A cup of coffee…

A different type of post that I haven’t done yet on this blog, but I wanted to try it out.
Let me know what you think in the comments (when you finish reading).

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I’m just going to write what-ever and how-ever I would, as if we are best friends just casually meeting for a cup of coffee to catch-up. Here’s what I would tell you:

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Hey! 🙂
So, as you probably know, I am currently living in Chile and I am loving every second of it. But, I didn’t always feel this way.
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A few weeks before this trip, I was super excited and I couldn’t wait.
And, then, I went to drop off my uniform and keys at work (where I worked for almost 8 months), and that’s where it really hit me.
I was just working at this job, waiting for something better to come my way. And, now, it was finally happening.
I was quitting my job to go live in another country (that’s been an item on my bucket list for a while and I was finally going to fulfill this life-long bucket list goal)!
But, although I was VERY excited, I kept thinking:
Am I ready for this new adventure? This is something I’ve never done before? I mean, sure I’ve lived in another province and traveled to many different countries, but, that was still in my home country or with people I knew. This was completely new, different and alone, What is it going to be like?

I had no idea what to expect.
I was nervous and excited and anxious, all at the same time!
But, I was leaving in a few days, and I was ready!
Nothing was going to change my mind.
I wanted to experience this new adventure, no matter how nervous or anxious it made me!

And, although, I was nervous, I used those nerves to keep me excited until I got on that first plane on my way to Chile. And, although I’ve been on many planes, that plane ride was probably the most confusing one for me because I was excited and nervous (I’ve never been nervous on a plane before this moment). Because I just knew that once I landed, there was no turning back (I’m not one to give-up, I was going to experience this journey until the end). I would just have to fight through any culture shock that came my way (this was harder than I thought for the first few days/week).
But, I kept reminding myself:

“Don’t be afraid of the unknown; It won’t be unknown forever, just take that step into it and learn about it!”

So, that’s what I did every time I felt culture shock; I learned something from it.
And, since that confusing travel day, I’ve been living here for exactly one month today.
And, I can definitely say that living in a new country is VERY exciting (I’m loving it so far).
But, it also has it’s tough moments.
The biggest moment for me was the language, although that’s also the reason why I’m here (to practice and learn more Spanish). Sometimes it can be frustrating to learn a new language because people will want you to speak their language, but they will also make fun of you for your accent and the mistakes you make.
But, I’ve learned that, that’s just part of learning and becoming fluent in a new language.

“Laughing with others at your own accent & mistakes will help you learn so much more (about yourself, the language & the culture).”

And, today, after living here for one full month, I can really say:
“This new adventure has been amazing so far. I’m so glad that I didn’t let those nerves stop me from coming here, & that I didn’t give up when the language got too difficult because this is definitely one of the best trips I’ve ever taken (and I still have 2 months to go). I’m SO excited for the next 2 months”.

…And, that’s what I would say…


Thanks for reading!

I hope this post inspired you to get over what-ever fears you have about traveling because I promise you that it will be the best decision you ever will ever make.

Now, it’s your turn:
If we met for coffee, What would YOU tell ME? (comment below or email your answer, whichever way you prefer to chat)

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

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5 Comments

  1. I LOVE that picture of that latte. MY FAVORITE drink! I go to a place that draws hearts.

    I’m not quite ready to take that plunge and head into a place like Chile – I went to France when I was 17 but knew French, doesn’t quite count – but what you HAVE inspired me to do? Update my resume with EVERYTHING PROFESSIONAL I’ve ever done. EVERYTHING. Why? To show where I’ve been, what I’ve done so that I can say, “Hey, I’ve truly accomplished a GREAT DEAL!” I’m returning to the workforce after mental illness knocked me senseless. My self-image has really taken a beating; I believe I may be settling for less. I had an HR consultant challenge me to do this and who wants to see this product! Now, I’m going to do it. Where it leads? I have no idea. But it can’t hurt.

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    1. Going to France at 17 is definitely an accomplishment, and you should definitely tell people about it.
      It was a different culture and I know others (employers especially) would love to hear about your experience because it will show them that you are capable of change. Being able to change is one of the best skills to have in the workplaces because it shows that you are not afraid of new challenges and can adapt to new surroundings.

      Travel is not only a life changing experience, it’s also an amazing way to stand out for future dream jobs.
      It says a lot about your personality and work ethic.

      -Keep traveling, learning and aiming for those dreams jobs! You got this! 🙂

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      1. Thank you for that suggestion! I had NEVER thought of that! I thought it was so old it was not relevant. But I’ll toss it on the resume and see what happens. You just never know, as I said. Oh, and I still have those photos, too!

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  2. This is so inspiring!

    lately Ive been thinking a lot about traveling, not as grand as yours of course, but i know that i just have to pack my bag and start, even just a little adventure…

    I hope after this, I’ll be more confident to travel more and farther!
    Thanks 🐼

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    1. Ya, I totally recommend starting with a shorter trip. Maybe, someplace where the language is not super foreign.
      Don’t shock yourself so much that you won’t want to travel anymore. However, some nerves are good because when you overcome them, you will feel even better about your trip.

      Just start small and work your way up to bigger adventures and you will soon come to love (or at least enjoy) traveling!

      Have fun on your next adventure! 🙂

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