Life & Reflections

On Cherishing Vulnerability & Other Musings

A few months ago, I spent an afternoon interviewing Pam and Rachel, two of the founders behind a dinner picnic initiative, Hygge, for a YMI article I was writing.

During our interview, Pam recounted an incident in which a guest had shared something a little ‘too personal’. The others at the picnic didn’t know how to respond, so they just awkwardly changed the subject.

“Not many people know how to handle vulnerability, but that’s always something we try to push, because we think that’s something very precious,” she had said.

This struck me. How could vulnerability be something precious? Continue reading

Life & Reflections

To My Three Followers

It’s Day One into my forays of writing.

As expected, I am the sole viewer of my blog. But I’ll admit, I was kind of hoping I’d have at least one other viewer.

Then again, I haven’t shamelessly self-promoted myself on Facebook (yet), so I shouldn’t have expected much.

But I was a little surprised when I logged in this morning and noticed that I’d gained three new followers. Followers! Three people who were actually interested in what I had to say when I hadn’t actually said anything apart from saying I wanted to say something?

I clicked on their profiles. Continue reading

Life & Reflections

Wendy Wong, Writer

The first time I ever thought of becoming a writer was when I was seven years old. I was in second grade, living in Wichita, Kansas.

My form teacher Mr. Niessen had asked each one of us what we wanted to be when we grew up. A firefighter! The president! Red Power Ranger! A princess! Hamburger! Laughter, lightness, the excited babbling of children.

When it was my turn to speak, I remember saying the word slowly and shyly.

“An author.” Continue reading