Thursday, August 29, 2013

Things I am good at...

writing journals...


I've been writing a journal since I was in middle school.  It's so amazing to re-read my thoughts as a teen, and then try to remember that voice as I'm working with teens at my current school.  My favorite quote to myself:

Don't let anyone EVER tell you that you can't be what YOU want to be!

sewing.....

My mom taught me how to thread a needle and do basic hand sewing at around age 4 or 5, but I always marveled at her sewing machine, and it was a real joy when she let me use it for the first time.  Ever since then, I've always enjoyed crafting and sewing, although I don't get to do it often here in Shanghai.

learning languages......

I never thought I was good at learning languages, until I had a reason to keep practicing Spanish, and ended up progressing really quickly (thanks to a very handsome Spaniard, I might add!).

finding bargains........

My co-workers tease me about this, but they never seem to complain when I find a cool free app for them!  Or free teacher subscriptions to random things like Hallmark smilebox.  I really love flea markets too, like El Rastro in Madrid, to find unique and quirky things!

making connections......

I have a knack for building rapport with people quickly, and my favorite thing in the world is when new friends or acquaintances tell me they feel like they've known me for a long time.

dancing....

I have been dancing for all of my life.  I feel most alive when I am dancing.

teaching others in patient ways...

I was never very patient.  I'm still not, with a lot of things.  I'm always patient with kids though, which they appreciate.  I feel I've also gotten much better at being patient in general, thanks to my experiences living overseas.  In Spain, life moves veryyyyyy slow, so being an impatient New Yorker did not serve me well.  Also, beautiful things like watching a sunset take time!  In China, it seems like things never go as planned, and it's absolutely essential to learn how to go with a new flow (the time when I had satellite TV installed comes to mind).

making a difference......

I try to live each day in a way that leaves the world a better place.  When I make someone's day a bit brighter, I feel so blessed and privileged to have had an opportunity to do so.


That all being said, I wish you a bright and happy day today.

paz.amor.felicidad siempre <3.

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