The ocean provides instant relaxation for me so I try to get out there often when the summer hits in New England. When I’m there, I really enjoy kayaking, standup paddle boarding, swimming, and beach volleyball. When I’m inland, I love hiking and climbing in the mountains. I picked up ice climbing in the last couple of years which is kind of crazy because I’m southeast asian. My people are from the jungle so it’s kind of wild for me to enjoy climbing frozen water in frigid temps. There is a peacefulness to it that is hard to describe in words.
Causes I Care About
4-H, Women Venture, and Bagly. 4-H and Women Venture were instrumental during my youth. They took me on trips to the library, swimming pool, skiing, hiking, and camping. These two organizations really nurtured my love for the outdoors and provided underprivileged inner city kids like myself access to things we wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise. Having Bagly during my teenage years as I was discovering my queer identity helped me gain a sense of community. It was scary growing up gay because people just weren’t out back then (yes, I’m old.) Having an organization celebrate that part of you helped give me a sense of belonging.