It’s amazing how things change…
It feels like just a few months ago I was in Busan, South Korea teaching ESL, eating gimbap and hiking in the mountains. In actuality, It’s been almost 2 years since I moved from South Korea to California to be with my then fiance’ and now husband.
Life is a grand adventure. Sometimes the adventure is fun, scary, crazy, hectic, chaotic, boring, surprising and everything else in between. However, that’s precisely what an adventure is; something unpredictable.
I left Virginia in 2013 to embark on a new chapter of my life: teaching ESL in Indonesia. With that journey, my entire world was flipped upside down and forced me to do a lot of self-reflection. I spent a lot of time alone. It was a transformational time in my life.
In Indonesia, I hit my rock bottom and learned how to dust myself off and pick myself back up.
In Indonesia, I also learned how to meditate, teach young children, self-reflect, be humble, quit drinking, stopped partying, tried out vegetarianism, experimented with veganism, and became celibate.
Indonesia was a whirlwind of an experience. I’d love to share the whole story with you one day.
***Before I posted another pretty picture of a flower or mountain range, I felt it was best to let you know about this new adventure in my life. The journey of a new family.
I got married to the man I love, changed my last name, and now, we’re expecting our first child. Her name’s Rose.
I’m scared, elated, overwhelmed, and everything else…
I’ve decided to embark on the adventure that motherhood brings. With all of its joys, struggles, heartaches, and laughs, here I go… into a place I’ve never been before.
And Rose, She will be loved. Her mother and father are excited for her arrival. There’s so much to teach her. There’s so much for her to teach us.
In this life, if we’re lucky, we wake up to another day, and within the new, we have the opportunity to be better than we were the previous day. This is my understanding of it. We fall, we get back up. Our only choice is to keep moving forward. The saying goes, fall down 8 times pick yourself up 9. Keep moving forward. I believe that quitting isn’t an option…life can be excruciating for us all at times… but it can also be beyond amazing if you allow it.
So, I’m ready for the beyond amazing adventure…and I’m looking forward to sharing some of the experiences with you along the way.
Thanks for reading.
Oceanside, San Diego, California
Beautiful image of flowers taken in Fallbrook, California. These were the last two flowers on the bush; the others were cut off.
I have been thinking about you and wanted to write you this letter.
On more than one occasion, I called you on the phone to let you know about an injustice that had been done to me. I called you with the intention to weep, feel sorry for myself and have someone console me. But you didn’t let me feel sorry for myself, you gave me words of encouragement and reminded me to hold my head up high!
You stopped me in my tracks and in your own way said, don’t let them do that to you!
You gave me words that lifted me up.
When the world has knocked me down to my knees, you seem to always know what to say to help me pick myself back up.
You allow me to tell you about my dreams and you listen with a wise ear.
You’ve helped me to interpret my dreams.
After telling you about my most recent dream, you said that it was about my Independence and I agree.
You don’t know this, but when you were talking, I was taking notes.
You offered me your wisdom and I gladly accepted. I would like to quote some of the things you said:
~ Don’t allow yourself to be swallowed up by those in power.
~ There is a stigma of successful failure.
~ Faith in belief in something with a purpose.
~ When we tell each other the truth, we are actually saying, ‘I want the best for you.’
~Make sure you look at what you’re doing and ask the question, ‘Is this who I am?’
~ Does this bring out the Purity in you?
~Be resilient, persistent. So many of extraordinary character were challenged to the utmost.
~ You’re inviting and people will see that. Be a ray of sunshine.
~ You can do what you want and no one should be able to break it down into nothingness!
Dad, do you know how you lift me up and breathe life back into me when I’m suffering? Do you know how much I revere you, appreciate you, am grateful for you, love to hear your voice, love to see you, love you?
What I’m trying to say is, I am grateful for you. Thank you for being in my life and helping me. You shine a light for me on the path ahead. I need that light, it guides me and makes the road less traveled a little easier to traverse.
I love you.
Love, your Daddy’s Girl, Leslie