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Depression and Suicide: How I Chose Life

My mom used to teach me and my sisters songs every night. We’d be up and about singing and dancing. My parents also used to play a music video of a Hmong woman singing for us. We watched her over and over and over again. She’d always be singing in a bed of flowers. My sisters and I would point to her on the screen fighting over which image of her we were. I’ve loved music since I could remember. I took piano lessons as a kid, but it wasn’t consistent because my family moved around a lot and we didn’t always have money to pay for the lessons. My first generation Hmong parents didn’t know how to support me...

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The Ultimate Father's Day Gift Guide

I want to celebrate the fathers in my life. My father’s a one of the most amazing men I know. I’ve never met anyone who has more integrity than him, and I am so grateful for all of the prayers he prays over me and my family each day. I remember when I was 4 or 5, my dad had taken me to the grocery store with him. We were checking out and I was trailing behind as my father put our groceries on the conveyor belt. There was a woman who came behind us and she put her groceries on the belt as well. I can’t recall whether this was before they had those dividers at the grocery lines...

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Kuv Ua Tau - Hmong Children's Book Update #5

It's been 2 months since the preorders for my newest Hmong children's book, Kuv Ua Tau (I Can Do It) ended. In those two months, I've been working diligently with my book printer to make sure that the book turns out perfectly.  You've been asking, "When will I receive my book?" I've been responding, "As soon as I get the books shipped to me, I'll pack them and ship them out to you asap." Here's the good news: I just received the books! Here they are :) I'm so happy with how the books turned out! The quality of these books are outstanding and I'm so excited to share them with you! To all of you who preordered the book: THANK YOU...

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Book Release Party Recap

Thanks everyone who came to my Book Release Party in Minnesota on Saturday, June 2nd! I appreciate you!  The truth is, the Book Release Party almost didn't happen! Here's the story: Last Wednesday, I got an email telling me that we wouldn’t receive the book until Monday, June 4th. I was like, “No!!! I have my Book Release Party on Saturday! I need my books ASAP! What am I going to do???”I calmed down and thought about what options I had. I messaged the shipping company and asked if they could expedite the delivery of my books to Friday since I had a book event on Saturday.The company got back to me on Thursday night telling me that they will...

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Kuv Ua Tau - Hmong Children's Book Update #4

I'm very excited to let you know that our newest Hmong children's book, Kuv Ua Tau (I Can Do It) passed quality control, has been packed, picked up from the book printing company in China, and should be on it's way to the United States right at this moment! The above pallet must be the most beautiful pallet I've ever seen :) I can't believe that the books are almost here. I still remember when the book idea was just in my brain 5 months ago. Here's how it happened: January 2018: Wrote the book February 2018: Illustrations completed by my talented friend, Stephanie Ritter March 2018: Preorders taken April 2018: Finalized book May 2018: Printed books and having it shipped to...

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