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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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Diagnosis

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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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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What Would Our World Look Like

March 21, 2023

Lately, I’ve been wondering. “What would our world look like?” If we showed each other grace, compassion, and understanding. Instead of judging one another? I’ve noticed as a mom to young kids. There’s so many expectations of moms. A clean house. A child that’s neatly dressed for school and church. Home cooked meals. And playtime…

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The Importance of Quality Time With Your Little Ones

February 15, 2023

“Unpause me.” My four year old mumbled to me. It was a new concept she picked up this school year. Anytime someone spoke over her, we had to, “unpause,” her. Or she couldn’t speak. Silly. I know. But it mattered to her. And so it mattered to us. Because that’s how a bond is formed…

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