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"Happiness comes from within" by Angie Park

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This post might feel little different from our past stories we have shared. As we approach the season of summer... we asked our friend Angie Park to dig deeper into what the phrase "happiness comes from within" meant to her. Neither of us knew exactly what was going to come out of this process (much like many creative projects that happen within Baum-kuchen) but we trusted that the process will take us to where we needed to be.

The result is a truly personal story of Angie's recent life experience of saying farewell to her father and what came after. The part of "life" that doesn't get shared openly very often. I hope you will have five minutes to hear her story... wherever you are... because immersing myself in her voice made me see "everyday" differently. 

Thank you Angie for your courage to speak and share a story that is so close to your heart. 

xoxo

-wakako

p.s. you can read little bit of "behind the scene" story here

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Story and Footage: Angie Park

Edited: Baum-kuchen

Music: Lake Yarina by Josh Garrels from marmosetmusic.com

10 comments

  • Denise: June 24, 2015

    Angie, your story of sadness and strength is moving and powerful. Your loss is keenly felt, and your hope is tangible. No one is ever truly prepared for the loss of a loved one, and I wish you peace in your journey back to wholeness—a new “whole”, to be sure, but stronger and stronger each day. When my losses come, I hope to have your perspective and resolve.

  • Laura Dye: June 24, 2015

    Thank you both for sharing this. It grounds us in what is real and what is most important—things that we tend to take for granted. I’m grateful to have started my day with this story. xoxo

  • Keli aiello: June 23, 2015

    This is so personal and real!! Yet hope and understanding prevail! I’m so touched you chose to awaken our senses this summer!
    We can all use some real emotions that are heartfelt to drive our sense of happiness! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful story!

  • Debbie: June 23, 2015

    What a story: I lost my father also in nov of 2014 and trying to find a new beginning. I did not realize how much time I spent with my dad
    It is a very thinking story thank you

  • Nicole Valentine: June 23, 2015

    Thank you for sharing a little piece of your journey. I made this same journey at age 12 when I lost my father and even at that young age came to a very similar conclusion. This was lovely.

  • Eunice: June 23, 2015

    Thank you Angie + Baum-Kuchen for sharing such a touching story in a beautiful way. I think it’s important to discover/learn every day what happiness means to me too…

  • Stephanie Watanabe: June 23, 2015

    Your story is so deeply moving and shows such courage and vulnerability Angie. Thank you. While grief is incredibly personal, it’s something that touches us all at many points throughout life – I resonate with your words, your story and your loss. And I’m excited to see what this summer will bring for you – possibly a new kind of normal and happiness (from within). Big hugs! xo

  • Angela: June 23, 2015

    You articulated love, loss, and finding one’s way back so beautifully…so, so, beautifully.

  • SANDY GUDERYON: June 23, 2015

    Thank you Angie for your most profound words. This sharing will help many and it helped me to write today to a young woman who just lost her mother.
    Thank you!

  • Madalena: June 23, 2015

    Wow—what a truly touching story. Thank you Angie and Wakako for sharing this with us. I am really touched beyond words by such a powerful story.

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