of Thanks

Thank you, God, for all the big things and the little things, for all the successes and the failures, for the beautiful and the ugly, the frustrating and the fulfilling. Thank you for life and death and for dealing it out justly. Thank you for all the moments of color and the moments of dullness. … Continue reading A Tribute of Thanks

A miracle, part three

Not long after graduating from college, I left the country. One of my spiritual experiences during college had been a missions trip to Taiwan. I did this right after my freshmen year of college ended before going home for the summer, the only summer I did go home during college. Those ten days or so in … Continue reading A miracle, part three

A miracle, part two

I headed off to college in the fall of 2005. I was packed and ready to go, in every sense of the word. Even though I had been ready for college since kindergarten, it was still an emotional parting with my family when it was finally time for them to leave me in the state of … Continue reading A miracle, part two

The Fluidity of Plans & the Chemistry of Community

It's really strange to think about the fact that I was supposed to be in Shanghai right now. Some of you may have already known this, but my school was going to send me to Shanghai to teach English at a brand new learning center over there for the months of April, May, and June. This … Continue reading The Fluidity of Plans & the Chemistry of Community

Happy Chinese New Year!

2012 is the year something is going to permanently change in my life. So, I'm going to look back and then move forward into the year of the dragon. January 23, 2012 was the first day of the Year of the Dragon, which means I am finally on vacation, people everywhere in this part of … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year!