About

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I grew up in Boston and eastern North Carolina, spending several summers in Shanghai. Apart from writing, my two greatest passions are culture and individuality, both of which contribute significantly to a person’s identity. Culture is what connects people together, while our individual experiences set us apart.

My focus in publications has mainly been on newspapers and magazines, but I’ve also worked with authors and publishers in the book industry. I love to write stories about ordinary people who do extraordinary things.

My lifelong goal as a writer is to encourage people to not only accept but also embrace each other’s differences. Inspiration is only half of the process; if the stories of my life and others can change the way people view each other and the world, then I’m happy.

I am very passionate about disabilities awareness. In many ways, a disability can be seen as a limitation. But it’s only a limitation if that’s how you perceive it to be. And really, we are just like you. We are simply people with certain health circumstances who must find alternative ways to live. It can be challenging, but it can also feel empowering once you realize that you can do anything you set your mind to.

Living with a tracheostomy tube since birth has given me the chance to learn many life lessons at an early age. Most importantly, I’ve learned that judgment of character should always precede over judgment of physicality. And what matters most is how I view myself. Or rather,

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
-Eleanor Roosevelt

I started blogging in January 2010 at The Red Angel and have loved the community and feedback that it provides. I write about everything, from food and fashion to writing and photography to movies and mindfulness. Come join me on my adventures.