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On Grace

Tuesdays and Fridays are my favorite days because I get off work at around 4 o’clock, which means that I still get to see the sun. With my full schedule this semester and the wintertime, I’m realizing more and more how sunshine is a privilege. I relish every opportunity that I get to bask in the warmth of the sun in 30-something-degree weather. On my walk home, I pass by a nearby public school. Besides the afternoon sun, I see children in their uniform—navy blue polos and matching skirts or pants, high socks, and different iterations of scrunchies or basketball shoes. Their tiny hands inside larger hands that belonged to someone walking alongside them. Sometimes, they would walk in groups to the metro station, presumably to go home. The train becomes lively with their laughter, their banter, sometimes their mischief. And for a moment, I’m reminded of my past life before I embarked on this journey to follow my dreams in the capital city. A year ago today, I was analyzing data from the midyear …

My Weekend in Japan

When I was planning my trip to Indonesia to see my family, there was a possibility of taking an extended layover in Japan. I’d fly to Narita airport in Tokyo, but my connecting flight to Indonesia would leave 20 hours later from Haneda airport, about an hour away from Narita. Knowing that one of my best friends is living in Japan (she’s an English assistant language teacher with the JET program), I felt like the Universe was sending me a signal to see her. Finally! Instead of spending 20 hours in Japan, though, I took the whole weekend to go on adventures around Japan with my best friend, Ivy. I flew from Jax to Houston at the crack of dawn (thanks to my friend, Lynn, for giving me a ride at 4 am!) and made it to Tokyo-Narita around 4:30 pm local time. From there, I got a bus ticket to Kofu, the largest city in the Yamanashi prefecture. It was about a 3.5-hour ride from Tokyo to Kofu, and once I got to Kofu, we had to …

2016: A Year in Photos

I was inspired by Pete Souza’s Year in Photographs series with President Obama to create my own version of a year in photos. 2016 was one hell of a year. This post will probably be more beneficial for me than anyone else reading, but I hope you will enjoy the photos below. Additionally, if you’re interested in reading about my New Year’s Resolutions in 2017, click here for that post. Cheers! January: A new beginning I spent Christmas in New York City with my family and we did a road trip back to our hometown in Greenville, SC. I spent the majority of my January as a Panhellenic Counselor, a group of junior and senior Greek women who disaffiliated from their organizations to help freshman girls go through the process of recruitment. I was never involved much in Greek life, but being a Panhellenic Counselor was something that I loved and was proud of because it was the first time that I felt my experiences as a minority Greek woman were validated and helpful to others. …