I find myself in a curious place…thinking about the stories we tell.

Typewriter with the words What’s your story? ad Storyteller

The stories we tell to hide the truth.

The stories we tell to make us feel better.

The stories we tell to make us look good.

The stories we tell to just make it through.

The stories we…

Do you know how to make chicken adobo?

Of course I do.

But what you really want to ask me is if I am Filipino enough?

Cuz I was born in America.

Though not in California.

then you ask me how did my family end up in Missouri?

and why don’t I speak Tagalog?

Does that make me less Filipino American?

The basic ingredients of adobo: Vinegar, Soy Sauce, Garlic and Pepper

Depending on the region,

Adobo could be prepared with more or less of the same ingredients

and it is still considered adobo.

Image of chicken adobo over white rice, a traditional (pre-colonial) Philippine dish
By Jack Lawrence — https://www.flickr.com/photos/aceofknaves/33374361143/, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=75733127
Background of a keyboard with the words #100daysofwritingproject Writer’s Block by grace b

I want to tell you I have been writing every day

but…I haven’t been.

Maybe it’s because it’s been the busiest time of the year for work

or that I had a lot going on personally.

I just think I lacked any motivation to write

with the little or no time I had left in my days.

Between not knowing what to write and not having time to write

I had my first bout of writer’s block during the 100 days project.

I am sure it won’t be the last.

I’m noticing, becoming more aware

of what keeps me from my writing practice.

So here I am.

at the starting block again.




I took my first trip without you.

It’s short. Only two days.

(at least that’s what I keep telling myself.)

And separation anxiety is real.

I wonder what your day will be like without me.

Will you miss me preparing meals for you?

Will you look for me to cuddle…

Grace Bagunu

Higher education and leadership professional. Ukulele novice. Aspiring writer. Humom to two cute pups. Lover of sunsets. Co-creator of #100daysofwritingproject

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store