Category: Life

  • Meeting myself with the 23andMe Health & Ancestry Kit

    Meeting myself with the 23andMe Health & Ancestry Kit

    I’ve never known much about where I come from, but I’ve always been interested. My mother did genealogy research about 10 years ago, but that’s only half of me. I don’t have a close relationship with my birth father, and my paternal grandmother passed away when I was young. So I had no way of […]

  • Life Lately: New job, getting healthy, and moving

    Life Lately: New job, getting healthy, and moving

    The last few months have been a whirlwind. I can’t even believe I’ve been back in Hawaii for almost half a year already (what?!) and since being back here, I’ve been really focusing on myself for the first time in years. My breakup, leaving my job and home, and relocating back to America in the […]

  • Living Through the Hawaii Missile Threat

    Living Through the Hawaii Missile Threat

    January 13th, 2018 will be a day I’ll remember forever. It was the day I was told I had 10 minutes left to live. At 8:08am, my phone blared with this Emergency Alert: My mom came running up the stairs screaming, but all I could do was stand there. Whether it was disbelief or complete […]

  • 2018

    2018

      It’s here. A brand new year. A fresh page. Clean sheets. New eyes. Open book. Empty road. Endless possibilities. 2017… Never before have I been so moved by a year. There was good, bad, blessings and a whole lot of questioning, “Am I doing the right thing?” It was love and loss all wrapped […]

  • Blue Christmas

    Blue Christmas

    This year’s Christmas was full of love and I was so lucky to be surrounded by family and people who love me. However, that doesn’t mean the holidays weren’t hard on me, because they were. I think it’s tough on anyone who just got out of a relationship to celebrate the holidays because of all […]

  • Thanksgiving at Home

    Thanksgiving at Home

    The last two Thanksgivings have been very different. Last year, I didn’t celebrate Thanksgiving because I was in Canada (so I celebrated Canadian Thanksgiving in October). The year before that, I was living on my own in DC, and I spent Thanksgiving by myself. So this year when I was able to celebrate Thanksgiving at […]

  • Thankful

    Thankful

    I love the holiday season, because it has a special way of reminding us to show gratitude and make family time a priority. So much has happened this year, and I think it would be strange if I wasn’t thankful for it all. It’s been filled to the brim with ups and downs. I’ve been […]

  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    In 2012, I lost my stepmom to breast cancer. Last year, my mom got checked for lumps (she’s okay, thankfully). This year, one of our friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. And with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it just seemed fitting to join a walk. I thought about my stepmom a lot that […]

  • Last Days in Canada

    Last Days in Canada

    Three weeks ago, I decided to leave the home and life I made myself in Canada. It was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make, and it was really rough on me. Luckily, friends from work were there for me, friends from college kept me company on the phone, and my mom […]

  • Home

    Home

    You’re probably wondering where I’ve been. The last you heard from me, I was going on vacation to Hawaii to visit my family – that was a month ago. Since then, I’ve been silent on social media, here on this blog, and I haven’t been on my phone much either.  I’ve got an explanation, but […]