Box of Chocolate (박스 어브 초콜릿)

If life were really like a box of chocolate as metaphorically mentioned in the classic 1994 film Forest Gump then everyone would be able to fix or re-do the order of life events and experiences they do, see, or create(*if they could see everything inside the box).  In my case and in my life I am…

Growing Pains (자라나는 고통)

Unlike the 1985 sitcom show Growing Pains or adolescent growing pains the growing pains we all experience in life is the continual growing pains of falling out of touch and contact with those whom surround our lives. Beginning with the playground to work office spaces, from high school to graduate school, from first loves to…

Who Knows How Far I’ll Go (내가 얼마나 멀리 갈지 알고 있니?)

Diplomat. Researcher. Lawyer. Professor. Teacher. Educator. Role Model. Counselor. Girlfriend. Wife. Mother. Aunt. Bridesmaid. Godmother. Advocate. Interpreter. Lecturer. Communicator. Translator. Designer. Model. Decorator. Artist. Writer. Peacemaker. A few of the titles above are titles I dream of, titles I possess, and titles that I once thought were within in reach.  Some of these titles are…

Discrimination in Korea as a Black/dark-skinned Individual

On a recent television broadcast on the Korean TV show called Talking Street(말하는대로) on JTBC a popular foreigner named Sam Okyere, a former participant in Korea’s well-known Non-Summit( 비정상회담) show spoke openly to an audience of Koreans about his experience with discrimination in Korea as a black/dark-skinned individual. While listening to Sam Okyere’s confession I started to…

Losing something precious(귀중한 무언가)

memoir post (last week) It pains me to think that my family dog of almost 12 years won’t make it through the month and be with us much longer. Since last winter, he’s been up and down with brief illnesses and lethargy, but never to the state in which he has now fallen. As the…

Life Lessons: Learned Lessons (삶의 교훈: 배운 교훈)

As a part of my Yeppuntwenties section I wanted to share a few life lessons that I have learned or re-learned in recent years.  These lessons each taught me something new about myself and my life. I hope that these learned lessons provide an opportunity for others to view their life experiences in a more…

Dating Abroad (국제 데이팅): Fears & Misunderstandings – Part 3

To tell the truth I had hoped to end my dating abroad posts for a while with the Dating Abroad (국제 데이팅):The Good, Bad, and Fierce Reality – Part 2. But, dating is a constant focus in my life so, let’s continue the discussion and talk about dating abroad fears & misunderstandings. Since I started…

Grad Life 대학원생: DC & Abroad 2012-2014

For those who do not know me between 2012-2014 I was a graduate student at American University ‘s(AU) School of International Service  (*which has 2,000+ students) in Washington, DC. However, unlike a typical AU student I spent one year in DC  and my second year abroad studying at AU’s sister school Korea University. During my…

Aunt Life (이모 라이프)

Aunt or Auntie, Tati or Tatis(*means aunt in Haitian Creole-French) are future names I will be called by my nephew once he learns to speak. It seems quite nostalgic that just eight months ago he was only a newborn baby, welcomed into the family. As a first time aunt I was elated and blessed. Elated…

To My Future Self (내 미래의 자기 에게 편지 쓰기)

Two years ago almost to the day I experienced a hurricane type of storm in my life. Everything seemed to be crashing, falling, or breaking. I remember it was raining heavily as the season usually is in the summer months in Seoul. During this tumultuous time I also remember my sister emailing me an article…

The Idea of Adopting (입양 어린이에 대한 생각)

Somewhere between the age of 10 and 13 I was fascinated with the idea of adopting a child. Being a child myself it might seem like a grown up idea. But, it isn’t too far off from childhood dreams like  marriage as mentioned in a first blog Lace, Beads, and Length – Ideal Wedding Dresses…