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!
Just a random Saturday in winter Here in Australia With So many visions So many dreams So many plans Just chasing God With my life And so far He has never Let me down And Here I am Just sitting here In His presence In the comfort In the love In the protection Of my Father
He has Always been Holding me Protecting me Fighting battles All so I would Never worry
I know a God That worries for me He takes my burdens And frees me from EVERYTHING And – He gives me A Saturday filled With His love
Thanks for reading! I hope this post reminded you that God is always with you (even on a random Saturday in a foreign city in a random cafe). He is everywhere, ready to protect & comfort you!
So, a few days ago, I had this revelation about home. I was feeling sad, and I couldn’t figure out why because I didn’t really feel homesick, but I couldn’t put it into words. Until I came up with the word “peoplesick”. You see, I’ve been living in a dorm with 11 other girls for the past 6 months, and these people have truly become like family, and I have felt comfort (like you would at home) with them. I moved to Australia 6 months ago without knowing anyone, and at first I didn’t know how to feel about living in a 12 girl dorm. But, a few months later, I realized that these girls had become my home here in Australia. But, here’s where the “peoplesick” part comes in.. A few weeks ago, our school graduated, and everyone had to go back home. And, that took away all the comforts I had built here in Australia (yes, I am still here). I’m still living in the same place, but I am starting a new school, with different people. And, I kept feeling homesick (even though I’m in the same place). And, that’s when I came up with “peoplesick” because even though I am still living in the same place, all the people I have come to trust and find comfort in have gone home, and I am left with this empty feeling. So, here’s a poem I wrote to describe this empty feeling:
Hello again Trust issues Welcome back
People come People go That’s life
It’s difficult To restart Every time
But occasionally With time People stay
Good things Take time And effort
Never let Some people Steal joy
Always continue Building trust With them
Those people Will stay Through everything
They will Be there Breaking walls
“People sick” Equals progress And growth
Continue growing And building With them
People leave People stay God remains
Thanks for reading! I hope this post helped you realize that sometimes homesickness isn’t missing a place, but rather missing the people that gave you comfort and love. And, when you feel “peoplesick”, it’s actually a good sign because it means that those people have made an impact on you, and they will probably be in your heart & ife for a while.
If you don’t know where I’ve been for the past 4 months, check out this post before reading the following story.
Running Chasing Catching Finding Discovering Learning Building Working Crying Smiling Laughing Hiding Hurting Thinking Talking Processing Praying
Popping Breaking Destroying Tearing Shattering
This is my story from the past 4 months about how I discovered my true freedom by popping bubbles:
You see, before coming to YWAM (Youth with a Mission) to do a DTS (Discipleship Training School), I used to have these bubbles. They were safe places where I could go to hide, where I could go to just feel safe, and where I could go to get away from everything. And, I was content in my own little world surrounded by these bubbles. Or, so I thought…
“Please don’t pop my bubbles!”
I felt content with my bubbles because they gave me a sense of safety. I liked looking at their beauty because they made me feel loved. I enjoyed their peacefulness because they made me feel comforable.
But, these bubbles would also really hurt me. I wouldn’t be able to let people get too close because they would pop them. Letting people get close enough to pop them seemed like a good and productive idea, but it never was because they never knew which bubbles to pop at the right time. They just wanted to pop them all right away before I was ready, which led to me being hurt often.
“Some people have no self-control with bubbles.”
So, during the past 4 months, I’ve been slowly learning that I am the one that gets to decide when I’m ready to pop a bubble. When I know I’m ready to pop a bubble, that’s when I can let others in to help and encourage me in the process. I’ve learned that I can’t just let people get close enough and expect them to not pop any bubbles. So, I need to know when the right time for me is to let people get close enough to avoid being hurt by them choosing which bubbbles to pop in their timing.
“Stop! That’s too much, too fast; slow down please!”
So, I’ve learned that in order to let people get close enough, I need to start popping these bubbles on my own (with help & support) because it’s the only way I will feel ready to pop each bubble. I’ve discovered that only when I’m truly ready to pop a bubble / get rid of something will I feel complete freedom from it.
“It won’t hurt if you’re ready.”
Sometimes I might think I’m not ready, but that’s when I learn how much power fear has in my decisions. Sometimes it takes others to encourage the popping of bubbles.
Freedom won’t be comfortable at first; it takes courage to allow hurt to enter our lives. But, when we start seeing the process of popping bubbles as an exciting and joyful time, we forget about the hurt because we start to see our life in a new, clear way; without the distraction of bubbles.
“Freedom is right in from of you! But, will you choose it?”
Freedom is an interesting concept because they say it’s freely given to you, and you can take it when you want. But, they fail to mention how much it hurts to actually receive it because it costs’ your total comfort. But, that’s when you have to ask yourself:
“Is freedom worth your comfort?”
Well, during the past 4 months, I’ve learned that my answer is definitely YES. I’ve decided that I am fully willing to step out of my comfort zone to gain freedom because it’s so worth it, and at the end of the day I can’t hold onto them forever anyway. I’ve realized that if giving-up my self-made comforts is all I need to do to receive true freedom then, I am willing to pop any bubbles that stop me from receiving this amazing freedom.
And, that’s my story from the past 4 months.
Thanks for reading! I hope this inpsired you to think about the things in your life that could be holding you back from receiving true freedom. If I’ve learned anything during this time, it’s that: TRUE FREEDOM IS WORTH SO MUCH MORE THAN YOUR COMFORT!
P.S. Check out this page for more stories about my adventures here in Australia! or Follow me on instagram to follow me on my next journey (details to come soon)!
The lies are gone Truth has won I’ve been set free from doubts
Broken love has vanished Peace has won I’ve stopped running
Quitting has no place here Comfort has won I’ve found my home
Hiding places have disappeared Light has won I’ve started shinning
Thanks for reading! I hope this post encouraged you to come out of hiding because life really is so much better when you are free! Don’t hide who you are because it’s only hurting you; God is waiting for you to realize that you have been found! He is greater than all your fears; stop hiding & trust Him!
Sometimes it can be good to go back to where you started. It can teach you new lessons. It can show you things you didn’t notice last time. It can be a comforting, familiar place in the midst of the chaos. It can help you think better. It can give you clarity about some tough decisions. It can truly be a blessing.
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If you ever feel like you’re going backwards, remember that nothing you do will ever actually push you back because you are always learning new things.
Even if it’s the millionth time you do something, it can always be done differently.
~ I’ve recently learned that going back to where you started can be a very good things because it can show you new things, and teach you new lessons. And, through it all, you can learn more about yourself. ~
Sometimes going backwards is the only way to move forward!
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.
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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.
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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.
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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!).
So, I’m leaving Argentina in a few hours, and I don’t know how to feel. It’s a bittersweet feeling because I’ve lived here for 3 months and I’ve met so many amazing people. I’m really going to miss this country, but I’m also ready to leave with my new found confidence in myself and perspective of the world. So, in my bittersweet moment, I decided to write the following:
What if your greatest fear is actually what you’re meant to do in life?
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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?
When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. But now, I love writing, and I love the community that comes with it. I also didn’t realize people would actually read my blog, let alone like it enough to nominate me for awards (I know these awards are not mandatory, so when I get nominated I always take the time to do it because I feel so grateful, and I want to keep the award train moving forward). So, thank you Emma & Nathan’s Travels. I really appreciate the nomination!
Although a blogger doesn’t really need to participate in any award nominations, I don’t mind as it gives me a chance to show my appreciation to other bloggers. Plus, it’s free exposure should you wish to participate. Now, for the rules:
Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)
My answers to Emma & Nathan’s Travels Questions:
1- What is your favourite destination so far and why?
That’s a difficult question; there’s always one thing I love from every destination. But, if I had to choose, I would say: Belize (mostly because I went off the grid, with no connection for a week, and it felt great, and was very refreshing and relaxing). And, also because it’s a beautiful country that not enough people know about!
2- Why did you start, and why do you continue blogging?
I started blogging while I was living in the small town of Jasper, Alberta, Canada (for 6 months). I was working and living on site at a lodge in the middle of the highway/woods, with not much to do around (except for hiking, and thinking). And, I started thinking a lot about my purpose, which made me feel very insignificant. So, one day I decided it would be a good idea to start a blog (it always seemed interesting to me, and now I had time). At the time, the blog was a way to just write and share my thoughts to see if anyone else could relate. My first posts were not at all about traveling or inspirational, but I continued blogging because I started enjoying it (I never realized how much I actually liked writing, it seemed so boring in school). Now, it was actually fun! I continue blogging today because I love writing about my adventures, and sharing them with others. I love traveling and I want to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and travel as well. I also love reading and following other blogs. And, I love the small community I’ve formed, that follows my blog and adventures.
3- Is your blog as successful as it you’d hoped, or is it still a working progress?
Definitely still a work in progress. But, then again, I don’t really know how successful I planned for it to be. I started it on a whim, so I didn’t really think about the “success”. I just kinda liked having a place to write, where other people could read it, and hopefully get inspired. So, in that way, I guess you could say that it’s more successful now, than I originally thought because more people are reading my blog.
4- Upload your favourite photo from your blog and describe why.
I like this photo because it was one of my first pictures I posted on this blog. And, it was taken at the same time than when I started this blog. And, it depicts what I was feeling when I started this blog (small and insignificant). In a way, it’s my reminder of how far I’ve come (which I think is what the post with this pictures was about…).
5- Describe something about yourself that isn’t mentioned in your blogs.
My dream job is to become a flight attendant. It’s been my dream ever since I can remember (since I was 4 or 5 years old). I’ve always found it interesting and exciting. And, now I that I’ve traveled abroad more and learned more languages, I realize that it still really is my ultimate dream job.
6/7- How do you manage your time when it comes to blogging? Do you write posts and schedule them for publication or do you write as you go?
It depends. I don’t have a blogging schedule (I can post up to 10 times in a month, and then go a whole month without posting). If I have a lot of inspiration (and time), I will write a bunch of posts, and schedule them. But, if I’m busy, and only get inspired on the spot (like with this post), I will write and post it on the spot because I don’t want to forget (and it doesn’t deserve to be scheduled), so I write and post it as soon as possible.
It doesn’t matter if you were a pro at all those things in your home country because everything will be different in a foreign country.
Yes, there will be similarities, and you will learn the differences quickly. But, you will still need to learn the best place to grocery shop, the best method of transportation to get around (bus, subway, taxi), and the currency (so you know when something is overpriced).
And, on top of discovering all those things, you will need to learn a foreign language.
AND, while you are learning ALL that, you also need to deal with homesickness and culture shock (at least for the first few months).
Now, I’m not saying all this to scare you. I personally have been loving my experience living abroad. I’m telling you all this so you know what’s coming: A LOT OF WORK AND DEDICATION! But, it’s 100% worth it.
Yes, there will be ups and downs. There will be days where you won’t want to speak the language (you’ll get tired of needing to train your brain in a foreign language everyday). There will be days where you’ll just want to do nothing. But, those days are the best because they will teach you the most. If you power through those days, you will realize how worth it, it is, to learn to adult/live in a foreign country. It will make it that much easier for your return to your home country. Adulting/living in a foreign country is an amazing, life-changing experience.
It really is LIFE-CHANGING because after you live in a foreign country for more than 2 or 3 months, your view of everything changes. But, the only way to understand this life-changing experience is to live it yourself! So, step out of your comfort zone & live this amazing experience!
Thanks for reading!
I hope this inspired you to step out of your comfort zone and change your perspective!
P.S. I just completed my second months of living abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina! CHECK OUT THE LINK BELOW TO SEE SOME OF MY ADVENTURES, WHILE LEARNING NEW THINGS AND LIVING A LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCE:
I welcome you with open arms. I’m so excited for what you have in store for me this year. I hope it’s as good (or even better) than 2018. I just thought I should warn you that you have a lot to compete against. The bar is raised (as they say).
I learned a lot in 2018, so I’m ready for more new lessons in 2019. I also traveled quite a bit in 2018, so I’m ready for more adventures to see even more of the world in 2019.
I’m ready for everything you have in store for me this year, and I’m so ready to step out of my comfort zone. It took me a while, but 2018 was finally the year I gained full confidence in myself (from teaching English in a foreign country, to solo traveling abroad). I’m ready to use my new found confidence! So, I hope you’re ready for me because here I come, with confidence, eagerness, and excitement for the next 365 days! Let’s do this, and make this the best year yet!
READY! SET! GO!
Sincerely, A girl ready to conquer this year!
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Thanks for reading! If you’re ready to conquer 2019 as well, comment below with one of your biggest goals that you really want to accomplish this year. Also, if you want new year resolution ideas, check out: https://nowboarding.ca/2018/12/31/2019-resolutions/
So, today I went to Caminito in La Boca, Argentina, alone.
It was my first time taking the bus in Argentina, but it was really simple.
All I needed to do was look at a map, and find where I wanted to go.
Once I found my destination on the map, I looked at the bus numbers that went there, and then I looked around the terminal for the right bus.
Then, I got on the bus, swiped my “SUBE” card, and sat down (near a window). I made sure to sit near a window so I could see where to get off because I knew I would recognize it when I saw it. And, I did!
I made it to my destination ALONE! Now, it was time to get off the bus, and explore this new town.
The following pictures were all taken in El Caminito, La Boca.
The main street of Caminito!
Shopping side street!
Lunch for 180 pesos: Chicken empanadas & a dulce de leche alfajor (about $8, which is pretty good for a tourist area)
I just had to include this because it was the first Christmas tree I saw in Argentina!
A side street going into La Boca (outside of the tourist street; El Caminito).
The view from the bus terminal in La Boca!
The first thing you see when you get off the bus at El Caminito!
I hope this post inspired you to step out of your comfort zone, face your fears, and travel!
P.S. I also made a video of my other solo adventures from this past months, so if you want to see some more adventures, click the following link to watch it:
Update on this blog, and my life: A new chapter is starting very soon (Dec. 5)!
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I am “moving” to Argentina! 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 sad (as this will be my first Christmas away from home); 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, never let fears take over!
You can do so much, more than you think! All you have to do is…
…Seek discomfort! And, 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!
Oh, also, 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: https://www.patreon.com/nowboarding
“Dreams in the rear-view mirror are closer than they appear.”
Although, you should keep looking forward when chasing your dreams; sometimes you need to glance backwards at the progress you’re making along the way because that progress is actually your dreams starting to come true. Think about it this way:
Your dreams are catching up to you.
They’re coming –
Closer and closer –
Each day, they inch forward.
You think: “Looking back is bad.”.
All you see back there are your failures.
You think the rear-view mirror is showing you all your mistakes & failures.
But, it’s actually the opposite.
It’s showing you all the lessons learned from the amazing, and crazy journey you took while working towards your dreams.
Those past failures and mistakes are actually your dreams starting to take shape.
Looking in that rear-view mirror should not discourage you.
Instead it should remind you that all those mistakes and failures are just speed bumps along this amazing journey towards achieving your dreams!
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to always continue to chase your dreams!
I said that phrase SO MANY (more like TOO MANY) times when I was living in Chile.
Or, at least, that’s what I told myself because I thought I was getting annoying, but, turns out people didn’t mind answering my questions; and I learned so much by asking all those questions during those 3 months.
Ask all the questions you could possibly ask in a day. It’s the only way you’ll learn and remember anything!
Asking questions will get you so much farther than thinking you know everything ever will!
Was not just written overnight. It took 3 months of hard work and dedication.
You see, I lived in Chile for 3 months and asked way more than 10 questions per day about the language and culture. And, I did my best to speak Spanish as much as I could, whenever I could. And, one day, a few weeks before I was set to depart, my chilean family told me that my Spanish had improved since they first met me, months ago. And, they told me that I speak well (when I finally have enough courage to say something), which made me happy and proud of myself because it was the moment I realized it was all worth it, and that I definitely wanted to continue learning Spanish. So, I decided to write a short post to show myself how far I came in those 3 months full of questions and doubts (those questions and doubts led to fluency).
At first, I was super afraid of being judge for my accent and my knowledge of the language because whenever I didn’t know something I didn’t feel worthy to speak the language. And, so, for the first few weeks I didn’t say much, I just observed. And, soon after, I decided to start asking people about the things I didn’t know. And, whether or not I got a serious answer, I would inevitably learn something, everyday. So, I did this everyday, for 3 months. And, by the end, I was having conversations in Spanish.
I spoke Spanish.
I heard Spanish.
I saw spanish.
I listened to music in Spanish.
I watched movies in Spanish.
I participated in Spanish conversations.
I lived in a Spanish country; I lived Spanish (Chilean), for 3 months.
Instead of telling myself that I wasn’t worthy of speaking the language or that I would just be made fun of, so I shouldn’t try to learn the language; I told myself to ask at least 1 question per day (that quickly turned into 10). And, before I knew it I was becoming fluent in Spanish.
So, my point in sharing that story was to tell you that, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel dumb, and you feel like you’re not worthy of knowing the answer, or you’re scared of not being good enough; just start Asking all the questions and Learnsomething new everyday!
Thanks for reading! And remember:
You must strive to better yourself everyday because you’ll soon realize that, deep down, you knew the answers all along.
So, “stranger danger” can’t really be in my vocabulary anymore.
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Remember when you were young, and your parents told you not to talk to strangers? Well, that comes with a lot of terms and conditions, the biggest one being: Traveling. P.S. I’m not talking about those creepy strangers in white vans (you should definitely fear them), I mean those people that you act shy around because you don’t really know them.
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I mean, seriously, though, it’s crazy how many strangers I’ve spoken to while living here in Chile. And, for me, even just talking to people I know is sometimes difficult, but living here for 3 months has taught me that I don’t have to be so scared because people are just people and they’re not all scary.
I’ve realized that the fear I had about talking to people was stupid; I learned to just talk to people without being scared or fear of being judged.
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When I first got here, I was so nervous to meet my host-family (I thought they would hate me) and I was not at all confident in my Spanish (this didn’t help my nervousness).
But, after living here for 3 months, I’ve started to really get to know my host-family (they’re actually really nice) and I started to let the nerves go and start speaking to them and strangers in Spanish.
And, in doing those things, I’ve started to feel so much more confident when speaking to stranger and I’ve learned so much more Spanish.
At first, I was so scared of being judged for my accent in Spanish that I would barely even speak in a day. But, after a while, I started saying small sentences each day and eventually worked up the courage to start having conversations in Spanish. And, now I can actually say that I can “fluently” speak Spanish (I use fluently loosely because I still stumble with certain words, but for the most part, I can hold a successful conversation).
After getting over my fear of speaking to strangers, I had to get over my fear of being judged for my accent. And, it hasn’t been easy, but definitely worth it because now, I can say that: -I am no longer afraid to speak to strangers. AND -I can officially speak 3 languages (some much better than others, but I can still understand and be understood in all 3).
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So, all this to say that, if you ever fear public speaking (or just speaking to strangers), just remember the cliche sentence:
Nothing good ever comes from your comfort zone,
stepping out is the best decision you will ever make!
And, if you too are trying to learn a new language, here’s my best tip for you:
Learning a completely new language isn’t possible overnight,
it takes a lot of humiliation, work, perseverance and courage.
Those two things might be very difficult and seemingly impossible tasks, but, they are always worth working toward because they could change your life in so many ways.
So, next time you are faced with one of these situations, remember:
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to go conquer your dreams!
Within a year I’ve been to the North Atlantic and the South Pacific in 3 different countries!
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From: Nova Scotia, Canada To: Glover’s Reef, Belize To: Chile
And, the craziest thing is that every time I went to the ocean in those country I forgot which country I was in for a moment.
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And, I’m not exactly sure why I always gravitate to the beach in new countries because when I was younger, I used to dislike the beach and the ocean. But, the more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve come to actually love it. And, I think that it’s because I grew up near the ocean, so it subconsciously makes me feel at home, which helps me overcome culture shock. And, since my brain subconsciously relates the ocean to home, I subconsciously end up near one wherever I am in the world because it’s the one place that never really (drastically) changes around the world.
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And, I think that’s one of the keys to overcoming culture shock; Finding something that reminds you of home & comfort.
Whatever it may be, it will help you realize that this new country isn’t all new and scary. It will help you find the good in the country and make you feel more comfortable because you won’t feel so out of place and far from home.
Finding comfort in:
The sound of waves, the sand on my feet, and the smell of the salty sea air is my place of comfort in a new country. What’s yours?
Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you to remember to not be afraid of culture shock because it is one of the best reasons to travel. (here’s why: Don’t underestimate it! And, if you find something comfortable in a new country, it will diminish your fears and worries, and, you might even start to feel at home in this new, unknown country, which will make your experience even better!
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.
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This year (2018) has already been a crazy year, all about doing strange & fascinating things (and it’s still only January)!
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From: 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).
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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 lot(and I mean an extra amount) of effort.
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.
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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.
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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.
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?”
And, if you came here for answers, I’m sorry but I’m still figuring out the answer myself, but I can say:
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.
But, let me warn you, it will take a long time.
But, it will definitely be worth it!
Thanks for reading! Now get out there and go learn a new language & don’t give up on it!
~There’s something so scary, yet, so “comforting” about not having control over part of your body/future.~
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So, today, I went to the dentist to get a filling and he numbed part of my mouth/face. And, during the process I felt the numbness start and I was fine because I could feel it slowly happening.
It was only after, when I got home, that I realized that having no control over the right side of my face was really kind of scary and uncomfortable.
Smiling, laughing, talking, drinking,etc… Everything felt so weird.
Even right now, while writing this, I still can’t feel the right side of my face. And, I’m kinda glad it’s only the right side of my face (temporarily) because I think that if I really had no control over part of my body, I would probably freak out a little.
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You see, as humans, we are so used to being able to control everything that happens to us, that whenever something unexpected happens (loss, an accident, a filling), we get scared and uncomfortable because we don’t know this new feeling and we don’t know how to react to it.
We’ve had control over everything up to this point, so this situation scares us because we cannot control it; we can only control how we react to it. We cannot do anything to change it, we just have to wait it out and wait for things to change on their own.
So, whenever something is out of your control, instead of being scared and worried, just be patient and wait it out. Sometimes the things we can’t control, turn out the best. Just let things happen, be patient and see what happens to your life. Let yourself give-up control over certain things in life; it will make you feel better and less stressed.
Thanks for reading!
~Don’t live in fear of the future! Have patience that even though you can’t control the future, it will turn out alright!~