Rainier

I left Portland on Tuesday and headed further north. Along interstate 5 I see a sign for Mt. Rainier National Park and think, “That sounds awesome.” So I ditch the original plan to go to the Olympic National Park and take the exit for Rainier. Of course a mountain is always far away, so I drive and drive and finally …

Embrace it

Mihai once told me that in high school after a break up, he rode his bike by his ex’s house every day until he felt nothing. Every day he faced all those emotions a breakup can create – anger, fear, resentment, regret, etc. Every day he felt them until they were done and gone. Then I knew that’s what I had to …

The Redwoods

Losing my mind was part of the plan. You have to find and understand the dark parts in order to feel whole. One habit I am understanding better is my need to always be doing something. My craving for activity, accomplishment and doing. Doing, doing, doing. Going, going, going. I think this stems from not being satisfied with my present moment. Specifically …

The Spark

Quitting my job might have seemed abrupt, but really I think my whole life was leading up to this point. The past 5 years have been particularly difficult for me. My life was a consulting gig at Accenture. Business work may fit some people, but not me. For 3.5 years I moved around to different roles, different industries and different …

Alone but not Lonely

A day after reaching Yosemite I went to the wilderness office to find a two day hike to somewhere beautiful. The ranger helped me settle on a one way route starting at May Lake and ending in Tuolumne Meadows. Finally! My first backpacking trip since Mt. Whitney last year. I am not really a lover of hikes, but rather a …

Finding Happiness

Cheryl Strayed had it right when she planned her summer long trek on the PCT. The solitude in a place with no distractions forces you to face all parts of yourself. I came on this trip to reset, explore, travel, and transform if only just a little bit. What do I want to change? My views on life. I want …

Purpose

Cue the Biebs I put my heart into your hands Here’s my soul to keep I let you in with all that I can You’re not hard to reach And you bless me with the best gift That I’ve ever known You give me purpose Yeah, you’ve given me purpose I think that everyone is born on this Earth to …

Who are you?

Do you believe in horoscopes? Astrology? God? Destiny? I believe in all those things and more. I think that depending on what day or time or year you were born, your personality will garner traits similar to the zodiac’s prediction. And also, depending on how you were raised, you might have gained skills to divert from the astrological prediction. For …

Birthday

I don’t like advertising my birthday for a few reasons. Because I don’t want to feel a lot of pressure to celebrate and so that people don’t treat me any differently. As an Asian-American birthdays are confusing because your American friends are celebrating with gift and parties. But as immigrants all my parents could afford and make time for was …