I turned 30. When I was younger, I used to think that 30 was old. Being a teenager or fresh out of high school, I could not fathom being 30. Thirty is old! So old! I’m so old! My life has ended…. (<—sarcasm). I am no sage, but I have learned many things while trekking… Continue reading Thirty Life Lessons
This post is part of the My Mermaid series. Click on the links below to take you to previous posts: Introduction Prologue Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 I was 19 years old, going to be a sophomore in college. I thought about how a child would affect my life and that of… Continue reading My Mermaid (Part 5)
This post is part of the My Mermaid series. Click on the links below to take you to the previous posts: Introduction Prologue Part 1 Fortunately, he didn’t kill himself. Someone hand delivered a letter from him the next day. The letter basically said that he wasn’t going to see me anymore. To this day,… Continue reading My Mermaid (Part 2)
I have been inspired and empowered by strong and courageous individuals on I Am Hmong Beauty (IAHB). This is the first time I have taken to reflect on and write out my story. Those who know me personally may have witnessed or heard bits and pieces, but do not know my story in its entirety.… Continue reading My Mermaid (Intro)
The butterfly Author Unknown One day, a man was walking and found a butterfly still inside of its cocoon. He looked closer and saw that the butterfly was working very hard to fit its body through a tiny, tiny hole in the cocoon so it could get out and fly around. The man decided to… Continue reading The Butterfly
Sendie-Lou wrote a blog after reading an article about a 3-year-old girl who survived on leftover food for 2 days after her mom died. Sendie thought about what would happen if she and her spouse suddenly died . What would happen to her children? She lives far away from family, so who would notice if they’re gone? Sendie… Continue reading Fear of Death
My 20-year-old brother believes the reason for his failures in life (lack of instant gratification from college, no job, mom refuses to let him marry unless he gets a job) is because of our parents’ divorce 14 years ago. It’s because of this divorce that many people look down on him, which in turn, causes… Continue reading When life throws you lemons….
My brother was diagnosed with acute leukemia in April of this year. He is only 24 years old. He hid his illness from us for a while. He also refused to take any treatment that his doctor recommended. It was hard for me to understand my brother’s refusal to treat his cancer. He’s still very… Continue reading Life
Sometimes, we get too involved in life that we forget about the things that really matter. Instead of appreciating what we already have, we dwell on the things that we want (from others and/or material things) and don’t get. It makes us bitter and mean. And sometimes, we let our foolishness destroy our lives. In… Continue reading The little things in life make the biggest impact.
I know I’ve blogged about this before, but here I go again (more in depth) because I am very passionate about this topic. It annoys me when people are constantly complaining about how much they’ve done for you and how you’ve never done anything in return. Or how it’s always a fight on who’s done… Continue reading Good deeds and appreciation
Earlier this year, my family and I took a vacation to San Diego. On our way down, we stopped at a vista point. A man offered us some peanuts to feed the ground squirrels. He assumed that since we spoke Hmong, we did not speak English. So, he spoke broken English to me and my… Continue reading Don’t assume someone doesn’t speak English
Hmong kids grow up way too fast. It is because our parents expect us to just let go of our childish ways (by the time puberty hits) and take on a whole bunch of responsibilities that they themselves are either too busy for or don’t want to have. Hmong parents have the mindset that since… Continue reading Hmong children: Growing up way too fast