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In the spring of 2021, after years of toying with the idea, I decided to take the leap and begin work on a family memoir. The memoir explores the effects of intergenerational trauma and mental illness. Through this book, I seek to unpack my family's history and process the events of my own life in an effort to end the cycle of trauma and give future generations a path forward, unencumbered by the ghosts of the past. Though this book is about my family and my life, my aim is to write something that is resonant and enjoyable to a wide audience, that shows people they are not alone, empowers them in their lives, and hopefully makes them laugh a few times along the way.

I'm calling the book If I Get a Chance. Those words carry significant meaning for me that I explore more deeply in the book but, at the most basic level, they represent the way I have decided to approach the rest of my life. I realize that I have been given a chance that many others have not been given. I want to make the most of that chance by doing something meaningful, something that reverberates beyond just myself. For me, that means writing this book.


If any of this resonates with you and you'd like to support my work, the most direct way to currently do that is to make a donation. The more I get in donations, the more time I am able to devote to writing and working on this project, and the sooner I'll be able to finish it and release it out into the world. Thank you so much for your support!

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With Buy Me a Bubble Tea, you can sign up to make a recurring monthly donation between $5-$50. If you would like to make a larger monthly donation, please send me an email. You can also make one-off donations in increments of $5 by “buying” me bubble teas.


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