June 30, 2008

Substitute Nanny

La Jolla Recreation Club on a sunny Sunday morning, a tennis tournament nearby, and I'm running around chasing a 1 and 4 year old on the playground.

The sun is shining, the diaper bag is on my shoulder, and I'm using banana chips as currency.

The most urgent thing on my mind is helping the 1 year old go down the slide feet-first. What a contrast to just a week ago in China.

Check out that spiderman web action.

June 20, 2008

The ENFP Box

I took a personality profile test. I've managed to dodge them for years, but after living in China for two years I've encountered some personalities that have boggled my mind. Someone recently explained/opened my eyes to the facts of overseas living- there are two types of people that move overseas (said somewhat in a hush, as if it were a secret). The first group- legit people, that "get it" and are living the adventure of Life. The second- weirdos (very strange people), that move to escape something, are trying to find their niche in society, and might be (usually are) highly socially awkward. I would agree that people in the long term expat community fall into one of these two groups. You can just hope that you have a higher ratio of group one around you.

With a return to the States just a week away, I thought it might be helpful to finally give in and see what personality "box" I fit into, to help with job opportunities. It turns out that I'm an Extroverted Intuitive Feeling Perceiving, with the title of "The Inspirer". Nice...

So this is how I'm described:
ENFPs are initiators of change who are keenly perceptive of possibilities, and who energize and stimulate through their contagious enthusiasm. They prefer the start-up phase of a project or relationship, and are tireless in the pursuit of new-found interests. ENFPs are able to anticipate the needs of others and to offer them needed help and appreciation. They bring zest, joy, liveliness, and fun to all aspects of their lives. They are at their best in situations that are fluid and changing, and that allow them to express their creativity and use their charisma.

ENFPs are energetic and enthusiastic leaders who are likely to take charge when a new endeavor needs a visionary spokesperson. ENFPs are values-oriented people who become champions of causes and services relating to human needs and dreams. Their leadership style is one of soliciting and recognizing others' contributions and of evaluating the personal needs of their followers. ENFPs are often charismatic leaders who are able to help people see the possibilities beyond themselves and their current realities. They function as catalysts.

It says a lot more about living, learning, loving, working, and leisure. The leisure part was right on- it basically said that I love to read and travel. I fit into the box, and I don't know what to think of that.

June 3, 2008

The 5 Zi's

This is success in the eyes of the Chinese:

1. Fang Zi- House
2. Che Zi- Car
3. Qi Zi- Wife
4. Er Zi- Son
5. Mao Zi- Hat (means political power)

A little cultural insight: By the year 2020, there will be a shortage of 40 million women.