march madness: early spring updates

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Spring is probably my second favorite season after fall, especially early spring. I'm not a huge fan of summer and I'm still getting used to winter evenings here, so spring time is that sweet spot between not too hot and not too cold weather. This season is also special to me since I arrived in the US during spring, and this coming May will actually be my first year anniversary! If I stop--really stop--to think about the past few months, I'd be blown away by the numerous changes that happened. Here's a brief rundown of what's going on lately:


  • The transition to living in the US is going smoothly. I'm just in this place where I have to generally be more proactive and not reactive; with an increase in my responsibilities (which is great!) comes the need to re-evaluate my priorities and adjust my goals.
  • Marriage-wise, Carlo and I are doing well. We just celebrated our 2nd anniversary last March! I'm grateful to God for two years of growth and expansion. There are still no immediate plans of adding a little one to our party of two for practical reasons. Also, I'm perpetually practicing to be more fluent in Carlo's love language (words of affirmation). Love languages matter, folks!
  • Our new home church is awesome! We're more involved now that we're done with the membership classes. There's no greater feeling than knowing that your gifts are being used to serve God and others.
  • I didn't read a book in March! This ties with my first point above: things just happened and I wasn't as prepared as I'd like to be. Some areas of my life suffered (for example, my prayer life and reading times!). There's just so much to do and my time management was not on point. But now that I'm armed with new knowledge of my responsibilities and spheres of influence, I'm in a better place to hash out my work/rest rhythm. I tend to get impatient because it's taking me forever to create structure--and I love structure--but I'm also learning to be flexible and not to sweat the small stuff.
Here are some parting words that echo where I'm at right now:

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
—Ephesians 2:10, ESV

Created for good work. This doesn't just refer to church activities but also my job, which allows me to advocate for Asian American rights. It includes cultivating relationships and doing anything that makes this world look a bit more like God's kingdom. This is the path I'm on right now and my goodness, I wouldn't have it any other way.

Your turn. How's your spring going so far?
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