The best thing about tomorrow

The best thing about tomorrow, to me, is that it’s not today. Tomorrow means unlimited potential, a fresh start, forgetting your mistakes, and another chance to do things better. At the end of last year, I forced my family to create vision boards for 2015. Though all of them thought it was a little bit... Read more »

The best storytelling venues in Chicago

It’s a long time away until the next Listen to Your Mother in 2016, so in the meantime, if you are itching to hear a few good stories or tell one of your own this summer, here is a list of some of the best storytelling venues around the Chicago area. The Moth Chicago StorySLAM... Read more »

5 life lessons kids learn from traveling

View image | gettyimages.com If there’s one thing I want to pass on to my kids that I learned from my parents, it’s the love of traveling. We took a big family vacation at least once a year when we were growing up. Mostly I give the credit to my dad because he knew the... Read more »
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Honoring the great women in our lives this Mother's Day

Honoring the great women in our lives this Mother's Day
I come from a family of girls raised by strong women. Both my grandmothers had that inner strength that allowed them to survive through difficult circumstances, whether that meant escaping from North Korea to South Korea during the Korean War, or immigrating to the U.S. and making a whole new life for themselves and their... Read more »

What a difference one year makes

What a difference one year makes
Just one year ago, we were celebrating the small victory that HJ had participated in an egg hunt without breaking down in tears. This year, I literally cried nonstop for five minutes (and saw my husband cry for the first time ever!) as we proudly watched HJ get up on a stage in front of... Read more »

Why stories matter: What I'm learning from being a part of LTYM Chicago

Being a writer can be isolating. You think, you daydream, you sit at your computer, you scrawl things down on little scraps of paper or on your phone here and there, you think about it some more while you’re driving or doing the dishes or late at night when you have insomnia. But until you... Read more »
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Why you should watch "The Drop Box" documentary in theaters this week

A documentary about newborn infants abandoned in a “baby box” or “drop box” in Seoul, South Korea will be showing in theaters around the nation this week on March 3rd, March 4th, and March 5th. The film tells the story of Pastor Jong-Rak Lee who installed the baby box on the side of his home... Read more »

Why I don't believe in coincidence when it comes to adoption

When our oldest daughter was born in Korea, my husband and I didn’t know that we were going to be adopting her just one year later.  In fact, we didn’t know that she existed. Yet. But three weeks after her birth, we found ourselves traveling through Incheon Airport, on the way to a trip to... Read more »

My favorite childhood memories of my father

My father was good at raising two daughters. He’s used to being the only male. He grew up with three older sisters and with my grandmother being the matriarch of their household in Korea. She pretty much ran our house too when she was living with us in America. With my mom, grandmother, my younger... Read more »
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Creating a family vision board for 2015

Creating a family vision board for 2015
I love this time of year. The stress of the holidays is mostly over and we have a fresh new year to look forward to. But since 2015 hasn’t officially started, there’s no disappointment in not having met our resolutions, yet! Early this morning, I came across the idea of creating a vision board for... Read more »