November 2017 Wrap Up

November was an emotional month for me. At the beginning and middle, it was filled with a lot of highs and celebrations but towards the end I was met with challenges and things I hadn’t addressed in a long time or even at all.

Kellie and Doug’s Wedding: It was beautiful and I wrote an entire separate blog post on it.

Nursing Pinning Ceremony: My last pinning ceremony was on the same day as Kellie’s wedding, so I drove down to cville with my parents went to the ceremony and drove straight back to the wedding. It was wild, but God came in clutch with limited traffic.

Spring Break Trip Sign Ups: Every year my fellowship has sign ups for spring break trips. They are early in the morning, people wait in line for two hours beforehand, and it gets a little crazy. I had only been in this line my first year since someone stood in line for me my second year and I went to Cinncinati to visit my sister my third year. And since my first year, it has gotten even more intense. A lot of people wanted to go international this year and with limited spots tension was at an all time high. No one knows where the line is going to start beforehand so we were all waiting anxiously. I prayed God would give me peace over whatever outcome going into it though and by God’s grace I somehow ended up at the from of the line for international trips. I didn’t have to push anyone or fight my way to the front I was just in the right place at the right time… and I am excited to say I will be going to North Africa for Spring break.

Ichthus Friendsgiving/UDC show: Fourth years had a potluck friends giving and it was nice to be able to share a meal with my class. I also got to see one of my best friends dance on stage for the first time. She killed it.

Dive Deep: One of my best friends and fellow core group member my first year got baptized!! It was such a joyous occasion.

Nugs and Kpop: My little sister in the fellowship had her 21st birthday and it was nugget themed. 10/10 would recommend. We also became co-managers of a kpop group as well as took a picture of a lot of the Koreans in the fellowship. I had never felt more proud of being Korean in my life. It was so surreal to see how diverse the fellowship had become since coming in my first year.

Hayley’s Birthday: My best friend turned 22! And we celebrated with banana bread, red wine, flowers, posters, and getting rid of all of the Christmas decorations in the house because she doesn’t like having stuff up before thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving: My whole immediate family came together and as usual my brother made most of the food. I talked about giving-a-year and they were surprisingly receptive to it. My brother even said the place I was leaning towards in the middle easy might be safer than where I am going for spring break which is where my sister preferred me to go. I guess I will find out soon enough though.

Balayage: I got my hair dyed for the first time over thanksgiving break and it turned out amazing! I am so happy with the way it looks and am so glad I just went for it. It’s just hair, but now I can wear black clothes.

Talking about race: Race came up a lot in my conversations this past month and I’ve started to piece together how it affects the way I interact with people as well as how I perceive romantic relationships. Spoiler: It impacts it negatively.

LOTL: I went to my last LOTL with my core group family and it was as magical as it was every year. The music wasn’t the best, but the light show was for sure the most intricate of them all. I am glad I got to see it in person one last time.

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Kellie and Doug’s Wedding

November 4th, 2017

My love for Kellie (and Doug) started with a movement. #Everyoneknowkellie2k15. I lived with Kellie my second year in a house where I knew virtually no one. How did I end up there? I wanted to live in Christian housing and her house was indeed a Christian house. She was a fourth year at the time and welcomed me in with open arms, but not literally because she’s doesn’t like physical touch. She intentionally got to know me, hung out with me, and just did life with me. Now being a fourth year I realize how valuable that truly was. She already had friends, a boyfriend, and a crazy impressive academic background. In her last year, she invested in me though and I could not be more grateful for her friendship. And to this day, we still have monthly phone calls and I am encouraged by how she has planted herself in a new city with a growing church community.

That being said, as much as I love Kellie, I can say with full confidence that Doug is worthy of being Kellie’s husband. He is the most driven, patient, understanding, Jesus loving, and all around great human being. I am also just constantly amazed by his time management! Doug lived in the other half of our house’s duplex unit, so I got to see how Kellie and him interacted up close in their relationship. From the very beginning to seeing them get married, it’s been an honor and joy. I found healing in watching their relationship up close and came to the realization that “this is what God intended a healthy relationship to look like… and on some level I want that too.” To be partner’s in Christ and to have Him be at the center of the relationship is so cool.

Their rehearsal dinner beforehand was so good! Soup du Jour, Salad Maison, Filet Mignon, and Creme Brûlée. #Blessed. At their wedding, I got to read Romans 8:38-39 and I cried seeing Kellie walk down the aisle. She looked so beautiful and majestic and just a total WOG in her vintage beaded dress. It was a medium sized wedding and I knew a lot of the faces there, which was nice. I also got to meet her NYC friends who I had only heard about through our phone calls. I sat with my old housemates and danced the night away with them. Side note: I came to the realization that an open bar is a really good investment for a wedding or else there will be an excess of awkwardness on the dance floor. Also, peach sangria is really tasty.

On that note, cheers to Kellie and Doug Chan. I pray that the Lord would bless your marriage and continue to be at the center of your relationship.

October 2017 Wrap Up

I am so behind on these wrap ups, but that is ok!

Hound Ears: I went to my first outdoor climbing competition with the climbing team and it was AMAZING. It was in NC and super chill. The weather was perfect. There was a broad range of skill sets and SO many problems to try out (and fail). I also got free chalk and a t-shirt! Def something I will do in the future because it was just so much fun.

Chiles Pumpkin Patch: My core group went to Chile’s peach orchard and we all dressed up in flannel and took cute pictures together. It was v fall v basic, but nonetheless so much fun. We talked about scholarship, being Korea (a common theme in my conversations these days) and our time in high school.

Homecoming: WOO WOO. UVA had their last homecoming football game and surprise surprise we lost (sad). I got to grab pancakes, fruit, and apple cider donuts beforehand on the lawn though. In addition, the school of nursing hosted an even at Pav 9. I felt super fancy because there were little cakes and pastries as well as an open bar. Update: still feels weird to be able to drink alcohol. Also, I got my annual funnel cake at the football game and got to grab dinner with my co-leader, who graduated last year, Katherine and my old core group. It was so great to catch up with her and hear how she’s doing. Moving to a new state for grad school, away from all of her friends, I have much respect for this WOG.

UVA Job Recruitment: I went to my first job fair at the Omni hotel for UVA hospital and it was SUPER nice. They gave away an iPad mini, fitbit, and a bunch of gift cards  in a free raffle. The school of nursing is crazy y’all. It was a great experience though because the room was filled with familiar faces (aka my nursing class). I got to meet representatives of different units at UVA hospital and talk about the things they value on their units. It was super exciting, but my heart felt distracted because I knew this wasn’t what was in store for me next year.

Dinner with Dick Brogden: Before MNL, a group of fourth years thinking about giving-a-year in the middle east got to eat dinner with Dick Brogden, a worker in the middle east. He answered a lot of our questions and concerns as well as gave us in depth overview of what are time in each country would look like. Out of the four places. I found myself drawn to the training team with the best language center and structured program. This thought was encouraged when I found out there would also be two nurses working there in the country and serving. I will be going to North Africa over spring break though, so I am keeping my mind/heart open to whatever God has planned.

Hoedown: Got lost trying to get to the location. Safely made it to the location. Pleasantly surprised it wasn’t freezing. Surprised by so many new faces!!!

House Photoshoot: We had out house photoshoot at 7:30 AM the day after Hoedown. We were all a little shambly, but the lighting was perfect and the picture turned out SO good. Who knew this house would be such a blessing in my life?

Qasim/Sherry/Angel: Sherry and Angel are two international students in the school of nursing whom I have been praying for and just recently they both told me they were thinking about getting baptized in the spring!!! PRAISE BE TO GOD. He is so faithful. And Qasim is a friend in my Sufi Islam class who willingly met up with me to talk about his faith in Islam as well as his hometown in Pakistan. Honestly, he is just a 10/10 human being and even though I was low-key stressed about our conversation it was so informative to hear his thoughts. I pray that I would be able to meet up with him even after this semester ends.

Walk for the World: My fellowship raised over $10,000 for a couple who works in Spain.

Luke 14: 25-33

I pray that Jesus would lead specific people to read this post.

The cost of following Jesus is real and it is heavy. It’s only October and it feels like I’ve been a fourth year for much longer. The weight and authority I carry as a representative of Christ has got me feeling worn down. I struggle with being vulnerable and allowing people to know what’s going on and lately it’s been so hard to verbalize why I’ve been feeling this way. It’s as if I don’t trust even my closest friends to be able to bear my burdens because I know just how heavy it can be to bear theirs. I’ve been feeling this way for the past couple of weeks and I think today was just the breaking point. ” Continue Reading ->

September 2017 Wrap Up

Rochestor- I was able to fly up to NY to visit my high school friend over fall break. It was a short trip, but so much fun to meet her college friends and get ~lit~. I also got to meet my twin in person and she was awesome. Anya and I visited the grand canyon of the east, celebrated our 10 year anniversary as friends with unintentional frose, and I bought a case of strawberries for $2. AND I had some of the best chicken and waffles and pork belly buns ever. Love adventuring with this friend.

First Friday- Chi alpha hosted this fun event of trivia and swing dancing. Not too many of the girls in my cg came, but it was nice to talk to the ones who did come one on one and connecting with them. I also swing danced with a friend, which was nice.

Theological Horizon’s Retreat- I went away for a 24 hour retreat for a fellows program I am in and I got to meet a lot of new people from different fellowships. We shared our testimonies and learned about the history of Corhaven as well as a calling centered on Christ. I am the only minority, so I am interested in how the rest of the year will look like with this group. I feel very privileged to be able to discuss callings and ponder theological questions in my free time.

Women in the Church talk- The fellows had an interesting discussion on women and the church and it was nice to clarify what men’s role is in the situation and in a lot of the commands it says “wife” not “woman”, so a call to a certain role is designated to a specific one on one relationship not to all of mankind. And men can do their part in ending the stigma of women in the church by volunteering in kids space. It makes a difference for young boys to see men serving in this capacity as well.

VISAS- I joined a program that meets up with international students to practice English with. I have two partners and it’s been good so far.

Fall Retreat- I had my last fall retreat and the speaker was Shawn Gaylen from Granada, Spain. He and his wife were fantastic. Lawrence and Michael also skype called in and gave great advice to give a years. “If you’re only 10% thinking about give a year, feed the 10% and see what happens.” I loved it. My core group also got closer to the brother core group and for a lot of them it was their first fall retreat, so a lot of new faces came. It was a great opportunity to get to know the newcomers.

Charlottesville Concert for a Cause: Charlottesville hosted a free concert for the community with Stevie Wonder, Pharrell Williams, Ariana Grande, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, and COLDPLAY. It was so so good and it still feels like it was a dream. They had it in the football stadium.

21st Birthday- It was lit! My best friend organized a trip to King Family Vineyards and it was so much fun. It’s been forever since we all hung out as one big group and I am so thankful to be loved by such amazing people. The weather was also perfect. Another housemate also surprised me with flowers, dairy free ice-cream, and balloons to celebrate me at midnight. My two co-leaders also got me a new bible with my name engraved on it and my core group baked goodies for me. AND a missionary I worked with in Thailand mailed me slippers with bunnies on them. I was so well loved.

John Shin’s Bday Party- Sigma cool hosted a 21+ party and it was a great time to be alive. We ended up going to the corner and eventually streaking by the end of the night (scandalous). On record, I’d like to say I was 100% sober and in the best shape of my life (so far).

 

August 2017 Wrap Up

 

I have mixed feelings saying goodbye to August. It was a month full of transitions: fourth year, merging core groups, new house, more responsibilities, increase in workload, and new opportunities academically, spiritually, physically, and career-wise. August, you were overwhelming.

Leadership Retreat: I went to my last XA leadership retreat and really felt the weight of those who went before me. Beyond Chi Alpha, I felt the weight of those who shared the good news of Christ hundreds of years prior and how they ran the race well. I want to hand off the baton to the next generation and leave UVA better than when I came. The legacy I want to leave behind is faithfully sharing the hope of Christ.

Fall Blitz: I love fall blitz as a second year core group leader. I feel like I am a great wing-woman and can easily connect first years with their first year core group leaders. It’s also so fun to love on first years without the pressure of wanting them to be in my core group. It feels natural. I’ve also loved seeing the girls in my core group both old and new reach out to 2nd years as well as 1st years. They are stepping into leadership and it’s so so cool to see. I am just so proud of them and expectant of what God’s going to do this year.

Start of 4th Year: My first day of school was in Staunton for my psych clinical… Thanks nursing. Academically, I feel like I’m in a good place though. I love all of my classes. My psych and transitional care class and clinicals are both really interesting and fun. I am also in a Sufism class with my two best friends, which is a first because #nursingschool. I’ve reached out to professors about practicum placements and am praying about where to go. I really want to work in a NICU unit, but the options are so limited…

Nursing: For the first time, I felt competent and confident in my clinicals. August renewed my love for nursing, but also affirmed my choice to give-a-year after graduation. I talked to a nursing alumni who took a year off and came back to work in the NICU at INOVA afterwards and she said it was one of the best things that happened to her. She felt mentally ready to take on her new job and prepared to do it well. My job in the mean time is to learn as much about the application process as I can and prepare for it when the time comes.

Give-a-Year: I talked to Pete with my friend who I’m planning on giving a year with and we got to talk about where it would be strategic to go. Still praying as to where to go and with who beyond just the two of us.

TH Mentor: I am a Theological Horizon’s fellow and recently got assigned a spiritual direction certified mentor. I had my first meeting with her and was pleased to find out that she was a critical care nurse as well as a missionary in Japan for 5 years. She worked with a Christian organization that helped with church planting, but the way she explained it made it sound like she didn’t see much fruit during her time there. I am looking forward to talking through with her my plans after graduation.

House Mom: Rewarding, challenging, tedious, but necessary. It helps that I love my housemates.

Mug Party: Last mug party as an undergrad and I brought the mug I got my first year. It was huge. More than 1300 people came and I met a girl who’s currently involved in my core group!

Jessica Williams: HILARIOUS. Her comedian show was so funny, so woke, so relevant, and had me laughing so hard.

Core Group: Leading second years is so different from leading first years and it is such a blessing. I am thankful for this transition because I love the girls I discipled last years and I am so excited and expectant for God to do crazy things once again this year. Praying for a successful merge and more deep relationships centered on Christ. I’m also so thankful to have such understanding co-leaders who love me so well. God has blessed me in this transition.

Kung Fu Tea: A KFT opened up in Charlottesville and I went for the first time with one of my co-leaders. We went after going on a XAI humpback hike and just sat and caught up on life. It was nice to spend quality time away from serving others and refocus on what God’s doing in our lives individually.

July 2017 Wrap Up

Thank you for being good to me, July! I had a blast this past month. I was worried about transitioning back to the States, but so far so good!

Seattle:  I got to spend a week with one of my best friends in the beautiful city of Seattle! The weather was perfect and the sun set at 10pm! AMAZING.

Life-giving talks: After coming back from Thailand, I got to reconnect with so many beloved friends. Thank you Debbie, Grace, Katie, Jay, Faith, Maddie, and Katherine for doing life with me.

Summer XA: I went to NOVA Summer XA for the first time this summer and it felt good to be back. Lots of feelings of nostalgia over how this was how I first got involved with Chi Alpha.

Having a car in Cville: I drove down to Charlottesville for the first time by myself and it felt good. Love love love having a car in Cville and the freedom to go anywhere I want.

Fly Dog Yoga (Aerial, Barre, Heated Vinyasa, Power Yoga): I’m doing 30 days for $30 at a local fitness center and I am LOVING it. I am seeing so much improvement in my yoga practice, flexibility, and overall strength. It also gives me something to do in the midst of working at the hospital.

Core Group Reunion: I met up with my co-leader one last time before she left for Atlanta, GA for graduate school. It was a bittersweet last picnic on the lawn, but I have a feeling this isn’t goodbye. I am so thankful for this WOG’s friendship and her steadfastness. And I look forward to our email chain! I also got to eat icecream with Katie and Jay after summer XA and catch up on how they were doing. I love these girls so so much. Lastly, I got to see Faith and Katie in Cville and we talked over lunch at my place. Man am I blessed by God’s goodness.

Contacting first years: Even though I’m not leading first years, I’m still reaching out to 8 specific girls. And I got to meet up with one of them! Walking into Ohill, I felt the weight of how old I am. I am a 4th year… and everyone looks so young! Wow. I got to share some mediocre wise words of wisdom and just felt at peace knowing that God was over our entire conversation.

Rockytop: I got to go rockclimbing with my housemate Katie and it was awesome. I love rockclimbing and it had been way way too long since I had last gone. It was also a great time getting to know one another and have some real talk.

1st Bodos ticket: My housemate Katie and I woke up early to get the first bodos ticket!! It’s on the 118 things to do before I graduate, so I thought might as well knock it out before all the students come back into town.

Working at the Hospital: I’m back at UVA hospital working as a Patient Companion and God is truly using me here. I pray every time before going into work that God would give me a kind patient and create an opportunity to share the hope that He promises and every time He has answered my prayers! I hope the peace that transcends all understanding is conveyed in the way that I carry myself.

Trying out new recipes: I follow a mainly plant-based diet and I’ve been testing out some new recipes. This month I made ramen from scratch because I was craving it so so badly. I followed this recipe and it completely satisfied my craving. I’m excited to try out more recipes! Next up is vegan tumeric mac and cheese with green peas. YUM!

Lastly, PSA the Ben and Jerry’s coffee caramel fudge non-dairy icecream is a GAMECHANGER. It is so addicting and tastes just like the real stuff, but without the upset stomach or bad breath/aftertaste milk gives you. Everyone has to go and try it out. It also reminds of of the Turkey Hill Double Dunker icecream, which is one of my absolute favorites. SO glad to have found an alternate to it.