Hey, Hi, Hello!

I started As Told By Pao in the summer of 2017. I was looking for a platform to share my ideas about adulting, and becoming an adult. I wanted to share what it was like to be post-college in the corporate world. There are things that I learned after graduation, that school did not teach me. I now understand, it truly is about the experience and not the degree. I lost sight of my voice and became quite distant to writing, as I had nothing very positive to say, and thought to myself , “How can I write about motivation, when I myself am not motivated?”

Life has its opportunities, and so I took mine by moving to China, where I now work abroad as an English teacher. When I first moved here, I was full of energy and motivation to start writing again and share my experiences to people. But I wasn’t confident enough within myself to write, there are so many travel blogs and platforms for people to search, what would make mine any better?

I’ve been here for about a year, and am now realizing that I needed my own time to find my groove back, and to get myself out of the funk I was in. I thought about writing on culture shock, I thought about writing on living abroad, I thought about writing on topics that I truly felt no passion towards.

If there is one thing I know I am good at, however, is reflecting. I overthink a lot, and try to find comfort in my discomfort. I am passionate about sharing stories, and sharing ideas with people. I love meeting people who come from such different backgrounds, and can share with me what life means to them.

I write this blog not to motivate you, or maybe convince you to do anything, but to simply share my perspective. To share my experiences and to process my thoughts. Maybe you will agree and have felt or thought the same thing, or maybe this will be a complete laugh for you. But I love writing, and I love sharing my light with those who may need it.

Life is so complex, and simple at the same time. I don’t think I will ever find an understanding of it, so instead of trying to figure out why life is how it is, I will enjoy the journey, by embracing myself holistically.