Wednesday, April 30, 2014

I enjoyed a 3 day trip to Boston over Easter weekend. The East Coast is a great place for taking trips to other cities. Everything is so close! I stayed with my good friend from high school, Leah. She was a great hostess, and she took me everywhere!

The Democratic Donkey at Boston's Old City Hall along the Freedom Trail. I felt like Jesus on a cheesy kind of way.

Wellesley College has a lot of spirit when it comes to Marathon Monday! Pretty much every girl comes out to cheer on the runners for hours and hours. Their motive? kisses. hundreds of kisses. This is an All Girls School after all. Notice the signs? There were all sorts of clever signs along what's known as the Wellesley Scream Tunnel. 

Ducks and bunnies. Both have marathon spirit. I thought Quack was quite charming.

Yes, that is a man hanging upside down by a rope. Rest assured, it was just a show. It wasn't a historical show either. Just a show.
Isn't that sunset beautiful? 

The good 'ole Freedom Trail. Red bricks or streaks of red paint run for 2.5 miles throughout Boston, representing the Freedom Trail. This city is a living American history book!

Together! That's us on a swan boat and that's us cheering at the marathon.

A camouflage tree at the Arnold Arboretum and the best ice cream I have ever had. I ate some on Saturday night and loved it so much we came back on Sunday night. worth it. 

Because this post isn't complete without pictures of us with a man in his underwear. a fake man. 

Well, that was fun! I got to Boston via a Greyhound bus. The ride was 4 hours and it cost about $25 each way. I stayed Saturday afternoon to Monday Evening. 

A Birthday Cupcake

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Birthday cupcake? What are you talking about? It's not your birthday. Do you even like cupcakes?

Well, this is my way of holding myself accountable to not eat desserts until my birthday on June 22nd. Last year I did a 6 week sugar fast, and it was easier than I thought. I'm going to do it again this year because my body needs it. I'm pretty convinced that sugar contributes to things like acne, fatigue, sickness, and weight gain. I also love the self-control that I develop from fasting from something. I suppose I could have done this fast for lent, but I wasn't motivated enough to do it then. There are also no "sugar holidays" between now and my birthday which will make it easier. 

  • I can't eat foods where sugar or corn syrup is included in the first 5 ingredients
  • I can let breakfast slide 1x a week. Say I really want a muffin, and that's my only breakfast option, I'll do it. I need to have a little slack with breakfast because eating an egg isn't always realistic. However, donuts or chocolate-filled croissants (etc.) are not acceptable. I ultimately want to give up desserts for the next 2 months.
  • Artificial sweeteners are okay. Mainly because I need Diet Coke to survive on certain weekdays. #6amlife
I don't really want to publish this, but if I don't I probably won't make it through this fast. That's the nice thing about putting your life on the interweb. So here it goes. Let's make it happen! To hold myself extra accountable, I'll be posting about the fast in some capacity probably once a week. 

Have you ever done a fast? Do you have resources or tips? 

A Cheesy Spring Photo

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My friend made me pose for this.
Spring has sprung here and I like life. Today I went searching for Easter eggs with a little friend (literally little, she's only 9 years old). Searching for Easter eggs really means walking all over the city looking for, and then scanning the QR code, on  fancy egg sculptures. Today was also a Monday and it happened to be a Monday that I was not in a middle school. Hallelujah for one day of spring break! I do not mean day one of Spring break, I mean one day of Spring break. That's okay though, people with real jobs don't get a spring break either. I guess you could say I have a real job.    

There are 260 eggs "hidden" in New York City. We have found 60 eggs so far. 

Life After Death?

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Would you consider yourself a religious person? Quite simply- what do you believe happens when you die? Have you always believed this? Do your current beliefs align with what you were taught as a child? And if not, what was the turning point? This week, talk about your religion or spiritual beliefs (or perhaps your lack of), and try to sum up, if you can, what you believe happens "next."
~Sometimes Sweet Blog (find out what she has to say about life after death)

I believe, without a doubt, that there is life after death.  I can't imagine going through life day after day with uncertainty about what would happen when I die. I think I would be an anxious wreck. Death is a guarantee in life, and there is no way around it. I think it's foolish for people to not question or ponder life and death at some point in their life because death has major impact on our lives. Life is fleeting and uncertain. I could die today. Despite human's mortality, we are not like a tree or a bug. There's more to us. Science alone cannot explain the human race. We are too complex for science. Science can explain the life of a flower, but there is no way that atoms and "natural" happenings and LOTS of time created billions of diverse, brilliant, and creative humans. No possible chance. There had to be a mastermind out there orchestrating it all. Because I can't depend on Science for the answers to life's deeper questions-- specifically human life-- I have to turn to something more than the study of biology. 
Those who know me, know that I am a Christian. I have a feeling that most of my readers are also Christians and probably believe the same thing that I do about life and death. If you aren't a Christian or are unfamiliar with Christian beliefs and the gospel, these verses summarize the gospel and attaining eternal life well:
 "9This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." 1 John 4:9-12
Jesus died for us. We believe. We follow. We live eternally with Him. 

I believe those who have the covering of Jesus in their hearts will live eternally in Heaven with God. This means they have accepted Jesus' forgiveness for their sins. We cannot possibly do enough good things to be welcomed into Heaven-- good works will not get us to Heaven. No one on earth could possibly measure up to God's standard of perfection. Jesus was perfect and he came to be the perfect sacrifice for us so that when we accept that he died and forgave us, we can be confident that we belong to God and will live with him forever when we die. Check out Hebrews 10Because of this, death does not scare me. I can actually be excited for the day that I die because I will live with my Creator and be completely redeemed and made new. 

Read more:
This article, written by John Piper, explains why Christians should look forward to death:  It is a great gain to die: five reasons why. It's filled with scripture. 

I would love to hear what you have to say. Throw out questions or tell me a bit about your beliefs about death. If you don't have beliefs, you should! 

Monday & I'm Not White

Monday, April 7, 2014

Happy Monday. I started the day off right with a diet coke pepsi in hand (Ashamed, but I needed that caffeine). It was an interesting day at good ol' Hunts Point Middle School. We kicked off math class with introducing algebraic functions. Do you know what functions are? If so, good-- you were awake during Algebra II class. If you don't, that's unfortunate, but maybe normal??? I mean I remember learning about functions when I was in 10th grade, not 6th grade. Sometimes I think the curriculum we use is too ambitious for 6th graders. 

During lunch one of the students complained, 
"Miss- I want real food. I want Burger King or McDonalds or something."
I guess yellow sticks, shiny buns, and mystery meat is real food?? Maybe she just wasn't feeling the turkey sandwich.

During 8th period a dancer from the Bronx came and taught my class hip-hop. I learned some crazy moves. Some of the students loved it. Most of them found it too challenging. He was trying to get us to dance at like 100 steps per second. Ya'll should have seen me-- dance is not one of my strong suits.

During After School Art club we were playing Lady Antebellum in the background. One of the students complained and said she doesn't like "white people music." Then she went on to say she doesn't like white people. I talk with this girl a lot so I looked at her and asked, 
What about me? ...You like me.
"Yeah, but you're not white."
Yes I am, what do you mean?
"I thought you were Japanese or something."

I'm clearly white. 


Sunday, April 6, 2014

Hey. I've wanted to post on here but I've been feeling a little stuck. I've been trying to figure out my priorities because as you can imagine, I have lots going on in my life. I'm still happy and content with my life, but when it comes to thinking about life after June I feel a little sick. Like God is toying with my desires and I have no idea what I want. I take life choices very seriously, and that can be a blessing and a curse. So I currently feel a little stuck. I've been getting lots of input from others, and as much as I love input, I don't know who to listen to when things conflict.

Polluck at the MoMa
That's all I want to say about that on here for now. I just wanted to give the tiniest update so you know what's going on in my head. Something to note- I was in a similar state of uncertainty last year. Everything worked out though! I do have plans, but nothing feels quite right. 

I had a great weekend, and I'm looking forward to making this a great week. 
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