When my word for 2018 came in early, I was afraid to acknowlege it. My word the previous year traumatized me in using another big word the following year because most easy words are actually difficult to maintain and achieve. I was even set to just forget one word until I read about Jared Latigo’s post on why courage requires fear.

Courage is not the absence of fear but rather requires fear. There is no need to be courageous if you aren’t afraid of something. We’re afraid of plenty of things throughout the course of our day and lives. We wouldn’t be human if we weren’t.

I am afraid of what this word will bring me. I am afraid of what will come the next year when the previous one tested me in ways I never thought it would but I won’t let my fear win. I’ll try to be courageous and face each day with a brave heart.

As Michael Hyatt said, “Courage is the willingness to act in spite of your fear.”

Here I am facing the first challenge of my word, overcoming my fear of big words.

Hello, Courage.




one word

I started having a word each year in 2014. I was hesitant at first since I was afraid  I won’t be able to live by it for 365 days (or beyond if needed).  A blogger/real life friend, who has been doing this for a long time, inspired me to just do it and see where the word will lead me. What is there to be afraid of? I know there’d be challenges and uncertainties against the word I’ll claim every year but at the end of the day, it’s all for me. I know no matter what the outcome of my word, I’ll get through it. I’ll either come out a different person with a changed heart or just someone who’ve learned a lot the past year. Come and join me in my yearly one word. Continue reading “one word”


With Love –A. is my personal blog, my outlet whenever I feel like ranting or simply want to talk or write about random things. I’d been blogging for the past five years in Off the Wall, a review blog for books, movies and Asian series with a little mix of personal posts. I closed down the site after realizing I can no longer keep a niche blog. Not that I lost interest in writing but because I find myself wanting to write outside the box of my previous blog. I felt that the blog doesn’t suit my writing needs anymore thus the need to move to a new home. You may still visit the site here and see the reviews I made for the past years. Continue reading “about”