Post #16 – Wacky, but useful, advice

Hmmmm…. wacky, but still useful advice.  That’s a tough one.  Since living in China, I have received all sorts of wacky advice, but I’m not sure how much of it would qualify as useful.  I suppose “hold your hand out while crossing the street” is useful since it signals the taxi drivers not to hit you.  Also “wear your coat always” is useful since they don’t really believe in turning on the heat here in “tropical” China.  My husband was told to “drink hot water” to cure a hangover, which was definitely wacky and not altogether helpful, though no further harm was done either.  Also recently, due to my current “I can’t get home from China” situation, I’ve been told to talk to the American embassy, which sounds reasonable but is totally wacky given the way the Chinese operate, though it could be useful if I wind up facing deportation (something I remain confident will not happen).  I’m afraid that’s about the wackiest advice I’ve come up with.  I probably have just ignored some wacky advice as joking or sarcastic and therefore don’t remember it.  That sounds like me.  What wacky advice have you received?


Post #15 – One hour in a time machine

If I had a time machine that let me spend only one hour in a different time, I would go to the hour immediately following my death to taste the wonder and awe of heaven and begin to understand God better.  If I knew Him more deeply and understood His character, my faith would be so much stronger.  I wouldn’t doubt.  I would live fully for Him.  It would be grand.  Until the time that I do experience heaven though, I’ll keep following Him and believing truth.

This is not to say that there are not moments of my life that I haven’t thought about revisiting to make different decisions.  I have made poor decisions in my life that have caused hurt and pain not only to me, but also to others in my life.  However, I wouldn’t be who I am today without having made those decisions.  I can only live in the present and look toward the future.  Dwelling on the past simply will not change it.  I can only change how I choose to handle why lies ahead.  Those changes will shape who I am, and I hope to always strive to be closer with God and to emulate His character.

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi

Post #14 – Why I started to blog

I have been blogging on and off since high school, back when Xanga was all the rage.  I’m not sure exactly why I started to blog then, other than I’ve always used writing as a way to express myself.  As an introverted thinker, I find writing to be very relaxing.  It helps me process and sort my thoughts and relieve stress.  I love having the time to choose the perfectly nuanced word to express what I’m thinking or how I am feeling.

I do know that I started this particular blog shortly after I permanently injured my wrist and could no longer play the piano for hours a day.  Playing the piano and music in general was my preferred way of expressing myself prior to my injury.  Since my injury, I have become an avid writer.  In addition to journaling, I blog here, at, and several other blogs.  I am also a freelance writer, currently writing several articles and my first novel.

In addition to using blogging to express myself, I started this blog as an effort to write more and hone my skills.  That is also the reason I have chosen to participate in the postaday2011 challenge.  A writer cannot improve without writing (and reading in my opinion).  So I blog because I love writing; it is an extension of myself.

Post #13 – What I am most looking forward to this year

2011 promises to be an exciting year for me!  At the moment, I am still living in Yueyang, China which is always full of surprises and interesting interactions.  However, I am leaving in a week or so to return to Ohio to visit my friends and family.  I am definitely looking forward to that!  I have greatly enjoyed my time in China, but seeing my friends and family again will be so refreshing and encouraging!  It would be easy to say that visiting Ohio will be what I am looking forward to most this year, but it wouldn’t be true.

Right now, I am looking forward to the endless possibilities that 2011 brings.  I am moving to Portland around March, which will be an awesome new experience.  Living in Portland will be the first time that I have lived in a bigger city.  Portland is also home to many, many coffee shops, which I love already.  In addition to enjoying city live and all that Portland has to offer, one of my best friends lives in Portland, so I am looking forward to spending lots of time with her again.

However, I am most looking forward to new experiences.  I love to travel and am most likely going to pursue moving abroad again in the fall.  I love connecting with people and moving to a new city offers me plenty of opportunities to meet all sorts of people.  I simply cannot wait to see what this year has in store!

Post #12

If I trust someone, I am open with them. I honestly don’t know if there is anything I can think of off the top of my head that I haven’t told anyone.  I have a loving husband and faithful, fantastic friends!  I talk about everything with them!

I haven’t told anyone outside my close circle of friends and my husband that I was sexually, physically, and emotionally abused during my freshman year of college by my ex-boyfriend.  I don’t tell many people because it is intense and uncomfortable.  This kind of abuse isn’t something you can bring up at dinner or while out for ice cream or coffee or at the movies.

I didn’t tell anyone at the time because I was ashamed.  I thought that it must somehow be my fault.  I intentionally hid the abuse, even from my closest friends.  It wasn’t until years later that I was finally able to admit it and begin to deal with all of the consequences and affects it had on me.  Now, I am in the process of healing, and I talk about it!

Post #11

I have many passions and dreams in my life.  I love writing (and blogging) and hope to be a published author some day.  I love reading and hope to be an excellent reviewer of books.  I love music and want to create songs that reflect who I am and why I am that way or what I’m going through.  I love teaching and hope to touch many, many lives and encourage my students to dream big and achieve their goals.  But when I die, I don’t want to be remembered for any of these things.  That is, unless they bring glory to God.

When I die, I want to be remembered for following God with my entire life.  I want to seek Him with all of my life and sacrifice myself and my desires for His glory.  I want to proclaim His glory and His saving grace!  That is what I want to be remembered for!  God is so powerful!  He created everything.  He sustains everything! Only He can save us from our sin.  We are depraved, sinful, selfish people.  We need God.  In his infinite love and grace, He can choose to save us.  God is so awesome!  If I am remembered at all, I want to be remembered for Him!

Post #10

Just so you know, the titles of my posts are numbers simply so that I can count down how many I have written!  It is so invigorating to see that number climb!

When I’m snowed in, I entertain myself in a number of ways.  I catch up on some of my favorite TV shows on Hulu.  I love watching House, Castle, Chuck, Lie to Me, Bones, Criminal Minds,White Collar, Burn Notice, and Psych. Yes, I know that is a lot of TV, but I have a lot of free time since I only work a few hours a week at my current job (and still get paid well!  It is such a blessing!  Back to reality in February though.)  I love House, Bones, Lie to Me, Bones, Criminal Minds, and Psych because they each star a character who is extremely gifted and a little neurotic or quirky.  Sometimes I identify with them as they are misunderstood or excel at something completely random.  I also wish that I could be that intelligent and gifted (though not a jerk like House or Dr. Lightman).  I like to watch Castle, Chuck, White Collar, and Burn Notice because I think they are entertaining well-written shows.  My husband and I like to watch them together.  What shows do you watch?

When I’m snowed in, I’ll also read.  I love to read!  I delight in afternoons with no distractions so that I can read a novel cover to cover.  I developed a love for reading as a child and was a literature major in college.  Books are so fascinating!  I’m always looking for a good read.  Do you have any suggestions?

I’ll also write when I’m snowed in.  I’m a freelance writer in addition to being an avid blogger (I contribute to more blogs that I can count at the moment) and an English teacher.  Writing is really relaxing for me.  I love all aspects of it, from researching to outlining to the actual writing.  I definitely love the editing stage too!  Writing provides an outlet for me to explore and express my thoughts, emotions, and ideas.