Greetings and happy new year!
A week from now, I will be boarding a plane to study abroad. The flight and housing will be covered and I will be held responsible for some of my meals. I am extremely ecstatic and so blessed to have been given this opportunity. We will be studying religion, specifically Buddhism, Christianity, and Animism. My religion isn’t something that I’ve explored much because I feel like it’s was partly due to the fact that there’s a language barrier between my parents and I, and since language plays a crucial role in maintaining a culture it’s been difficult to understand the significance of Animism and its role in my life. However I am beyond excited to continue my journey of explore my religious identity.
I recently started a new job at ACR Homes where I am currently working with disabled adults. The training for this job was extremely overwhelming, for good reason, but I was so glad once it was over, because I was truly excited to work with my residents. My experience has been great so far and has definitely changed the way I view folks with disabilities.
As of now, I am packing for my trip to Laos and already mentally preparing myself for this upcoming Spring semester. I have been thinking a lot about goals that I want to achieve/improve on and one of them is to become more present in everything I do. During finals week, I was babysitting my younger brother and all I could think about was what the outcome of my test was going to be and I didn’t even take it yet. I studied last minute and resulted in me panicking and already worrying about how I was going to do on my exam. That thought somehow led me to think that had I really took the time to study weeks before I wouldn’t had been stressing about what the outcome of my exam was because I would have been more confident in my exam performance and in addition paid more attention to my younger brother in the moment. I guess we live in a culture where we like to be constantly busy that we don’t really pay attention to the little things, and that’s one of my goals for 2019 is to be present in everything I do.
Thanks for reading! Until next time.