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!