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Photo by Maria Liu Wong

Photo by Maria Liu Wong

By Maria Liu Wong

Last Sunday, on the way to church, my 4-year-old daughter, Immy, and I stopped by a bodega by the subway station. An older African-American woman standing by the door saw Immy and said, “She’s gorgeous! You’d better lock her up when she turns 16!” I smiled in response and said she’d be taking self-defense lessons, starting early. We bantered on a bit more, and then I headed downstairs to the subway with Immy.

As we rode the subway to church, I thought about the conversation and the woman’s advice to protect and hide my daughter away because of what she looks like. (more…)

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Photo by Tim Green

Photo by Tim Green

By Jerrica Ching

I am a planner, through and through.  I love making to-do lists, I enjoy filling out planners and calendars, and ideally I plan ahead for a 3-month timeframe at the minimum.  I have embraced my Type A nature and have found that throughout college, graduate school, and now in the working world, being a planner has helped me succeed.  Although it may seem ironic and slightly humorous that a young woman who loves planning is writing about “The Unplanned Life,” I have come to realize that a lot of my life has actually gone not according to my original plan. (more…)

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Photo by Robert Couse-Baker

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker

By Chloe Sun

On the Meyer-Briggs personality test, I am an INFJ, which stands for Introvert, Intuitive, Feeling, and Judging. Although it says “Judging,” it actually means “orderly” or “planning.” The J personality prefers clarity, structure, and predictability. (more…)

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Photo by Maria Liu Wong

Photo by Maria Liu Wong

By Maria Liu Wong

Being the parent of a middle-schooler is not an easy job. Raising a middle-schooler in New York City makes it that much more challenging.

A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I let Joshua, our oldest son — a slim-built, not-very-tall sixth grader — walk home for the first time by himself. (more…)

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Photo by Clara Hinton

Photo by Clara Hinton

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

For our household, 2015 was supposed to be the year of the family.

After nearly a decade of unpredictable adventures in Silicon Valley and abroad— mostly thanks to my husband’s social enterprise startup — we were finally ready to settle down. (more…)

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Photo by seyed mostafa zamani

By Jerrica Ching

On April 4th of this year, my 95-year-old grandfather was called home to be with God.  I consider him to be the most independent man I know to date; he cut the grass on his own lawn and drove his car around town up to the age of 93!  To me he was invincible, and I truly believed he would live to be 100 or even older.  (more…)

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Photo by John Althouse Cohen

Photo by John Althouse Cohen

By Jerrica Ching

On January 31st, I attended an internship fair for my graduate counseling program.  As a third-year graduate student, I have grown accustomed to a certain amount of heightened anxiety and stress.  After I attended that fair on January 31st however, I learned that my stress level could actually rise even higher.  There were several classrooms packed with representatives from various internship sites accompanied by their colorful and information-packed poster boards.  They answered questions, they let us ask questions, they gave us contact information, and we gave out cover letters and resumes. (more…)

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Photo by Lel4nd

Photo by Lel4nd

By Jerrica Ching

Last week I took advantage of a low-priced airfare special to fly back home to Hawaii for about six days.  It was a very short trip, yet with leafless trees, an earlier sunset, and temperatures gradually dropping, those six sunshine-filled days with my family and friends made it all worth it.  (more…)

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Photo by Håkan Dahlström

Photo by Håkan Dahlström

By Jerrica Ching

In March of 2011, I hopped on a plane from Honolulu to Portland to attend an interview for George Fox University’s Marriage, Couples and Family Counseling graduate program.  After being born and raised on the island of Oahu in Hawaii for twenty-two years, I felt that the next chapter of my life needed to take place off of the island in order to thrive and grow.  During the final hour of the interview, the chair of the department asked me, “Why are you applying to George Fox now?”  I remember proudly announcing that I felt that becoming a counselor was my calling, and that I wanted to “help people help themselves.”  (more…)

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Photo by Laszlo Ilyes

Photo by Laszlo Ilyes

By Vivian Mabuni

My husband, Darrin, and I have a mixed marriage. He is half Japanese, a quarter Portuguese and a quarter Native Hawaiian. He grew up in an Asian majority city and state, Hilo, Hawaii. I’m Chinese and I grew up in a majority Caucasian city and state, Boulder, Colorado. (more…)

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