Just Write Team Member
Registered: March 2010
Location: West Tokyo
Sometimes I think about how I got here, where I am now. In Japan, English language editor and teacher, scrapbook teacher, wife, mother, traveler, adventurer. What steps in my life led me here.
I remember playing classroom on the basement steps. My dolls and teddy-bears the students, me the teacher using my mom's old school books to teach.
I started babysitting at the age of 11. I got my first job as a swim teacher's assistant at the age of 12. I was a lifeguard by the age of 15. I would babysit, teach swimming, lifeguard and coach he swim teams for the next 6 years.
By the age of 17 I managed to become CAP squadron commander, student council representative, youth-group president, and various other posts representing my organizations.
In my youth, I loved being around younger children, teaching them, watching over them, leading them, encouraging them to achieve their dreams.
I started to feel the desire to see the world my sophomore year in university. Switched my major to international business, interned for the governor of Colorado. Was told that I needed international experience in order to get an international job. Within 2 months I was in Japan, once again as a teacher and as a student.
In my young adulthood, I yearned for adventure, world travel, to see and experience different countries and cultures. To make myself a bigger version of me, to widen my horizons and opportunities.
I never wanted to be a teacher per se. It was never even on my list of desired professions. Astronaut, fighter pilot, fashion designer, yes. Teacher, no. And yet here I am. All of my life has been leading me here. Looking back I see how God has brought me exactly here, to this point in time, this place.
"The longings of your heart, then, are not incidental: they are critical messages. The desires of your heart are not to be ignored: they are to be consulted. As the wind turns the weather vane, so God uses your passions to turn your life." (Max Lucado)
And it makes me wonder where I will be 20 years from now. Will I still be here? My heart's desires have not changed, I still have a great desire to see more of the world, to share any knowledge or experience I have that might be of use to other people.
My journey has been an interesting one. I thank God for leading me here and I pray he will continue to guide me throughout this journey called life.
all papers and elements from Around the World by The Digichick Designers
As seen in the Sept 2011 Artisan Notebook
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