A Hmong Woman’s Poem Collection

The poems crafted below are part fictional and nonfictional. Some details were exaggerated to dramatize, but also to articulate the realities for many Hmong women or women in general. Nothing is to be trivialized. Little Girl Little girl, welcome to the world. I cannot wait to see you grow old Little girl, you’re crawling, walking,…

Two Books to Help Create the Life You Want

“I possess the greatest power ever bestowed upon mankind, the power of choice.” – Andy Andrews Imagine this scenario in your head: You are driving 80 mph on the far left lane of the highway, rocking to your favorite song on the radio when suddenly a red sedan enters into your lane, cutting you off….

The Harm in Believing in “Terrible Twos”

TWO AND A HALF Hold him a little longer Rock him a little more Tell him another story (You’ve only told him four) Let him sleep on your shoulder Rejoice in his happy smile He is only two and a half For such a little while! – Author Unknown Back in September 2013 I discovered…

3 Benefits to Teaching Your Infant American Sign Language (ASL)

“Body Language is a very powerful tool. We had body language before we had speech, and apparently, 80% of what you understand in a conversation is read through the body, not words.” – Deborah Bull Last week, America’s renown gorilla by the name Koko died at the age of 46 on June 19.  Koko’s death went…

I’m Going Cold Turkey!

“The thing is, if you want something to change, you must first make a change”.   – Unknown Wow, where did January go!? It only feels like yesterday when I was afraid of picking up a camera and taking a selfie but already we are visiting February. Thirty days ago, this year, I committed to taking…

How I Successfully Completed College

“If it was easy, everyone would do it.” – Unknown Most of us have spent our entire childhood envisioning ourselves completing high-school, going into college, graduating in four years, landing a prestigious job, and ultimately achieving the American dream. Creating this checklist in our heads was never a difficult task because these things were deeply…

Why We Should Embrace Bilingualism

“If I had to sacrifice my children’s proficiency in one language for multiple languages, advantages in cognitive performance and health, I would happily do them that favor.” As a mother and Hmong woman, one of my greatest concern is in preserving our unique and exquisite language: Hmong. If we could statistically state the number of…

One Selfie A Day

“You only live YOUNG once, so take a selfie.” – Unknown My first blog should probably be about me documenting an electrifying experience, one I have never experienced in my life. I hate to disappoint but this blog will not be about “that” experience. While I was working on getting my website up and ready…