Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Although I spend the majority of my time with this man and listening to the stories of his life and witnessing the day-to-day, I believe my ability to love and relate as a wife would only increase were I to spend a day living the life of my husband.
I firmly believe, that one of the greatest things I can offer to this world is a healthy marriage with my husband. For future children, it will be essential. For friends, family and strangers, is encouraging and inspiring.
In general, the world is broken. Marriage is often extremely broken. But it doesn’t have to be, and I believe that the more I strive to love, respect, honor and understand the man to whom I vowed such things - the more likely we are to offer the world the best that we have to give.
I forgive you.
Were it not for the human nature which exists in each of us, and in you, had you not hurt me with your words or your actions, I would not be who I am today.
It pains me how those actions, those words: said and unsaid, have placed between us a barrier which cannot, at this time (perhaps ever) be overcome. Yet, I choose gratitude that you are part of me and that for a time, you offered me life, joy and friendship.
That time, that season, may now have ended, and it may have been painful on both ends, but I choose gratitude and forgiveness.
Be bold, yet cautious in your future relationships. I hope they will be mutually life-giving and beautiful.
Day 12- How you found out about
Blogger Tumblr and why you made one
I’m a slacker in terms of this 30 Day business. Heck, my 5 readers may have forgotten I even set forth to do such a thing ;)
But here I am, ready to tell you the long and laborious tale of how I came to hold a Tumblr account:
One of my dearest friends was pouring her heart out on tumblr. And I couldn’t reply unless I had a tumblr.
End of story.
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Being 27 in South Korea has been infinitely more enjoyable because of this woman.
The truth is, I didn’t want to come back in August of 2011 to work at an Elementary School, I wanted to be in a middle or high school.
Everything I’d hated about Korea’s Elementary schools remained in tack when I arrived at Samcheon Elementary School in August.
But there was one woman, Hyun-hee, who quickly proved that she is willing to have deep conversations, think critically about education, question “the system”, fight for what she believes in, be rebellious and most importantly, be the kind of friend I’m always on the look-out for: committed, passionate, willing-to-drop-in, willing-to-have-me-drop-in, available, conversational yet able to simply sit and read while I do the same.
I’m still not happy with my school or Korean public education in general. But I’m frequently reminded that this friendship would not have formed were it not for this year that has at times drained the life out of my soul. It’s been this friendship that has continually renewed my soul and refreshed my spirit. Without this friendship, this single woman to enter my life so fully this past year, I imagine I would have withdrawn and grown spiteful toward a nation I’ve deeply come to love.
(Photo taken on Wednesday, June 6th, Korean Memorial Day at Beartree Park. The goal was “North Korea Pose” - stick straight, no smiles - I couldn’t keep myself composed for it to happen).
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Here’s a truth about me - I’m not nearly in tune with music as the majority of my peers. I don’t know that the categories of Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, and Mad really fit my music moods. So…I’m just going to kind of make this up and fill you in on a few music choices that are in fact related to my moods — or music choices that dictate my mood…
When I was studying for my Master’s, I discovered that the music which lead to the most productivity were Movie Soundtrack’s. My favorite to listen to was Inception, with Harry Potter often finding a way into the listening repertoire as well.
Anytime I hear Country Western music - I’m transported back to my childhood. Images of a few restaurant lounges, campfire locations and auditorium stages assault my memory as I recall the sweet, earthy voice of my father singing everything from Bob Dylan to Keith Urban.
Music that’s sure to make me feel good anytime, anywhere is without a doubt some Bluegrass or Folksy - the more acoustic and organic the sound the more at ease I feel.
When we head out to the no-rae bang (karaoke rooms), all I want is some good ole 90’s Girl Power tunes such as Ace of Base, No Doubt or Spice Girls.
Lately, we’ve seen a bit of B-boying and watched some YouTube videos and while I’ve always known that hip-hop makes me want to drop-it-like-its-hot, I’ve been reminded of a particular rap star love for DMX.
And then there’s days my soul is searching for something true, beautiful and timeless and I find myself searching out a few favorite Hymns such as Be Thou my Vision, Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art and a few others.
Obviously, I enjoy music, but not according to the categories pre-determined by this long-suffering “30-days of Me” business ^^
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
I’ve been making short term goals for every month of 2012 over on one of my other blogs: www.teawithmelissa.blogspot.com
But, for those who want a sneak preview or who don’t care to read my plethora of blogs, here’s what I’m thinking for the Month of May.
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
I have great parents.
I have fantastic siblings and friends.
I have a husband who is perfect for me.
I have a splendidly beautiful life full of things that impact me.
But the one-single-most-impactful thing in my life has been a belief in a God who willingly relates to be on a personal human level. One who promises that He knit me together, He knows me and He claims me. These truths, along with some many more have given me the strength and desire to live a beautiful life and honor the beautiful and impactful relationships this life has given me.
(The photo is of Psalm 139, from my personal Bible. It is the most perfect and healing and encouraging place for me to spend emotional and reflective time.)
Day 06 - Favorite Superhero and Why
I never really got into super heros.
Equally, I never cared for video games, movies or TV shows. At least, not to the degree of my peers. And the same rings true today. I’d still sit and read books for hours on end before having even the smallest desire to sit in front of a screen for a show.
It’s always made me feel…
Back to super heros.
I obviously needed a female super hero to love. And, let’s face it, WonderWoman is simply too sexy and I’m not a sexy-type of girl, I’m a cutesy-type of girl, and what is cuter than three, big eyed girls in cartoon form who fight crime? Not much.
Additionally, I love the Powerpuff Girls because they remind me of two of my high school friends. Both a year older than me, but each was, in that season, exactly what I needed in terms of friendship. We were each a Powerpuff Girl - code names for nights out cruising the town of Wheatland.
I was Bubbles.