When it came time to conceptualize this space a few years ago, I desperately sought after depth and meaning—I didn’t want it to be simply another regurgitation of a girl’s fashion, photography, and lifestyle musings (though often it may be just that, and that’s okay). For deeper inspiration, I revisited a book in the Bible that I felt a strong attachment to growing up as a Korean American Christian (and it’s not just because I share the same name). Although the narrative’s romantic relationship is more often highlighted and remembered, I was struck more by Ruth’s character—a true friend, of reserved but mature disposition—and her loyalty to and bond with the other woman in the story: her mother-in-law Naomi. Two women who, otherwise alone and estranged, clung to each other, trusted in a bigger plan, and created a life of meaning for themselves.
Along that vein, ruth & naomi is a personal blog-folio inspired by feminine spirit and solidarity, quiet strength, an introspective mood, and minimal aesthetic. To put simply, it’s a creative space. It’s a personal journal; a photo album; a beauty diary; a travel log. It’s a place where I can form my own identity as a second-generation Asian American woman, discover my own truths, and use my unique voice to, hopefully, inspire yours.