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Exister, c'est oser se jeter dans le monde.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Almost Done

With school ending, I'm beginning to feel spring ( or summer ) fever. The days are longer, brighter, and more enjoyable to go on a run, write, or just sit outside and listen to the sounds of nature. However, with school ending I have less and less time to do the things that I truly want to do. Preparing for tests and quizzes is not my idea of a good time. I am trying to be more positive though, and the thought of my 4th block makes me smile.

Currently, I am a French V student. I love the language and the bragging rights that go along with the title of being bilingual. In our unit that we are doing right now, we are cadet teaching to a 3rd grade class. Let me tell you- after these three weeks, I have a new found respect for teachers. Preparing lessons to children and having them engaged is one battle, but then you have to juggle different personality types, make sure that they learn, and that they stay under control. While teaching the kids about foods and drinks and how to say them in french, a group of trouble making boys thought that it would be funny to say they were drinking beer. Needless to say, my wonderful partner went over and talked to them, meanwhile I prayed that the other students and teacher didn't hear of us teaching the kids how to say an alcoholic drink! 
All in all, I love the kids. They are so smart and kind, and the best feeling in the world that I have discovered recently is being hugged by a student. It planted a smile on my face the rest of the day! 

My words to the wise are this- enjoy every moment. While wishing for the future of summer, focus instead on the moment that you are in. As the great Ferris once said, "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and take the time to look around, you'll miss it."


Monday, April 11, 2016

Peace, finally

Today, I was touched by a feeling of contentment. Usually, I am feeling busy or stressed, and this feeling was a pleasant disturbance to my regular routine. Yesterday, I was able to relax and enjoy the day- gray and rainy, my favorite! On my favorite days, you can usually find me with a book, under my blanket. I am almost always munching on a snack, and my white Tonkenese cat is curled up with me. I'm also wearing comfy clothes, which means yoga pants and a ratty, old t-shirt. Sometimes, I might even fall asleep until my sister wakes me up! My favorite days also consist of me with my family, where we can share stories and relax.
I know that it's hard to take breaks in life sometimes (especially for me) but we all need them. Sometimes all we need to stop, look around, and be grateful for the little things in life, like rainy days and cats.

Here's to a blissful


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Gifts of Life

Recently, I've been trying to find my purpose in life. In the past month, I've had the chance to listen to a gust speaker. I can't remember his name, or anything else other than one piece of advice he gave: he told us to find our because.

Because means for the reason that. He told of different life stories where his own sibling was bullied or he was the bully, and how all his stories fortunately had happy endings because those kids had a because, or reason for living.

If we find our because, we will have joy in our lives. A lot of the time, it is easy to get caught up in our faults and shortcomings, rather than the things that we excel at.
As I search for my because, I want you to find your because, or reason for living. What makes you get up in the morning, smile, jump for joy?