Fate

There's a common theme that appears in many Korean dramas. An isolated female protagonist encounters a charming male character, as if by fate. He turns her life upside-down by dismantling the lifestyle that she has created, (usually due to a specific traumatic incident from the past), and brings her "back into the world". At times, … Continue reading Fate

Reset

I like to consider myself as someone who is forward thinking and always looking for ways to improve. Recently, I had a significant realization that in my subconscious, I've been desperately holding on to the past, and it's somehow gone unnoticed. It was a puzzling discovery but so obvious in retrospect. Part of me remains … Continue reading Reset

Moxie

As someone who has spent their entire life struggling with social anxiety and perpetual awkwardness, a recurring goal of mine has always consisted of encouraging myself to participate in "uncomfortable" social situations. I was recently gifted the opportunity to join a select group for a private happy hour on a rooftop in downtown Minneapolis. It … Continue reading Moxie

Aplomb

It's bizarre how one can fluctuate so easily between feeling assured and completely insecure. I'm assuming that it takes a lifetime to completely solidify the balance. While self-doubt makes life difficult, it's an opportunity for growth. In moments of struggle, we are able to discover valuable information about ourselves and the surrounding world. Although it can be … Continue reading Aplomb

Ambivalence

When experiencing periods of uncertainty, making lists helps ground myself. Having a visual representation of what you are grateful for can make all of the difference during hardship. Last year, I purchased a planner that I used strictly for keeping notes on what I was grateful for each day. (Although I also kept notes of restaurants I … Continue reading Ambivalence

Ego

It's confusing living in a society that treasures confidence, yet doesn't specify how much is the correct amount to display. This becomes even more complicated as you dive into subcategories like gender, race, sexuality, etc. Conditions pertaining to distinct situations also influence expectations of our actions. As we age, it seems as though it should be more natural to have a … Continue reading Ego