the good story competition

A friend of mine invited me to attend The Good Story Competition Awards Gala at the National Museum of Singapore last week. I’m glad that I said yes, because it was a night full of inspiration. The Good Story Competition was organized by Our Better World, a Singaporean NGO, which just started 2 years ago. Their vision according to their website is:

“We think stories are magical. And we think people are powerful. Both have the ability to touch the heart, challenge the mind and spark the soul.

So we tell stories, with a focus on Asia, to bring together the magic of stories and the power of people, to inspire change – to make it our better world.

Along with featuring people who are changing lives and whose lives are changed, we pull together a range of tangible, useful actions for you to join the journey.”

The Good Story Competition was the first big event that Our Better World was organizing. They had submissions from filmmakers, professional and amateurs, from all over the world, even though it focused on Asia.  Through this competition, they selected the top videos and many of the film makers came to the awards gala to receive their prizes. Not only did the filmmaker get prize money, but so did the organization that they made their movie on. These short films on various organizations and causes in Asia were all inspiring, heart warming and challenging. Here are some of my favorites from the night!

This film that won for the professional category left quite an impressive on me. The storyline of this film tugged so deeply in my heart and what I feel passionate about: education, orphans, and Jesus. I was reminded me of the vision and hopes that I have as an educator. I would love to visit this school someday soon!

These two other videos also resonated with me. As I watched the work of the people in the medical clinics in Myannmar, I was reminded of my brother Andrew and his wife, Esther. They both have a heart to do this type of work as doctors. They recently were in India, working with a doctor/missionary there and setting up mobile clinics. I hope that we can get more people in the field of medicine to be part of causes like this, because healthcare should be a human right for everyone.

This last clip also really tugged on my heart as well. I love how he was helping the rickshaw drivers become self-sufficient, not just giving them money, but really putting in a system that helps them become actual owners. I’ve realized over the past few years, that it’s not enough to just give money to a cause or group of people, but we need to be giving them the tools that they need to be successful. You can check out more of the videos on the good story competition YouTube channel. I felt so inspired after this night, and I hope that if you felt inspired too, you will help by sharing these stories!


one little word: light

I love how Stacey wrote in her blog post that we don’t talk about resolutions, instead we talk about words at TWT.  I’ve been thinking a lot this past month about what my one little word should be.  Over and over again, I’ve been reminded of this word. I’m excited to announce my one little word for 2013: light.

I want to be a light in the darkness.

I want to be a light that shines brighter and deeper.

I want to shine with love and joy.


After dinner in Dongdaemun with Melody, Dyanne and Tammi, we came out to a beautiful snowy night in Seoul. I grabbed my camera and started taking a lot of pictures (especially since I won’t see this in Singapore). I decided to use one of those photos for my one little word collage! Besides an embarrassing and painful fall I had inside the restaurant (I blame all the snow), we had a good dinner together over Nepalese/Indian food. I’m so thankful for these beautiful sisters in my life! They inspire me through their faith, passion and friendship.

What is your one little word for 2013? It’s not too late to choose one!

Need for Inspiration

These past few weeks have been a bit rough. I’ve just been feeling really overwhelmed, exhausted and busy. In the midst of all this busyness, I felt like I needed some inspiration.

I was reminded that the life of a teacher is demanding and challenging in many ways. However, it is also rewarding and purposeful. Even though all of your students might not show their appreciation, they will remember you for the rest of their lives and you will have made some kind of impact.

I still remember all of my teachers’ names. I remember which ones were kind and which ones were mean. I remember which teachers made me laugh and which ones made me cry. I remember which teachers encouraged me and which ones discouraged me.

So if you’re having a rough day, week or year, remember that you are making an impact in the lives of all of your students. It is up to you to do decide what kind of impact you want to make.

What inspires you to keep teaching?