10 on 10- December

I am determined to publish my last 10 on 10 for 2015 on time this month! So I am writing this on the 9th and will set a timer (patting myself on the back).

Over the past three years my cousin over at Melissa Hines Photography has pushed me (in the best possible way) to be more creative and active with my photography. I am so grateful to her for that. In 2013 we did a 365 day photography project together and that really wore me out. But this project she suggested, posting 10 photos of the month on the 10th of the month, well —this one inspired me. I am definitely going to keep doing it in 2016.

My 10 photos for this month were taken on the same day on December 7th. It depicts a delicious potluck dinner I had with the New Philly Melbourne Church Plant Team. I cannot wait to do life with these beautiful humans (and the four that are already in Melbs, and our team member who is currently in Taiwan) in Australia starting next summer!

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Had to include an image of me! #makingmemories


10 on 10- November (very laaaate)

Happy Thanksgiving! Yes. It is Thanksgiving. No it’s not the 10th. I was on a media fast during the beginning of this month, and soooo I thought I would wait until another special occasion this month to post photos. Do I have great photos to post? Meh. I grabbed some from my phone and my photo library. It’s been a busy month!  But these are a few that I adore and in other news, I just learned that you can make this cool mosaic thing:

Right? That black and white photo is the bug necklace I wore for six weeks straight at work because, bugs! Make sure you check out my cousin’s 10 on 10 as well. She is always more on top of things than me…

10 on 10- October

It’s OCTOBER? When did that happen? This past week the first grade went on a field trip to the Bug Museum! Also known as BugWoods, but with the Korean translation who knows what it is really called. We are two weeks into our unit of studying mini beasts (which is any type of animal without a backbone, did you know that? from ants to starfish and spiders to octopus— those are mini beasts!). Naturally, this is my students’ favorite unit. Ewww.

But even though it’s yuck, I do love teaching it. And this is my favorite field trip of the year. I was inspired by my cousin’s new project “Cities in Color” (check them out on instagram) when taking most of these shots. Can you guess what Octobers color is?

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When you are done here make sure to check out even better photography over at my cousin’s 10 on 10.

10 on 10- September

In my defense it is still the 10th in the USA…

I went to Jakarta, Indonesia this past weekend for training. It wasn’t a vacation by any means, but on the last day after our final set of workshops we had a couple of hours before we needed to head to the airport. I grabbed my camera and did a 30 minute walk around the hotel with Anna (first picture), my good friend, and former colleague who now works at the same school we had our training at— so cool, right?!

I felt refreshed afterward this walk. My brain had been fried (in the best way) during my weekend of training in reading and writing through inquiry. After this photo walk I felt ready to take on a whole week of workshops. It’s important to let your creative side out.

Once your done here, hop on over to my cousin’s 10 on 10-— she blows me out of the water with her intimate photos. I feel like I have lived the week with her.





I snapped this next one so fast that it’s a little bit blurry. But it’s still my favorite shot…DSC_9282



10 on 10- August

I know. I know. It’s not August 10. I am a day late. I was busy getting my classroom ready for the first day of school (tomorrow) that I completely forgot until I went to bed late last night.

I knew as soon as I took these photos that this was what I wanted to post for my next 10 on 10. Near the end of July, after participating in a beautiful wedding, I spent a few days with some beautiful friends. It was a warm (some may say incredibly hot) evening in NYC, and I was in the city long enough to enjoy a delicious Shake Shack burger and spend time with people I want in my life forever.

I love these shots because all but two are not posed. I snapped away during conversation and I see so much of my friends personality in each photo. If you count you’ll notice there are more than 10, but in my defense I didn’t take 2 of them, so I am only over by 1?

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In New York City, we wear black.


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DSC_8428 DSC_8435Street style with Jee Young modeling her purse, designed by her friend!

Don’t forget, I am doing this with my cousin.. check out: Cousin’s 10 on 10!

10 on 10- July

I go by many names. Melody, Mel, Ms. Welton ( or “Ms. Welton! Ms. Welton! Ms. Welton!”)… but my favorite name is Auntie Melody/Auntie Dee Dee.

My 10 on 10 this month are some shots I took my first week home when all the nieces and nephews were under my parents roof. I can’t wait to spend more time with them and take more pictures!


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Cousin’s 10 on 10, check it out!

10 on 10- June [Selfie Edition]

Halfway through having dessert with a friend who is visiting Seoul (from the States) I exclaimed, “IT’S THE TENTH!” Both she and my other friend looked at me like I had gone bonkers.

With the end of the school year taking place last week and officially going into summer break and living the international lifestyle of saying goodbye to many friends I had very little time to pull out my DSLR this month for enjoyment purposes. I scanned through my iPhone photos for the month and knew right away that this post was going to be my “Selfie Edition”.


Can’t wait to head to the States for the summer!

Cousin’s 10 on 10 (check it out!)