Writing Memoir

Why is it so hard for women to accept themselves?

Last week, my Public Speaking and Debate students gave their first formal speeches. As always, I was intrigued by what each new set of students will talk about and how they will deliver their speeches. One student in particular gave a speech called, “How to love yourself without losing weight” that brought a tickle of… Continue reading Why is it so hard for women to accept themselves?

Writing Memoir

Seeking solitude and sanity in everyday life

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” – Blaise Pascal I was contemplating the complexities of being an introvert or what feels like introvertedness when I thought about the times I had tuned out. On my 21st birthday I was dragged out of my comfort zone to… Continue reading Seeking solitude and sanity in everyday life

Writing Memoir

#365grateful halfway point, check-in and pit stop

For the last few months, I’ve been miserable. At the beginning of this school term, I was handed a shit schedule that involved losing much of my free time, sleep and sanity. And I really, really resented it. At first, I tried to get the barest minimal change made to my schedule because I was… Continue reading #365grateful halfway point, check-in and pit stop

Writing Memoir

Confessions of a brave and insecure memoir writer

I’ve been in a “working on the book” mode. I haven’t been in the mood for doing much of anything else, besides maintaining my life so I’m not living in complete disorder and eating from old pizza boxes. // When I decided to start my project on growing up Asian American, I enthusiastically created a… Continue reading Confessions of a brave and insecure memoir writer

Expat

How much space do I really need?

Our biggest worry when we moved into this apartment was space. Will we have enough? Where was everything going to go? We were moving from a two bedroom to a one bedroom apartment. And even though we had to admit, our two bedroom was filled with wasted space, we still fretted. As it turned out,… Continue reading How much space do I really need?

Writing Memoir

Confession: I have bad writing habits.

What? But you seem so disciplined, Lani. You’re always writing these lovely posts on how writing has elevated your life – and we all know that you are working on another book. Exactly. My goal of getting it done, came and went like all those other empty goals. I went through a phase of reading… Continue reading Confession: I have bad writing habits.

Cambodia · Expat

Reflecting back on my first crazy year in Siem Reap

On July 15, 2015 we moved from Chiang Rai, Thailand to Siem Reap, Cambodia. Yippee! Right? Wrong! First of all, there was no honeymoon phase for me. As you might remember, it was looking for a place to live straight away and starting work. And work was an uphill slog. Most of it had to… Continue reading Reflecting back on my first crazy year in Siem Reap