“There’s an inspiring irony that the strength and courage most needed to challenge it all comes from the country’s most vulnerable.” – Miguel Syjuco



On friendship in a new city

Remember again that it is about giving,
about an outpouring of –

I mean to say
that when I first came,
finding friends was about me,
my own need for connection.

I forgot that
friendship is about
being there,
reaching out,
sharing the stories and lessons of life
so that
they may inspire, challenge, and comfort others,

and to let others be the same for you.


Your vulnerability

feels like failure,
before you’ve heard the resounding gong of acceptance,
before the masses have called it a success,

so choose the things you would do regardless.


“Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t The Ones Who Count”