Thursday, March 15, 2012


I've been thinking a lot about regrets lately.  As my time in China is coming to an end I look back at all the things I have done here.  I don't have any regrets about things I did or didn't do, but I want to make sure I don't have any for my time left in this great, different, and unique country.  Things are stressful here, for multiple reasons (but that's neither here nor there).  I don't want to let people's negativity affect my memories of this place.  I want to take advantage of all the opportunities God gives me and build the relationships I have with the people I have crossed paths with.

via pinterest
As I move into these next 13 weeks (yes I counted) here I want to take it all in.  I want to...

-take a colleague (preferably a member of the Chinese staff) out to eat (or have them over for dinner) at least once a month
-go to Xian for a weekend to see the Terracotta Warriors--update: going in May
-go to Beijing again and spend a day being a complete tourist (every other time I've only done one or two things)--update: going in May
-buy gifts for people I love--both back home and here (i love shopping for bargains)
-continue enjoying my maids
-take weekly (if not daily) walks to the beach and around my apartment--update: have gone a couple times, need to go more
-eat hotpot and street food whenever I can Mission Accomplished in Shanghai
-love on those little orphans as much as I can
-try to make it to Hong Kong one more time
-cultivate the friendships I have made here
-take cheesy Chinese pictures with Jess
-get a couple more clothes made, particularly some coats (haha mom and dad)

That's my list for now...I'll add to it and cross it out as I hopefully do them