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A Tip: Work/ Life Balance for People with Big Dreams

                                                     Winnie (right) & Nadette(left)

                                                     Winnie (right) & Nadette(left)

Dear dream achievers,

I would like to share with you some things that have happened in my life recently. After launching the first Udemy course, I had the opportunity to work for a non-profit organization as a social media specialist. The organization is dedicated to taking care of people with special needs, such as down syndrome and autism. I really enjoyed my work because it made my life feel more fulfilling.

Although I spent 9 hours at work and another 2 hours on driving every day, I still kept myself focused on my self-development, including playing guitar, painting, language study, and reading. I admit that it was hard to find balance between personal goals and my job. However, I believe it is not impossible. If you're in the same boat as me, having little time to learn new skills, please don't stress yourself out. You are not alone.

My advice to you is to take one step every week instead of every day. Here is an article I wrote: Do More of What Makes You Happy. After reading the article, you may have a better understanding of why slowing down can actually help you get closer to your goals.

Regards,

Nadette Huang

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Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above

Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above

I was shocked when I heard the air crash accident earlier today. It is really hard for me to accept it.

齊柏林 (Po-lin Chi), a well-known documentary director, was the only person in Taiwan's history who was willing to put a lot of efforts into filming the beauty of Taiwan. In order to complete his first documentary "Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above", he borrowed the money from his friends and the banks.

It is sad to note that he passed away just two days after he announced his plan to film a sequel with a 4K professional camera purchased in the US.

Thanks for everything Director Chi did. Thanks for letting us see this amazing island, our home, from different angles, high and low.

 

Image from FB看見台灣: https://goo.gl/Ga5ERp

A Special Drawing for My Sister

With passion, anything is possible. This is what I learnt from Andy Allen, the winner of the fourth season of MasterChef, an Australian cooking show. What impressed me was that Andy was an electrician before winning MasterChef. 

His humble beginning moves me a lot and reminds me of what my sister Winnie is working on. Her goal is to become a barista. However, starting from ground zero at age 30 seems really hard. Instead of worrying about how long will it take to go from zero to hero, she stays focused on moving towards to her goal. Moreover, not only does Winnie plan to purchase books written by coffee masters, but also undergo coffee training on weekends. 

In order to show Winnie my support, I made her a chalkboard drawing this afternoon. I drew Andy holding carrots and saying " Go, Winnie!" I'm proud of my sister's determination and every action she takes. I believe Winnie will develop skills and knowledge in making coffee and successfully become a barista one day!

 

 

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Painting can help me to relieve stress. It also helps me to discover what's inside me. When I was a child, my dream was to become an artist. However, I didn't study in an art school because of the prohibitive tuition fees and art materials. I chose a language school instead.

During my college years, I majored in French. After class, I took some part-time jobs. Furthermore, I took some art lessons to learn " Photoshop" and "Illustrator" when I had free time. When I look back, I'm glad that I made the right decision at that time. Having language skills opens up more opportunities to find a job that gives me financial freedom to achieve my dream. Now, I paint as much as I can.

Yesterday, I realized that there was a little girl living in a colorful world inside of my body, after my first try with water color pencils. I was happy looking at my self-portrait for a while. I also shared it with my parents and friends. They were impressed by my hand-painting and imagination. Painting not only helps me understand who I am, but also puts a smile on other people's faces.

 

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One of amazing things about being a teacher is that you can be inspired by your students while you are inspiring them. This news story reminds me of some great achievements that my friends Mrs. Chadgar and William Doran have done for the next generation.

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Do More of What Makes You Happy

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