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! πŸ™‚

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)!

Back to school?…

Update time / a lot of interesting links below!!!

Wow! It’s literally been almost 3 years since I’ve been in school, & I vowed I’d never go back. But, here I am, 3 years later, excited to go back!
And, all I can say is that a lot can change in 3 years, because this Saturday (Feb. 8) I will be on a plane to go to school somewhere very exciting!
I’ve already made two post about exactly where & why I’m going that you can read by clicking these links:
The Start of Something New
From Follow Me! To Send Me!

So, instead of repeating myself, I just wanted to make this post to link to the new page I’ve created on this blog.
I’ll be posting updates over there about my time living & learning in Australia.
So, if you’re interested in following along on this crazy, exciting journey, check out that page using this link: My YWAM Journey!

And, if you can’t wait for a weekly/monthly post on that page, follow me on Instagram (for more daily updates)!


Thanks for reading!
I can’t wait to share all the things I learn about on this amazing adventure!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Solo Travel Tip #3

This tip is about:

. . .

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.

. . .

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.

. . .

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.

. . .

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!).

nothing-will-change-in-your-life

-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! 😊

My Trip to Uruguay!

A country I never imagined I’d actually end up visiting!

. . .

To be honest, Uruguay was a country that was not specifically on my bucket list because I thought it was just another, small south american country, and I didn’t really see the point in visiting it. But, now that I’ve been there, I don’t understand that thought process anymore. Uruguay is beautiful!

Yes, it is an expensive country for tourists. But, you just need to set yourself a budget when you go there. Now, that I’ve been to Uruguay I am adding a bunch of others countries to my bucket list because I now realized that even if a country doesn’t ‘seem’ exciting or interesting, it probably is and will definitely be worth the visit.

My goal is to visit as many countries as possible, so now, if I ever doubt going to a country because I don’t think it’s ‘worth it’, I’ll remember that every country is worth it; to fulfill my goal, and to find something different in each country!

Thanks for reading!
Here’s a video I made of My Trip to Uruguay: https://youtu.be/GJwj0GUSdtA

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Abroad for the holidays!

Surreal is the best word to describe it.

. . .

So, I just spent Christmas in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and all I can say is: “Well, that was different!”.
At first, I didn’t know how to feel about not being home, but I quickly realized that I wasn’t alone (staying in a hostel definitely helped that).
I discovered that being abroad for Christmas is kinda surreal.
I won’t say that I didn’t get a little homesick (my brain kept telling me that it wasn’t normal, not to have snow for Christmas).
But, after the initial shock, it felt a little surreal to be able to say: “Merry Christmas!” while standing under a palm tree.

. . .

If you are planning to go abroad for the holidays, here’s what I learned during my experience:
At first, you will feel like you are missing out from your home traditions, but that’s why you need to learn as much as you can about these new traditions surrounding you.
Learning about these new traditions will help you notice all the similarities, and differences. The differences will make you want to celebrate this new & exciting holiday to learn more about it.

So, in conclusion, don’t think: “I miss my traditions.”.
Think: “Wow, this is interestingly and excitingly different!”.
And, remind yourself why you decided to travel abroad during this time of year!

Merry Christmas from Argentina!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Something new…

So…
You crave something different,
Something interesting,
Something exciting,
Something new!

You just need some change,
Something to shift!
You’re tired of this monotony!
You want to see the world!

How long will you hustle?
How long will you be patient?
“Something better is coming”.
-They say…

But, you’re starting to not believe it!
How much longer do you keep hustling for?
How many more days of being patient?
Nothing seems to be happening!

What are you doing wrong?

. . .

That’s what you’re doing wrong,
Looking at all those things;
The things that aren’t happening,
Making yourself feel worthless!

Instead you need to look at –
The things that ARE happening –
That are giving you reasons to keep hustling,
And, making you feel accomplished!

So, be an optimist!
Look at all the reasons why you’re hustling!
What is all this hustling teaching you?
What is all this patience teaching you?

Once you learn that,
You WILL Make It!


 

Thanks for reading!
I hope this inspired you to keep moving forward everyday, and to:

-LiveForAdventure! 😊

Earth + 7.6 billion people = Small world?

“It’s a big world out there!”
.
“Wow, what a small world!”
.
^ Two very different sayings that, somehow, both make sense!
Here’s a “poem” that I wrote, trying to explain that fact:


The world is huge
There’s only ONE world
But, it’s a BIG world

7.6 billion people
On ONE “small” planet
And you haven’t even met half of them!

Think about that!

7.6 billion!
And you’re here..
In your “small” town,
With MUCH less than a half a tenth of 7.6 billion!

The world is NOT small!
In fact,
It’s the complete opposite!
It’s GIGANTIC!

So, TRAVEL!
At least once!
In your entire lifetime!

Take a plane,
To a foreign country –
Meet new people,
Experience a different culture,
Smell different fresh air,
Feel different heat,
Experience a different way of life!

The other side of the world –
Does not need to be scary.
It can be interesting,
And super exciting!

So, TRAVEL!
And, then –
You’ll finally realize –
The real size of the world!

7.6 billion people!
In this “small” –
But, GIGANTIC world!

How is that possible?
That 7.6 billion people can –
Make this world feel small?

The only way to understand this –
Is to go to a foreign country,
And, meet some of those 7.6 billion people!


Thanks for reading!

If 7.6 billion people can live on this planet in “perfect” harmony, I think the world is pretty big! And, all I want to do is travel and meet as many of them as possible, to find out how similar we all really are on this planet we all call earth.

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

 

One sky…

The sky…
The clouds…
The sun…
Everything up there…

Just take a second,
Go outside,
And look up!

Looking up,
At the sky,
Always makes me feel happy,
And rejuvenated.

Seeing planes, birds, jets…
It all gives me hope!
That there’s so much more out there –
And, I want to explore it all!

I love the sky!
I love to just look at it!
I love just BEING up there,
And looking down at everything,
With a different perspective!

From up there,
I can see everything!
But,
From down here,
I only see as far as my eyes let me.

From up there,
I can see things
I never notice down here.

From up there,
My problems seem to fade away –
For a while.
And I forget my life –
Down here…

From up there,
Everything seems in its’ perfect place.
My mind is at ease –
Thinking of my next destination!
Looking down at my last destination!
Knowing that great adventures are ahead!

From up there,
I eagerly wait –
To land again –
In a new exciting country –
Ready to explore a new culture!

From down here,
I am constantly looking up,
Thinking about when I will be up there again,
Because I know – and hope, that it’s soon.
So, I continue to look up!

Day after day!
Keeping the hope!
That something great is in store –
To land in a new country!
And, look up at the sky with a new perspective!


This “poem” was inspired by the fact that the world is under the same sky!
It’s crazy to think that wherever you are in the world, you are always looking at the same sky.
You can cross the entire world (from North America all the way down to New Zealand) & still be looking up at the same galaxy (same moon, stars, sun, clouds; same everything)! CRAZY!
The countries are vastly different, but one thing always stays consistent; the sky!
That’s one more reason why traveling is so exciting and interesting because you get to experience so many different cultures around the world while staying under the same sky! The world is small because we’re all under the same sky; but, it’s also huge because every country has it’s own culture.


Thanks for reading!
Now, get out there and explore the world; look at the sky from a different country and you’ll have a completely different perspective in life!

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

Living with a host family… / Leaving Chile…

My experience living with a host family in another country in 3 words:
Interesting-Exciting-Difficult

. . .

So, in case you don’t know. I lived with my host family in Chile for three months, and I really got to know them and they really started to become like a real second family.
But, at first, (before even arriving in country) I didn’t know what to expect of living with a host family in a different country (I was a little scared and nervous, but still kind of excited).
And, even though I was pretty excited, I still didn’t want to do anything that would upset my host family, and I didn’t want to ask too much of them because they were letting me live in their house (so I was still a little nervous).
So that’s all I did for the first few weeks. I started by just taking it day by day and doing whatever they told me. And, after like 3 days, they just started telling me that I was part of the family and that I could do whatever I wanted. But, of course, I didn’t really always do what I wanted because well, I was there to teach them English, but after hearing that they just considered me like a normal part of the family, I started to feel much more comfortable (less nervous). So, I started speaking with them more, learning Spanish, teaching English and learning about them and their culture and background.

And, after the initial few weeks of being nervous, I really started to be excited about living in another country. And, my host family really started to become like a second family.
And, getting on that plane to leave them was actually very difficult because I was torn.
I loved my time in this beautiful country, and I loved getting to know my host family and learn about their culture. But, I was also excited to go home; I won’t say ready because I was definitely not ready for what was waiting at home; Everything is so different!

. . .

On the plane, leaving Chile: I have mixed emotions because I’m only in the plane and I already miss Chile and my host family.
And, usually I love flying, but right now it’s kinda bittersweet.
I had such a great experience in Chile and I learned so much. This experience taught me so much that I didn’t want it to end. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy to go home and see my family, but I am really gonna miss my host family and my time in Chile. And, I also know that everything at home is going to be so different now. It’s like I won’t recognize anything!
But, like the quote says:

Travel so much that when you come home, home is still the same, but something in your mind has changed, and that changes everything!

The best trips are the ones that bring you back home with a completely new perspective on everything!

 

Thanks for reading this post!
And, thanks for following my adventures in Chile!
If you missed any, check out this page:
My Trip to Chile! πŸ‡¨πŸ‡±

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Hope For Your Future…

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

. . .

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.

. . .

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!

. . .

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™‚

 

Santiago, Chile – Day 1Β 

So, I’ve officially boarded the plane to Chile. And, all I want to do right now is sleep because it’s currently 01:00 (please consider this when reading the following post)

For those of you interested, I’m flying in a Boeing 777-300ER. And, it’s a completely full flight. But, even though I will be squished in this plane for 10 hours, I am absolutely pumped to land in Chile. Right now, I’m really tired, but I know that once I land, I will catch a second wind of energy. 

3 hours later…

I just woke up to the sound of my ear buds playing Spanish music and the smell of breakfast coming. These sounds and smells made me even more excited, (but also a little nervous) for the adventure ahead. I’m excited (and nervous) to see if I learned enough Spanish, and to see what it’s like to live in another country. 

2 hours later… (landed)

Well. I’m here, standing on the porch of my hostal room. And, can I just say that as soon as I landed, culture shock (& the heat) hit me like a brick. 

I mean, I’ve been preparing for this trip for a while, but still, nothing could have prepared me for this surprise for the following reasoms:

1- I’m coming from winter weather (-10) to Mediterranean summer weather (+30).

2- My brain didn’t realize how fast people actually speak Spanish. They understand me and then think I’m fluent, so they speak faster which makes all my conversations lasts maximum 5 minutes. 

. . . 

So, it’s 22:00 on my first day (technically half day) here in Chile. (Landed at 13:00 & didn’t get to my hostal until 14:30). And, since then, I’ve just been walking around discovering everything I can, until I crash for the night. 

Seriously though, I am SO tired (12 hours of flying later). I was ready to go to bed at 20:00, but I’m trying to get over jetlag as quickly as possible because I have a busy and exciting 3 months ahead of me. 

And, even though all I did today was walk around and visit the local grocery store, I feel like I already learned a lot about the culture.

. . . 

Well, that’s my journey here and my first thoughts during my first day in Santiago, Chile.  I’m going to sleep now, so tomorrow can be an even better day. 

Β‘Buenos Noches!

P.S. I don’t know if I’ll actually continue writing these everyday day with day 1, day 2 and so on; but for now, let’s say so. 

Thanks for reading! 

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚

Crossing the equator!

Yes!
“Whoop! Whoop!”
It’s finally happening!
I am crossing the equator!

I’ve traveled to many places, but this is my first time going below the equator & I cannot control my excitement! I feel like the more I travel, the more excited I get for any trip!

. . .

When you’re reading this, I will either be on a plane crossing the equator or I am already below the equator! 

But, as of right now (while I am writing this), I have not crossed it, yet. But, I am so excited for this new adventure that I couldn’t wait to write about it.
I am so excited to share this trip with you on this blog! I hope you will continue to read about these upcoming adventures! 

. . .

So, to start this adventure.
On December 26 (today, when this is posted), I will be on a plane heading to live in Chile for 3 months with a local family to teach them English, and to learn Spanish in return!
I’m so excited for this new journey; I hope you will continue to read this blog because I will try to share as much as I can about this experience (who knows maybe it will inspire you)!
And, if you’ve already crossed the equator (or been to or live in Chile), comment below with your experience, adventures & advice for things I should see/visit! 


That’s all for now, but Adventure posts about my trip and experience are coming very soon, I promise! πŸ˜‰
Thanks for reading!


-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚


Time for Adventure!

It’s finally here! Travel & Adventure season is here! 

If you’re as excited as I am for this time of year, Comment down below with your plan(s) for this season (and while you’re there you can even click the like button. πŸ˜‰

. . .

So… The main reason I am writing this blog post is to tell you about My travel & adventure plan for this season (It might be boring).

. . .

In a few hours (April 19 @ 7:00am), I will be on a plane heading to Belize (see picture below) for 10 days (until April 30).
I am writing a blog about this because after my trip, I will be writing a lot of exciting posts about my trip (so you can read about my trip and my experience, & see if my posts about Belize make you want to visit this country).
The reason I say that I will only post After my trip, is because the place I will be staying at in Belize does not have any internet connections (and very limited electricity).

Belize
Belize on a map.

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Trying to pack light for this backpacking trip!

. . .

I am very excited about this trip & I am equally excited to tell you about my adventures!

Thank You for reading (this boring;update post)!
See you in 10 days (when I Will have exciting stories to tell)! πŸ™‚

-LiveForAdventure! πŸ™‚