Hello there! My name is Audrey. And if you haven’t already, make sure to check out what this blog is all about. Here, I’ll be introducing a little bit more about myself, and what I currently do. I hope you will stick around, sign up for emails, and share with me about your story!
I was born in South Korea, and moved to England when I was six years old with my parents and younger brother. From there, we moved another dozen times by the time I was thirteen, and ended up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. I was so tired of moving around, and having to make new friends. But God soon redeemed that by showing me that I had the ability to look out for the those on the fringes, the lonely, and the lost.
As the older sibling of an immigrant family, I also was burdened by my parents to “succeed” in the worldly sense–get a good job, make lots of money, get married, have lots of kids, and repeat in the next generation. But God redeemed that by softening my parents’ hearts, and giving me the confidence to pursue my passions and His will.
One of my favorite hobbies or activities is music. I played the piano since I was three, and to this day, I still swoon when I see a grand piano. I wish my home was big enough for one! I also enjoy singing. After all, that’s how I actually learned to speak English. When I moved from South Korea to England, my aunt recorded Disney movies on VHS, and I watched them all day every day and sang along to songs from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Cinderella, and An American Tail. Growing up, I sang in choirs at school and church, and participated in musicals and a cappella groups. I like to improvise on the piano, and write my own songs.
When I accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior in high school, I first felt a burden lifted off of me. The stresses of school and success were still tough to bear, but it seemed lighter when I saw them with a more eternal perspective. The constant need to feel wanted and loved was lifted. The deep relationship that I was missing with people was fulfilled by my relationship with Jesus. I also felt immense freedom during praise time at church and even when I sang alone. That was (and continues to be) the main way that I experienced God. Where I experienced His truths. Where I met God. As I grew older, He opened doors for opportunities where I could lead praise teams at various churches whether it was for a youth group or an adult congregation. I’ve been leading as a worship leader since 2007. And with each new team, God’s been challenging me in new ways.
For my day job, I work as a museum coordinator in a local history museum. I oversee the operations and direction of the museum with a small staff of five employees. We interact with and teach the public about the local town’s history. Education is a topic that I am certainly passionate about. I didn’t go the route of becoming a teacher, because I didn’t want to be restricted by the rules of a school and standardized testing. At a museum, you can teach interdisciplinary lessons by using the museum’s collection. I have many friends who are teachers in formal schools, so I am, by no means, saying that there aren’t any good teachers! But sometimes the system is against you, and forces you to do things that aren’t the best for you or the students. So I went into museum education instead to still be able to teach all ages, in an informal way that is engaging and educational.
I got married in 2012, and am so thankful to have a husband who supports me, and loves me in my brokenness. We have certainly experienced our fair share of hardships even in the few years we’ve been married, but we understand that marriage is about holiness, not happiness. May Christ be glorified through our weaknesses because how could two imperfect sinners ever hope for anything perfect apart from Him?
I’ll leave with just a few more thoughts. I’m an INFJ – so I love my alone time, and often need to retreat just to recharge. I sometimes make impulse decisions and hate being late to meetings/events. I enjoy planning every minute of my day, but don’t mind if plans get messed up.
I share about these details about me and my life, because as different and messy as all of our lives are, as believers of Christ, we are actually all the same. We are all sinners, saved by the same grace. So whether or not you can relate specifically to my story, I think we can both agree that without Jesus’ saving grace, we would be very different people who maybe would have never met. So I hope you will take a moment, sign up for emails, and introduce yourself.
Thank you for reading how God has worked in my life. To Him be all the glory.