Oh, the places you will go, and the people you will meet!
This is my personal, online scrapbook, documenting the lovely people, places, and events in my life.
Who am I? I am Stephanie Lee–a twenty-something American born, Cantonese-Korean currently living in small town Illinois.
Born a Navy brat, I lived in Charleston, SC and Groton, CT before coming to the midwest. I grew up in a small, Illinois town of 5,000 people, went to Wheaton college in the Chicago Suburbs, got my first “real” job in Chicago, and quit when I realized how much I hated cubicles and wanted to explore the world. So, I picked up and spent some time traveling in Washington DC, Florida, Macau, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Belize. After that, I moved to South Korea to work with North Korean refugees and teach these incredibly precious, goofy, amazing pre-adolescents (and yes, that is my student duck taped to a pole while they should be cleaning…not my idea nor my doing):
After a year abroad, I decided to return to the States to pursue a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Illinois so that I could be a mental health counselor and learn to more effectively help people struggling with mental health issues. Since graduating, I have worked for the university as a mental health therapist and have run my own businesses as a portrait and wedding photographer and a piano and violin teacher. I am currently relocating to the Pacific Northwest to pursue my interest in working with immigrants and refugees and immersing myself in hipsterdom America.
I still love travel, and since returning for my studies, I have traveled to the Bahamas, Jamaica, San Francisco, Sacramento, Montreal, Toronto, Lake Erie at Geneva-on-the-Lake, OH, Cleveland, New York City, Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Denver, Boulder, and Seattle.
This blog is dedicated to my future children so that I can share my loves and life experiences with them. In the mean time, I hope you enjoy eves dropping in on the sights and stories I have to share!