When You Learn, Teach.
Kyoto, Japan. 2018.
It’s been two years since the All Things DMC Blog has become one of many places where I collect my thoughts. I’m grateful for the courage I have to elaborate freely on some of my sentiments, and to place them on a platform that creates dialogue with others. So far, it has been a wonderful interactive learning experience for me, and I’m connecting with people in a way that is always inspiring. I love Maya Angelou’s words, so eloquently phrased, “When you get, give. When you learn, teach.” These are actions of a humanitarian.
In the last few months, as I’ve been journeying across the world, I am opening my eyes to new information and new possibilities. I am discovering that my heart is set on working with children. I want to get, and give. I want to learn, and teach! During moments of reflection, I see how inspired I’ve been to take on opportunities allowing me to work with youth in many different ways. I’ve managed volunteer groups for youth activities, wrote a children’s book about the impactful power of volunteers, shared the story with many children around the world, and coordinated resources for children and their families. I find myself always looking for a way to help people, and those people mostly happen to be young humans. As they’re on their own quest to navigate life, I have realized that I want to be apart of their learning experience. I want to focus on supporting the ones I can, by becoming equipped as an educator of children learning English as a second language. With my combined passion to travel, this seems to be the right approach. It’s a new journey, for a new year, and I’m excited! There’s a lot going on in my mind, and a reflection of my thoughts has become a life filled with adventures.
As I sit here blogging, from a co-working space in Kyoto, I am inspired by the individuals around me who also realize their power to pursue and experience a life of adventure. That’s just it, it’s what we’re here to do. Live our best lives. It’s simply transforming ideas into tangible magic.
This month spent in Japan has been a direct reflection of my sentiments for simplicity, peace, spirituality, purpose, intentionality, and joy. I’ve been taken back to the root of it all, the root of my what brings me joy. I feel reloaded with the necessary tool to move forward, faith. I like to think I’m the type to not only march to the beat of my own drum, but to also spend time first making the drum. I think there are many students out there who’d appreciate a teacher like that. Someone to inspire them to be curious, tap into their hearts, and to feel confident and excited when it’s time to try new things!
If you’ve read my children’s book Peers, Cheers, and Volunteers you may have noticed that Ms. August is more than a fictional character. She’s also more than a teacher, recognizing that she’s a student first, and always.