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A Quick Update With Me

I’ve been doing okay lately. Life has been full of ups and downs. And it’s definitely better than the last couple of months. I’m so glad that I have no contact with my family. I don’t have to hear my parents talk down to me with snide comments and backhanded compliments. I’ve also saved a ton of money because I don’t have to spend money on expensive stuff that my family force me to buy. I’m happy. I really am. And I’m grateful for the family that I have now.

I’m going to keep this post short. I have many more ideas coming up in my mind and I can’t wait to write them on here.

If you want to read more of my articles, you can visit my medium profile here. Thank you so much for reading!

We’re on Buy Me a Coffee!

Hi everyone! I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before, but I do have a buy me a coffee account. I’m working on linking it at the bottom of my blog posts. I might also link it on my medium page. I’m very grateful for the opportunity to write on here and on medium. There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t feel lucky. I hope to be able to share more of my stories on here and to accomplish my ultimate goal of helping my fellow teachers become better teachers.

The link to my medium page is here if you want to read more of my articles.

Here is also the link to my buy me a coffee account. You are absolutely not obligated to buy me anything. I would absolutely appreciate it if you did and thank you so much.

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Another great productive day as a teacher in 2022

I apologize for not posting as often! I know that a lot of creators say that often, but I legitimately am always thinking about posting on my blog. I feel guilty if I don’t post. I think it is due to the fact that I want to make every blog post perfect. And I can’t do that. Nothing is perfect, so I’m going to still post regardless. The main motivator for me is reading other fellow WordPress bloggers and their posts. I want to make a good faith effort to try to more often. Wish me luck!

Today was a great day. I launched my virtual group piano lessons. And I’m super excited. I had one inquiry and a share. There isn’t a lot of engagement at the moment, but I am hopeful for more opportunities soon. I’m currently teaching about 42 lessons per week. It’s a lot and if I can successfully launch my group classes, I will be teaching about 47 lessons. I know that I may be super ambitious, but I want to steadily grow my classes towards being virtual instead of in-person.

How is your day so far? I hope that you have a great weekend and I am very grateful for all of my followers. Thank you so much. And thank you for reading!

My medium account is here. If you want to join medium, I have tons of blog posts on pocketfuloflearning about medium. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

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New Beginnings

For awhile now, I have been trying to make things work with my family. The family that I am talking about is my immediate family which includes my father, mother, and my two sisters. It has been a journey that I did not want to go on. I wish that I could have had a normal family life, but many things happen that we don’t expect to happen. In some ways, I am glad that I went through what I did because I feel a lot stronger now than before. However, in other ways, I wish that I didn’t have to go through so much of the hurt and pain that I had gone through.

I know that they won’t be reading this because they don’t support my writing. They’ve always known about my blog. I used to share my posts directly on my facebook page. And I know that they never clicked on them. It’s alright, I don’t really need their support for my writing. I will continue to pursue writing nevertheless.

Speaking of supporting my blog, I want to share a story about what happened when I initially wanted to start my blog four years ago. I’ve written about this story before, but it’s a good glimpse into the mindset of how my family thinks.

When I first wanted to set up my blog, I had asked a family member for advice. She told me that it wasn’t within her expertise even though she had created an entire website from scratch. I was stunned because it didn’t make sense to me that she couldn’t help me even though she has a ton of website creation experience. I initially wanted to create a website without a blogging platform. My plan was to write on the website and to own it. She told me straight that she was not able to help me create a website (despite having created a website a week ago) and that blogging is a waste of time. As I stood there speechless, I didn’t know how to act. Should I be mad at her for not wanting to help me or should I just give up on my creating a website entirely? I was honestly standing there with no words. She then asked me what I was planning on calling my website. I had Pocketfuloflearning in my mind and I told her that. She started looking it up as if she was looking for the website. At that moment, I felt so stupid and torn. I thought that I was naive for wanting to do something like this and that I would never be able to make anything from my writing. I left the room feeling like my dreams were crushed.

Fast forward a week later after the encounter, I found out that she had started her own blog. And she was posting on there occasionally. Many things were in my mind. She had placed her blog link on her instagram, so she wanted people to find her blog. Another thing was that she knew how to start a blog and it was evident that she didn’t want to help me. Her posts were about her day or her goals, and these are many of the common things that bloggers usually write about. I knew in that moment that she just didn’t want me to pursue blogging. She told me that it was a waste of time and that I will never get anything from it. If it was such a waste of time, why did she have her own blog? I told myself that I will continue to pursue blogging with even more passion than I had before. I wanted to prove her wrong and I was right. I ended up creating multiple blogs and I had success with it. Blogging changed my life for the better. And I gained a lot from writing. It has brought security, motivation, and monetary value to my life. I am forever grateful for blogging. I also learned that starting a blog was not difficult at all. She told me that it would be kinda difficult. And that was very far from the truth.

I hope the blogging story makes sense. It has definitely been awhile since the story occurred, but I can’t help but wonder what would have happened if I had listened to her. I spent so much of my time listening to everything that my family told me to do. I was brainwashing myself to believe what they were telling me. When I was in my freshmen year of college, I brainwashed myself that I wanted to go to medical school. I knew in my heart that I didn’t want to go, but my mother told me that she would cry every night if I didn’t go. Four years later, she told me that I should go to law school instead. I was hesitant. My boyfriend-now-husband told me that I should just continue teaching piano instead. I brainwashed myself again into thinking that I wanted to go to law school. I ended up crying a lot of the time throughout this entire experience. I wasted thousands of dollars and seven years of my life that I will never get back. The reason why they never gave me a chance to do what I wanted was because they looked down on me for being a teacher. A teacher is a respectable career choice. They wanted me to make a lot of money and they believed that teachers can’t make enough to meet their standards. It’s entirely false. Teachers can make a lot of money and probably more than other careers. If I had continued with where I was with my teaching, I would have made a lot more. I had a full studio of 40+ students and I was thriving. I gave all of it up just to be brainwashed and to lose more money.

Now that I look back on how much I lost, I am infuriated. I was hurt before, but writing my experience on to here has shown me that the situation is actually a lot worse than I thought it was. And that leads us to where we are now. I am going to continue writing about my experience on medium and here. This is my life and I don’t want them to control me anymore.

I am almost completely estranged from my family. The only thing left is the phone bill that I am not sure if I can cancel without talking to them. My husband and I are going to try to figure it out. I haven’t been living with them for four years now. And I am just beginning to rebuild my life again. I had lost so much from this entire experience. I was devastated for months after breaking ties with them. For the first time in awhile, I am hopeful again. I didn’t want things to be how they are now, but I am so much happier now.

If you are in a similar situation, I would encourage you to try to build your own life. It gets better and it is not hopeless.

I am also going to write more on my medium account. If you want to read more of my articles, you can click here: medium.com/@Liachenhwang.

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Thank you so much for reading. Remember, you are important. And you matter.

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Happy New Years Everyone!

This year has been so great for us. It has brought a lot of happiness and some new lessons. I have grown so much in this year and more than I have in the previous year. It’s amazing to look back at how my life was before, and to compare it to where it is now. I’m so thankful for everything that I have. Every day of my life, I look at my beautiful little family that I’ve made and I feel the greatest happiness in my heart. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how lucky I am to be with them.

The hardships this year has brought me to a new place in my life. With hardships, you will also experience new lessons. I learned that I can grown on my own. It’s okay to move away from those who are not good for you and to walk on your own instead. I wish I had done this sooner. I honestly don’t know why I was so hesitant to do this before, but it’s better late than never.

A new journey that I embarked on this year was growing my writing on medium. If you want to read my new article on medium, you can click here. I’m so surprised and extremely grateful that I have been able to grow so much on medium in such a short amount of time. Blogging has been my passion for so long. Medium feels like an extension to my writing. And I’m more happy than ever to be able to write on both platforms now.

I’ve written a lot about my journey on medium so far on here. And I’m definitely going to continue writing about my medium journey. For us bloggers, there are a lot more opportunities for us. I want to be able to share my experiences with others if they are also looking to expand their writing too. Therefore, you can read more about my thoughts on medium on this blog or you can click here to access all of my medium articles.

If you are not familiar with medium, it is a writing platform that allows writers of all levels to publish articles and to be able to make money from their writing. It doesn’t cost anything to join the program. I have found the program to be very rewarding. The money that I have earned from medium is 4-5 times as much as how much I make from word ads on WordPress.

If you have any questions, I would be more than happy to answer any questions that you may have about medium.

I don’t want to keep you too long on this blog post. It’s currently two hours away from the new year and I’m going to go spend it with my family. Happy new year and I hope that you have all the blessings this upcoming year!

I’ll see you in the new year!

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