As you may already know I have recently stepped away from my job at my school
in order to pursue new horizons.
I hope to become an art teacher, but right now things are in the planning stage.
I also found a new space for my work station, which is very exciting.
I have been wanting to do this since one of my first customers contacted me to let me know
there are 3 black dog hairs in their package.
I was mortified, and realized I needed a proper work space.
Adjusting to a new life routine without my school feels strange, and scary at times.
I don’t know what the future holds, but I am taking guidance from all my mentors.
Not the least of which, is the wild flowers.
Before I continue, I need to tell you about a plant.
It is known as the balsam root, and it has given me incredible life advice this Spring.
It is a flower iconic to this part of Washington state and you can see it blanketing the hillsides
this time of year, easily recognizable by its butter yellow blooms and arrow shaped leaves.
But what is so fascinating about this plant is that
what you see of it doesn’t tell the real story.
And I think that’s true for all of us.
The secret is underneath the soil.
there lies an incredible root system, which you can harvest for food or medicinal purposes.
The main taproot can reach multiple feet into the ground to find a water source.
The wandering tendrils grab onto the soil, preventing erosion.
This survival mechanism is vital in environments similar to where I live,
which are dry and hot this time of year.
If you are familiar with American history, you have heard about the distaster of the Dust bowl.
One of many reasons that happen were farming practices
that removed native plants from their home soil.
Without their deep root system, the earth became dust, subject to whims of the wind.
没有了它们深层的根系 大地就成了尘土 任由风吹来吹去
Here goes to show how important this plants are for a planet survival.
No matter how beautiful the plant, without the roots, they don’t have longevity.
再美的植物 如果没有根 就不会长寿
Every tiny disturbance affects them negatively, and ultimately they cannot flourish and grow.
The young blooms are surly beautiful and delicate,
but the older plants are incredible to behold.
They are strong and full, and can sustain droughts with little effort.
I find them inspiring, don’t you?
A great reminder that what is unseen is by far the most part of who we are.
I have taken the lesson of the balsoam root
and challenged myself to further develop my root system
in order to find stability during this very intimidating transition.
My life has changed considerably this year.
I’m realizing it will never be the same again.
That is both exhilarating and a little scary.
I think we all come to those crossroads at some points in our lives,
but we can choose one of multiple diverging paths
that will lead our lives in wildly different directions.
I used to look at these options with apprehension,
fearing that I’d make the wrong choice and lead my life in a direction that I would later regret.
But I have come to believe that
we can find fulfillment through a variety of different life paths.
Maybe there are many equally interesting and rewarding journeys one can take.
I stayed up last night wondering
if I had made the wrong choice to pursue new options of teaching and focus on my business
Dispite being fearful, I have realized that in this case there isn’t necessarily wrong choice.
尽管害怕 但我意识到 在这种情况下 不一定有完全错误的选择
And I think in many cases in our lives when we’re present with the options,
it is what you do with the choice that makes it worthwhile or not
and what you’ve learned from it.
I’m so glad I’m going through this transition in the spring time,
it is such a beautiful season of renewal and healing.
Last but definitely not least, I do have news that pertains to this channel.
My brother has recently returned from Australia after almost a year without seeing him
which was very difficult for me.
We were very very close growing up.
You will no doubts see him in the future video.
He is very generously offer to help me with my videos,
which is fantastic because I’ve always wanted to learn how to use an actual camera.
I’ve noticed speculation in the comments who’s actually making these videos
and the answer is that it is me.
Predominantly, I think there’s an handful of times where I have got in assistance.
But very few.
I film using an iPhone.
And I would really like to learn how to use a proper camera.
And so he finally is going to teach me
and how to make the videos until I’m able to do it on my own.
It is so exciting and I’m just so grateful for him.
And you will no doubt, hopefully,
see huge improvement in the quality of this video starting next week.
I hope you have a wonderful week.
I have some loved who are very sick with the illness
We shall not name, and I am very worried about them,
and I am very very worried about them,
so I will appreciate all your thoughts or prays,
and I hope you all stay safe and healthy.
Sending my love