The last time I visited my Asian parents, I came upon a few odd items that they keep around. Sometimes, it’s not the item itself that is odd, but rather its particular use.

Growing up as an immigrant, there is often a mentality of scarcity. We need to save to get by. We need to conserve to keep costs low. We need to thrift and stretch in order to make ends meet. My parents and many other immigrant families continue to live this way. You don’t need to tell them to reduce, reuse, and recycle. Immigrants already do.

Think you’re saving the planet by using your reusable grocery bag? You ain’t got nothing on these immigrant practices. …

As a Christian, I believe in the sanctity of life. I believe that all life is a gift from God. All life is created and known by God.

As a bereaved mother who has an invisible child through miscarriage, you cannot tell me that the fetus I carried is not a person.

As a mother of beautiful 1 month old baby girl, it pains me to know that if she were in utero it would be legal to kill her if I so desired.

Yet, it’s not the place of the state to tell women what they can and cannot do with their bodies. If you don’t want abortions to occur, criminalizing pregnant women and health care workers isn’t the solution.

Photo by Marina Shatskih on Unsplash

I believe in an omnipresent, omnipotent, benevolent God who gives me every good and perfect gift. I hold the perspective that everything I have, whether it’s a home, career, assets, and even my children are given to me rather than something I’ve earned with the strength of my own arm. With gladness and humility, I accept these gifts. With sorrow and suffering, I also accept when they are taken away. I trust that God celebrates my moments of joy and comforts every moment of pain. …

[This post was written in Fall 2018 and remained unlisted until today, Jan 3 2019, what would have been my daughter, Charlotte’s birthday.]

In everything there needs to be balance. To me, being a feminist is being a strong woman and recognizing that this world was not made with me in mind. Being a feminist means I acknowledge that the prejudice against women is real, true, and unfair. Being a feminist means I fight — when I see this unfairness played out systematically in issues like the gender wage gap and culturally in reinforced micro-aggression like advertising for cleaning products.

Yet, there are many things associated with feminist culture that are add-ons that are often presented as “requirements” of a “being a feminist”. …


Anna King

Serving charities globally through fundraising consulting. Passionate about charity, simplicity and adventure. Writing about work, life, and random musings.

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