31 Thoughts

Last year I completed a “30 Days to 30” blog series which was extremely reflective for me. It took some internal persuading…but I decided to do a modified version this year. Oh, and I decided to do it a whole 3 days before my birthday. So, here are my “31 things to 31” which includes my thoughts and statements about important and trivial topics haha.

IMG_20160118_22355231. My love, my faith walking, my Christmas morning…my Stinky Fairy. She is my former foster child of 18 months that I assisted with finding her forever home. We worked diligently for this little one and she transitioned without regressions and has continued to flourish. I had not physically seen her in a year. We recently met up this January and honestly…what words could illustrate how full my heart felt. She held my face to hers, rubbed our noses together and we looked eye to eye as we both laughed. It was truly perfect. Her story is one I remain proud to share and am grateful and humbled to have been given the privilege to mother her.

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30. Wow! I remember reading this and thinking how profound?! It’s absolutely freeing when you embrace your right to “change”. We all have the capacity to grow in some extent or in some area. It’s actually OK and healthy to reevaluate your “today” and say…. Hey, I don’t like how that felt… or …what are some ways that could have gone smoother…maybe even… I LOVED that, I want to replicate it!  My take home from this quote is that the “self” is evolving which means we are constantly changing and thus always in a position of rediscovery.

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29. O.M.G…… So, my brother single-handedly got me hooked on this particular anime, Code Geass. I was hooked like…planned my day around watching a few episodes typed hook. I learned this past year that I could watch certain anime all day long without shame! I love watching One Piece and The Legend of Arslan…oh, and Attack on Titan is amazing as well!

gift  28. I read this quote and thought it was a wonderful way of reframing the hiccups in life that hinder and maybe even inhibit us on this journey. Perhaps this unexpected, unwanted and uncertain thing is a gift that’s just wrapped in a ugly box. We won’t know until we receive it (accept the situation) and open it (start working through it).

IMG_20160131_222415 27. Back in 2009 when I purchased a home, I was set on building a raised bed to house vegetables. I was in my home for six years and not a seed or sprinkle of soil fell on that ground! Fast forward to 2015, while in China I started purchasing garden materials in anticipation of my return. I started my garden about 5 weeks ago with these Kale transplants. I have since planted carrots that have sprouted. I have a few more seeds in the ground that will hopefully take. I have loved every moment of gardening. It has served to calm me and reaffirm that I am making healthy adjustments.

A time for…

For reasons unbeknownst to me, I’ve seemed to hit a wall with my blog. It’s definitely not for a lack of experiences. Yet, it has become increasingly difficult to do it consistently. So, I’ve decided to take an official break from this lovely space.

However, I will still respond to comments!

I’m sending good wishes and blessings to all my followers and pray that your every need be fulfilled and that the petitions of your heart come to past ♡

Here’s a few pictures to share..
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Class time
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Countryside
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Shanghai Trip

~ Catherine

Chinese Medicine Day 5 & Surprise!

I’m on Day 5 of the traditional Chinese medicine. It feels like the ultimate detox. I’ve been struggling with GI discomfort and headaches. I’m trying to increase my oral intake. I’ve been drinking lemon and water to assist with this also. I’ve actually been sleeping more soundly since maybe night 2. I skipped the night 4 dose because the headaches were affecting my work.
I’m back on it today.
Oh…word of advice, don’t Google the possible ingredients. It makes drinking the concoction even harder!

AND…….

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I got accepted into graduate school!!!!!

* Insert shriek and dancing *

Catherine tries Chinese Medicine

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This is me on my way to see a traditional Chinese doctor. As I’ve mentioned before, I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) in my early 20s. My periods are extremely irregular as in once every few months. As a result, fertility is affected amongst other things related to having imbalanced hormones.
A Chinese colleague invited me to go with her and I figured…..why not??

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His office is in a village about 30 minutes away. He’s been practicing since 1964 and is considered a well known and successful doctor. He was very kind and excited to see me. (Via translation) I was asked about the characteristics of my period, discharge and etc. He assessed my pulse on both arms and my face. I was then told the plan…
1. Clean my blood
2. Regulate my cycles
3. Treat my horrible back pains during periods

He wrote a prescription and after an hour of preparation including cooking…I had my medicine!
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I have to take it before breakfast and before dinner for 8 days. It tastes like an ancient tree concentrated into a cup. It’s literally horrible! However, I’m determined to give my best shot.

Tomorrow I will share how my first 2 days went…..

1 Day to 30 !

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February 2015
I am flying out today to meet my sister in Thailand! We’re taking a couple of weeks to celebrate my 30th birthday! Although, I’m not claiming to be 30 until the 9th in America haha.

Elephant rides, waterfalls, amazing sights and time with my sister after 7 months away….. no better way.

Thank you for following my “30 Days to 30” series♡

Catherine OUT ♡☆♡☆♡☆

2 Days to 30

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December 2014
All my life I’ve taken pictures with the real Santa Claus up until this past year.
However, to be 29 years old, I was genuinely grinning like a 7 year old to take my first picture with the pretend Santa. Who would have thought he’d be in China of all places?