30 Day Blogging Challenge, Day 5: Caught by the Bug

Prompt: When you come down with a cold or the flu, do you stick to traditional methods of dealing with it, or are there unconventional remedies you use?

As a kid, I got sick all the time, especially in the winter. It wasn’t unusual for me to get multiple colds, the flu and strep at least a couple of times. I would miss days of school amounting to at least a two weeks over the course of several months, during which I laid on the couch, watching Harry Potter and taking medicine as regularly as possible.
As I’ve gotten older, my yearly illness quota has decreased, thank goodness, but so too has my tolerance for medication. I am a complete light weight and it doesn’t take very much cough syrup to make me loopy. Likewise, antibiotics generally throw my system through such an ordeal that it takes weeks for me to feel normal again, even after the initial symptoms have disappeared.
So, in light of these reactions, I try to avoid taking medication as much as possible. Instead, I rely on sleep, sleep, Harry Potter, sleep, tea and more sleep to get better. I am one of those people who tends to push myself beyond my limits, which is why I get sick in the first place. So, it seems like getting sick is my body’s way of saying, “Hey! Stop being a jerk and rest, you weirdo. There is only so much an immune system can do and sleep is vital to that, in case you missed the memo!”
Generally, after a couple of days of almost none-stop sleeping and staying in bed, I am well enough to continue about life and avoid taking medicine at all, say for the occasional throat lozenge. Now, let me just cross my fingers and hope that this winter, I can skip this whole process all together and get enough rest before the bug catches me!

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Old me, new me…future me?

It’s that time again: life has changed and so it’s back to the drawing board with my About Page. In the last two weeks I have moved around the world and am preparing for a new adventure in life. I am pretty excited, if not a bit intimidated about this, but ready to start down a new path. You can read about my life here. In the meantime, goodbye to KiwiBee 2013/2014.

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What do non-student, non-parent adults do with their time?

I started asking myself this question a couple of months ago. Having recently finished university, I spent the first 7 months of freedom reading and taking pictures when I wasn’t working. But, being the busy bee that I am, the novelty of whizzing through a novel a week had worn off. And, exploring my new home in Yeosu, South Korea just was not that thrilling in the grey chill of winter. What to do, what to do.

The need to create something, put my mind, energy, story starts and photos to use reached a peak and I needed a space to play. A blog seemed like the ideal answer and it has done more than simply keep me busy. I have found a new, varied, energetic global community, full of stories and I am loving it!

This blog is my play space for me to share my creative side. Photography and writing are two of my intense passions along with running, hiking, reading, yoga, traveling and drinking coffee are various coffee shops. Currently I am an English teacher at a private academy on the southern coast of South Korea. Teaching requires an incredible amount of creativity and I’ve found that the more I let my imagination play outside of school, the more alive it is in the classroom.

Originally, I am from Laramie, Wyoming in the western United States (for more about my hometown, check out this post). I moved to Korea in September 2013 with my significant other, A. . We are enjoying our adventure here and write about it on a blog called Korea Bound. Feel free to read about our travels there.

In the meantime, thank you for stopping by! I am happy you found my blog and would love for you to visit again. Have a great day!

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