About

I am a mother, wife, first-generation American, former expatriate, educator, and business owner. I’m also a book lover and reader, and a yogi and meditator and calm and content person in the making.

I started blogging over six years ago (with a break in 2015) as a way to find my voice and heal through the process of self-reflection. That journey has taken me to some life-changing places: better self-awareness and better habits, new and renewed friendships, and books. I’m at the point in my life where I’m giving and making myself the second chance to live the way I deserve: with peace, compassion, and joy.

I read literary fiction and non-fiction. I gravitate toward multicultural and international authors. I tend to read works by women. I like reading about families, couples, any character who struggles with the often grey areas of being human. I move toward rather than away from difficult subject matter. I look for stories that explore the human condition.

In this next phase of my blog and life, I’ll continue to write about what I’ve read, and I’ll also document my journey to living a good life.

I love the line spoken by the Chinese servant Lee in East of Eden: “If a story is not about the hearer he will not listen. And I here make a rule – a great and lasting story is about everyone or it will not last. The strange and foreign is not interesting – only the deeply personal and familiar.” Whether we are reading history’s greatest works of literature, the latest bestsellers, our grandparents’ private memoirs, or fellow bloggers’ daily lives, we often experience meaning and pleasure when we find validation and our own normalcy in another’s experience. I may have lived a very different childhood from you, or come from a different cultural background, or carved out a different life path, but it is my hope that in my writings you will find something that speaks to you.

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Cecilia

16 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi

    You left a lengthy comment on my essay on Motherlode today about the time your son drew a computer in his rendition of you and I just wanted to say “Thanks.” Your comment made my day. I think you understood exactly what I was aiming at. I will look forward to hearing more from you.

    All best
    Delia Lloyd
    http://www.realdelia.com

    Deli

  2. Good morning and happy new week! How’s the weather there? I am so affected by weather: sunny and finally getting a bit warm. How can I say no to a park today? We will work extra hard and get our work done.

    Peace.

  3. Oh, my gosh: my toast from my kids was a torn up shredded over buttered ball of bread with waaay too much marmalade on it.

    That’s OK, it was the sweetest toast I ever had.

  4. Hey hey! I love that sweet little postage stamp picture of your pretty smiling face.

    Nice to meet you!

    And don’t go giving Baby E any ideas. He’s been begging for his own blog forevah!!

    He is continual blog fodder…I never have to worry about not having a post for the day…

  5. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog today. I think we’re kindred spirits! I, too, used to work in university admissions, and eventually found my way into (and then out of) the world of counseling. Writing has become, for me, a different way to express the human experience than the helping professions do. My husband and I also dream of living overseas with our soon-to-be-born daughter someday, so I love your international perspective. I look forward to reading more!

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  9. Hi Cecilia

    I stumbled upon your blog when searching for parenting advise and binational marriages, while nursing my newborn child in the middle of the night. I just had to stay awake long after the baby had fallen back asleep to read all your articles. They touched me very much. Thanks for offering this gift to the world!
    Christina

    • Dear Christina, I appreciate this message so much! It feels like a long time ago that I was in a foreign country nursing a baby but I still have vivid memories of that time, and it was nice for me to imagine another mother of a newborn somewhere else in the world reading my words. I’m so glad you enjoyed my blog. I do hope you’ll come by again! All the best and congratulations on your newborn!

      Cecilia

  10. Hi there. I’ve been poking around your blog a bit…looks like we have very similar tastes in books. I, too, am an American living abroad (although it sounds like you’re back in the US now?) and always have a tendency to filter what I’m reading through an “identity” lens. Looking forward to following along!

    • Thank you so much for reading and for following along (and for relating)! Yes, I am back in the States now and will be making a visit to Japan (where I was living) again soon. Whereabouts are you? (I feel so badly that I never responded to your comments until now 😦 )

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