backwards and forwards

nikeWhen I turned 25, I was sooooo old. That was before I went to Taiwan. I knew everything by then.

When I turned 26, I went hiking and ate “authentic” Italian food at Pizza Olmo in Sanjhih.

When I turned 27, I was the director of an English camp in Taiwan.

When I turned 28, I was a teacher in Hong Kong. I learned that love can be like a pile of laundry—and that that’s a good thing.

When I turned 29, the pope abdicated his “throne.” I visited friends in San Francisco. I realized I have 365 days to accomplish all of the goals I set out to accomplish before 30. And I remembered:

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”Anatole France


Playing the “word game” in Taiwan.



Assessing students’ English ability. Taiwan.



The best group of kids ever. Taiwan.



Field trip in Hong Kong.



Goodbye, Benedict. The world will miss you. What will happen to us both this next year? We shall soon see.

35 thoughts

  1. Act. Dream. Plan. Believe. Four rungs to a ladder in which all steps are organic and necessary, and none can be skipped. You got it covered I’m sure.

    I love the pictures of the kiddos; such radiant smiles!

    • dear Jess, you’ve been places, and lived dreams, and more lies ahead … as i see it, we’ve only begun to celebrate your b day – how could the Pope leave now?

    • You of all people know what’s inside you, Arash. You are a hero and always have been. Your dreams *will* come true in ways you might never expect… I thought of you when I drove through Berkeley yesterday and today.

  2. Hey Jessica – I enjoyed your blog & love your photos. They capture movement & the human spirit! Very cool…. We must not only act, dream, plan, and believe – but save a little time to retreat and reflect. Reflection brings meaning to it all. Keep up your good work… I look forward to your next blog! xoxoxo Karen Tilstra

    • Thank you, Karen! So good to hear from you! Yes, trust me, I reflect and retreat a lot. It’s inherent in my naturee—and what spurs a lot of my writing. Thanks for reading! Hope you’re well!


    • Thank you! Your encouragement and feedback means the world. I’ve been thinking really hard about my “niche”! Having a hard time narrowing it down, but it will come with a little more time. There are definitely themes that run through my work.

      Anyway, thanks again. And I’m glad the pictures turned out! Thank goodness for my trusty little Canon!

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