Absent from the moments that mattered most

June 13, 2024

As my career opportunities grew, so did the demands on my time. Assessments to create, speaking engagements to attend, and workshops to lead—all exciting prospects. But amidst the whirlwind, I found myself increasingly absent from the moments that mattered most: the precious time with my children. One Sunday night, as I hurriedly prepared for yet…

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What if you embraced every aspect of yourself?

March 13, 2024

Today, I had a transformative encounter with someone who posed a simple yet profound question: “What if you embraced every aspect of yourself?” That resonated deeply with me—the quirky parts, the ones that never quite fit into the conventional mold. I’ve always felt like the neurodivergent girl, the one who didn’t always catch certain jokes…

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Neurodivergent Mother

February 13, 2024

Dear Neurodivergent Mother, Are you feeling overstimulated? Do you love your child, but their constant need for physical affection puts you on edge? Are you both emotionally unregulated, leaving you feeling overwhelmed? Do you ever feel isolated because you don’t fit the ideal image of a perfect mother? Maybe your house isn’t always tidy, and…

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Domestic Violence in the Hmong Community

January 24, 2024

A few days ago I started to watch a video response to a Hmong woman being physically abused in public. According to social media news feeds, the woman was violently attacked at a Hmong Year celebration in Laos. The woman (another Hmong woman) in the response video stated, “Why didn’t she fight back? If your…

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November 29, 2023

When I think about diagnoses like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism, I often think of my people. And most importantly, my parents. Refugees. Trying their best to leave an imprint in a new country. While carrying the burdens of their past. The misunderstandings of their country of origin. And the misconceptions of their…

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Who Are You?

August 19, 2023

Parenthood is one of the most joyful yet stressful seasons. One can ever imagine. And sometimes we forget in the mist of the busyness. The constant cycle of changing endless diapers, cooking meals to meet the needs of kids with allergies, and preparing them for school. There was a you, a me, an us, before…

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When People Say That Racism and Discrimination Doesn’t Exist

June 23, 2023

I often hear people say, “Racism doesn’t exist. It’s just people in lower positions that experience it.” But the truth is, it exists. Do you know what it’s like to explain to your child that it’s ok if someone doesn’t want to play with them? How it’s not their fault? If one minute your child…

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In Honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

May 13, 2023

A video that I created in honor of my heritage. Because inclusion matters! Did you know that about 50 percent of minorities stop seeking mental health services. Due to the disparity they might feel in treatment. It’s difficult to discuss challenges you experience with a clinician that you might perceive to be different from you.…

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Why Asian American and Pacific Islander Month Matters

May 5, 2023

Throughout my teenage years, peers from my predominantly Caucasian high school would ask, “Why do we need a month to celebrate African American history?” And now as an adult in my late thirties I’m asked about Asian American and Pacific Islander month. Deep down I want to believe like so many might choose too, that…

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A Letter To The Outcast

April 29, 2023

To the person who never feels like they are enough! Yesterday, I connected with individuals from so many different backgrounds, communities, and organizations. Accomplishing dreams and reaching goals I didn’t even know was possible!! From the owner of the women’s football team, the Kansas City Glory. M To the woman who was a sports reporter…

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