The Top 5 Letters in My Alphabet

My February series was a doozy for me, but I keep thinking about how much  I learned about discipline in my writing from it. I’ve also been reflecting on what caught people’s eye the most.

Here are the most popular posts of the alphabet:

5. B is for Books – 4 Reasons to Pick Up a Book Right Now

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4. C is for Change – How to Make a Change Right This Second

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3. S is for Start – What You Need to Do Right No to Jump Start Your Passions

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2. F is for Faith – The Beginner’s Guide to Writing About Faith

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1. A is for Asian Americans – What You Need to Know About the Asian American Identity

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Which one of these stands out to you the most? How about in the rest of the series? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!
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Z is for Zest

Zest: an enjoyable exciting quality.

What does it even mean to have a zest for life?

I’m not sure. But, in writing diligently and expansively and purposefully on this series, I am beginning to see that I can have a zest for life even when all of my days don’t necessarily give me space to do that. I can feel a zest for life when doing things that cause me to wake myself to life.

It’s bittersweet that this series has come to an end. What I thought to be a daunting task was both a great discipline and joy for me in the past month. I’ve realized that without changing any circumstances, having a zest for life is a quality that I can grow and cultivate all on my own.

Here are some highlights from the journey.

10 things I liked about writing and publishing everyday:
  1. The deadline got me going. Without the pressure of a daily deadline, I don’t actually write much of anything. If I didn’t have a post planned for that day, my fingers got flying and my head got a bit more centered as I tried to come up with SOMETHING.
  2. I liked that I had something to look forward to throughout the day. Not that stats and feedback fuel me, but it was cool to see my blog have more activity throughout the day and to have something to look at it and towards gave me a reprieve from my daily grind.
  3. The exposure that I gave myself through my social media channels like Instagram and Twitter made people around me know what I was doing. I appreciated the people who mentioned to me in person that they had been reading my blog and even reference certain points.
  4. Following up on that, I liked that I was able to share more of myself with people close to me. The people close enough to me to pay attention to what I was doing showed me that they care about this small passion project and dream of mine.
  5. I realized that not many people are watching closely enough to be ready to pounce on my ideas and get me down. Nobody is actually out to get me. And, maybe there is pride of self-importance present in thinking that other people would be thinking that much about me to hate on me.
  6. Meeting my writing goals each day gave me a sense of accomplishment. I really felt my own progress as a writer and as a blogger through this process.
  7. The confidence that I grew throughout this month is significant. I feel more established as a writer and blogger. The more that I posted things, the more my bravery and courage was built up.
  8. Going through the alphabet wasn’t as cumbersome as I thought, it was actually helpful. It gave me topics to write about that I probably wouldn’t have thought to write about. It brought back things from the past that I could press into that I wouldn’t have really felt like approaching if I had just been focused on writing the present.
  9. I see that there’s different types of writing and it’s okay to have different purposes. For example, journaling may be for the purpose of self reflection, self care, and processing. Writing for a blog is for the purpose of sharing, connecting, informing, or encouraging. It’s okay for my writing to not always be for own processes. It’s a new way to approach writing, though, as I’ve almost always written for myself.
  10. Making a series gave me a guideline to follow along with. But, it also gave my readers something to follow along with and to expect from me.

So, there you have it! Thank YOU for following along this journey and giving me the gift of your time and readership. Can’t wait to show you (and myself) what I have in store for MARCH! See you then! 🙂

Y is for You

I’ve been so excited for this one all month long. I want to talk about you for a second. Whoever you are, I’m not sure. But, I do want to know who you are. You are important.

My dreams for this space are about you. I want you to breathe a sigh of relief when you happen upon these stories. I want your story to be given light and the justice it deserves. I want you to feel empowered to go out and do justice. I want you to feel enlightened as you read the stories of a diverse group of people, and that this would spark understanding and varying levels of reconciliation amongst racial groups or political groups. I want you to feel heard in your struggle, and validated that you are not alone. The only way this blog is about me is that I’m writing it, but mostly I want it to be about you.

I’m still trying to figure out who you are. But, what I do know, is that in you reading and scoping through words of the internet, you are someone who is thoughtful, kind, and empathetic. You are someone who wants more than just to go to work, watch TV, get married, repeat, and then die. You are someone who wants purpose in your days, and in your life.

You want to do justice and seek mercy and walk humbly. And even if you don’t believe in the book those words just came from, and even if you never do, you are someone who wants to do that anyway.

You are a reader. Maybe you are a reader of tons of books, or no books at all. Maybe you are a reader of blogs and the internet. Maybe you don’t read much at all, but just so happen to be reading this. Whatever it is, you are a reader. You are a reader who takes the time to slow down and to think. To really consider who you are, your strengths, and what you can do.

So, thank you for being you. In all of your complexities, uniqueness, and struggle. Thank you for bringing your true self to these stories and reading to connect and to think. You are thoughtful, insightful, and engaging.

I’m thankful for you, dear reader. You are giving me the gift of having a reader. You are allowing all of us to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. And for that, my heart is thankful.


Please tell me who you are and maybe even share your story!

I would also love to feature some your stories relating to justice and identity. Please fill out all sections of this form if you are interested.