Friday, March 23, 2018

What's on my iphone?


Hello readers, I thought this would be a fun post to write. I love seeing what kind of apps people have on their phones. I have an iPhone because my friend gave me her old iPhone when she upgraded to a new phone. I have the IPhone 5s. Even though it’s an older phone , it works really well. I currently do not have it connected with data. I just use wifi and most places have wifi. I have phone that is connected to a phone plane so I can call and text without needing wifi. My real phone does not have the ability to have apps nor is it touch screen. (None smartphone aka dumb phone)So I use the iPhone to use apps. It is cheaper to pay for a none smartphone than it is to pay for a smartphone. Now on to the fun part.

I have all my apps on two “pages” on my phone. I like to keep my phone screen neat and organized.


Here are pictures of the apps in the folders. PicsArt is my favorite app to edit pictures because it doesn’t leave a watermark on your pictures after editing. I love spanishdict because I can get word of the day and learn new Spanish words. It also comes in handy when I need to look up a word in Spanish. Blackboard is used by my university. Yes I know that I have a lot of messaging app but I use all of them. WhatsApp, WeChat, Messenger,and Kakao Talk are great apps to message friends that are international or if you are traveling internationally.

I would love to know what apps you have on your phone. Have a great day!

~Liu Miao~

Thursday, March 15, 2018

My Spoonie Story

Hello readers! Happy Spring Break and I am so excited to be on spring break. Now I have time to write and relax. Today I share my spoonie story. 

The spoonie theory was created by Christine Miseradino and here is summary of the theory. She explains how some people have more spoons to get through the day. People with chronic illness or disabilities have limited spoons and have to use their spoons wisely. Doing things will cost you a spoon. Sometimes the activity will cost you more than one spoon. I really this theory because it is a great picture for people to understand people with chronic illness and disabilities.

I have a disability and a chronic pain. My disability is severe bilateral hip dysplasia which includes atrophied muscles near my hip area. I have had this disability since I was really young( from the age of 2 that we know of). My disability really didn’t really cause to much physical problems. I had surgery around the age of 4 and the surgery helped me walk a little better. During my senior year of high school, I started having a lot of pain. I went to a lot of doctors. All the doctors say that i have a lot of pain because the structure of my hips and it causes stress on my hips(That’s why I didn’t really have a lot of pain while I was growing up). So it has been almost 4 years since my chronic pain has started. I can feel by bones get worse. I have not been diagnosed with arthritis, but I do have a lot of joint issues.

In conclusion, it is hard to be a spoonie. For me, I have pain most of the time, but I do have Good days. I like to celebrate my good days. I have been able to relate to others since joining this community of spoonies.

If you are a spoonie, I would love if you consider being on the #SpoonieSeries. This is a series on the blog that allows spoonies to have a voice. These posts can be informational, be a story(encouraging, funny) about being a spoonie.

Have a great week and May the Spoons be ever in your favor.

~Liu Miao~

Monday, February 5, 2018

My Adoption Story

*Hello readers! Today i share my adoption story so far. This is not my whole adoption story because i continue to live in the adoption journey. * This is a very long post

It begins the year 1996 and in Changsha Hunan China. I was born between April-September. My papers say that I was born in September and found near a bridge in November.I lived in the orphanage for about 4 years. I lived in a good orphanage and the ayis (aunties-care takers)loved the children. There is an organization that works with the Changsha 1 social welfare centre and I lived under the care of them for some time. I was adopted in June 2000 by an American family. Almost didn’t get out of Guangzhou ( this is where Americans finish up the adoption process and can leave the country)because of some mistake with paperwork. My mom said that I was somewhat bad on the plane but she wasn’t upset with me because she knew that I was going through a lot of changes. It was a very long flight home because we had two layovers one in South Korea and L.A California (USA). We got to Texas around June 21. Family and friends greeted me and my parents as we came off the plane.( this is prior to 9-11 ). I do not remember a lot from this time probably because it was traumatic with all the changes. Most of this information is from what people told me. I didn’t like dogs at first and my family had a lot of dogs at the time. I have one older sister adopted from China and 5 older siblings ( my parents biological kids)The next year I had major surgery to help me walk better. I remember going to the hospital a lot. I was homeschooled from k-12. We did activities with other homeschool families and I volunteered at a children’s hospital in high school. My high school graduation was just me.My life was pretty normal. I grew up meeting people of different ethnicities or people who lived in different countries ( my dad is a pastor and we would have missionaries come talk about the work in that country). I also have a couple of friends who were adopted. While growing up , I struggled with being adopted and having a physical disability. My parents , family and friends helped me through these struggles and still help me when I have struggles. I did grow up in a Christian home and went to church. I became a Christian around 7-8 years old and continue to grow in my relationship with God. I think of becoming a Christian was my second adoption. I am not afraid to share my thoughts with people but I will be kind when i share my beliefs. There is one more part of adoption story that I want to share. Early 2016, I try to find one of the ayis in a picture. she is in several pictures and my parents remember her. This ayi meet my parents because she took me to the hotel to meet my parents. I contacted the organization that works with Changsha 1 social welfare centre. The organization was able to find her contact information and I was able to email her. I was able to thank her for being a part of my life and helping so many children. She email me back and we continue to be in contact. She also helped me get in contact with other kids from the orphanage ( those around my age or older).Last summer I was able to visit her in Switzerland. It was a very nice trip and it was great too see her. I was able to visit a girl in Switzerland who lived in the orphanage at the same time as me. I am happy to build a friendship with them and get to know them again.

This is my Adoption story. What is your adoption story?

~Liu Miao~

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Be Early!


So on the first day of class, I showed up to class 30 minutes late. Why did I show up late? I was late because I forgot what time my class started. I had looked at my schedule incorrectly. It was really awkward showing up to class late because it is a small class(20 people). My parents taught me that being on time is being late and one should show up 10-15 minutes early.Why is it
important to be early?

  • it shows that you have respect for others at the event or task that needs to be accomplished.
  • It shows that you are organized and know how to be responsible with time.
  • It allows you to network and potentially get that job/promotion
  • There is less stress when you are early. You aren’t rushing in and trying to get the task done

This is why being early is so important. I normally show up to an event/classes 10-15 minutes early. Yes life happens and it prohibits you from being on time. That is ok if you are late every once in awhile but try to be early to an event/classes. I set alarms on my phone to remind me about events/classes. I also like to write a reminder about the event/classes in my planner. If I write the event and put reminders, I tend to remember the event more.

Have a lovely weekend!
~Liu Miao~

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Goals for 2018

Hello, Readers! I can't believe that is 2018.  How did you spend New Years Eve? I am not a party type and keep it simple celebration. Due to weather, I stayed home with my family. We relaxed and watch tv all day. Drank hot drinks all day. So much has happen in 2017 and i hope that 2018 is full of adventures.  There are some goals that i hope to accomplish in 2018

  •  Keep my room and desk organized this year. 
  • Practice hand lettering
  • Study and Pass the GRE
  • Try not to procrastinate on homework and other important tasks
  • Stay consistent with Bible reading
  • Apply to graduate schools
  • Get a summer internship
  • Show kindness to others in small or big ways.
  • Have more faith and worry less.
  • Blog on a consistent schedule. I am thankful for those who have stuck with me even though i don't always post.
I hope to reach these goals to the best of my abilities. I would love to hear about some of your goals. Let us encourage one another to keep our goals.

~Liu Miao~

Monday, December 18, 2017

A reflection of 2017

I can't believe 2017 is coming to an end. I decided to include my best nine from Instagram.  I love that 3 of 9 pictures are Vietnamese food.This year was so amazing. It was full of adventure and growth for me personally and for A Word with Liu Miao. Here are some thoughts about this year:

  • I went on my first international trip alone. It was kinda scary and stressful ; however, I am so glad that I went. I have wonderful memories with great people.
  • I have meet so many bloggers this year through Instagram and facebook blogging groups. I love how this community is so helpful.
  • The blog is growing. I have gained new readers and so excited to see the growth. I tried to connect with new readers this past year. In the new year, I will work to blog on a schedule. I am working to make A Word for Liu Miao better for readers in the new year. If you have any suggestions, comment below.
  • One important lesson that I am learning is Trust on God. This theme was very noticeable to me this year. God didn't have the answer that I wanted but He had the answer that was right for me.( though I don't always like his answer)
  • Making decisions is hard to do. This involves trusting God too. I decided my major for college, and I decided to postpone major surgery.
What are some important things that happen in your life? I would love to hear how 2017 went for you.

Have a good week.
~Liu Miao~

Friday, December 8, 2017

Christmas Traditions

Hello readers, I can't believe Christmas is quickly approaching. The year has gone so fast this year. I really enjoy because it represents Joy of our Saviour. I love the christmas lights and christmas songs. Christmas traditions is one of my favourite things about the holiday since christmas traditions are only done during this time of the year. Here are some of my christmas traditions:

  • Listen to christmas music. I prefer to listening to christmas music after Thanksgiving. This year I started listing to  christmas music early because I am doing special music at my church in December so I needed to learn the songs
  • Watch Christmas movies. Some of my favourite movies include: Christmas in Connecticut, Hallmark Christmas movies, It's a Wonderful Life, the Santa Clause series, The Christmas Shoes. (* This is not sponsored and these are all my own opinions)
  • Christmas Desserts. I love making christmas desserts and eating them too. Some of my favourites include Peppermint bark, Christmas Hash ( it is a mixture of sweet and salty ingredients with melted almond bark so it sticks together. Kinda like making a potatoe has casserole but a dessert.)
  • Going to Christmas Eve Service at my church. I have done it ever since I can remember
  • On Christmas morning, my family reads the christmas story from the Bible before we open presents. This is to help us remember the true meaning of Christmas which is Christ is the true meaning. 
I would love to hear about your family Christmas traditions. I think it is interesting to learn what others do for the holiday. Have a great week and Merry Christmas.

~Liu Miao~