Childlike Simplicity

Forget performance.
Such a beautiful concept
of true love from God!

It’s so amazing
to fully experience
this simplicity.

How can it be real
to display hope, care, and trust
with one simple word?

The simplest form of
true vulnerability
in one simple word.

Just one simple word
is all it takes to display
His deepest nature.

That’s the simple form
of this true love that remains
uncomplicated.

Don’t overthink it.
Childlike simplicity.
That is all it takes.


This poem was inspired by events from my past week at a camp I volunteered at…

Quick backstory:
This camp I’m referring to is for children in the foster care system / from broken homes.
It’s a week for these kids to come as they are, where they can forget their worries / tough lives, and just have fun, while experiencing and being surrounded by this true Love.
So, while getting ready to go to this camp, I was advised to remain strong because these kids could be violent / rude / closed-off from others (especially authority figures).
So, I started the first day with this expectation that I would get hit or yelled at by children

(maybe a little harsh; but I had no idea what to expect).
And, although that did happened a few times (it happened a lot less than I was expecting),
I actually started to see so much love in these kids.
And, I quickly realized that if I operated out of fear / uncertainty around these kids,
they could sense it, and wouldn’t be able to fully trust me.
So, as soon as I just simply started operating with God’s love,
I started seeing so much love in these kids.
A love that was there all along, but was hiding behind brokenness and fear.

And, in that moment, when I saw so much simple love come out of such little people, with so much brokenness and fear, I fully experienced Love in it’s simplest form.
I truly realized that, if these kids (with all they’ve been through) can still have so much love to give; then how much more can I give?


Thanks for reading!

Alternate title : “Love Uncomplicated”
inspired by this song

Start over…

I’m not afraid
of starting over
because I know
an amazing God
that always forgives
and always gives
unlimited second chances.

I don’t fear
the starting line
because I know
a perfect God
that deserves all
my fears, failures
and future anxieties.

I have joy
in new days
because I know
a joyful God
that makes plans
for all my
days before me.

I’m not afraid
to start again
because I know
a powerful God
that protects me
and moves mountains
just for me.

I live freely
in the chaos
because I know
a loving God
that always protects
comforts and loves
me every day.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post reminded you that starting over doesn’t have to be a bad thing; sometimes it can lead to even greater things! It’s not always about starting over, sometimes it’s about starting again, and getting a fresh start!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

At the centre of it all…

When we keep God
At the centre
Good things happen

Feeling far away
Is the result
Of imbalance

The balance of life
Will inevitably tip
If we take God off centre

Life becomes a game
A balancing act
Of keeping God centered

It’s a confusing game
We think it’s difficult
But it doesn’t even take much effort

Life with God
At the centre
Is the simplest life

It’s the easiest
And best
Way to live

When the balance
Is even & steady
Life feels perfect

Keeping it that way
Might take effort
And feel difficult
But…
The centering game
Is the most rewarding
Gift from God


Thanks for reading!
I hope this reminded you to keep God at the centre of your life because where He is at the centre, He will do amazing things in & with your life!
Click the picture below to listen to an inspiring song about keeping Him at the centre!

This post was inspired by this song!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dirty Hands

Sometimes you gotta put in work!


It might be:

Messy

Gross

Disgusting

Tiring

Frustrating

But, it can also be:

Rewarding

Exciting

Humbling

Learning

Growing


Getting your hands dirty & putting in work might not be glamorous or easy, but it has an amazing reward. Serving others like Jesus is what we are called to do, no matter the cost. It’s what He wants from us.


Thanks for reading! I hope this encouraged you to start putting in work & serving the people around you more because the reward is far greater than the work it takes to get it.

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

10 year challenge…

So much has happened in the last 10 years that it would literally take me a 300-400 page book to tell you all about it.
So, instead of making you read all that, here’s a poem I wrote to sum up the last decade of my life:


9 countries
4 Schools
5 jobs
Over 100 flights
More than 100 adventures
Lots of lessons learned
Millions of new friends
So many new experiences

9 security checkpoints
4 graduation ceremonies
5 new-employee forms
Over 100 foreign languages heard
More than 100 pictures taken
Lots of languages learned
Millions of hellos & goodbyes
So many different realities

900 international flights
4 diplomas & certificates
5 million interviews
Over 100 new faces seen
More than I could ever remember
Lots of new skills acquired
Millions of doors opened & closed
So many amazing opportunities


This decade has truly been amazing, life-changing, & full of growth for me. And, I can’t wait to see what’s next!
I hope you’ll stick with me through it on this blog because I still plan on posting on here!
This blog is one of the most amazing things that I started in the past decade, and I don’t plan on stopping now!


Thanks for reading my random thoughts these past years.
I have so many new adventures coming in 2020, and I can’t wait to share them with you!

P.S. This is also the decade when I created all of my current social medias!!!
It feels crazy to me that I have had Instagram, Twitter and YouTube for exactly 10 years.
And, that I have had this blog for 3 & a half years now!

Here’s to continuing to:

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ™‚

Dearly Beloved,

A letter of inspiration for those struggling to see their purpose.

I believe in you.
Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Everyone fails.
You are meant to fail, and know that I will always be there to catch you.
I will ALWAYS be there; whether you try your best not to fail, or you fail everyday.
I will never love you any less.
You are my dearly loved child, and you will forever be in my heart.

I believe in you.
Don’t beat yourself up over small failures.
You have so many blessings.
I will always look after you.
You have a purpose.
I will turn your failures into beautiful stories.
I’m not done with you.
I have a plan.
Trust me.

I believe in you.
Will you have faith in me?

This post was inspired by this song:

Look Up Child

Thanks for reading! I hope this post reminded you that you have an amazing & important purpose for your life.

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

These scars…

These scars won’t last
They might hurt now
The pain just feels too real
Will they ever go away?

These scars cut deep
They are changing you
You can barely think anymore
Will it ever become normal again?

These scars are opening a new chapter
They could become positive
But, right now, they feel deadly
Will it ever feel good?

These scars have taken something from you
Maybe it’s happiness, or sadness
Or, innocence, or willingness
Or, maybe even your life?

But, even with these scars
You are still here
There’s still time
So, what will you do now?


These scars is a metaphorical poem I wrote during a confusing time in my life.
The scars mentioned (while they could be real scars) represent past mistakes/memories that will never be forgotten, and that are constantly haunting and hurting.”


Thank you for reading to the end!
I hope this poem encourages you to turn your scars into amazing things for your future self
because it’s never too late!

P.S. This poem was also inspired by this song!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Perfection…

Your flaws make you, YOU!
They give you your personality!
They make you amazing!

Your flaws are perfect!

Look at nature.
The mountains, trees, ocean, are not perfect.

But, they are beautiful!
We look at them in awe, of their natural beauty!
Nature’s simplicity, is awesome, and, perfect!

We don’t ask much of it, we don’t complain about it, and, yet we stare at it, in awe of it’s perfection.
Even if we notice it’s faults, we choose to look at it’s perfect simplicity and peacefulness instead.

So, why can’t we do that with people (especially ourselves)?

We are always hating on ourselves and all our flaws, and, we can’t stop judging others, but, when we look at nature, we see beauty, and, perfection.
I think it’s time we start noticing our flaws as perfect personality traits that make us amazing!

If we can find beauty in nature, we can definitely find beauty in people!


Thanks for reading!

Click here to see what inspired this post!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Solo Traveling Tip #1

YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO DO EVERYTHING, BUT THAT’S OKAY!

. . .

So, a few days ago, I went out with the expectation of doing a tour of a really tall, historical palace in Buenos Aires, and towards the end of the tour you get to go to the very top to get a full 360 view of the city.
I was super excited for this adventure, to learn more history, and honestly, to get a good Instagram picture. But, when I arrived I learned that it was WAY out of my budget, and I really could not afford it (if I wanted to eat that week).
So, with a saddened heart, I decided not spend that money (food is more important). But, also because budget traveling is all about planning your adventures, and choosing which ones are worthwhile, and which ones you could live without.
And, sure, it wasn’t easy turning down this great adventure, but I quickly realized that I would be able to do and see so much more with that money.

Saving that money will actually help me go to another country, so in the long run, it will be worth it because I’ll get to see another country, instead of a view of a city that I can walk around and explore.

. . .

So, that’s my budget travel lesson for you.
~ You won’t be able to afford to do everything that looks fun and exciting, but that’s okay because you’re still be in another country. You can explore and learn about that country by exploring the streets and finding free tours. ~ Free; the budget travelers’ favorite word.
Don’t get discouraged when you can’t afford to do something you really want to do. Just remember that you are still experiencing another culture, and that’s pretty amazing! So, just get out there and explore!

. . .

Oh, and by the way, I might not have been able to afford that tour and amazing view, but a few days later, I found a great view of the city for literally 7 times cheaper.
So, the real lesson here is to search for all your options.

I think this view makes up for that expensive tour!
This view is just as good, for much, much cheaper.
This just shows what you can find on a budget.
Click the picture to see the location of this amazing breathtaking view!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this helped you realize that budget traveling might not be glamorous, but it’s definitely worth it!
You can still have an amazing experience and adventure in a foreign country on a budget! Don’t let that stop you from traveling abroad (you’ll learn more traveling on a budget than you would if you could afford all the fancy hotels)!



-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Mosaรฏc

I’ve recently discovered something…
Something that has changed the way I look at life…
Something that changed my perspective on everything…
Something that I wish I understood and would’ve realized earlier…

I realized that…
My life is like a Mosaรฏc.

It’s full of random,
And broken pieces,
Building something amazing.

I can’t see it now,
But, I know it’s gonna be beautiful.


The dictionary defines a “Mosaรฏc” as:ย 

“Something made up of different things that, together, form a pattern.”


Life may seem crazy,
And random,
Right now.
You might feel like everything,
Is out of your control,
But, soon, everything will fall into place.
Your life will become beautiful.
All those broken pieces,
Will come together and,
Form a beautiful mosaรฏc.

Broken Fixed
Damaged Different
Shattered Scattered
Crumbled into a million pieces Formed into a beautiful million piece artwork


Thanks for reading!
I hope this helped you realize that:
The more broken pieces you have, the more beautiful your mosaรฏcย will be!

This post was inspired by:ย https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLUIyXmm3TU

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

A new chapter!

Update on this blog, and my life:
A new chapter is startingย very soon (Dec. 5)!

. . .ย 

I am “moving” to Argentina!ย 
I say: “moving” because I will be living there for a minimum of 3 months (possibly, longer).
And, although I’m nervous and a little sadย (as this will be my first Christmas away from home);ย I’m also super excited because I have no idea what amazing things this next chapter will bring.
These mixed emotions inspired the following poem:


Remember, that:
Good things never come,
from comfort zones!

You can’t,
and you shouldn’t,
hide from fear!

You should;
Step out and,
face your fears!

Do all –
those things –
that scare you!

Live your life,
to the fullest and,ย 
never let fears take over!

You can do so much,
more than you think!
All you have to do is…ย 

…Seek discomfort! And,ย 
step out of your comfort zone because
you will see amazing things happen in your life!


Thanks for reading!

P.S. I will be blogging about my experience, and adventures as much as I can,
so, I hope you will join me in this new chapter,
and live these adventures with me through my posts!

P.P.S. My future posts will probably not be as consistent,
so, if you don’t want to wait for a post,
follow me on Instagram for more real-time updates!

ย 

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚


ย 

Oh, also,ย big, exciting news!
I have a Patreon!!!
And, if you become one of my patrons,
I will send you a postcard from this adventure in Argentina!
Click the following link to check it out,
and sign up to receive a postcard:ย 
https://www.patreon.com/nowboarding

Trust the process

You don’t know,
What will happen tomorrow.

You don’t know,
Where life will take you.

You don’t know,
How you will feel.

You don’t know,
Why things happen.

You just,
Don’t know.

You can’t plan,
Your whole life.

It will just happen,
The way it’s supposed to.

And nothing you do,
Can ultimately change that.

Those decisions,
Shouldn’t stress you.

They won’t end your life.
So, don’t worry too much about them.

You can try your absolute best,
To create an amazing life for yourself.

But, in the end,
Life will just happen.

There’s nothing you can do,
You can’t change it.

But, you can,
Make it even better.

Just work towards your dreams.
And, be happy and thankful everyday.


Thanks for reading!

This poem was inspired by: A wise friend who once told me:
“Just trust the process!”.

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

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! ๐Ÿ‘


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Influence…

“The capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself.

. . .

INFLUENCE. …such a big, complicated word that many people don’t like to use because they don’t really understand it.
And, I know this is true because I googled it, and the following questions popped up. These questions inspired me to write this post with my thoughts and answers to them.

. . .


  • What is an influencer?

Literally, ANYONE!

  • Who can I influence?

Anyone, whoever you think you can teach and influence.
Usually you end up influencing the people around you the most, without even realizing.

  • Why are some people better influencers?

It all depends on their confidence level and the passion they’re inspiring into others.
People notice confident and positive individuals because that’s what everyone strives for in life. (You can’t expect people to follow you if you’re always negative.)

  • Am I an influencer?

YES! Of course! You influence people everyday without even realizing it (by the way you act, dress, talk, etc.). That’s why you should always strive to be your best around others because they WILL notice, and it might even inspire them.

  • How do I become an influencer?

You already are one! ๐Ÿ˜‰
Just by being you, and doing what you love with confidence and passion.


You don’t need to do anything special to influence people.
You just gotta be your best, confident and passionate self, and people will start to notice your positivity, and they will ask you for your secrets.

That’s the best influencer!

Being 100% yourself, without thinking about what others might think of you (that’s the secret to being a great influencer).

So, if you really want to become an amazing influencer; start by working on your confidence and passions because people will notice, and they WILL take notes.
And, remember:

You influence people everyday,
so make sure you bring your best self forward everyday!
And, wake up everyday thinking about how you can
be a light / breath of fresh air in someone’s day!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post influenced you into being a better influencer!

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

MAKE A DIFFERENCE TODAY! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Let’s show people that they CAN make a difference!
No matter their situation.
They have the ability to do something to change their life!

YOU have the ability to change your life,
while also helping something realize their full potential.

That’s what we should strive for in life!
To help people realize their full potential!
Don’t just focus on your success;
That’s just stupid and selfish!
There’s WAY more than enough of it to go around!

True success is not measured by how much you achieve,
but by how many people you help along the way!

. . .

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  • 1 beanie = 5 meals
  • 1 bracelet = 1 dental care visit
  • 1 poncho = 1 school uniform
  • 1 bag = 1 set of school supplies

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-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ™‚

Bring your A Game!

100% of your energy
100% of your focus
100% of your positivity

Always give 100%
No matter what you feel inside
Just give it 100%

You never know where it could lead..
It could be your turning point,
To accomplishing your dreams!

Show people what you can do.
Show them your best version;
Show them what they’re up against with you.

You don’t have to let them win.
You CAN try your hardest;
Cuz they’ll be surprised, and you will win!

Catch people off guard.
Surprise them with your amazingness.
It won’t be simple; in fact it’ll be very hard.

But, it will be worth it.
It’ll teach you a lot about yourself.
It’ll show you & others that you CAN do it.

You just gotta believe in yourself –
Enough to always bring your A Game.
And, give 100% in everything you do.


Thanks for reading!

I hope this post inspired you to chase your dreams no matter what or who gets in your way. And, remember to always chase your dreams with all you’ve got, as if achieving them is fatal.

-LiveForAdventure! ๐Ÿ˜Š