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Benjamin Franklin, a man of great wisdom, once advised, “Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing.” This has become the motto of my life and the foundation for everything on this website. I started with a simple blog, Deceptively Blonde, to give myself a chance to express ideas and work through the process of re-discovering myself. Still, over time my blog kind of grew up with me, morphing and changing even as I did. Now, it is a monument to all the things I have done, that I am doing, and that I want to do someday in the future–each page lovingly dedicated to something I find terribly fascinating and want to share with others.
So please feel free to join me on this wonderful trip I call life and browse around. I like it even more if you leave comments or contact me with your own thoughts!
Because I am a baby-faced blonde that people are always underestimating. It used to make me frustrated until I learned to use it to my own benefit. I’m getting in touch with my inner snake and proving to myself and to others what I can accomplish when I set my mind to it.
Who Is DeceptivelyBlonde?
That pretty much describes me to a T: someone who is interested in or works with lots of different things. I wear many hats on a normal day including:
Business & Law Professor | Cultural Heritage Lawyer | Art & History Lover | Voracious Reader | Movie & Drama Watcher | Music Listener | Published Writer | Language Learner | Life Photographer | Eternal Traveler. . .
The last one there is pretty much the center of my life right now. In August 2014, I packed up my suitcases and set off for Xinzheng, China, a “country village” of more than 600,000 (that was counted as of 15 years ago!) and an old, old, old capital of China. Centered in the massive province of Henan and host to thousands of eager (and not so eager 😛 ) students, SIAS International University has been my home for the past couple of years, although I will hopefully be moving to a larger city (Hong Kong / Shanghai) in the near future.
Although it has its ups and downs, life in China has been truly amazing. I have to say I’m happier now than I have been in a very, very long time. If you read my blog, you’ll find that I try to keep you up-to-date with all the fun things I see and do in China, in addition to all my other little musings and side-tracked wanderings. It’s a beautiful, fascinating, kind, and comforting place to live – I wouldn’t trade my time here for anything. I’ve seen the Kaifeng Iron Pagoda, the Wushu Kung Fu festival at the Shaolin Temple, gazed on the wonders of Shanghai from the World Financial Center, hiked tons of mountains , eaten Baozi (steamed buns) for fun and Jaozi (steamed dumplings) for my “healthy” (if you skip your Jaozi, your ears fall off!). I’ve had Christmas celebrations, New Moon parties, and two New Years festivals each year with my new student friends. Quite the adventure for a girl born in the Year of the Snake!
Of course, none of that means that I have abandoned my readers. If you tore me apart to the smallest, teeniest particles of my soul, you would probably find a tiny book. That’s because I was a born writer, and I have come a long way from my first two-line works of poetry. But it all still comes back to a love of life and sharing it through the written word ~ without my writing, I would be desolate. So look forwards to hearing a lot more from me in the future!