Update About My New Adventures

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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.

Love, Leslie

 

 

 

 

Beautiful Girl, Felicity!

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Felicity is a beautiful girl; she is hard-working, kind and thoughtful!

I have been drawing and illustrating coloring pages at Starbucks. Interested in partnering up with the company to sell my unique, hand-drawn coloring pages. I’m passionately seeking the opportunity of my dreams. To get out a message of positive character, self-worth, self-love, fun, creativity and following your heart!

I was fortunate enough to be drawing in Starbucks on Mission Road in Fallbrook, California when I was introduced to a beautiful lady from L.A. She was at Starbucks with her husband and two children taking care of some business. I asked her if it was alright if I gave her children a coloring page to color in Starbucks. And after they finished, I asked if it was alright to take a picture of their completed work of art! The children’s mother cheerfully agreed and the rest is history.

I went to Starbucks this morning with hopes of simply recording my drawing and coloring, as I had the days before. But this time, things were different…in a good way!

I was blessed to meet Beautiful Girl, Felicity! She is in the first grade and loves to draw and color, she told me. She gladly colored the coloring page and posed graciously for the camera.

It was such a rewarding experience meeting Felicity and her family. They were a kind family full of awareness and passion for the betterment of our great nation.

Felicity and I spoke about how she worked hard on the coloring page; Felicity is hard-working. Hard-working girls are beautiful girls. Felicity’s mother also informed me about how she is kind and thoughtful in the classroom; she thinks about other children’s feelings during class! Thoughtful girls are beautiful girls.

I’m so proud of Felicity and her positive character! She is a kind, hard-working and thoughtful beautiful girl (among so many other things).

I feel excited and privileged to have met such a wonderful family.

To All the Beautiful Girls out there! May your hearts be filled with joy, ambition and love for yourself and love for others. May you shine and prosper! May you be guided to be a guiding light that in turn guides others.

Love, Leslie

Links to my book, “All the Beautiful Girls”: This book is all about a girl who learns positive character from ten different ladies teaching ten different positive characters in her dream.

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http://www.amazon.com/dp/1542558484

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Spending Time With Family

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In the picture you will find nana, Aunt Debbie and myself (nana is 96, by the way and looking gorgeous).  The books that nana is holding are the children’s self-worth books that I wrote and illustrated; I aspire to get them published and have them distributed to schools all around the world.

Leaving home to go home…

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I remember when I first started on this Adventurer Journey. I was tripping all over myself with dreams placed firmly in my hands, running towards the airport gates…

That was over a year ago and things have changed.

Indonesia is an excellent mother. She has taught me a lot about myself and her beautiful land.

*I went back to the familiar and discovered that many things were no longer familiar to me.

They say, “Home is where the heart is” and now my heart resides in many different places.

How to piece it back together again?