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! πŸ™‚

Alive Again!

So, this post is inspired by a personal experience I’ve had recently,
that taught me A LOT of lessons!


Woke up
Disappointed
Crying my eyes out
Feeling lost

Cleaned up
Self confronted
Full of doubts
Feeling done

Looked up
Refocused
Found my roots
Feeling motivated 

Stood up
Restarted
Took a new route
Feeling different 

Jumped up
Wisdom gained 
In pursuit – of
Feeling alive again! 


Thanks for reading!
I hope that this poem helps you realize that there is always something to learn from new (good or bad) experiences!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

P.S. The following song also inspired this poem: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sXHrm_TDEIw

Perspective… / A Day in Valparaiso, Chile!

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“Perspective changes everything!”

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So, recently I took a trip to Valparaiso, Chile & I had the best day there, just wandering the city! Here’s an “itinerary” of that trip:

1- I took the bus (1 hour) to Valparaiso alone, and didn’t get lost once!

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2- I explored and wandered the beautiful city of Valparaiso!

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3- My eyes were truly open to everything I saw today!

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4- I was completely present in the moment today, which made my adventuring, wandering & exploring so much better!

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5- Like the title & the picture hint: I got perspective thrown at me in multiple ways today!

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Perspective: The appearance of things relative to one another, as determined by their distance from the viewer.

So, the first picture you saw at the top of this page is a view standing from the top of a staircase in Valparaiso.
And, the next picture you saw at the top of this page is a view of the same staircase, but this time, standing right in front of it (instead of above it).

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You see, this is why perspective is such an important concept because things are always different from where someone is standing.
Just like in life. People see things differently because they’re in different places in their own lives, this means that everyone has a different perspective about some/most things.

Nothing is the same for everyone because we all perceive things differently, which means that we all experience life differently.
That’s perspective! Being different & accepting different perspectives of the same things.

The picture from above the staircase could be someone’s view of that staircase for their entire life. Whereas, the picture in front of the staircase could be someoneΒ  else’s view of it for their entire life. But, this doesn’t mean that they aren’t both seeing the same staircase, they are just looking at it from where they are currently standing.
And, most people would be fine with just seeing it from their perspective for their entire life, but, what I’m trying to encourage you to do after reading this post is: to always try and look at things from different perspectives because you never know what you could discover, just by shifting your focus.

“Don’t stay in the same spot for your whole life
(don’t stay at the top of the staircase for your entire life)!
Change your perspective
(come down & look at it from a different perspective)!”

Change your PERSPECTIVE! It might just change EVERYTHING!

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to search for a new perspective in your life!

P.S. Valparaiso is truly a beautiful city, & if you’re ever in Chile, I highly recommend taking a trip here to see this beautiful city for yourself! You won’t regret it, it will definitely help you understand the concept of perspective!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

One day – OR – Day one

You decide…

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Are you gonna keep saying: “one day I’ll accomplish that thing I’ve always wanted“?

– OR –

Are you going to: “start today and make today, day one of accomplishing your dreams and goals”?

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That’s all for this post. I just wanted to give you some quick food for thought to get you motivated to start accomplishing your goals today and stop saying: “one day”. And, start saying: “today is, day one of my journey to accomplishing my goals”.

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Hope For Your Future…

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future.
-Robert H. Schuller

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So, before I begin, I should start by saying that I don’t know the person who said that quote, but, when I read it, I immediately remembered one of the main reasons why I made the decision to live here, in Chile, for 3 months.

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I knew that living here was going to be very different, and I would have to adapt to a lot of new things.
I also knew, from experience, that travel teaches amazing & valuable skills & knowledge and it helps with (mental, physical & spiritual) growth.
So, let’s just say that I wasn’t exactly terrified of this trip, and making this decision was pretty easy for me because I love traveling anyways. But, I still had some doubts in me about this decision (like, was it even the right one?). And, the only thing that kept me from letting doubt win was the excitement of travel, and knowing that I was doing something that would better myself and my future.
I knew deep down that this trip was going to shape me and my future in some amazing way, and I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to travel more, grow more and shape my future.

Traveling shapes us in a way we don’t realize,
until we come home & see what changed in our minds!

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That quote is a good reminder to have faith in your future, and to not let today’s hurts and fears stop you from accomplishing your dreams.
It reminds you that, how you feel today does not define your future because if you keep hoping, praying and working, your dreams will become reality and you will be able to say that you accomplished your goals.
It reminds you that even though traveling has tough moments (culture shock, fear of flying, fear of the unknown, etc.), it’s all worth it in the end because you’re working towards creating a better you and a great future for your better self. And, in that future, culture shock, flying & fear of the unknown will not be as foreign to you.
You might even, actually, start to love those aspects of traveling (I know, I definitely have).

Hurts only last for a period in time!
But,
Hopes can lasts forever (as long as you never lose your hope)!

So, whatever it is that’s stopping you from doing something amazing, put it aside and let your hope and faith in your future guide your decision because being hopeful is much better than being fearful.

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to go out & live your dreams because you should never let your hope fade & your hurts win!

Kill the hurts & fears by letting your hopes & dreams shape your future!


-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

 

Shout-out!

Today, I feel like giving some shout-outs to some blog posts that I’ve liked this past month and bloggers that have continued to support me since I started blogging.

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This quote gave me the inspiration for this post because it reminded me to be grateful for something in everyday. And, today I choose to be grateful for my followers.

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Today, I read the two following posts and thought they were interesting, so I figured I’d share them (I don’t know the bloggers, I just thought their posts were interesting & thought-provoking). I linked the two posts below:

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And, I also wanted to shout-out the following blogs because I’ve recently noticed that they are always reading, liking, and commenting on my posts, and I really appreciate their support. And, I also love their blogs. I linked their blogs below:

 

Thanks for reading this post!
I hope it helps you discover new amazing blogs!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Fire!

Have you ever wanted to see a community work together within seconds?

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Just come to chile (more specifically, Quillota).

Seriously, I’ve lived here for 1 months now and I’ve already seen 3 fires.

And, although fires are usually scary and unpredictable, being here and experiencing them in another country has added an interesting factor to them.

Don’t get me wrong, fire are still very scary, but watching people during each of these fires is interesting. Everyone just suddenly forgets about their problems, worries and grudges for a while. They just run out of their houses and start helping the fire department in any way they can to save their friends, neighbours, enemies and community.

It’s really quite interesting to see so many people come together so quickly because it really gives you a sense of the culture and community of a place.

It gives you hope and faith in humanity!

And, I say let’s keep it that way!

In times of crisis and need, especially, we should always help each other out no matter how we feel about them because it teaches us to put everything behind and help our enemies and community.

So, starting today, let’s always remember to help our enemies in time of need and protect our communities in any way possible.

Always spread love & positivity to everyone!

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

My Own Material

For today’s post, I was challenged to look through my old Facebook, Instagram or Twitter posts and pick something that stood out to me and write what I think about it now.

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So, I chose to look through my Instagram feed and, while scrolling through, my very first Instagram post stood out to me.

Here it is:

The comment under it, just said: “Smile”.

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While thinking about how I feel about it now, I could only say: “I’m so glad this was my first Instagram post because it reminds me to always remember to smile, no matter what’s happening around me. Smiling is so much easier (and much more worth it) than being angry or upset at the world all the time.” And, just like the comment says, it’s simple; just Smile (one powerful word).

Just a simple smile can turn your whole day around!

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And, also, while scrolling through my Instagram feed, I noticed how much it changed and evolved throughout the years.

From: Just random pictures I would find on the internet that seemed interesting.

To: Pictures I take on my own adventures.

It changed from, a random Instagram account, to, more of a traveling account.

It was very interesting to look back and see my own journey because it helped me see that I’ve come very far. And, it gives me hope that I will still keep going far.

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So, now I challenge you to go through one of your social media feeds and find something that sticks out to you, OR, just look at your journey and notice how much your posts have changed over time. (Comment below with what you discovered).

Thanks for reading! I hope this inspired you to remember where and how you started, and to have faith and hope in your future.

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

It’s a big world out there!

β€œSomewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
β€” Astronomer Carl Sagan

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So, I found this quote and wanted to share it because it makes me want to get up and travel somewhere, exploring the unknown parts of the world.
There’s a place out there in the world that has something incredible that is just waiting for you to discover it. Get out of your safe little bubble of the world you know and discover something new and unknown.
There’s something out there in the world that no one has discovered yet; maybe you could be the first (and possibly only).

  • I say, first, because more than half of the world hasn’t even been discovered yet, so you might be the one curious person near that place to discover a new hidden location.
    The world is big enough for you to find that one place you love that no one has seen before you.
  • And, I say, only, because since you discovered this new place, you can keep the hidden location a secret to yourself, or you can share it with the world; it’s your choice (I recommend sharing it because if it’s just sitting there waiting to be known, why not make it become known by many explorers).

The world is full of new things to explore!
It just takes one adventure for you to find them!
So, put that fear behind you and go explore the amazing unknown things this world has to offer!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to travel and to let go of any fear or doubts you have about exploring unknown places.

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

An hour into my day!

The following post is just one hour into my day (through 15 minute intervals),
today-January 28, 2018.

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I’m going to start with the hour during & after lunch.

15:30 – Lunch time (by the way, I’m currently living in Chile & that is a normal lunch time). Today for lunch, I ate: stew with potatoes triangles, grated carrots, short-grain white rice, beef chunks, and minced garlic.
And, normally, I’m not a huge fan of stew, but this tasted pretty good (that could also be because I didn’t eat breakfast, but either way, it was good).

15:45 – Still just eating the stew, while listening to Spanish conversations and trying my hardest to understand them.
My brain is starting to get used to hearing Spanish (it’s not as foreign anymore, like during my first week here), but now, I need to train it to pick-up on important words to understand part of the conversation, so I’m not always completely lost (I think I’m slowly getting better at this).

16:00 – Lunch is over now and everyone is just doing their own things.
And, I get introduced to the world of “Samsung VR” for the first time.
And, I can definitely say that it’s VERY interesting, and addicting! It’s a whole new world! And, it’s really hard to explain because it consists’ of a headset/mask that you put on and only you can see what’s happening on the screen, so the experience is different for everyone. But, I can say that it’s definitely worth experiencing, at least once in your life!

16:15 – Still stuck in the Virtual Reality world! I told myself to explore it for a few minutes before going to take advantage of the beautiful sun and heat outside.

16:30 – Left the VR world, to go take a walk outside, under the beautiful sun and in the amazing 35 degree heat in January!
It’s so beautiful and peaceful; with the wind blowing, the birds chirping, the cars honking, the palm trees swaying, the kids playing, the people chatting and going places. Everything and everyone around me is enjoying their summer vacation and weather, and so am I. I love it here!
P.S. That “walk” lasted 2 hours. I just explored random things and walked around and bought souvenirs.

And, that was an hour insight into my day, today; January 28, 2018.

Thanks for reading!
Let me know, in the comments below, if you like these types of posts.

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Word Count…

Today’s post is supposed to be about word count.
(either less than 300 words or more than 1500 words)

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So, I decided to write an “essay” about Word Count.
I was going to write another update post, but I figured I’ve done enough of those this week, so, I should try something new.

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You see, in school we’re taught and told to reach a certain number of words for an essay, but, I’ve always asked myself the question: Why is it so important that I write 1,000 words on the history of the national anthem? or Why do I need to use 500 words to answer this school uniform question?

Every time I had to write an essay for school, I always thought: Why do essays always have to have a minimum word count in order to get a good grade? Why can’t I just write my opinion/answer to the topic/question using as many or a little words as I want?

But, recently (like right now, while writing this), I realized that word count isn’t intended to make writing more difficult, it can actually help you a lot. We don’t need to write an exact 1,000 words on our opinion about school uniforms. We just need to write a detailed & opinionated answer to the question because if we were to only answer the question in a few sentences, people would have no idea why we came to our conclusion.
That’s why when we’re asked for a certain number of words for an essay, the reason is probably very valid.
In my opinion and from my experience, word count is important to form complete sentences and thoughts, so whoever is reading your opinion will understand your thought process behind your conclusion.
And, since I’ve started blogging, I’ve understood much more about the importance of word count & the importance of explaining your opinion for people to understand.

That’s all I got… I hope this made sense, and I apologize if it was boring.
I promise I won’t write these essay type posts anymore (mostly because I did not enjoy writing it). So, if you didn’t like it, don’t worry. And, if you did, well, check out my other posts, you will probably like them even more.

Anyways, Thank for reading this post regardless!
Remember: Keep exploring and -LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Seeing…

Seeing something with your own eyes is always better!

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I came across this image earlier today, and I just had to share it because it’s so great.

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“Don’t listen to what they say. Go see”

If you’re even remotely considering traveling abroad, just go.

  • Don’t ask people for their opinion, unless they’ve been to that country and they love traveling, or else you will get discouraged before you even book your ticket.
    Go form your own opinion while being in your chosen country!
  • And, although it is a good idea to be informed about the country you are going to, don’t watch too much news about that country.
    News people love to create a good story, so chances are they’re exaggerating some of the details.
  • Be informed, but keep some learning for when you arrive in the country.
    Don’t learn everything before you go because learning abroad is much more fun and rewarding.
  • You also need to pick a country that you really want to visit, so no one can discourage you from going.
  • And, then, don’t think about it too much, just go see for yourself because anything anyone says is a biased opinion about their experiences or thoughts about that country.
    You will probably (most definitely) have a completely different experience.
  • Lastly, travel is a personal decision and only you can decide if you want to or not because only you will be changed in your own specific way in the country you choose.
    It’s your adventure!
    But, one thing that I can say from experience is, that once you decide to go see another country, you will never be able to un-see it. The experience of traveling and exploring that country will stay with you forever. Luckily, it’s an amazing experience and the memories will will leave you wanting to travel even more!

So, as the picture says:

Don’t listen to what they say!
Go see for yourself!
Go travel and explore a new & different country!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to travel and experience something new!

-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).

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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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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! 😊

The world around me…

So, for today’s post, I decided to observe the most popular place of the town where I’m currently living.

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So, I’m just sitting here in the middle of “La Plaza de Armas” in Quillota, Chile, eating manjar ice cream in 30 degree Celsius weather, in the middle of January.

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It’s currently summer here in Chile which means everyone is either, enjoying their vacation or just continuing with their work and daily life.
But, either way, for me, the following is what I’m observing and hearing:

  • People getting off work
  • People walking with their families/friends
  • People shopping
  • Kids playing, laughing, running, swinging, etc.
  • People taking naps under the palm trees
  • Music playing
  • People selling things (like, ice cream)
  • People dancing
  • People performing
  • Birds chirping
  • Taxis and buses honking

Those are all just regular everyday things, but sometimes the simple things can be the most interesting; I’ve just learned a lot about the culture of this country by people watching and writing this post.
And, I know, I know, those are just normal things you would observe in any town during the summer but, what makes it different to me, is that it’s all happening in Spanish (and the fact it’s summer in January).

Below I’ve included a few pictures of my current surroundings:

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Thanks for reading!

-What does the world around you look like right now? (Answer below with a picture or sentence of what you see and hear right now).

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Update!

So, to be honest, I didn’t really feel like writing today, but
I also didn’t want to lose my streak so early on.
So, I decided to make a quick update post about how my life here in Chile is going so far.

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Exploring Santiago!

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Celebrating the New Year! (p.s. this is a picture of fireworks, I promise)

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Trying different foods! (this happened almost everyday, but this one is called: Mote Con Huesillo & it’s quite delicious)

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Exploring my “home” town for the next few months! (Quillota, Chile)

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More Quillota exploring!

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A view of the entire town of Quillota! (from the top of Cerro Mayaca)

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Took a trip to go explore Vina del Mar! (1 hour drive from Quillota)

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And, also explored Valparaiso! (it’s connected to Vina del Mar)

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Ice Cream! (I had to include this because Chileans LOVE ice cream; it’s literally everywhere!)

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And, the last picture: Just hanging out with new friends!

Learning…

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For the record: I don’t know the person that posted the previous tweet, but I very much agree with it.
Here’s why:

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As a high school and college graduate, I do think education is important to start your life by learning the basics.
But, as a traveler, I know that I still have a lot to learn. And, the more I travel, the more this reveals itself to me more and more every day.

You see, I’ve realized that once you start to travel to different countries in the world, you will truly realize that all those things you learned in school were average knowledge to get you started with your life.

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This is why I started to travel and write in this blog; because I wanted to encourage people to travel and always keep exploring and learning, no matter how smart they think they are. There’s always something out there in the world that you can learn (it’s big enough, you’ll find something).

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Now, I’m not saying that you should quit school and just travel (don’t do that).
What I’m saying is: Don’t think that just because you have the best diploma out there means you know everything.
Think about it this way: “If you can’t speak every language in the world, you still have a lot to learn.” (that’s a little exaggerated, but you get the point).

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Thanks for reading!
I hope this post made you think, & inspired you to keep exploring & learning!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Where I write…

Place, setting, object, method, etc.

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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.

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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).

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

Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Continue reading “Where I write…”

Over-thinking…

“Over-thinking kills your happiness.”

-Anonymous

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For today’s post, I was told to pick a random quote and write something about it. So, I picked the previous quote, but, I don’t really know what to write.
So, I found these two pictures that explain my thoughts of the quote.

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Thanks for reading!
Now that you know you don’t need to over-think anymore, you can go start to take all the opportunities that come your way.
Live & create an amazing life for yourself!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

The Train Station

For today’s post, I was given an image to form a thought about, and write whatever came to mind. So, my thought when seeing the picture above was: “Life is like a train station!”.

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A train station: A place where people just get off one train to get on another train to get to another destination. But, is that are they are? No.

Yes, some of the people here, you will get to meet, and others will remain strangers. And, most people dislike train stations because they’re boring or too crowded, but I think they play an important role in your journey to your final destination (you don’t have to wait to arrive at your destination to learn something).

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You don’t know where people are coming from, or where they’re going, but, they had an important role to play in your journey, and you played an important role in their journey.

You see… in train stations:
You’re just coming from somewhere to go to a different destination.
And, you meet different/specific people along the way.
And, you learn different lessons.
And then, life keeps moving.

But, even though life keeps moving, that train station was an important stop-over in your journey to your next great destination.

Thanks for reading!
Remember: Stop-overs are important steps in your journey to your final destination!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Crave…

So, today’s post is a one-word prompt about the word “crave”.

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So, it’s very late at night (this might be a short post) and I almost forgot to write today. And, the first things that came to my mind when I remembered that I had to write something for day 3 was: “I crave mac & cheese”.

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I’m not exactly sure why this came to mind because mac & cheese isn’t really my favorite meal, but, I have been living in Chile for a few weeks now, and I think its’ simplicity, homey & comforting feel made me crave it.

This also made me realize that, when we travel, we usually crave the simple, little things from home.
And, when we are home, we crave/miss the simple, little adventures from our past/future travels.

Simple things really do make a difference!
Don’t overlook the little things!
Small things make more of an impact than you would think!

Thanks for reading this short & very late, but, hopefully, somewhat, insightful post!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

15 things to…

In today’s post, I’m going to give you 15 things to think about before going abroad.

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  1. Don’t be afraid of going abroad!
  2. Don’t think about what you’ll be leaving behind, think about what you’ll get to experience. (you will learn and gain much more than you will be leaving behind)
  3. There’s a big chance that the climate will be different (do some research before packing). This will make your experience abroad much more enjoyable.
  4. Don’t think about what it’s going to be like too much. Let yourself be surprised by things. It will make your experience much more enjoyable, and you will be more open-minded, which will help you learn even more.
  5. Enjoy the journey there, at least as much as being in the country because you might even learn something on the trip there (in the airport or in the bus/plane).
  6. Learn some important words/phrases in the local language. Not everyone will speak your language, and you might want to be able to speak to people instead of always acting things out.
    Charades is fun at the beginning of your trip, but later on you will want to be able to say something, so just learn a few things before you leave (this also makes it easier to learn more while in the country).
  7. Don’t be afraid to speak the local language (it will be one of your most valuable memories, especially if you make a funny mistakes).
  8. A foreign language is an amazing assets to have to show future employers. (every mistakes you make while learning will be worth it).
  9. Culture shock is real (but not scary). It just means that you are aware of your new surroundings and you are adjusting. During the culture shock phase, you can learn a lot about yourself and the country.
  10. Don’t plan too much (just go out and explore anything and everything).
  11. Don’t be too much of a tourist (speak to locals, ask them about fun things they like to do).
  12. Don’t take too many pictures (unless you’re a travel photographer). Try to live in the moment and capture the important things.
  13. Try to overcome jet-lag as soon as possible. This will make your trip (long or short) much more enjoyable.
  14. Stay connected with friends and family back home (talk to them at least once a week). It will make culture shock less painful, and you will be able to tell them the exciting things that you experience the day of, instead of waiting until you get back (but save some stories to tell them about in person).
  15. And, lastly, answer this question: WHY are you going abroad?

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encourages you to travel abroad & take advantage of your next adventure abroad!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Why I started writing…

~ Travel – Adventure – Explore ~

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

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I started this post with my site tagline and my sign off signature because I just wanted to say that I didn’t choose them randomly. They are the reason I started this blog.
I specifically chose those 2 sentences because I want to live by them and encourage others to always live for adventure.
I know, life can be tough and we can get so caught up in the busyness of life that we forget to actually live & explore the amazing world around us. But, it’s so important that we really see and look at the world around us.

That’s why I started this blog. To encourage others and myself to live for adventure everyday because the world has so many amazing things to experience and explore.
If you’re ever having a bad day, just look around you and explore the little things surrounding you everyday that you probably always overlook. Those things can teach you a lot.
And, once you learn from those little things, start expanding your view and travel somewhere new where you will be surrounded with completely new and different bigger things.

~ Travel – Adventure – Explore ~
Treat every day as a new opportunity to experience new things!

And, that’s why I started this blog; To encourage YOU, and myself, to:

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

P.S. I’m going to be trying to write a new post everyday for the next 20 days (maybe more), just a heads up that these posts will probably be a little random, but hopefully very interesting. Okay, that’s it. See you tomorrow!

-Thanks for reading!