Oh 2015! It was a challenging year, but full of cheer, too. Let’s recap!
My top 3 nursing stories:
3. Wounded – on help and helplessness
2. You Call that an Apology? – on The View‘s ignorant remarks about nurses
Top 3 characteristics I learned about God:
3.God is with me, in my suffering. (Psalm 22) This past year has been one of the toughest. I faced obstacle after obstacle, but was reminded to seek Christ in my suffering, to trust in Him through it all.
2. With God, nothing is impossible. (Matt. 14:22-33) Just like the disciples being astonished at Jesus walking on water, I too, often fail to recognize the impossible things that God makes possible, in my own life.
1.God commands us to have joy. (Deut 12:18) With such a busy schedule, sometimes I felt overwhelmed, especially when things didn’t go as planned. No matter the circumstances, God wants me to experience joy. I need to ingrain onto my forehead, “rejoice!”
Random 3 photos of treasured memories
3. Survived Snowmegaddon – Buried beneath an ocean of snow, we reached a record breaking 100 inches of snow by March!
(2.5) -Here’s the sidewalk after it was shoveled! Walking and driving was absolutely miserable. It was also my first year to fall on ice. =(
2. Conquering Fear– Jumping through clicking bamboo poles, while counting, extending your fingers, and smiling AT THE SAME TIME is not easy. At first, my dance students trembled with fear, but months later, they performed the bamboo dance (almost) flawlessly, with huge smiles.
1. Awe Inspiring Alps – When I climbed those green hills at Mt. Rigi, Switzerland, and gazed the taller, snow capped mountains over yonder, I felt a burst of energy that made me want to sing and spin like Maria VonTrap from The Sound of Music.
Top 3 personal stories:
3. The Definition of Home – ‘home’ and why I do what I do
2. Is it the Scrubs? – the things people say when I’m in scrubs
1. Healing Scars – the 40th anniversary of the Killing Fields
Top 3 films/dramas (not new films, just ones I watched this year):
3. The Grandmaster (2013) – by Wong Kar Wai. A breathtaking kung fu film, depicting how people did not fight merely to kill, but there was real honor, knowledge, and wisdom through martial arts. Beautiful cinematography. (might be one of my fav films now!)
2. El Tiempo Entre de Costuras (2013) – A Spanish TV drama about life in Spain during World War II. My first Spanish drama that was great to review my Spanish vocab. and history at the same time. Lovely soundtrack too.
1. It’s Okay, That’s Love (2014) – A Kdrama about living with schizophrenia. It helped me empathize with those suffering from behavioral health and glimpse their tough reality. Compelling, heart wrenching, but redemptive. A must watch!
3 books I read:
2. The Book Thief – written from an unexpected perspective… a suspenseful, fast moving, enthralling page turner based on the Holocaust. Fiction.
3. My GrandFather Would Have Shot Me– a woman discovers she is the granddaughter of an infamous Nazi known for his mass murders of Jews during the Holocaust. Nonfiction.
3 new things I did in 2015:
2. Whirled in a waltz and sashayed in a swing dance. There was lots of stepping-on-toes but I was delighted to learn the rhythm and style of these different genres of music.
1. Snacked on a new delicacy… silkworm (pupae)! I used to be a picky eater, but now I’ve resolved to try everything at least once (before rejecting it). My coworkers dared me, so I just plopped it in my mouth.
Now I can say I’ll never eat them again because it was disgusting!!
3 random awesome memories:
3. A changed heart – One of the kids was chatting on her cell phone at a restaurant dinner table. I scolded her, but she ignored me. Our pastor told her to take a time out. When she realized how disrespectful she was, she apologized in tears for not caring for her church family. I saw repentance and humility in a spoiled little girl.
2.Most embarrassing moment – On a trip to Switzerland, we ended up on a really steep hill in a neighborhood, and I had never used that bike before so I didn’t know how to change gears. I had to stand while pedaling, pushing all my weight onto the pedals so it could go up the hill.
Suddenly, I heard a voice. “More power!”
When I looked up, I saw an old man chillin’ on the balcony of his house, raising his fist in the air and cheering me on. “More power!” He shook his fist in the air again, smiling.
I laughed and nearly died of embarrassment of my weak self.
1. A high school sweatshirt – My dance troupe had a busy year, which of course, required countless hours of practice, perseverance, and sacrifice. After a big show, the students called me up to the stage and gifted me their club sweatshirt. *sob*
All those hours of pouring my life into them… do they see how much I invest in their lives? Maybe they do?
3 things I hope to do in 2016:
3. Read 8 books this year. Last year I didn’t reach my goal but this year I’m striving for it. I’m reading Pride and Prejudice right now and the English banter is so fun. =)
2. Learn French (again). I started mandarin last year, which is awesome, but not as practical on a daily basis. I do however, have several French speaking patients, so I really need to revive my French.
1. Write more. I say that every year, but I mean it this time! Hopefully, once a week.
Thanks for coming along for the ride, and let’s embrace 2016 with courage and conviction. =)
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