Curious, passionate, determined. Those are the three words I like to use the most to describe myself. Others probably wouldn't use those words; they'd probably use frank, smart, carefree, and uninhibited. The way I see myself is quite different from the way others see me— which is pretty cool, I guess.
I have a whole lot of interests and many hobbies. I love to do those "typical teenage girl" things, such as shopping, eating, gossiping (not the mean kind, of course), etc., but I also enjoy yoga, knitting, reading, DIY crafts (aka Pinterest browsing). I can find joy in just about anything, but the one thing that never fails to put a smile on my face is coaching gymnastics, Harry Potter, and animals— not necessarily in that order.
In first grade, I was introduced to gymnastics by the older girls from my Chinese school. I saw them doing cartwheels and handstands in the classrooms and was so impressed. I wanted to be just like the big kids. So I began taking gymnastics lessons at the local gym in second grade and absolutely fell in love with the sport. I soon became the girl who would do cartwheels and handstands during recess, and my coach asked if I wanted to do competitive gymnastics. I wanted to so badly, but my family's circumstances (my dad worked in China) prevented me from making such a commitment. And so, despite the disappointment, I continued to do recreational gymnastics until sophomore year.
In seventh grade, I began volunteering at my gym as an assistant coach. I had always admired my coaches and, of course, wanted to be just like them. I fell in love with gymnastics all over again, but this time as Coach Jaime. Teaching children is amazing. They are so energetic— especially on Friday afternoons— and extremely receptive and eager to learn. I am so blessed to have this opportunity to share my passion and love for gymnastics with children.
Harry Potter. My love for Harry Potter will never die out. I understand just about every Harry Potter reference and love to make references to it myself (even if others don't understand). I literally grew up reading the series— often staying up until 1 o'clock in the morning reading about Harry, Ron, and Hermione's adventures. Every time I read the books now, I feel like a child again and it just makes me so happy.
Dogs, cats, leopards, horses— those are just a few of the animals that I absolutely adore. Anything that walks on four legs and has fur and a tail can make me go "awww". When I was growing up, we had a dog, Mac. Mac is an American Eskimo and he is "the cutest dog in the whole wide world." American Eskimos are white, fluffy, and absolutely gorgeous. He could always make me so happy just by being in the same room; Mac was absolutely the best dog in the world. Now, even though Mac is no longer with us, I think of him every time I see a white, fluffy tail or cute, little, perky ears. He inspired my love for all animals and my dream of owning several dogs when I am older.