Re-rooting : Identity

2 simple words
that changed my entire view of
who God is
and how He looks at me

2 simple adjectives
that flipped my self worth
within just a few seconds
of fully knowing Him

9 simple letters
that broke something in my roots
of what I thought I already knew
and understood of Him

3 simple syllables
that cut deep into my heart
and broke everything I used to build
my foundation about this Father I”ve heard so much about

Why are these 2 words so difficult for me to comprehend?
How can I begin to live my life knowing that I am fully known?
What does that even truly mean?
Where do I begin this search?
When do I start building this new identity?


I’m fully known and loved by You
You won’t let go, no matter what I do
And it’s not one or the other
It’s hard truth and ridiculous grace
To be known, fully known, and loved by You
I’m fully known and loved by You

Known by Tauren Wells

I guess it’s time
I start re-planting my roots
and learning what it means to be known
and fully loved
by the Father

I don’t know where or how to start
but I know that
if I trust my Father
He will teach me
and show me the way

So I start with believing
these 2 simple words
that I am fully seen and truly loved
by a Father who will never leave me
who always keeps His promises

Although the true meanings of these words
are foreign to me
I trust in my Father to show me the way
to re-rooting myself
in His truth over me


To be love, is to be loved by You
To be love, is to loved by You
So I won’t worry about tomorrow
‘Cause all I wanna do, all I wanna do
Is know You

Abide by Kingdom Culture Worship

If you haven’t figured it out yet
the 2 words I’m referring to, are :
SEEN & LOVED

These words have defined my year so far
I’ve heard them spoken over me almost every day
And God has been telling me that this is my year of breaking old roots
To grow new, stronger ones in His truth

And so I share this poem in order to encourage and allow you
to start to understand these truths in your life,
and be able to begin to step into them
because it truly is the best way to change your life!

NO SELF-HELP BOOK CAN TEACH YOU WHAT GOD CAN SHOW YOU IN 2 WORDS!

Thanks for reading!

Be blessed & encouraged by this post!

Growing Pains…

Painful
hurt
surfaces

Broken
pieces
fall

Brick
walls
crumble

Soft
hearts
shatter

Deep
tears
fade

Growth
is
happening


Sometimes growth is painful, and difficult.. but, that’s how we know we are growing properly!
Growing pain is the result of muscles being stretched and pulled in new and different ways;
and when we realize how good it is, we can start to want this beautiful pain because
it is making us stronger and better!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this encourages you to keep stretching and growing these new muscles because you are changing, and that’s a beautiful thing!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

I See You…

Dear beautiful child,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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

A poem about evangelism

Just tell them!

One smile
Instead of words
Is enough
And, so simple

Just tell them!

One word
More than enough
To speak
Life over someone

Just tell them!

One sentence
All it takes
To explain
The good news

Just tell them!

One truth
Of unfailing love
Is greater
Than the world


Thanks for reading!
I hope this poem encouraged you, & reminded you that telling others about the truth & love is as simple as a smile!

– LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Poem inspired by this video, & this song!

Important Word


So, it’s my birthday today (23! Woohoo!), and I’m currently in New South Wales, Australia! The past 6 months have been pretty crazy, and instead of repeating it all here, here’s a link to a page where you can read all my past posts from my experiences here in Australia from the past 6 months (and counting).


Anyways, this post is a poem I wrote about a word that has come to mean a lot to me. I never really knew what it meant before, but I have started to really understand it, and take it seriously during the past 6 months.
So, here it is:

A B I D E

Abide
One word
Many meanings
Multiple actions

Dwell
One word
One meaning
One action

To abide
Means to obey
To dwell
Means to stay

Abiding
Results in abundance
Dwelling
Results in stillness

Act in accordance
Receive abundance
Act in stillness
Receive scarcity

R E M A I N

Whether it’s an abiding faith, an abiding respect, or an abiding passion; the Word remains the same.
The meaning might change based on the reason, but the Word remains the same.
The action taken could be different based on the situation, but the Word still remains the same.
The Word will always remain the same.
And, when we choose to abide in the living Word, everything changes, except the Word.


Thanks for reading! I hope this encouraged you to think about the truths that are surrounding you everyday!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Post inspired by these songs: one & two

Lessons from the mountain top…


A moment to remember who God is & who I am
A moment of total surrender
A moment of ultimate love
A moment of perfect peace
A moment of complete freedom
A moment of finding hope
A moment of unfailing grace
A moment of uplifting truth

God is…

Love
Peace
Freedom
Hope
Grace
Truth
And the ultimate hiding place
The one I kneel at the feet of
The one that caries me through everything

I am…

His child
His human vessel
Dwelling in His house
Called to do great things
Spreading His glory
Living my best life with Him

And…

Through it all
He continues to love
To encourage
To reveal
To redeem
To forgive
To restart
This amazing journey with me


Thanks for reading!

This post was inspired by this song!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Finding Freedom by Popping Bubbles


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

But, ultimately

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!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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)!

No More Hiding!

My time has come
Hope has won
I’ve been found

Fear is gone
Love has won
I’ve been covered

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!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

P.S. This post was inspired by: This Song!

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! 🙂

Tearing Down Walls


I’ve built up so many walls.
It might take some time to tear them all down.
But, I’m working on it.
Slowly…

It took me my whole life to build these walls.
I’ve worked every day of my life.
I’m proud of this work I’ve done.
But, I think I’m ready to tear them down.

I’m ready to feel free.
I’m tired of hiding behind these walls.
I feel like I’m suffocating.
I need to breathe again.

These walls are not helping me.
These walls are hurting me.
These walls are depressing.

I thought I needed them.
To feel safe.
To feel secure.
To feel happy.
To feel good.

But, I think I’m wrong.
I think these walls are stopping me.
I think these walls are holding me back.
I think I need to break down these walls.

But, how?

How do I tear down my whole life?
How do I forget about it all?
How can I leave it all behind me?


I haven’t exactly found an answer to that question, but here’s a song that has helped me start to understand why these walls are hurting me.

Never Lost – Song

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encourages you & reminds you that it’s never too late to break down the walls.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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! 🙂

Solo Travel Tip #2

Be your best friend!


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


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


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

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

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


Thanks for reading!

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

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Fear is calling

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

. . .

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

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

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

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


Thanks for reading!

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

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! 😊

The rear-view mirror…

Your breakthrough is coming!

. . .

“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! 😊

#MondayMotivation!

I just wanted to share some quotes I discovered last week, to encourage you this week.

“You can overcome anything life throws at you!
Conquer this week!”


Follow YOUR dreams!

These are great New Years’ resolutions! Or, just 4 great steps to live by.

Every day is a chance to be better!


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post gave you some encouragement for your week ahead!
Have a good week!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

A Time For Everything!

Have you ever asked yourself the question: “What am I still doing here?”.

. . .

Well, I have. And, I know it’s never a good question to ask yourself because it very rarely has a good answer. (the answer to that question usually discourages you.)


You see… Usually, when you ask yourself that question it signifies that you are tired of where you are currently in life, and you are aching for change; for something more.
That question makes you fell stuck, but you don’t know what to do.
All you know is you want to change something (you don’t want to be “here” asking yourself that question), but you don’t know what’s coming next.

Well, let me just tell you that you are “here” for a purpose, and your next step is coming, just be patient because there is a time for everything, and everything happens at a certain time for a specific reason.

Your life is moving, but when you don’t feel it, remember that with time you will move forward to something great. And, when you do, you won’t realize what hit you.
It feels slow now, but once it’s over you won’t remember all this waiting.

Life is all about timing and patience!

The more patience you have, the better things will become in time.
So, focus on where you are right now because your next step is coming (sooner than you think).


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encouraged you, and gave you hope for your future!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. This post was inspired by: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
(look it up; on google or in the bible),
it’s a great encouraging verse about timing and patience!

 

Weekend Coffee Share…

Hi! How are you? Thanks again for waking up so early (6am) to chat/read.
If you didn’t read last weekend’s coffee share, click here: Weekend coffee share…


“Black & White. The 2 most important colors to a writer.”

So, for this weekend’s coffee share, I’m going to share my thoughts about that ^ statement with you.


So, first, when people ask you: “Why do you write?”
-What do you normally answer?

. . .

For me, I used to just answer: “Because I want to share my adventuresspread positivity…& encourage others to travel.”.
But, while that is definitely still true, my answer has slightly changed since I started writing because I, now, understand what makes writing so exciting & fascinating.

. . .

1- I find it fascinating that some simple black letters on a white page can make for such an interesting story.


2- I find it fascinating that I can form words & sentences with those black letters that will really POP on the white page.


3- I find it fascinating that black & white are the simplest colors yet, they create the best images & tell the biggest stories.


4- I find it fascinating that I can invent my own words to explain something, & I don’t fail because of it, I actually get positive feedback.


5- I find it fascinating that I can share my adventures with others so vividly that they can sense that they’re there as well.


6- I find it fascinating that simply writing (or typing) a single page (of anything) can be an escape from reality.


7- I find it fascinating that the simplest words make the biggest impact on a story. Without one specific word, a story changes drastically.


8- I find it fascinating that I can be creative & create something without actually drawing. (Which is good cuz I’m not great at drawing.)


9- I find it fascinating that I can create a vivid image without drawing, & using only the colors, black & white.


Thanks for reading!

Now, it’s your turn to share! In the comments, answer the question: “Why do you write?”

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Life is all about the hustle!

We all want to leave some sort of legacy behind for people to remember us by.
We work so hard to make sure people remember us for something big.
We spend most of our lives trying to impress the “big boss” to get that big promotion, so we can start making a difference.

. . .

And, all that is great and all; we should have dreams and goals. Hustling for what you want is great. But, what if, after all that hard work you never get that promotion? Then, what?

…If it were me, I’d probably be a little sad and depressed, and I wouldn’t have any energy left to create another legacy.

So, instead of waiting for that perfect moment, why not just start creating your legacy today?

. . .

Legacies don’t need to be spectacular shows, like those of history (like Martin Luther king Jr and other historical figures).

You can start making a difference right now, just by being YOU!
That’s the best legacy you can ever create!

I mean, think about it. That’s the one thing that all those people have in common; they are all remembered because they believed in something, and made it change. And, they didn’t stop until people believed in what they were doing and joined in.

They believed in themselves until others started to as well!

That’s the best way to create a legacy; believe in yourself so much that others have no choice but to start believing in you too.
If you do that, you will be remembered for being you and encouraging others to be themselves.

. . .

Don’t just work your whole life away for that one promotion to start your life legacy; start creating it now!

The definition of legacy says: “A gift of some sort, handed down from one generation to the next.”.

So, what gift do you want to leave for the world? (Not just your family, but the entire world?!?)

Remember, it doesn’t have to be a tangible thing; it can be love, happiness, inclusion, peace, etc.
But, whatever it is, you need to live by it everyday! And, people will eventually start to catch on!

That’s all you need to do to create a legacy, perseverance and self-confidence!

 

Thanks for reading!
Now, go create your legacy!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Every Mile Matters…

It’s history
You can’t rewrite it
You’re not meant to be trapped inside it
Every tear brought you here
Every sorrow gathered
Yeah, it’s history
And every mile mattered

. . .

Life is full of ups and downs…

it’s full of good decisions and bad decisions…

. . .

Right now you’re either at a point in your life that you’re super proud of, or you’re telling yourself everyday that you’re a disappointment.

Things are either going your way or not quite what you want, but, either way you are always making decisions that will impact your tomorrow self. Those decisions could change your life in an instant (good or bad).

So, just remember that, next time you are faced with an important decision, just know that whatever you decide you will inevitably learn something from it.

. . .

“Every Mile Matters!”

You see, travelers don’t get disappointed when they don’t see/do exaxtly what they wanted in a new country because they know that what they did see mattered and will probably lead to something else that will be unexpectedly amazing.

“Every decisions has an impact!”

Just like in life, you can’t get disappointed when you think you made a terrible mistake. You can’t wish you chose the other option; all you can do is live in the moment and learn from every decision you make each day.


Thanks for reading! I hope this post inspired you in some way! 🙂

P.S. This post was inspired by the song: Every Mile Mattered (click the link to check it out!)

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

¡Una publicación en español!

So, just a heads up: this is a short post…
Also, please don’t judge my Spanish. I’ve lived in Chile for 3 months, so I’ve learned a lot, but, I know, I still have lots to learn. But, I wanted to try to write a post in Spanish.
So, here it is:

. . .

¡Hola, buenas días!

He estado viviendo en Chile durante los últimos 3 meses, y he aprendido muchas cosas aquí durante los últimos 3 meses.
Tantas cosas que una publicación como esta no es suficiente para explicar todo.
Además, hay muchas cosas que no puedo explicar porque he hecho muchas cosas que solo puedes entender si también has viajado y has vivido en un otro país (algunas cosas son demasiado muy confusas para explicar).

Durante los último 3 meses, aprendí que viajar es una cosa que realmente me hace feliz. También, aprendí muchas cosas sobre mí y muchas cosas sobre Chile (un mundo muy diferente de mi país).
Aprendí que hay mucho mas cosas a explorar en el mundo y que voy a hacerlo porque no puedo dejar de viajar después de vivir en otro país.
Esta experiencia me hace querer explorar muchos más países.
Después de esta experiencia, quiero continuar aprendiendo español, seguir viajando y hacer una diferencia en el mundo (de cualquiera manera que puedo).

. . .

-¡Gracias por leer!
P.D. Si alguna vez consideras visitar Chile, no lo pienses más, ¡solo vete! ¡Lo recomiendo totalmente! ¡Es realmente un país muy hermoso!

-VivePorLaAdventura! 🙂


If you want to read about my experience living in Chile, check out this page: My Trip to Chile!🇨🇱

Thanks for reading (this probably poorly written post)!
I just wanted to try and write a blog post in Spanish while I’m still in Chile for myself to remember to continue to learn more Spanish (this is like a checkpoint in my Spanish learning).
And, I hope it encourages you to travel & try to learn a new language!

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! 🙂