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Writer’s Workshop: Quite Unfortunately it’s Not for Now

Pink Tulips

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There are many things that I wish to do in my life. You can say that it is on my bucket list of things to achieve while I  am still physically and mentally capable.

Given the current conditions and situation that I am in at the moment it is not possible for me to achieve it as yet. I do not have the funding nor the luxury of the time on my hands to complete the task which I wish to do.

Here is a list of 8 things that I have been wanting to do but just can’t at the moment.

1. Getting my Masters

I really would like to further my education and go back to school. I miss the days I spent studying in the university. Even though  it would be certainly challenging for me as it has been more then a decade since I was last in school but I welcome the challenge.

I haven’t decided as yet though what type of Masters I would like to get. It’s still a tie between a MBA or a Masters in Education.

2. Learn the Saxophone

I always love this instrument and how sexy Kenny G looks playing it. Even though I do know how to play the piano and the violin but I have never really tried playing a woodwind instrument.  I don’t think it will be too difficult for me to pick it up since I already know the basics of note reading.

3. Take up a professional photography course.

It would be nice to be able to play around with a full frame DSLR with all the fancy lenses. To know exactly how to use it and have mentor who can guide me through it with hands on experience.

4. Take up a Japanese Cooking class

The kids and I love eating Japanese food and it would be great if I could make more Japanese dishes at home and learn the tricks on how they make their ramen broth so tasty. It would certainly help us save $$  as we need not eat out that often on the weekend when we have a craving for Japanese food. 

5.  Learn how to do  Ikebana

The Japanese art of flower arrangement has always  been of interest to me. It’s really intriguing seeing how a simple arrangement can really jazz up the room and add character to it’s surroundings.

6.  Live and work overseas.

I would love a change of scenery  and move away from the tropical heat.  Staying here in Singapore  I long to enjoy the changes of climate which I had when I was studying in Australia back then.

7.  Spend a month touring around Europe

I love the scenery in that region and the varied architecture and landscapes.   It would be great to be able to travel to the various cities in Europe and experience their rustic charm.

8.  Experiencing Sky Diving

This is something which I hope to be able to experience. Even though I do have a slight phobia of heights but the adrenaline rush is what’s draws me to try it out.

What have you been putting off?


Jenny Matlock

Mama’s Losin’ It

Writer’s Workshop: Personal Learning for February



February has been a month of deep reflection for me.  I have been doing a lot of reading on positive teaching approaches and soul searching on how to build a closer relationship with friends and family.

I’ve read the books – Thinking Anew: Harnessing the Power of Belief and the book The ART of Having it ALL which focuses on changing a person’s mindset in order to achieve his goals.

The mind is certainly the most beautiful and powerful tool that we posses. If we are able to think about it, it can be achieved.

Even though  discipline and diligence plays a part in moving from conceptualizing an idea till actually attaining it,  without the vision one would never even have anything developed.

It is possible to have the life that I desire and I should continue working hard towards my chosen direction.

The book on Cybertraps for Educators was a refreshing read for me.  It  reaffirmed the need for me to educate the kids about the perils of technology.  Growing up in the digital age they are not spared from the possibility of being a victim to cyber bullying  or getting their reputation tarnished through screwing up while using the different social media outlets.

What I have learned 

Communication breakdown sometimes can leave one devastated. Getting one’s point across to the other person can be painfully difficult especially if either or both party has a mental block or biases against each other.

Alternative approaches need to be taken if the issue is to be worked on and get resolved instead of letting it slide and snowballing into a even greater problem.

Bottling up one’s feeling thoughts is not something that should be advocated as it is a breeding ground for uncertainty may lead to a degeneration of TRUST.   It’s still  best to lay all the cards that you have on hand out  and get to the root of any problem that you are facing to ensure that it is solved.

Holding back ones worries and not entrusting everything to GOD is really a very silly thing to do. Only he is the one who can help see you through the darkest day and lead you to the light.

Prayer is certainly very powerful and if you do listen carefully the answer that you are seeking will be there.

Monkey boy  recently lost his house keys and I nearly had to replace the lock and make a whole new set of keys for the whole family.

We prayed that the key would be found and be returned to him so that we did not need to get the lock replaced.

GOD was certainly watching over him as he managed to get it back the next day. The key was picked up by someone and handed over to the  Lost and Found counter in school.

That is the  power of PRAYER!!!

What have you learned in February?
Jenny Matlock

Mama’s Losin’ It