Born in Mass.
Raised in Texas.
Living in Seattle.
To keep this short, you can read more about my life story here.
I was raised by a single mother…
and was never encouraged to face my fears nor to ever step outside of my comfort zone. I had never fit the “Asian mold” and always felt like an outsider of never achieving financial success, being skinny, getting good grades or marrying a doctor.
5 years ago, I discovered the outdoors, and it has shaped me to become the proud Asian woman I am today. It is a place where I feel safe, strong, empowered, challenged and the most comfortable in my skin. The outdoors has given me hope in life and strength in my darkest moments. It has taught me how to constantly fail, build resilience, push my mental stamina, trust my body and shown me that my access and ability to go outside is a privilege.
Most of all…
it has set me up to endure the longest and most painful journey through a chronic illness that completely destroyed my immune system, my hormones, my skin, my mental wellness and ultimately, my entire life for 10 months and am currently still healing.
I hope we can continue sharing stories...
that show the outdoors is for everyone. It is the one place where we can set our own goals, face our biggest fears and push our bodies in ways that we never imagined. There is no one to judge us out there. It is just us and the mountains that see no color, no size and no gender. I firmly believe it is up to our generation to continue preserving and protecting these wild spaces so that the future generations to come will some day have life changing experiences of their own.
“Life’s too short not take these adventures like this. You have to take the time, you have to make these types of experiences a priority because if you don’t, you’ll live your life and never be changed in the ways that [insert adventure here] can change you.”
-Matthew Lee, Ride the Divide
Photos by: Andrew Glenn