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

 

 

 

 

Life, the Teacher and I, the Student.

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Sitting in the local Starbucks to get some much needed work done, only to be interrupted by a customer who decided to talk at me for almost an hour. He didn’t even ask if I could I spare a moment to talk; he seemed to be only self-interested… and I didn’t assert myself and let him know that I was in the middle of something very important and could talk for no more than a few minutes.

After about an hour of listening to him speak, I made him aware that I needed to go; my intention was to be a listening ear for a person who desperately needed someone to talk to. But I didn’t realize that need could possibly be an hour of being talked at. However, my kindness quickly turned into quite the opposite, as I inadvertently offended him upon my exit with something that I said.

The approximate hour of being talked at quickly turned into a lesson of me needing to put my foot down when someone is overstepping my boundaries. I didn’t do myself or the stranger any favors by letting him spew his problems at me and not letting him know that I didn’t have a lot of time for conversation.

My approximate hour of good intentions ended very badly and left me to an afternoon of quiet, thoughtful, somber contemplation.

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I watched a hummingbird hover above a bush and then fly up to inspect a nearby tree. After about 30 seconds, he flew away.

The hummingbird sent the message, “Be persistent in the pursuit of your dreams”.

I am convinced that at times the road gets tough for all of us…

Today was a day full of trials, tribulations, thoughtfulness, helpfulness and kindness.

Life, the teacher and I, the student. Teaching me in a not so subtle way today. Reminding me of the importance of setting boundaries, saying ‘no’, assertiveness, being direct, persistence and triumph.

Remembering Maya Angelou when I remind myself that there is a rainbow in the clouds.

And that the most chaos happens when all of your dreams are about to come true.

Watching the birds soar up above and spiral towards the ground, only to shoot back up again, into the clouds.

And observing the crow as he defends his place on a wire, as two birds threaten his spot.

Ask for the things that you need.

Ask and you shall receive.

If I don’t ask for what I need, how will I receive it?

I’m asking for good fortune, prosperity and monetary abundance.

It’s OK to dream a dream.

And it’s OK for those dreams to come true.

Smiling to stop the tears from falling.

Laughing to stop the tears from falling.

And although I may fight hard every day for the sun to shine brightly in my sky, sometimes it’s necessary for the rainclouds to come and give her a rest.

“No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dreams that you wish will come true.” – Walt Disney Company

 

 

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s… Chewbacca?

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LOL!!!

I saw this nailed to a tree while I was driving home.  I had to pull over and take a picture to show you guys.  I was definitely laughing out loud when I saw this. The creator… whoever it is, has brightened my day! I hope it brings a smile to your face as well.  🙂