Hey there! I'm Vivian. Sometimes I write about life and sometimes I write about teaching.

I was first inspired by Glenda’s post to do my own “Depending on when you met me” entry.

Depending on when you met me, I might have been a middle schooler in a Madonna lip-syncing contest in a teen club in Houston, Texas; an aerobics class and spin instructor at the YMCA; a teenager ditching class, watching the clouds while laying on the grass at the Huntington Library; a screaming fan at the Duran Duran concert; my grandmother’s English tutor; a cashier at Marie Callender’s serving pie at the counter; an assistant to the executive director of a nonprofit organization; an unwitting model for graduation photos at the UCLA portrait center; a guest at her dad’s wedding in Taiwan; a curriculum consultant in London; a stepmom to two boys; a tourist in Thailand, Europe, China, Mexico; a bride at a church in San Gabriel or at City Hall in San Francisco; an aunt to two nephews and a niece, each from a different sibling; a runaway for a day; a college graduate for the second time, ten years later; a camp counselor for 9-year-old girls, gasping for air to pass the swim test so they could use the pool; a lingerie salesperson at a department store; a marathon runner; a sprint triathlete swimming in the ocean for the first time; a sister; a daughter; a partner in life.

  1. arjeha says:

    I really think that this is a great way to get to know what makes and influences a person. We are all made up of so many unique moments in our lives.

  2. glenda funk says:

    This is fantastic. I want to hear more about your tutoring of your grandmother. You’ve made me think about things I left out of my post, including travel, which I love. Leigh Anne complimented my use of semicolons, and I’d be remiss if I didn’t pay that compliment forward to you. Thanks for the shout out. I needed that today. 🥰

  3. haitiruth says:

    What a great format! I’m going to try it. Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com

  4. Wow- this would be a great format for kids to use as well. You learn so much and wonder so much. Great springboard for conversation. Thank you for sharing.

  5. So much that makes up a life and these are snapshots! Together they create a rich collection of entry points for further discovery and conversation. Thank you for sharing yourself this way!

  6. hardly an artist says:

    Neat to read a collection of experiences and identities. Just a short snippet, but powerful visual for all the roads and journeys! Very cool. Thanks for sharing!

  7. This makes me want to revisit my own life! We are so, so many different things. Sometimes we are confident in the role, sometimes not. Thanks for this and for you and Glenda’s use of semi-colons. I’m studying so I will use them correctly!

  8. Leigh Anne Eck says:

    Thank you for joining the party. I will include your link on my original post. You are the second person I have seen who has worked Marie Callenders – and I didn’t even know there was such a place! I was two-time college graduate, except mine was 35 years apart! 🙂 I so admire you marathon runners! Thanks again for sharing your ID with us! It was fun getting to know you through this prompt.

  9. amyilene says:

    Thank you for this! I am even more inclined to try my hand at this format!

  10. Wow. I read this and wonder how much experience can be packed into one lifetime! You’ve done an amazing job of giving us that snapshot of where your life has taken you! This was quite the trip! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with us today!

  11. Great to read your very interesting and varied post of what you’ve been up to in past times. It is a great way to get to know someone in a short slice and is super simple and fun to read.

  12. Trina says:

    I loved reading your list and learning more about what experiences that you have had. I am with Glenda – I would love to know more of how it went tutoring your grandmother

  13. SUSAN MONTANO says:

    Jane of all trades and more! Love this!



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