Saturday, June 2, 2012


There is beauty in everything.

Beauty amidst unknowns, uncertainties, frustrations, dilemmas, and homesickness. Who knew that being an adult comes with so many responsibilities and big decisions?

Beauty in my surroundings.

Beauty in running when the air has just cooled down and the sky has turned a gorgeous shade of blue and gray... even beauty in the painful side cramps while running which turns your run into an enjoyable Friday evening walk.  

Beauty in little kids I don't know randomly asking if I am Korean and me giving them a lecture on looking both ways before crossing the street.

Beauty in heart to heart talks… even if it is awkward and scary with either undesirable or welcome changes and situation adjustments. Honesty is beautiful.

Beauty in walking with one of my students outside the school grounds to get his angst out and holding our arms out in the air and screaming at the top of our lungs every 30 seconds, "SUMMER VACATION!"… can’t beat that!

Beauty in simple dishes with fresh and in-season ingredients... roasted asparagus and Walla Walla sweet onions with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

Beauty in baking  from scratch a delicious Alice Water’s chocolate cake with orange cream cheese dressing and sweetened strawberries for my classroom’s graduation party… and then heartbreak when my sweet but brutally honest students told me it was not their type of cake and proceeded to throw in the trash decadent and beautiful pieces. To the rest of the staff who told me it was delicious... thank you. And to Costco... why have you spoiled the taste buds of our youth? WHY??? 

Beauty in a nice and easy yoga class.

Beauty in a Papa Murphy's Pizza and 2 buck Chuck wine.

Sometimes, life isn't as hard as I make it out to be... I've been through worse and some people are living in unimaginable conditions... Who am I to complain?

It has been said before but it is the truth, plain and simple:
Life is beautiful.


  1. Hope you find beauty in this day too! You are missed by a little one. She keeps reminding us what she did with you all last weekend at this time. Anyway, love the pic of her, could you please send me a .jpg. Thanks and be well!


    1. We miss her too! Picture is coming your way... :)

  2. This is a lovely post, you're absolutely right, life is beautiful and should appreciate each day we're alive.

    Sorry about your cake!

  3. What a beautiful post. This has just made my day. You know, it is hard to just stop and appreciate the beauty around you. There is always stuff to do, things to get done, busy busy busy. But I'll try taking some time out of my day to appreciate it. Thank you :)
    Also, that cake looks gorgeous, I could never throw it out.

    1. I know, it always seems to me like I never get a break either. Thanks for the nice words Cathleen! :) I would gladly share this cake with you!

  4. Your photos are beautiful and your dessert from Alice Waters I'm sure is yummy. Where are these photos taken that the mountains are in the background - so pretty.

    Enjoy your summer vacation while your students enjoy theirs as well.

    I'm glad I stopped by.

    1. Yes, Alice Waters is one of my favorites in the cooking world. These pictures were taken in Spokane, Washington... North of Spokane to be more specific. :) I am glad you stopped by!


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