Cambodian Blogger Feature
I knew when I started blogging, it was going to lead me to write about my parent’s story. This is just a teeny-weeny glimpse. I still have a lot to learn, and I still have a lot to share. Thank you @cambodianblogger for this push.
1. What was a moment in your life that has changed you, and how?
The first time I surrendered my life to God was a moment that changed me. My parents became Christian after a decade of being in America. I was two years old. I remember growing up in a household that went to church every Sunday and we went to bible study on Saturday evenings. My relationship with God was out of tradition and familiarity. One day, I came to a point in my life where I wasn’t happy where I was. I had just graduated college and I had quit a job that I hated. I imagined my life very differently as a young adult. I asked God, “How did I get here?” But not only that- I didn’t find myself living the life that I read in the Bible or in the songs that I sang on Sunday mornings.
For the first time, I gave my life to God genuinely. I begin to see things shift in my life where my purpose or “calling” was revealed.
2. Tell us more about yourself as a fashion blogger, how did you start this journey?
I am the youngest out of five with four older brothers. I grew up in a creative home where my parents were very supportive. One of my brothers grew up loving fashion. I was his muse. It took me a bit to catch on because of my tomboy tendencies but when my outer appearance became something I cared about, things started to change. I saw fashion as a form of self-expression- a way to express my individuality which I valued (and still do) very much.
When I decided to start blogging, it just made sense to write about my two loves; faith and fashion.
3. Which part of being a fashion blogger are you most passionate about?
We live in an interesting time with social media. I find it awesome because I have another avenue to connect with others. Of course, nothing beats one-on-one or face to face conversations, but social media can be where conversations or interactions start.
I love the opportunity to connect and to be inspired by like-minded people where we can learn and grow from each other and vice versa.
4. How does living in another country impacts your view of Cambodia?
At first, it was not so great. A part of me didn’t want to be connected with my Khmer culture because of what I saw growing up. I’m not sure exactly when that changed, but I do remember going to Cambodia for the first time. It had greatly impacted my life. In the 1970’s the Khmer Rouge annihilated the Khmer people and culture. Almost 2 million people died. Knowing what I know about my history (I am still learning) and about my parent’s story (which is becoming more clear), it was very eye-opening to be in the place where it all happened. Cambodian people are resilient. I developed this pride for my “people” that I didn’t have initially. I can honestly say that I don’t know any Cambodian person that uses what they went through as a crutch. He or she only uses his or her experience to propel them forward. And to me- that is inspiring.
The place where I grew up is not what it used to be. I love going back to enjoy the people and the richness of my culture.
5. What does being 'Khmer' mean to you?
Being Khmer means being proud of where my parents came from and understanding and owning my culture. I also am filled with honor when I share my parent’s story. I love sharing my culture because every time I do, it reminds me of God’s faithfulness and the amazing plan He has for me and my family.