The 6 Fun Facts About Me
Loving Island Life
When I was adopted at five months of age, my parents picked me up from the Chicago airport on Mother's Day. While I'm not sure exactly where in Korea that I was born, I found out during my first visit to Seoul after I was adopted that a missionary who lived on the island of Jeju, known as the Hawaii of South Korea, took me to the adoption agency in the city. So I like to believe that I was born in Jeju, as I'm an island girl at heart. Hence, I now live in Puerto Rico.
Sailing the Seven Seas
I traveled to 63 countries in three years. While I can't say that I have a favorite, because I've learned so much from each and every experience, I can say that Lebanon had a profound impact on my sense of purpose and personal mission to break down borders, and be as inclusive and solutions-focused as I can as a storyteller.
I write a poem every day. This was a ritual I started at age 12. I stopped after college for a number of years, for some reason. It might have been the depression, confusion and angst of my early 20s that had me feeling blocked. During that era of my life, I moved across the country three times in three years. Clearly, I had a problem staying still. Today, while I'm still a compulsive traveler, I revel in resting and writing in stillness. That's how I've learned to travel deeper.
Flying in Zero Gravity
I flew in zero gravity at NASA. In 2011, a group of aerospace engineering students asked me to be their team journalist and write about how they tested their nano-technology experiments flying in the Zero Gravity plane. I thought the experience would feel like being underwater. It didn't. As soon as the plane went into Zero G, my body shot up to the ceiling and I started knocking things over uncontrollably, while grasping to the sides of the plane. I would do it again in a heartbeat!
Living that Rock 'n' Roll Life
At a young age, I went through an intense rebellious streak before I'd even hit my teenage years. Sneaking out of the house and going to rock concerts on a regular basis, I was that girl with big, flammable Aqua Net - stiff hair, sitting on some random guy's shoulders, waving a lighter in the air to the rock ballad you're either immensely proud or ashamed to admit you love. Fortunately, that phase was short-lived, and my parents survived the turmoil I put them through.
Manifesting My Dreams
In 2000-2001, my company relocated me from NYC to SF. Every morning, I blasted Peter Gabriel’s “Solsbury Hill,” as I drove with the top down over the Bay Bridge to the city. Fast forward 10 years, and Peter Gabriel and I became co-founders of a humanitarian tech platform, which led me living in London for three years, and then traveling the world.
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