Luck on Chinese New Year

My grandmother is getting ready for Chinese New Year after a Denver Broncos Super Bowl victory, carefully placing red and gold envelopes on the dining room table covered with oranges, candies, Chinese sweets and a vase full of red roses. The red accoutrements adorning the table are all to bring good luck in the New Year, and I’m happy for any opportunity to rope in a little good fortune. Although I agree most people make their own luck through hard work and dedication, I decide to work on a Lucky Knot to make my own rabbit’s foot. My grandmother asks if the game is over, but for me it seems like it’s all just begun. With multiple applications for jobs and school in the balance and two possible places to land for a while, I wonder if not washing my hair and refraining from eating meat on Monday will give me a little bit of hope I’ve been looking for. Continue Reading ›

The Best of 2015

2015 has been a pivotal year for me.  Every year may seem that way as it approaches, but this year has certainly involved huge changes in my life, personally and professionally.  Not only did I change my job, but I took off to a new city full of new adventures and people.  Although some of you know about my recent developments in Chicago, there was more than Chicago that influenced my life.  As the end of 2015 gets closer, I’m sharing a few highlights and the best moments of 2015: Continue Reading ›

A Tale of Two Sisters

It’s another hot, muggy and humid day as I run through the Ming Tombs near Beijing, China as my sister, Ming, and I giggle and pose with humor among the statues. Pointing to an animal that sits in the grass, Ming suggests, “You need to go over there and do a yoga pose in front of that one. It has Crow Pose written all over it.” I tell her that unfortunately I can’t maneuver this pose, but I offer to pretend as though I’m peeing on it like a dog. We both uncontrollably giggle as my mom rolls her eyes at us. We’re used to behaving like this. After all, we’ve found ways to successfully create a photo that looked like I was swallowing water from a fish fountain at the Missouri Botanical Gardens and one of Ming carefully squeezing into a stone window from the Pisac ruins in Peru. Sometimes people think we’re twins because the core of us is so similar. Growing up in southern Utah, people often mistook us for twins, yet we look nothing alike. Our very different personalities can make things complicated and difficult, but we can also find comfort and enjoy one another. Even though our differences have sometimes caused frustrations, I’m finding more and more that I value our different and unique personalities. How does this work exactly? Here are a few examples to show you what I mean. Continue Reading ›

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

If you read my last post about Pittsburgh, you already know my family’s main reason for visiting involved my mom’s sense of adventure and my dad’s desire to see Los Angeles Dodger victories against the Pittsburgh Pirates. From my previous posts about Petco Park in San Diego, California and my affinity for the underdog, you already know baseball has always been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Not only am I named after the Brooklyn Dodgers, but my dad has also written a book Legend for the Legendary: The Origin of the Baseball Hall of Fame about whether or not Abner Doubleday invented baseball, and my family has been proud visitors and members of the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Although there’s plenty going on in my life as I struggle to arrange housing for a fall internship in Chicago, watching the games at PNC Park reminds me of how baseball is always there to remind me to not give up hope and solutions will develop when I least expect it.  At PNC Park, I begin to see that baseball is more than a game. Continue Reading ›

Family Travel Traditions

If there’s one tradition my family has continued throughout the years, its travel and road trips. We’ve traveled to the eastern United States to visit landmarks in Gettysburg, Maine, and Washington D.C. when I was in middle school. A couple of years ago, we took a tour of China to Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian. With me and my sister, Ming, in our thirties, you would think our family adventures would be over. However, after my sister learns we’re planning on visiting numerous National Parks in the western United States, she’s eager to join us. Although we’ve all changed and grown in different ways, it’s clear that some things have remained the same. Our red minivan may have been replaced by a tan Toyota Sienna, but not our family dynamics. Here are a few things that remain a part of our family vacations: Continue Reading ›