I overcame feelings of being alone and empty which stemmed from a lack of emotional guidance from my parents

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Scenes of desperate Afghans fleeing the Taliban remind me of Vietnamese refugees fleeing the Vietcong in 1975

South Vietnamese scale the walls of the U.S. embassy in Saigon, trying to reach evacuation helicopters as the last American troops leave Vietnam. Photo credit: The Associated Press

After living abroad in Paris for four years, I decided it was time to return to Los Angeles

I’ve let disrespectful behaviors slowly sabotage my relationships in the past. Not anymore!

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Job hunting used to send me into a panic spiral, but now it’s an opportunity for me to present my best self confidently

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I’m not perfect. I don’t have to be perfect to be accepted. I don’t have to expect other people to be perfect because, hey, we’re all just human after all.

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By finding my voice and getting comfortable using the word “No”

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By realizing that I’m the emotionally unavailable one

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I created positive habits to promote my self-confidence and combat my inner critic, imposter syndrome, and anxiety at work.

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I am seeing and appreciating how many things went right in my childhood despite the things that went wrong.

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Jennifer L.

I write about my experience as a second generation Asian American, mental health, and female empowerment. Contact me at https://jenniferinparis.weebly.com

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