birthday wish finding joy

Today is my birthday. I have not felt like celebrating my birthday in quite a while, and my reason has nothing to do with age. A few years ago, my grandfather died on my birthday. He and I were very close, and I have not been able to let go of the sadness I feel every year on that date. As I thought about what I really wanted for my birthday this year, I realized that the one thing I… Read more »

fulbright scholarship

As of June 30, I submitted my completed Fulbright scholarship application for next year! I really don’t have a concept for how competitive the process is or how good my chances of getting chosen actually are. So, I wanted to put together the strongest possible application that I could. I spent a lot of time working on my proposal and all of the application components. I started learning Korean and reading research relevant to my work. I reached out to… Read more »

You may remember that Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell is on my summer reading list. I finished it in two days, and it was a fun summer read! The story is centered around a girl named Cath who just started college, and is thrown into that chaotic life adventure. Fortunately, Cath is not alone in because she has…her twin sister? Nope, that girl abandoned her. Cath has something even better…her fandom. She is a beloved fan fic writer in a fandom… Read more »

  One year ago, I unveiled this blog to the world. Bored of writing about finance all the time, I wanted to try something else that I hoped would fuel my creative spirit. I’ve shared books I’ve read, home projects and crafts I’ve tried, and life stories. I’ve taken my readers along on my travels and my own personal life journey. I hope you’ve enjoyed this year of blogging and are looking forward to continuing our journey together over the… Read more »

On May 31, 2017, we celebrate World MS Awareness Day. In case you didn’t know, MS stands for Multiple Sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system. MS is a progressive disease for which there are treatments but no cure. As a matter of fact, researchers still don’t have a good understanding of what MS is and what causes it. Everyone’s story is different. MS Awareness Day is meant to spread worldwide awareness of the disease, and since this year’s… Read more »

new midlife crisis

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that I’ve been working through a bit of a personal crisis. I, however, prefer to call it my journey of personal discovery. Most of the time when I mention this feeling of restlessness and discontent to someone older, I am told that I am just having a mid-life crisis. How can that be? Women can start their mid-life crisis at 35, or so the Internet says. Unfortunately, I think… Read more »