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How will you read differently if you see literature as what is it — life?

When K. Wanderman (a creative entrepreneur and active contributor of OYS) brought up the subject literature for Own Your Story community, my first internal reaction was a huge question mark. Somewhere along the process of exploring our approach, I had a paradigm shift when Kevin mentioned a quote scripted under the statue commemorating Vietnam War in the US — ‘freedom is…

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Why and how we created a safe space to talk about ‘quarter life crisis’

As a community platform run by community for community, Own Your Story is constantly crowdsourcing ideas and co-creating events or projects with our community members. When the subject ‘quarter-life crisis’ is brought up, it immediately got our buy-in because many of us went through our internal crisis one way or another. What is a quarter life crisis?…

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40 times

At the mark of the 40th episode of Own Your Story podcast, I decided to put a stop to this journey and focus on turning the audio contents into a book, something tangible that people could hold, a medium in which I could express myself most honestly. 40 episodes. They represented 40 times of putting myself out…

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How do you learn to trust? I couldn’t find words to explain it. There were times when following my heart meant that I had to go against reasons, common sense, and wise advises of the important people in my life. Trust is something to be experienced, the result of work and intention, suffering and reconciliation.…

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