An Overwhelmed Heart

“When my heart is overwhelmed,
lead me to the rock.”


it’s been
well
a month..
but
it’s felt
like
a year!

i’ve been searching
i’ve been learning
i’ve been leaning
i’ve been reaching

and
it has
exhausted me
but with you
i know
it was
all
so worth
it
because

although
i feel defeated
frustrated
confused
alone
lost
i look up
because
i know
that

you’ve waited
so long
for me
to come
to you
for me
to learn
to lean
on you

so
now
i come
with no expectations
into your home
i accept
your invitation
to perfect
love
to
break these
cycles

your invitation
and never-failing
love
steadies my feet
and
overwhelms my heart


Thanks for reading!
This poem was inspired by my favorite song from January (it’s been on repeat all month)!
Click here to listen to the song: Cycles

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

I See You…

Dear beautiful child,

I see you
You are worthy
I love you
You are perfect
I am for you
You are not alone

Child, you’re beautiful
You’re wonderfully made
And when I formed you
I made no mistakes
I’ve always adored you
And nothing has changed

I see you
Even when you can’t
Just look to me
Through my eyes
You will see
The world and you

Child, you’re beautiful
You’re wonderfully made
And when I formed you
I made no mistakes
I’ve always adored you
And nothing has changed

I see you
You are clean
I’ve redeemed you
You are free
I’ve formed you
You are not a mistake
I adore you

Please believe
This truth I tell you
Take courage
Hope in me
I will never leave you
Please hear my words

What you say
To yourself
Can hurt
But when I say
I see you
I mean it



Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem encourages you to never lose hope because you are always seen by the One who matters most.

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

P.S. This poem was inspired by This Song!

Just Who He Is!

Loving
Compassionate
Gracious
Trusting
Caring
Perfect
Hope
Faithful
Sinless

. . .

That’s just who
He is
That’s why
We call Him
Abba Father

He came
Before us
And
He won’t
Leave us

Nothing we do
Could stop Him
From loving us

That is just
Who He is

. . .

We are
Broken
Hurt
Sinful
Lost
Faithless
Alone
Hopeless

But

He helps us
Become
Like Him

Entirely
Whole


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post reminded you that when you feel lost, alone, and broken; you can always count on the One who goes before you, who never leaves you, and who always holds you; the One that welcomes you home everyday, gives you a life full of joy and purpose, and makes you full of love and passion for life and those around you.

This post was inspired by This Song!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Hello October!

So, it’s been a month since I’ve made the commitment to stay in Australia for 2 years,
and I’ve already been learning so much!
A few weeks ago, I read this book called “With” by Skye Jethani,
and felt like it was really relevant for this new season I’m stepping into,
so I decided to write a poem about it in hopes to encourage anyone else stepping into a new season of life.


Trust
is a process.
Finding
a place to belong
takes time.
But
when we choose
life with God
and
we start to
trust the process
of His plan –
Bam! –
Trust becomes easier!

Battles are not
won alone
or with anyone,
but
with God.
That’s why we
live for His fame
and
die for our gain;
Because we
trust that HE knows best.
So we
ignore the haters
and
continue to live
life with Him!

Living life
WITH
God
is the key
to living life
to our fullest
potential!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this inspired you to live life to your fullest potential in this new season with the One who gives you all your gifts & abilities because that’s the way to find true joy in new seasons of life!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Living in the Unknown

Alone
In a country
So far from
My own

With no ticket
To go home
For two years
This is it

Day by day
Growing
And ignoring
What the doubters say

Lost but not alone
Searching with God
Learning to live
In the unknown


This poem was inspired by:

I thank God everyday that He has a plan for my life
that is bigger & better than I could ever dream!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem reminded you that living in the unknown is the best decision ever because when God puts His plan for your life into action, amazing things will happen!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

This is how I fight my battles…


So, I’ve recently gone through a pretty testing season of life. And, I’ve learned that the only way to win battles is to fight them the right way.

But, before I go into the details, here’s a poem I wrote during this past season:

Dear God,
I’m done
I’m giving up
I can’t carry this anymore
I have nothing left
The world couldn’t fill
What I’m searching for
But I still can’t
Seem to find it
Dear God,
Help me
Fight this battle
Take this weight
From my shoulders
It’s killing me
I’m done with the world
I’m done searching
Show me your truth
Reveal your glory to me
Dear God,
Please
Don’t make me wait
Forgive me
Restore me in your love
Fill me with peace
Show me your grace
Help me see you
Be my answer
Dear God,
I’m done searching
For temporary answers
In the world
Because
You are the answer
I’ve been looking for
This whole time
You were there
Waiting for me
To find you
Dear God,
Thank you
For waiting
For me
To come
And find you
In the midst
Of the chaos
You are
And will always
Be near


You see, I used to get really anxious in uncomfortable situations. And, I mean, REALLY anxious; I would bite my nails A LOT, and start to shut down to the people around me. I still currently have no nails while typing this, but they’re growing back, slowly (just like my relationships with some people)…
Anyways, this past season or my life (the past 6 months) have been teaching me a lot about how to fight my battles in a positive, and productive way.

I’ve learned that fighting my battles is impossible alone; my own strength is not enough (that causes me to bite my nails a lot), and even when people help me, they can’t fully win the battle (especially spiritual battles). The only way I can truly win all my battles is by fighting them with God. He is the ultimate protector in my battles, and He gives me everything I need to win all my battles.
And, this song has been an amazing reminder, and encourager for me, so I hope it inspires you as well.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post was insightful and encouraging to your soul; and that it filled your spirit with a new sense of hope for your battles.

P.S. The featured picture of this post is me, in the middle of a battle
(that’s how I fight them now.. and it’s successful everytime)!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

You have no idea… (a poem)

Ouch
that hurt
that was triggering
that made me feel sad
But…
then again
you have no idea
how much pain I feel
Because…
it’s concealed
hidden away
pushed deep down
out of sight
out of reach
no one can know
about this pain
inside me
But…
only one has an idea
only God knows

You have no idea

And you never will
even if I explain
myself
and tell you my
life story
you will never
truly understand
what I battle with
on the inside
everyday
without fail
it’s always there
a constant battle

You have no idea

I live
I laugh
I smile
I joke
I act like it’s all okay
But…
deep down
it’s not
at all
I want to die
some days
I have no more strength
to fight another day
But…
somehow I find it
God gives it to me
enough strength
to make it through
another day

And that’s why
You have no idea


I started this battle alone, and I will continue to fight it alone with God because:

I went on this journey of
comparison,
hating myself,
not seeing or feeling God’s love,
feeling defeated,
and unworthy.

But, when I finally realized
how much God truly loves me,
and cares for me (Matthew 6:26-34);

I started to see the world through His eyes,
the beauty around me in nature helped me
realize how much God loves His creations.
And, if He loves the trees, & animals;
How much more could He love me?

And, when I discovered that God loves me more than the trees He created,
I truly understood His amazing love for me!


Thanks for reading! I hope this reminded you that God is always with you, & He cares for all His creations equally (your past does not & will never change His love for you).

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Spiral…

“Sometimes on this journey,
I get lost in my own mistakes.
But, my story isn’t over,
my story’s just begun.”

Can you hear me?
I’m spiraling.
Help!

Where am I?
I’m stuck in my thoughts.
Help!

When will this end?
I’m tired of always fighting.
Help!

Is anyone out there?
I’m begging to be free.
Help!


I feel like I’m:

Loosing myself
Brewing in self hatred
Swallowing with guilt
Thinking too much
Breaking everything I touch
Talking down to myself
Coping with the pain wrongly
Trying to change myself
Feeling like giving up
Dwelling on my past
Building my walls up higher
Learning to trust no one


God, I’m drowing
Deeper and deeper
Will you release me from this spiral?

My thoughts & emotions
Have taken over
Can you get them back?

God, I need you
And your amazing love
Will you help me?

I’ve lost the will to fight
I feel like giving up
Will you free me from this pain?

God, I need you
To remind me of your presence
Can you show me your love?


With God, I feel like I’m:

Winning back myself
Brewing in His love
Swallowing with ease
Thinking to gain wisdom
Breaking down walls
Talking about the truth
Swearing to never go back
Striving to be better
Feeling His love
Dwelling in His presence
Building friendships
Learning to trust again


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you that you can always call out to God in difficult times,
& He will always listen and help you because:

YOU NEVER HAVE TO DO ANYTHING ALONE!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Never Lost…

Tired
Alone
Afraid
Fearful
Isolated
Seeking
Clueless
Faithless
Hopeless
Doubtful
Ashamed
Confused
Powerless
Searching
Wandering
Questioning
Disappointed
Overwhelmed

But, never truly lost…


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you to not get discouraged during the ups and downs of life because they are teaching you valuable lessons for your amazing future!

P.S. This post was inspired by: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IigZiYgPGT0

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

The Endless Cycle of Constant Failure

I keep failing
Yet you forgive me
Over and over again

I keep straying
Yet you look after me
Everyday

I forget about you
Yet you never forget me
Never

I try to do it on my own
Yet you still look after me
No matter what I do

I try to hide my shame
Yet you show me it
And you forgive me right away

I constantly apologize
Yet you always welcome me back
With open arms

I say: “It won’t happen again.”
Yet you know it will
And you’ve already forgiven me

I’m tired of this constant failure
Yet you never tire
Of loving me

I want to leave
Yet you tell me to stay
With you

I want to give up
Yet you still believe in me
Enough to make me try again and again

I try to earn my way
Yet I’m learning
You don’t work that way

I fail many times
Yet you’re always there to catch me
And forgive and love me

I think I’ve failed too many times
Yet you reassure me that I haven’t failed enough
And that I never will

But, why?
Why are you so good to me?


Here’s the answer I’ve found to that question (it’s also what inspired this post):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CqybaIesbuA


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post sparks you to think about the bigger picture.
I promise adventure posts are coming! I’m just in a thinking frame of mind lately before I start my next adventure!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

The Confusion Filled Search

Life
A daily search
Filled with confusion
for the days ahead

All the questions
Flying around your head
Just confusing your mind
With no answers

One day
Everything’s great
You have the answers
The confusion is gone

The next day
The search continues
Back to square one
When will the cycle end?

. . .

How I wish I knew
What to do?

I just keep failing
Can someone help me?

I can’t decide
Where to go?

I need a map
Is it left or right?

I’m overwhelmed
Can I do this alone?

. . .

The more I learn
The more confused I become

I want to stop searching
But I can’t

Curiosity gets the best of me
And takes the best of me

I’m searching for something
I’m searching for nothing

What am I even searching for?


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post sparks your mind to think about the important things in life!


-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Solo Travel Tip #4

Pack light & simple!

. . .

From arriving safely at your destination, to exploring your destination…
When traveling alone, there are A LOT of things to think about… and, one of the most important, and overlooked thing is PACKING!
So, here are some tips about packing that I’ve learned throughout my many solo travels:

1- Pack light
You’re traveling alone; you don’t want to worry about carrying 2 bags and lugging around 2 suitcases. Save yourself the stress, and pack just 1 suitcase and 1 bag.

This is what I normally pack for my trips.
1 suitcase (regular 24″) & 1 backpack (big enough to hold some extra clothes and a 17″ laptop)

2- Check the weather!
You most likely don’t need to bring your entire wardrobe.
And, if you do forget anything, you can probably find at your destination (and, it can count as a great souvenir).

Search for the weather forecast for the first week of your trip.

3- What are you going for?
Are you going to be at the beach everyday? Are you going hiking a lot? Are you going in the mountains?

4- What kind of trip?
Is it for business? Are you going for vacation? Are you going to visit friends/family? For how long?

5- How are you going to pack?

Fold
Roll

Will you choose the fold or roll method?
This tip is very controversial. But, after personally trying both methods, multiple times, for different trips, I’ve come to the conclusion that the FOLD method is 100% easier and much more effective for any type of trip. It also takes much less room in your suitcase,
and keeps your clothes much more organized, and less wrinkly.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post helps you pack effectively for your next adventure because packing effectively is the start to an amazing experience because it can take away some of the stress of traveling!

P.S. This post was inspired by my next adventure (departing: tomorrow)!
So, stay tuned for more adventure posts (and, to find out where I’m going)!

Here’s a hint of my next adventure!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Solo Travel Tip #3

This tip is about:

. . .

When you finally decide to step out of your comfort zone, and travel abroad alone, you’re going to be so happy, and proud, but there’s one thing you should know.

When you travel abroad alone, you are going to want to make international friends, and meet people that speak the language and know the culture.
So, while you’re alone in a foreign country, that’s what you do.
That’s what’s on your mind because you don’t want to be alone all the time, so you start making friends to explore with, learn the language, and make amazing international connections.
And, in the moment, it’s all amazing and great fun, but soon it’s going to be time to say bye to that amazing country and those awesome new friends. And, that’s when the difficult part begins.

. . .

The first hardest part is actually saying bye to your amazing new friends.
The second hardest part is leaving a new country and culture that you started adapting to and loving so much.
The third, and final hardest part is going home, and getting used to seeing everything differently.

. . .

While traveling abroad alone, you learn more about yourself, you make new friendships and you learn to live differently in another country.
And, although all these things are awesome, the worst part is coming back to your home country because your perspective has changed, and sometimes it can feel weird to go back to your old ways. Especially when you had such a good experience abroad; you don’t want to lose this amazing, new version of yourself.

. . .

So, if you ever feel lost after a trip abroad:
Remember that stepping out of your comfort zone and changing your perspective is what it takes to move forward, and change your life.
And, now you have friends in another country that you can visit whenever you feel homesick for that country.


Thanks for reading!

I hope this post encourages you to step out of your comfort zone, and change your perspective on the world (don’t be afraid of doing something different!).

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-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Solo Travel Tip #2

Be your best friend!


You can stay in hostels!
You can make friends everywhere possible!
But, that doesn’t change the fact that you need to be your best friend.
You will inevitably have alone time, so you will be alone with your thoughts, which means that you need to make sure they’re positive ones.


You need to be your best friend, which means telling yourself everything, and being completely honest with yourself, no matter what.
You need to call yourself out on things.
You need to congratulate yourself on a job well done.
You need to love yourself (through the good and the bad times).


Solo traveling can be really freeing, and relaxing, but you need to remember that you are solo traveling; you won’t have people to encourage you 24/7. You need to do that!

So, no matter how great, and exciting solo traveling is, remember that you need to be your best friend because you will inevitably end up exploring places alone. And, when that happens you will get feel alone, and abandoned, unless you’re your best friend.

So, when traveling abroad to a foreign country, you can make all the international friends you want (which I highly recommend!), but you still need to make sure that YOU are YOUR BEST FRIEND.


Thanks for reading!

I didn’t mean to make this post so direct (and a little depressing).
Solo traveling is truly amazing, but it only is freeing if you really are your own best friend (through the good & bad!).
So, if you are traveling to a foreign country, make sure that you are comfortable with being your own best friend.

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Fear is calling

What if your greatest fear is actually what you’re meant to do in life?

. . .

Think about that!
Think about the thing you refuse to conquer because it scares you too much.
Now, think about what would happen if you conquered that fear.

What if conquering that fear is the breakthrough you need to accomplish your dreams?
What if once you conquer this fear you will start to see your life change?
. . .
I know from experience that conquering your greatest fear can genuinely change your life.
I used to be so scared to speak in front of big groups of people (public speaking – my biggest fear ever since I can remember).
But, ever since I started solo traveling abroad, I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone so much everyday. I’ve been doing things (like speaking to strangers) that I know past me would never even dare trying because she was too scared.
And, now that I’ve started stepping out of my comfort zone, I’ve realized that it feels so amazing when you conquer a fear.
I feel like I can do anything!
When I think about past me and how fearful I was, I can’t believe how far I’ve come. And, all it took was for me to take one big, scary step into the unknown, and then, everything fell into place from there.
Once I decided to take the leap, and travel abroad alone, I realized that if I could gain enough courage to solo travel to foreign countries surrounded by strangers that spoke a different language, I could do anything.
. . .
In other words, the day I decided to solo travel abroad is also the day that I started conquering my fears (like speaking to strangers in a foreign language), and that’s when everything changed (my mindset, confidence, etc.)
My confidence has risen so much so that I don’t even recognize that fearful girl that I used to be, and it feels amazing to have no fears.
I say: “No fears” because now, when something scares me, I have enough confidence to make me want to conquer that fear because I know it will be so worth it. It will give me even more confidence and make me feel so accomplished.
. . .

So, if there’s something that really scares you, I recommend just going for it. You never know what will happen.
Conquering that fear could lead you to your life purpose!

What if your greatest fear could actually become your life purpose?


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Day 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

I made it to Buenos Aires, Argentina! 

. . . 

My first 24 hours here were a whirlwind of emotions. I couldn’t believe that I was actually here (it seems too surreal). I was so happy that I finally made it!
But, after the initial feeling of amazement and happiness, the culture shock hit me. 
I didn’t know what to feel or what to do.
I couldn’t remember why I wanted to come here in the first place.
I was afraid to speak Spanish to ask for directions, and as a result, I would get lost a lot
I would shut down in the middle of the street, and basically cry because I didn’t know what I was doing or where I was going. (I felt lost and alone.) 

In summary, my first 24 hours were filled with all the ups and downs of culture shock.

. . . 

Now that I’ve been here for more than 48 hours, I am much more confident in my Spanish (I actually want to speak it), I know my way around the city much better now, and I’ve learned that it’s completely normal to feel culture shock.

So, my advice for anyone traveling to a completely new country (especially for the first time) is to know that culture shock is completely normal (even if it’s your millionth time traveling abroad)
Everyone will feel it differently, and every country will be a different type of shock because there’s always at least one thing that changes.

 . . . 

All that to say that, I am absolutely loving Argentina, my new found perspective on things, and I can’t wait to see what adventures the next 3 months hold.

. . .

Thanks for reading! 

Follow this blog for updates when I upload a new post from my next adventures
(I promise, it will be more exciting than this one)!
And, click HERE to check out the video from my trip getting here!


-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Hide n’ Seek

Where are you?
Come out, come out wherever you are.
Where did you go?

What are you doing?
Just show me your self.
How can I find you?

Why did you leave?
I can’t find you anywhere.
What do I do?

Are you still there?
I feel so alone without you.
Can you please come back?

Why is this happening?
I don’t understand.
What’s going on?

Why are you doing this?
I don’t like this game anymore.
Where are you now?

How did I lose you?
I give up.
Will you just help me already?

Can you come back?
Please, I’m begging you.
Do you still love me?

Why would you care?
I failed you too many times.
Will you still help me, though?

Can you show me?
Your unfailing love.
Will you give me one more chance?

Can you give me your never-ending grace?
I promise to do my best & never give-up.
Will you let me try again?

Can you come out of hiding?
I need your help to show me what I’m missing.
Can you help me find you?


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Decisions…

What do you want to do when you grow up? Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years? What do you want to eat for supper? WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO WITH YOUR LIFE?

. . .

They just never stop!
They never leave you alone!
They are ALWAYS there!

One after the other.
They just pop in your head.
Waiting for you to choose.

Pick the right one!
Don’t mess up your future!
Don’t let yourself down!

So much unknown!
In such a simple question!
Can you handle the pressure?


Remember:

Some decisions might seem like “make or break” now, but it’s all shaping you for your amazing future ahead! Don’t get too stress by the pressure,
just choose wisely, and calmly.

And, if you mess up, don’t worry!
That’s just one extra lesson for your future self to thank you for!

YOU GOT THIS! πŸ‘


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Put in the work!

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You can’t just put in work when you feel like it.
Success won’t come overnight.
Your dreams won’t accomplish themselves.

Whatever it is that you want to accomplish; YOU have to put in the work EVERYDAY!
Results come with consistency and patience!

. . .

I’ve been living in Chile for 2 months and I can truly say that putting in the work is 100% worth it.
There are days (especially during my first month of living here) when I don’t feel like trying to speak Spanish, and as a result, during the day I feel lost and alone. I’m not trying to understand what people are saying and I don’t feel like trying to speak (my broken) Spanish, and as a result, I isolate myself.
But, during the days when I put in the work to listen and speak Spanish, I start to feel like I actually kind of fit in because I’m consciously listening and understanding to what people are saying and I actively try to speak Spanish the best I can and I start to feel understood and less alone.

. . .

Anyways, this post is just your Sunday reminder that whatever you want to accomplish this week, you can’t just sit there and say: “I’ll get there 1 day, I have all week anyways.”.
You have to get up now and actively work for what you want!

Putting in the work will always lead to great things!

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work spanish

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encouraged you to have a productive and positive week!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

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).

. . .

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:

. . .

Hey! πŸ™‚
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.
. . .
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! 😊

Where I write…

Place, setting, object, method, etc.

. . .

Many bloggers have specific settings where they write and what they use (laptop, tablet, phone, notepad, etc.).

They have an ideal place they go to write about a specific subject using their ideal method of choice.

. . .

I applaud those bloggers because I am not one of those bloggers.

Today, I am writing this post, in the middle of the day, sitting on a bench in the middle of Chile. Yesterday, I wrote a post, late at night, laying on my bed. Tomorrow, I have no idea where I will write.

I write any where & any time using any device I have nearby. I just write whenever I get an idea because I don’t want to forget any of the ideas I get on the spot; they usually turn out to be the best ones.

So, I guess that’s where I write: Anywhere.

I feel like it gives me more creativity to write about my surroundings, instead of always being in the same place (but I understand that having a set work place is probably good for some people, just not me).

. . .

So, Where do you write? (comment below with your ideal writing setting)

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

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Strange, yet Fascinating!Β 

Wow! That went by quick! 2 weeks to living in Chile-in the books! I can’t believe it’s already, and only, been two weeks. It doesn’t feel like it’s been that long, but yet, it also feels like I’ve done so much.

. . .

This year (2018) has already been a crazy year, all about doing strange & fascinating things (and it’s still only January)!Β 

. . .

From:Β 
Listening to people speak so fast in Spanish.
To:
Living in another country (alone).
Not a thing about this year has been normal (compared to all the past year’s of my life).Β 

. . .

Seriously, though, listening to people speak another language has become so fascinating to me because they do it with such ease (obviously I know it’s their native language), yet for me to follow along, takes a lotΒ (and I mean an extra amount) of effort.Β 

And, every time I listen to people speak Spanish, it’s so fascinating to think that that’s how I sound to them when I speak English.Β 

. . .

And, as if listening wasn’t hard enough, when I think I know what they’re talking about, I’m usually wrong because I missed an important word or part of the conversation.Β 

. . .

Living here in Chile is like being a kid all over again and needing to start over at 0 & learn how to speak all over again & train my ears to listen to a foreign language as if it’s normal.Β 

But, I’ve asked myself this question multiple times since living here:

“Exactly, how, do you learn & become fluent in a completely new language as an adult?”Β 

And, if you came here for answers, I’m sorry but I’m still figuring out the answer myself, but I can say:Β 

Part of it is because our brain isn’t as fresh as it was when we were babies, so it’s harder for you to soak up and retain things & catch on to the tones in peoples voices.

So, you end up having a slight accent when you speak because that’s what you grew up hearing and that’s what your brain thinks words should sound like. And because you have an accent, you feel subconscious about speaking, in fear of being made fun of. And because of that fear, you just don’t speak, and you never practice, and you never learn.

So, what I’m trying to say is, that if you are trying to learn a new language:

Don’t be afraid to speak it because that’s truly the only way you will even come close to fluency in that language.Β 

But, let me warn you, it will take a long time.Β 

But, it will definitely be worth it!Β 

Thanks for reading!Β 
Now get out there and go learn a new language & don’t give up on it!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚