Minna Hong

I am a serious curious dabbler. Throughout my life, dabbling has always been a great source of therapy and joy. It’s my happy place. The problem was, I did not have enough time to hang out at my happy place; the realities of life had a tendency to creep in. Killjoy! In February 1999, my life turned a very sharp left. I was in a terrible car accident. I lost my first husband and I acquired a spinal cord injury. In an instant, I became an unemployed young widow with two young children and an inability to walk among other things.

First couple of years things were really sad, bad and lifeless. Depression, Grief, Guilt and Worries were my constant companions. It took me about two years to end that codependency. After, I went to work. I worked at Shepherd Center for 18 years, managing Shepherd Center’s Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Department. In the process, I have gained more than I gave. I learned about resiliency, patience and what brings authentic Joy. My colleagues and the patients have thought me the difference between being alive and living.

Where am I now?

I am taking a soft sabbatical. This is the first time in my life where my time belongs to me. Throughout the last 19 years I have always wondered what I would be doing now if I did not have the injury…. “Wonder no more”, said I. Thus, I am taking a huge leap of faith and putting “what brings me joy” out in public. Wear them, share them, gift them!
Carpe Diem!

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