Meet Me!

These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.

Najwa Zebian

Hi! Thank you for taking the time to get to know me; I’m not particularly interesting, that is to say I’m fairly average. Sort of.

I don’t know where to start or how to start this, so you’ll have forgive me for being so awkward, even though all I’m doing writing an autobiography. First and foremost something very important to me, is my faith. I am a Christian, I have been my whole life. And this is an important aspect of me because my faith and my beliefs have challenged and shaped me. I don’t proclaim to be perfect, I certainly am not. I have let spicy, questionable language slip from my mouth – both intentionally and unintentionally. Even today, I am constantly failing God. But due to His endless love, and no merit of my own I do not have to feel the pressure to be perfect – and I’m learning not to. I have gone through a process called Freedom Session, and through that I have truly been set free and changed by God, in so many ways. Again, certainly no where near perfect. But definitely set free and so deeply loved.

I’m also married. I got married at 23 years old. By societal standards, very young. By Christian standards, somewhat older. By my standards just right. We met when I was 18, at the beach and it sort of took off from there. We don’t have the cutest marriage. We’re not one of those instagram couples or tumblr couples that you see where we’re matching or sharing loving glances. Our relationship consists of banter, quips and tender moments. My husband has a tendency to shy away from the camera, so there will probably few and rare pictures of him.

Andrew and I have no human child at this time. At 25 I am in no rush to have children. It’s not that I don’t want any, but now is just not the season. I volunteer with my church’s children’s ministry and that fills my need plenty.

Our little family, at this time is made complete with a small dog. Our shih-tzu is a small bundle of love, that fills our hearts with so much joy and so much love. Every day we pray for a long and happy and healthy life for her. She’s not the best trained, and she’s not the smartest, but we love her so dearly. Luna is the answer to a life long prayer of mine.

A hobby of my husband and I is movies. We are avid movie watchers. I wish i were exaggerating but we watch at least one movie, once a week. The only exception is a string of exceptionally bad movies. And even then, if the need is mighty, we will watch. We mainly go out and watch Marvel movies (Really though, who doesn’t?). But we’ve gone and seen our fair share of other franchises and individual releases.

I’ve always had a love for cartoons and animated features. Whether it was a disney animated feature, anime or children’s cartoon, I’ve enjoyed so many. My love and interest in anime sparked when I was small child, freshly immigrated from the Philippines. I was young and stayed home, and busied myself watching Digimon, Pokemon and Sailor Moon. When anime started catching on in North America (Any one remember or still watch YTV?), I got into shows like bey blade and medabots. Props to anyone, who remembers.

I started getting into more mature anime, and less americanized anime through a particular show called Inuyasha, which was a lot of nerd’s segue. Now I’ve watched such a range and variety, I often cannot keep up. Some personal recommendations would be Kimi no na Wa, A Silent Voice, Ame and Yuki: Wolf Children and The Boy and The Beast are some terrific films. I high recommend Ano Hana, Kokoro Connect and Angel Beats for TV show lovers. These are personal recommendations however, and a bigger list is posted. I also have a soft spot for shows like Avatar: The Last Airbender, Justice League and Justice League: Unlimited. If it doesn’t already show, my neediness is a huge definition of who I am.

To pile onto the list of my ever ending geeky loves, I am also a “gamer” I use this term quite loosely, in the sense that I am not very good at games. Certain ones, maybe, depending on your definition of loose. I mainly play visual novels, and open world games. Or some favourites of mine: Stardew Valley and Little Dragon’s Cafe. Games with low risk, low rewards, but easy to just turn off your brain and de-stress.

A huge reason I talk about these aspects of me, is because I want to remember these movies, shows and games. I want to start reviewing, not really for the sake of sharing my opinion, but to be able to look back and reflect on what I once thought. What are my impressions, my initial opinions and my feelings regarding these games and other media. I want to review my times as a leader in my ministry at church and be able to reflect. See where I grew, where I faltered. When God let me fall, and when He picked me up again. Where I trusted and when I rebelled.

Truly, I thank you so much for taking the time to read about me, whether you read thoroughly, or skimmed quickly, it is so appreciated. I cannot wait to get to know you, myself and God more and more through this journey.

God bless,

w/ love,
Ari