I’m a Viet-American, Vietnamese by birth and American through naturalization. At age 8 1/2, my family and I escaped from communist Vietnam on a small wooden fishing boat with 35 others. We lived in the Malaysian refugee camps for 9 months and came to the U.S. in February 1980.
My family settled in Erie, Pennsylvania where I lived until 2015. As the middle child in a family of 5, I felt forgotten most of my growing up years. I didn’t like my looks and believed I wasn’t good at anything. The insecure nerd 🤓. That was me.
The Teenage Years
As a teenager, I felt awkward in my body. I wanted to be more American and less Vietnamese. I wanted desperately to belong. Somewhere.
My insecurities carried into college when the need for self-worth intensified. The desire to be accepted and loved led me into a life of promiscuity. This lifestyle led to self-hate and I began using food to control how I felt and looked. It was the beginning of my obsessive-compulsive battle with binge eating.
Consumed with guilt over bad decisions, I isolated myself from people to hide my shame. Loneliness was my only friend. I didn’t want to live. Until God intervened.
In May 1994, I met a farm boy from my hometown and he told me about Jesus, the God who forgives and offers new beginnings. I eagerly placed my faith in Jesus and experienced a radical life change. Seven years later, we married in spite of many odds against us. My husband, Scott and I lived in Erie, PA for 14 years before God moved us south in 2015. We currently make our home in the metro Atlanta area with our sons, Isaiah and Caleb.
The New Me
It took three decades for my mind to be reprogrammed with right thoughts and my heart to heal from self-inflicted wounds. The new me believes I am designed by my Maker with unique beauty, incomparable worth and a valuable purpose. My passion is to help all women discover their beauty, worth, and life’s purpose from God. So they may live contented lives without striving to be more and different from their unique design.