The First of March.

typical Taiwanese food…and sitting outside!
ahh fried chicken

gym friends: we eat. we spin. we eat some more.

ya know.
just a banana tree.
on my run.

love my International traveling friends!

vegetable stand…

“free” green onions!

my fruit stand…I go here at least twice a week

red bean cakes—except the have other flavors too!

It is tradition for company’s to treat their staff to a nice Lunar New Year outing… My director recently took us to this restaurant to celebrate…Fancy!

I walk by my fruit stand on my way to work everyday… on this particular day they were squeezing orange juice right in front of my face; I couldn’t resist buying a bottle of it!

And now for the words.

I wish I was there…

for birthdays
for Christmas
and other holiday celebrations
for the birth of your babies
for your engagement parties
and wedding preparation outings
for your weddings
for grabbing a drink on Friday night
or brunch on Sunday morning
or coffee during the week
for hanging out just because…
and so much more…


but even more…I wish you were here.

to experience the craziness
the traffic, the signs, the randomness of everyday life
to be the only ones speaking English
to laugh with the kids when they are being so silly
to wander back alleys and get lost, but somehow find our way back.
to get weird food by pointing and hoping for the best
to run along the banana tree path
to go to yoga in another language
to be in awe of a new place…fascinated at reality, another person’s normality.
to see how small the world really is
and to know how big people’s hearts are around the world…

March 1st, 2014

These days I have a lot of energy. My sister gave me supplements and I think they’re just what I needed. I feel so much better. I am not craving sweets…mainly chocolate like I used to…in fact I crave healthy things like spinach, broccoli, and fruit…so much fruit! I have enough energy on less sleep and I don’t feel sluggish in the mornings. Basically I must credit her for this amazing health breakthrough. Thank you dear Timmie.

Yesterday I was walking out of yoga class and one of the older ladies approaches me and says…”How old are you?” I answer: 27… Her reply: “Oh my! I thought you were 20…you do headstands so well and you are so good at yoga…” Sweet. However, it got me thinking…I like being 27…(I like it even more looking 7 years younger) because at 20, I wasn’t certain who I was, I was unhealthy, I didn’t have direction, and I definitely didn’t have the confidence I do now…I mean losing twenty pounds and traveling to 9 more countries on three different continents probably helped… Just a thought. 🙂

Taiwan 2014

Yeah…that’s me… 7 years of a constant battle with weight loss and I’ve finally figured out a healthy balance of diet and exercise…yay! I’ve almost mastered that headstand!

me in Nebraska, 2008
me in Africa, 2007…

Because at 27, even though there are countless questions unanswered and uncertainties in my life that I would love to have planned, I’m ok with the unknown and just living life. In the past month of my writing absence I was in a growing period, trying to settled my life down from the ups and downs I was experiencing and how homesick I was…through so much support and prayers from family and friends, and a lot of faith too, I overcame a rough month. At 27, I am stronger than I was…both mentally, emotionally, and physically. And I thank God for saving me with His Love and Grace and Forgiveness. Sometimes I lose track in the whirlwind, but He is my solid ground even when I’m shaking…stumbling…and crashing down in this crazy life.

With all that said, I have exciting news! I have applied to grad school…and was accepted into the Masters of International Studies program at Concordia University-Irvine. The full plan details are unknown right now, but I’m working on it! I am looking forward to continuing my education so I can teach at a higher level and explore other countries.

And before I forget…I must take this moment to wish all the friends with February birthdays a Happy Happy Belated birthday…My brother, Laura, Lori, and my friends’ daughters- Belen and Emma…and anyone else reading this with a February birthday!!! Hope you had a fabulous day!! Also…Congratulations to my dearest cousin and friend on the births of Carter and Ella; I absolutely cannot wait to meet these beautiful babies- can’t believe they are one month old already! Love and hugs to you both!

This song. On Repeat. And This one too. My friend sends me the best songs; thanks ya!!!

Cheers to the First of March!!! wow. that was a lot of exclamation points…maybe that’s what sunshine and warmer does to a person…

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