Do I Quit When It Gets Too Hard?

Recently I’ve been experiencing many life difficulties, and it makes me question my ability to continue giving all of myself to Cultivate when life pulls me in so many directions. I ask myself if I should quit when things get too hard. But I haven’t quit yet, so I guess the answer is no. But…

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Responding To The Tough Stuff

When things don’t go as you planned, will you lose your patience? When you have to do something you don’t understand, will you get mad at yourself? These are the questions I’ve been asking myself lately. The other day I had an extremely horrible day. So many small things kept going wrong and altogether I…

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How Can I Be Confident?

One of my biggest struggles as a leader is confidence. I question whether I am capable of being the kind of leader Cultivate needs me to be, and whether I can live up to the challenges that are before me. I have this picture in my head that a change-maker, an entrepreneur or a non-profit…

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Make Your Dreams a Reality

In December, I graduated from university with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations. I joined clubs that interested me, I studied foreign languages—Russian and French—and I completed a minor in Peace and Conflict studies. In addition to the dozens of free seminars offered each semester, I had great professors and a career services…

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My Moment of Connection

I was born in a small village in a Chinese southern place that was quite poor. I lived there until I was 4, when my parents moved our home to a small city, later to a bigger city. But we went back there for my summer and winter breaks every year. Ten years ago, if…

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Growing Pains

When I was young, I experienced some pretty terrible growing pains. My legs hurt so badly, nothing could subside the pain. But those pains led to my physical growth, which is something that I needed (though I never reached my dreams of being tall!). Thirty years later, I’m experiencing a new set of growing pains.…

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Different, Yet the Same

For International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017), we were able to share our stories on KFAI and are so excited to share it with you as well! Listen to hear how a history of war, struggles, and poverty led to our founder’s desire to start Cultivate, and how we are now partnering with Fatoun Ali.…

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Breaking the Bondage of Dependency

Dependency is not something that can be easily talked about.  It’s not anything that anyone truly wants to own up to. You definitely don’t brag about it. I’m sure that few ever say “I’m so glad that I’m wholly dependent on this other person for my every need”. Though we were created to thrive in…

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The Formula for Success

I just recently returned from a visit to some of the most beautiful parts of the country that I’ve ever seen. During this time I was able to be up close and personal with God’s creation in a way that was incredibly rejuvenating to my spirit. I know I’m not the first one to ever realize…

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The Pitfall of Perfection

In this journey of starting a non-profit organization, I’ve had to learn a lot of lessons, many of them that I did not want to have to learn. An important lesson that I’m still working through is on perfection. Striving for perfection is something that comes easily for me. And sometimes that’s a good thing, and sometimes…

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