Pause a Moment: Hating Your New Place

As an “instructor without boarders” (or an international anything), there are many times where we may find that our new working and living arrangement may not meet our expectations. Many times, we are sent to work within a system that we may not agree with, or we may have ideas on how things could be done better. Prolonged experience in this setting without perspective can make you angry and bitter and make you feel like you hate the country you are in. It is important to remember that though a system may work a certain way in your country, that is not necessarily how it should work in another country. Many times you are there to experience the culture and work within their education systems, not to “fix” it. It is important to remember this. Perspective is key. Below is a video by TokyoLens that has an important message that applies to anyone living abroad or in any new situation.



Pause A Moment: Life Advice

Seriously though. The most applicable life advice ever. Does anyone else remember this song? Everyone needs to listen to this at least once.

Pause A Moment: On Creativity and Syria

Amal Kassir is an amazing slam poet who has a unique way with words. She is an American and she is Syrian. Her insight into the pressures of constantly being creative is a message that everyone should hear. Not only this, but her memories of Syria are also a message that everyone should hear. Make Art, Make Peace, Not War.

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Pause A Moment: Positive Vibes


Pause A Moment posts are entries that are meant to have you pause what you are doing in your busy, stressed out environment and give you something to look at, consider, meditate on, laugh at, and/or find out about something interesting in the world. Sometimes when things are hectic (like managing a classroom of 50 students who don’t speak your language), you just need to find a moment to distract yourself from the negative energy and recharge. I know I do.