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Introducing myself and my journal: Acacia's Anecdotes

About Me:
I grew up in the Midwest, but I have always wanted to discover other ways of life, so upon graduating from high school, I took a year of Spanish so that I could visit my friend from the Dominican Republic that next summer.

Then I went to a university to major in French and study teaching. Upon receiving my Bachelor's, I became a teaching assistant in the French Alps to French high school students. It was there that I met my future husband, Francis. We got married and since he was French, I lived a total of 15 years in France. We had 2 children, who have lived in both the US and France and are bilingual.

I love the French language and I loved many things of that culture which I miss a lot. We were going to move back to France 9 years ago when my husband died suddenly. So I am here in the US. I miss him terribly.

Things that interest me are yoga, walking in nature, reading, writing, vegetarianism, and of course, French. I am also interested in living ecologically friendly and in making friends worldwide to share what we have in common as well as learn about what makes us different.

My Passions:
Reading, Yoga, Vegetarianism, Nature walks, Singing, Music, Ecology

My Challenges:
I lost my soul mate almost a decade ago.

My Vision for the Future:
Worldwide peace. Cooperation among countries.

My Areas of Expertise:
French teacher, translator.

Comments

Saharam's picture

Welcome Acacia!

Dear Acacia,

Welcome to World Pulse! We are so happy that you are a part of the World Pulse community.

Thank you for sharing your story with us and I am sorry for your loss. Please do continue to connect and share with us.

See the Getting Started Guide to learn more about networking in our community: http://www.worldpulse.com/pulsewire/about/guide

I look forward to hearing your voice in the community!

In friendship,
Sahar

Acacia Anne Desmoulin's picture

Dear Sahar, You sound very

Dear Sahar,

You sound very interesting. I agree with you about Global Peace. That's my goal also.

Since you are living in the US for now, tell me about what you think of the US as compared to Iran. What a difference ! :)

Take care,

Acacia

Saharam's picture

Thank you Acacia!

That's a good question Acacia, I am sure each Iranian living in the US would have her/his very special answer to this question, so do I...
At first when I came here (five years ago), I thought the difference is huge. I thought people, system, and life is general is totally different (in a good way;) ). It took me a while to be able to see deeper layers of living in the US. I realized that people could suffer from extremists and injustice all around the world, in different ways. Being here, as an Iranian veiled Muslim woman, is not easy at all! After becoming Women Studies student I started realizing discrimination against myself (and many other marginalized group) in the society much easier. I was a typical Iranian woman in my country and I rarely felt the pressure I am feeling here. I like many things about US culture and US people, but I have those challenging moments too. All of this valuable experience just opened my eyes (an my mind in some ways), and I can't be more thankful for the chance of having this unique experience! At the same time, I am missing my country and my friends back there a lot. Although I know it is a sweet dream for many Iranians to have a chance of living in the US...

If you have any specific questions I will be more than happy to answer!

In friendship,
Sahar

Acacia Anne Desmoulin's picture

Sahar, I am sorry that you

Sahar,

I am sorry that you are experiencing discrimination here in the US. I don't think that I know which state you live in currently. But unfortunately, it is true that prejudice exists everywhere and the US is not exempt, as you have observed. I think that it is good that you are having the cultural experience, but I wish that people would treat you well and equally here.

When I lived in France for 15 years, at first I felt alone and I felt homesick, but as time passed, I felt more at home there than I do here. I made friends and adjusted to France so well, that I feel like a foreigner in my own country of birth ! So I do understand you missing your country and your friends, because I miss my country and my friends in France.

And of course it is a sweet dream for people in many countries to live in the US, but a dream is just a fantasy. You are living the reality.

I think that in each country, people respond differently to situations. Have you noticed cultural differences between how people behave here as compared to in Iran ? If you want to tell me some pros and cons of each country, that could be interesting.

Take care,

Acacia

Susan K.A.'s picture

Hello Acacia! Welcome to you!

Dear Acacia,

I'm glad that you have joined World Pulse. It's wonderful to have you here, to read the lovely introduction you've offered us, and to get to know something about you and the life you've led thus far. I was touched by your story. Life is so fragile and fleeting, our loved ones so dear to our hearts and the moments we have together precious. I hope that you find joy in the connections you make here at World Pulse. I do believe you will be inspired by women's stories, and you will be able to offer empathy and inspiration to others with your words and life-experience.

I wonder if you might be interested in offering your translation skills a little here? World Pulse is in need of French-to-English translators to support the voices of women in the DRC and other French-speaking African countries. Here's a link with more info:
http://worldpulse.com/node/42202

I share your interests for living ecologically and being in nature. I still haven't gotten into yoga but I feel like I "should." (maybe it's the "should" that's keeping me from taking the plunge :)

Best wishes to you, Acacia! I look forward to getting to know you better.

With love,
Susan

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

Acacia Anne Desmoulin's picture

Dear Susan, There is no

Dear Susan,

There is no "should" with yoga. It just feels good to your body and relaxes you. I started yoga because I had back issues following a car accident in my twenties. Thanks to yoga, I have successfully avoided surgery and I feel great. It's just a question of wanting to feel optimal. But I don't do power yoga or hot yoga. I just do wonderful stretches to keep my joints and back supple.

I can translate a bit if you'd like. Let me know how to go about it. I will check out the link that you gave me, but for now, I have to go to physical therapy to attend to my arm that I broke in November.

I am looking forward to getting to know you also and the various people I will meet on this site.

Thanks,

Acacia

Susan K.A.'s picture

Sorry about your arm. The

Sorry about your arm. The yoga sounds wonderful, so beneficial (anything that can help avoid a surgery or meds!)

I went on a run last spring when I was particularly sleep-deprived (chronic insomnia), tripped, went flying, and landed--smack--on the pavement, dislocating my shoulder. It's still sore and I know yoga would be helpful. It also might help with the sleep issue. So, I know there are no "shoulds" but what's keeping me from doing yoga when I'm pretty sure it would be so good for me? There's even a studio literally 3 doors around the corner from my house...Hmmm. I think for me it's a matter of finding the right atmosphere, the right ambiance/community.

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

Acacia Anne Desmoulin's picture

Yoga

Dear Susan,

If you "know" something would be good for you but you are avoiding it anyway, maybe it is your intuition telling you that it's not the right time. If you dislocated your shoulder, maybe you should have a chiropractor or an osteopath look at it to be sure that it is not unwise at this time to start a yoga practice.

I myself would even consider physical therapy before the yoga to see what movements are advisable and which would not be wise until your shoulder is completely healed. If you don't want to do that, then at least listen to your body when and if you do try to do yoga somewhere so that you don't force yourself to do something that you shouldn't.

I started out by buying a book and doing the positions that I could handle. I also went to a yoga class, but it was a very gentle yoga. That was in France. Then when I moved here, I went to a gentle yoga class again and also did positions that I found in books.

Now I have developed my own routine and do it at home. There are so many yoga classes and so many types. Maybe you hesitate because you aren't sure if you will find the right one for you. I always ask if I can visit one class for free, or at the very least, only pay for one class to be sure that it is the right class for me. Then I don't have to pay for 10 classes if it isn't the right type. This way, you could find your right atmosphere/community. :)

Susan K.A.'s picture

I'm glad you might be

I'm glad you might be interested in translating. I think you might find it to be inspiring... How great you can read the posts from our friends in the Congo (and other french-speaking countries) without having to resort to the sometimes rough "Google-translate" translation! My sister teaches French at a college here in Oregon and is just embarking on having some of her students do translation work for World Pulse for extra credit. :)

Here's a link to the "Volunteer Intake Form":
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dENfWDZwTFRSdXZVako...

Scott Beck is the Online Community Manager and can answer any questions you might have. at scott@worldpulse.com.

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

Acacia Anne Desmoulin's picture

I filled out the "Volunteer

I filled out the "Volunteer Intake Form", but I never got a response. I don't know why.

Susan K.A.'s picture

I'm sure you will get a

I'm sure you will get a response, though it may take a little awhile.. I know Scott and some of the others who work in the World Pulse office and know that they are very busy but do their best to field requests and everything else. I'm sure they will be happy to get your offer to volunteer! I live in Portland, OR (where World Pulse is based) and have visited the office a few times. The staff is quite small for all the work that they do but they're very dedicated and passionate about their work. Thanks for reaching out!

Perhaps you know about Neema Namadamu? She's a very inspiring activist from the DRC who has started up a computer literacy center in her country ("the worst place in the world to be a woman") and it is because of her work that so many women there are joining World Pulse every day, and why the need for French translators is growing. Here's a link to her profile: http://worldpulse.com/user/11809

Please let me know if you don't hear anything from World Pulse regarding your application after a week or so and I'll try to figure out what's going on.

Thanks, Acacia,
Susan

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

Acacia Anne Desmoulin's picture

Dear Susan, I just read your

Dear Susan,

I just read your awesome profile ! I am very impressed. I am interested in Buddhism also, as well as Taoism. I was a stay-at-home mom also. I now have a very close tie with my children, so it is really a way to build the family and promote confident children who live lives of integrity. I felt very privileged also to have been able to stay at home with my children and watch them grow and learn, because I also chose to educate them at home so that they would be bilingual. It was a blast. I am eternally grateful to my husband for that opportunity.

Acacia

Susan K.A.'s picture

Thanks, Acacia

What an amazing gift you and your husband gave your children! I love the idea of homeschooling but could never get my husband on board. I do try to spend as much time with them as possible outside of school to nurture our connection. I so much want us to have a close relationship with open communication into their adulthood. I admire your dedication and devotion to your children.

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"I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness the astonishing light of your own being."
-Hafiz

Acacia Anne Desmoulin's picture

Susan, Homeschooling is not

Susan,

Homeschooling is not necessary to have a close relationship with your children. It's just something I wanted to do. There are pros and cons to both schooling and homeschooling. My husband wasn't ecstatic about the idea at the beginning either, but he agreed to give it a try and he ended up really enjoying it because he got to participate more with the kids than if they would have been bogged down with school work.

He taught them how to play the recorder. He gave them geography lessons through playing a globe game that he made up and amazingly, our daughter is now a Geography student going for her Masters ! He also taught our son how to use the computer and now our son has his own IT business. :) He even taught the kids a bit of German. We really enjoyed the homeschooling years. It was so much fun. It gave me a second and better childhood. :)

As the kids get older, they take off on their own and you become just the facilitator. We made lots of library trips. :) And therefore, you can pursue your interests as well. But if you can't convince your husband to try it at all, I hope you have a very nice school for your kids.

Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

Hey there! Welcome to Worldpulse community!

It’s so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fabulous time with your new online friends as well as find this to be a very positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you.

Peace!
Fatima

Acacia Anne Desmoulin's picture

Dear Fatima, Thank-you for

Dear Fatima,

Thank-you for the warm welcome. I had a long day ! I read your profile. You sound very interesting. I still haven't read how to check out all of the resources and features available. I have to find a minute to do this.

I hope we will exchange more soon,

Acacia

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