The Upside of Envy

How feeling envy helped me in life — mostly

The Washington Post, April 7, 2024

Stuck in a male-dominated Korean culture, I grew up with envy. My earliest memory was waking up in my family’s Chicago apartment to find the living room jampacked with blue baby shower presents. Not only was I not invited to the party, but my unborn brother gained more possessions in one evening than I owned in the first six years of my life before he arrived.

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My daughters, Taylor Swift, and me

I forgot to add Taylor Swift’s concert to our family calendar. Our tickets were almost wasted.

Insider, June 2, 2023

Both of my daughters were sobbing in the backseat. My husband maneuvered as if driving a getaway car. In less than 18 minutes, he managed to grab me from the basement where I was doing laundry, find the last Zipcar in our neighborhood on Memorial Day weekend, and get us out of our apartment on the road to the Taylor Swift Eras Tour at Met Life Stadium in New Jersey.

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