Fear is calling

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

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


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Day 1 in Buenos Aires, Argentina

I made it to Buenos Aires, Argentina! 

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

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

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

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

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

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Thanks for reading! 

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


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

The rear-view mirror…

Your breakthrough is coming!

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“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!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

I have a question…

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!

This post: Una Publicación en Español

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 Learn something 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.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Coco!

So, I just had a “weird” experience.

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I just went to the movie theatre here in Chile and watched a Spanish movie (w/o subtitles).

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It might not seem like such a weird thing, but that’s the best word I could think of to describe it.

It made me feel weird because I’ve been living here for 3 months and hearing Spanish everyday, so it’s become normal to me.

But, going to the movie theatre was a similar experience for me that I forgot I was even in Chile.

I just watched the movie in spanish and my brain hardly had to think about it (the words just made sense in my brain).

I mean, sure, there were pictures, which definitely did help, but, even in moments when the people were just standing still talking, I understood what they were saying like it was normal.

It was only after the movie that I realized that I had just watch an entire Spanish movie with no subtitles or translator and I actually understood it.

I actually laughed at the jokes when other people laughed (which is how I knew I was laughing at the right time and how I knew that I actually understood what was happening in the movie).

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So, you’re probably wondering why I’m telling you all this.

Well, one: Because I felt proud of myself and wanted to share it with someone.

And, two: Because I realized that I can maybe inspire someone out there to learn a new language.

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Now that I know that after 3 months of listening and living in Spanish I can watch a Spanish movie and understand it, it gives me hope that I can one day become fluent. And so, that’s what I’m trying to do.

After the movie, I really started trying to listen to people around me and actually respond with full sentences, not just one word. And, it’s actually been so worth it because it makes me feel happy to know that I understand what people are saying and that I can respond and be understood.

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And, that’s why I think everyone should learn another language.

It takes a lot of work and dedication, but in the end you will feel so proud of your accomplishment that you will want to continue to learn the language, and maybe even have the courage to try another new thing.

Thanks for reading! (Gracías para leer!)

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Stranger danger!

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:

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Work towards your dreams everyday!

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You don’t always have to be brave; just persevere through the tough obstacles you will face on your journey to the top!

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You have to work towards your dreams everyday, no matter what!

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After it all, you will be so thankful for everything you’ve accomplished!

 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to go conquer your dreams!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂