Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Great Unknown - Jessi

What subjects did you take in your last year of school? What were your favourite subjects?
My last year of school, I mostly took classes within my major and minor.  I took a bunch of Bible, Youth Ministry, and Global Studies classes. My senior year of college was probably my favorite because I got to study the things that I am passionate about. I really enjoyed my Hermeneutics class, which was where we learned how to interpret the Bible. I also really liked a Global Studies class that I had where we learned how to communicate more effectively with people from different cultures than our own home culture.  

What did you do in your first year after leaving school?
I am currently in that year as we speak. I am in the process of getting a job right now. I actually have almost finished interviewing and with two offers already on the table, it looks like I will have to choose between which job I want. I am living in the city where I went to college because I just grew so fond of the city, my church, and all the amazing people. If I get a job with my college, I will probably go to grad school, but if not then I am planning only living here for a year or two years tops.  

Did you do any tertiary education? If so, what was it?
Not at the moment, but either way I will go to grad school in some way or other. I want to start the process to get certified in TESOL in the very near future.

If you have had more than one job since you left school, what were they?
I worked at a camp this past summer as a camp counsellor and it was absolutely amazing. It was also my internship, which finished up my undergraduate degree. I loved my co-workers, working with kids, and being active and outside all the time. And as I said before, I’m in the process of figuring out what the next job for me will be.  

What job are you doing at the moment and what does it entail? Do you enjoy it?
Well, I am going to be nannying for the next week and a half until my next job starts, whichever one that may be.  I’m really excited because they kids I will be watching are super fun and cute and I get to take them to do a lot of fun things around town since it’s their last couple weeks of summer vacation.  

What job do you want to be doing at the moment?
In my perfect little world, I would be somewhere in Asia right now teaching English to small children. I know this is what I will be doing someday, but for now I have resolved to make the most of where I am at the moment, and not lose the present by anticipating the future.  

Do you have any regrets? Or any advice?
I don’t have any regrets at this point, but if you ask me down the road a couple years, there could definitely be some then. I would say that you should sometimes be responsible before you follow your dreams. That is what I am having to do right now in paying off my loans before I head overseas in a few years. Then, when I am living it up on the other side of the globe, I don’t have to carry that burden around with me, and I am more free to grow and learn while I am there.  

Thanks so much for being on my blog Jessi!!! This was so interesting, but it did highlight a few differences between the USA and NZ, because I didn't know what some of the things were, like grad school!!

I just got back from a national choir competition, which is why I wasn't on the blog last week, but more about that this weekend. :)
Love you guys

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Wednesday's thoughts

Recently I have become rather disillusioned with some childhood certainties.

When you are a child there are some things that are a constant in your life, that you can always rely on. I think when you start to realise that these things aren't always true, that is when you start to grow up.

It starts when you realise that Santa and the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny aren't real. Then you leave primary school, and realise that it wasn't the centre of the world. When you are a bit older again, you will realise that your primary school teachers weren't always right and all knowing, and that perhaps they sometimes were a bit harsh, or too strict for primary school.

And then you realise that your parents aren't always right. This comes at different ages for different people, but it is shocking and perhaps a bit uprooting when you come to this realisation. It means that you have to be an independent person, and form your own opinions and beliefs, because you have realised that you can't rely on your parents to dictate them to you.

And I have also become disillusioned with the idea of adulthood. The idea of it that you had as a little child, that when you are an adult you will know everything. Including what you want to do in life, and how to be confident and what to do when things go wrong. Ironically, we are probably at our most confident before the age of ten. Because at that stage of your life, the world is surrounded by the safety net of innocence and ignorance.
I am by no means an adult, I mean, I am not even legally an adult yet (which is at 18 in NZ, in case you were wondering). But I have realised that you don't all of a sudden become an adult, that it creeps up on you over time.

Adulthood I like to think of more as a percentage. I am probably about 22% adult, because I know how to cook dinner, even if I don't do it, and other such trivial reasons. But I far prefer to think of it as being 78% child.

So, how much child or adult are you?

Monday, 11 August 2014

Monday's thoughts

I love spending time around people who make me feel good about myself.

I know that seems like an obvious statement, but sometimes I think I need to remind myself of it. We have this inability to see what is right in front of us, because we are flawed, and we over complicate things.
And we always say, do things that make you feel happy. Only keep people around you who make you happy. But yet, we get caught up in our daily lives, and we see details rather than pictures, and we see things in shades of grey rather than black and white.
And so we spend time around people that don't always make us feel great, or we do something that just makes us feel average. Because we see the good sides to those people who might be a bit mean, and we remember a time when the thing that makes us feel average made us feel good.

But gosh, there are some wonderful people out there. People that literally lift you off your feet when you see them, people that you dance randomly around the room with to your own song, and people that you laugh with till you cry. People that believe in you, and who make you feel like you could achieve anything you set your mind to.

And there are some wonderful things too. Often you don't realise how good they are, or remember how good they are, till you do them. I had forgotten how good blogging feels until I posted on Saturday, how it makes me feel like a rounded human being and makes me smile a little smile every time I read a comment or remember about my blog at other times during the day. It is an achievement that is solely mine. Exercise (I know, we are people of the Internet, what is this exercise I speak of), but seriously guys, when you most don't feel like going for a walk or dancing (or whatever your chosen form of exercise is), that's probably when you need it most. And it feels so good after. And you remember why you do it. Until the next time, when you promptly forget.

ps. I am sorry that this doesn't link nicely back to the beginning, but it is thoughts, and thoughts don't usually link back to the beginning, in fact, usually you can't remember where they started. :)

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Thought dump

Everyday it seems, I start a post, and then don't finish it.

And I know this is something we all go through as bloggers (lucky you if you don't!), so I'm not here to complain. And I have decided instead that this week I just am going to thought dump, and it might be a jumble of randomness, or it might be something great, who knows.

And I don't know where my life is headed at the moment, it seems to turn on it's head every few seconds, so it is hard to write a blog that I want to reflect me, when I don't really know who 'me' is. Because I am different things to different people, as everyone is; a multifaceted being. At the moment I feel as if I am at a crossroads, and I know that the future is never set in stone, but it feels to me, in this moment, that the decisions I'm making are going to have a big impact on the rest of my life.

I was thinking about the nature of the future this afternoon. And it seems to me that the future is like the end of a rainbow. No matter how hard you try and reach it, you can only ever be where it has once been. It remains an elusive and unknown thing.

So here's to the future, and what it may hold. :)

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