Daily Dose of Life: On Freedom, Fulfillment & Function

My lifestyle changed radically in the past year. At Baylor University, I was a human “do-er,” not a human being. Struggling with intense perfectionism, I had to be perfect in order to be respected and liked. I tried to impress my peers and professors and professionals. I couldn’t fathom letting anyone down. My repetitive insomnia … More Daily Dose of Life: On Freedom, Fulfillment & Function

Mind the Gap

When I was in second grade, my parents and I went to England. We visited Nana and Big Daddy, who were living in Middlesborough at the time, as Dr. Charles Van (my Big Daddy) served as an interim pastor for a church there. It was my first experience traveling abroad and instilled this insatiable wanderlust … More Mind the Gap

Call Me Mae, Be

When I was little, my family called me Mae Mae. I was adopted into a Dallas suburb family with loving parents — who I like to call Dear Tim and Sweet Denise — and an older brother, Braden. Three years later, we were joined by my baby brother Nathan.”Mei mei” means little sister in Chinese. … More Call Me Mae, Be