Say “Yes” to Life — It Might Surprise You

As sobering as it is to admit, I allowed many years of my life to be governed by fear. Almost every move I made was done out of self-protection or self-preservation. I'd approach most situations with caution, paranoid that a good moment would go sour or that a bad one would go from 'worse' to ...

Free to Love: Reflections on Fulfillment & Validation

I am no stranger to the aches and pains of yearning to be loved. Even though we're often told to be fully satisfied in God's love, many of us still yearn for that human kind of love, the genuine connection between two people to walk together as companions in life. But it is a danger ...

This New Year, Dare to Dream Big

"Dreaming" hasn't always come easily for me. I've always admired my brother's naturally confident disposition, his believing mindset, and his ability to dream with ease. I don't know if it's a mixture of my temperament and life experiences, but I've always approached life with significantly more caution, somewhat afraid to dream big out of fear ...

One Day.

I hope that one day I can accept that a part of me will always be insecure, that I will always be private, slow to warm up, cautious before leaping into anything. I hope that one day I can accept that I will have awkward moments, that I'll say things that make me wince, and ...

Life Lessons from Latin Dancing

It's only been one month since I started taking Latin partner dance classes (like salsa, bachata, and Brazilian zouk), and I'm surprised by how restorative it's been for me. At first I thought I was simply learning something new—taking up a hobby to sneak in some physical activity after work—but it ended up being so ...

To Love is to Be Vulnerable

I've never been an open book. I've always been guarded, never wearing my heart on my sleeve, "opaque" rather than "transparent," and fairly difficult to read (at least that's what I've been told). Yet despite being reserved, I still believe that allowing myself to be vulnerable and to share my life with others (even if it's just a few ...

Is Complacency Masquerading as Productivity?

"When you waste time, you disdain God's gift - the present - which He, in His infinite goodness, relinquishes to your love and to your generosity." - St. Padre Pio Have you ever spent consecutive weeks jumping from party to party, movie after movie, or going out every night - only to come home feeling oddly ...

More than My Mental Illness

If you have known me personally (or have been reading my blog), you'd probably know that I live with mental health challenges. Since I was very young, I've always been a neurotic and anxious child. It hasn't left me in adulthood. I suppose I am what most people would call "high-functioning": I experience seasons of depression and ...

With Every Broken Bone, I Swear I Lived

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to catch up with a friend and fill each other in on the past two years of our lives. Before then, I'd been so busy plowing through the days that I hadn't realized how far I'd come. It was only after hearing the stories that were coming out ...

Not Feeling the Christmas Spirit? Try this.

Most of us don't want to be downers during Christmastime, but sometimes we can't help it. Work deadlines get in the way. Final exams stress us out. Malls get insanely crowded and Christmas parties feel like a chore. Sometimes we lose touch with friends and can't help but feel their vacancy. Other times we experience spiritual dryness and feel abandoned by ...

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