I recently finished reading a novel by Alain de Botton called The Course of Love. It follows the lives and romance of Rabih and Kirsten as they meet, fall in love, marry, have children, and shoulder on through the trials of life. There was one passage in particular that really stuck out to me, grabbed… Read More The weaknesses of our strengths
One of my goals from my V2MOM this year was to slow down. Well, what better way to slow down than to visit your 91 year-old grandfather! A few weeks ago Michael and I slipped away from the city for a weekend visit to see my grandpa, or “Pa” as we call him. Life in… Read More How to slow down: taking time to smell the roses
On an impromptu date last week, my husband and I popped into a local bookstore. As we browsed the shelves, one book caught my eye: “Lord of the Rings Filming locations.” Since we had been to New Zealand together last year, and even visited the famous Hobbiton, I thought that looking through it together would… Read More Are you judging your reality based on other people’s fantasy?
I have a memory that’s been etched into my brain for years now. It’s unlikely to be forgotten anytime soon. I was living in South Korea, about halfway through my Fulbright grant year. Ensconced in my bedroom, I was trying to unwind after a long day of work. Although I loved them, I didn’t want… Read More The secret to fulfillment
My grandfather is turning 90 next month. I knew this, of course – have known for a long time. The flurry of emails back and forth among family members planning his big birthday bash make it hard to forget. What I didn’t realize until I went to visit him this weekend was just how… Read More How you can get more from doing less
Happy new year! Can you believe it’s already 2016? I’ve been looking back a lot on 2015, reflecting on what I did right and where I can improve. 2015 was a year of huge change for me. I moved, quit my job, and started working as a freelance writer. I was engaged and then married… Read More How to have your best year ever