Kingston’s Journey

The archive of my process of making a better me through seeing, experiencing, meeting and learning about the unfamiliar.

“Carpe Diem” Kingston’s Journal #43

Its far easier for us to sit around flipping through pictures then getting off our butts and making things happen. Good memories are only made if we take the initiative and seize opportunities.

“Last Boot on the Ground” Thoughts on Being a Leader: Kingston’s Journal #32

There’s an old saying that goes, a manager tells people what to do and a leader shows them what to do. Break down the word “leader” and you get the word lead. Break it down further and for every leader you have followers. What does it mean to follow? It means to do the same … Continue reading “Last Boot on the Ground” Thoughts on Being a Leader: Kingston’s Journal #32

“What Turns a Heart Bitter” On Love and Indifference: Kingston’s Journal #31

Teaching job is over, just need to finish up the grading and that’d be a wrap for being a school teacher. I think back to all the things I did for my kids out of love, care and concern. And how so much of it was unrecipricated. I won’t laundry list it as that would … Continue reading “What Turns a Heart Bitter” On Love and Indifference: Kingston’s Journal #31

“Rudy” Work Hard, In a Thoughtful Place: Kingston’s Journal #30

Let’s talk about Rudy, he was a young man with big dreams. He may have been small in stature, but that didn’t deter him from playing college football. He spent years toiling, working harder than most to be a bench warmer on the team. Only in the last game of his college career did he … Continue reading “Rudy” Work Hard, In a Thoughtful Place: Kingston’s Journal #30

“I Loved You, But Not No More” Thoughts on Love: Kingston’s Journal #29

So yesterday I saw some of my M3 students likely for the last time. As I walked past, one of them called after me, “Mr. Kingston!” she said. I turned around, “good bye!” they called out as they waved farewell. Me, being more a man of letters and not so quick to think on my … Continue reading “I Loved You, But Not No More” Thoughts on Love: Kingston’s Journal #29

“A Man’s Burden” On Taking Responsibility for Everything: Kingston’s Journal #28

I started the term with high ideals for myself, I was going to emulate the best teacher I ever knew and make all my kids better students. “Great teachers inspire” I said to myself. A number of my students have improved, more have gotten worse, and the great majority have stayed more or less the … Continue reading “A Man’s Burden” On Taking Responsibility for Everything: Kingston’s Journal #28

“It’s About Being Remembered” A Lesson on Leaving a Legacy: Kingston’s Journal #27

Just because I only have a few weeks left as a schoolteacher doesn’t mean I have ceased rolling out new ideas in the classroom. I watched a Ted talk on how to be the most effective teacher. The speaker talked about how he did away with the traditional teacher is at the front lecture and … Continue reading “It’s About Being Remembered” A Lesson on Leaving a Legacy: Kingston’s Journal #27

“Who Am I, What Matters, What Am I Good At” Kingston’s Journal #26

Recently I watched an interesting Youtube video that was about the advice an older person would give to their 20 something self. He compared this life stage as akin to running a series of experiments to answer 3 questions rather then trying to get the most prestige or money. Those 3 questions are: 1. Who … Continue reading “Who Am I, What Matters, What Am I Good At” Kingston’s Journal #26

5 Things I Like About Teaching In Thailand (and 3 I Don’t): Kingston’s Journal #23

As this school year winds down to the final 4 weeks, I wanted to reflect on the things I like and didn’t like during my time here in Thailand. Pro: Firstly, the students are quite friendly, whenever they pass me in the hall, there’ll normally be some that greet me. Con: On the flip side, … Continue reading 5 Things I Like About Teaching In Thailand (and 3 I Don’t): Kingston’s Journal #23

Persistence or a Waste of Time? Kingston’s Journal #22

Darn near 2 months ago, I talked about how I felt burnout from the monotony of teaching English in Thailand. I still feel that boredom and unhappiness. I’ve been trying to block out these feelings or numb it as an alcoholic would say, by doing things that are unconventional for a teacher: Weaponized Toothpicks Singing … Continue reading Persistence or a Waste of Time? Kingston’s Journal #22

The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Get: Kingston’s Journal #21

Often there is a lot of talk about luck, specifically in life and career. How this person or that person became successful because of luck and circumstances. As I talked about in a previous post though, each choice that we make alters the next. Therefore, its not so much that luck determines our outcome, its … Continue reading The Harder You Work, The Luckier You Get: Kingston’s Journal #21

Getting Stonewalled: Kingston’s Journal #10

Right now I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that I wasn’t feeling frustrated with my life. I’m turning 24 in less than 10 days and I still haven’t figured things out. Yes, I’m almost finished surveying 400 Bangkok university students and after I’m finished compiling the information I’m going to be asking professors if … Continue reading Getting Stonewalled: Kingston’s Journal #10