Childlike Simplicity

Forget performance.
Such a beautiful concept
of true love from God!

It’s so amazing
to fully experience
this simplicity.

How can it be real
to display hope, care, and trust
with one simple word?

The simplest form of
true vulnerability
in one simple word.

Just one simple word
is all it takes to display
His deepest nature.

That’s the simple form
of this true love that remains
uncomplicated.

Don’t overthink it.
Childlike simplicity.
That is all it takes.


This poem was inspired by events from my past week at a camp I volunteered at…

Quick backstory:
This camp I’m referring to is for children in the foster care system / from broken homes.
It’s a week for these kids to come as they are, where they can forget their worries / tough lives, and just have fun, while experiencing and being surrounded by this true Love.
So, while getting ready to go to this camp, I was advised to remain strong because these kids could be violent / rude / closed-off from others (especially authority figures).
So, I started the first day with this expectation that I would get hit or yelled at by children

(maybe a little harsh; but I had no idea what to expect).
And, although that did happened a few times (it happened a lot less than I was expecting),
I actually started to see so much love in these kids.
And, I quickly realized that if I operated out of fear / uncertainty around these kids,
they could sense it, and wouldn’t be able to fully trust me.
So, as soon as I just simply started operating with God’s love,
I started seeing so much love in these kids.
A love that was there all along, but was hiding behind brokenness and fear.

And, in that moment, when I saw so much simple love come out of such little people, with so much brokenness and fear, I fully experienced Love in it’s simplest form.
I truly realized that, if these kids (with all they’ve been through) can still have so much love to give; then how much more can I give?


Thanks for reading!

Alternate title : “Love Uncomplicated”
inspired by this song

Start over…

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!

-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!

Hide n’ Seek with Myself

Who am I?
What’s my talent?
Where do I belong?
When is it gonna be my time?
How will I find it?

All these questions
Remain unanswered
Leaving me lost
And confused
Searching for more

I can’t seem to see
Nothing gets better
I feel stuck
In this endless cycle
Of this identity crisis

All my life
I’ve searched
And tried to get out
But life always catches me
And I fall backwards

But I don’t give up
I continue
I press on
Moving forward
Must be better

. . .

Because I still believe
That my time
Is coming
So I hold on
To the Hope

I no longer fear
I am held
I have hope
I must be patient
I will make it

I will find me
I can’t hide forever
I must continue to seek
I will end
This game


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to never stop searching because one day you will find yourself & everything will fall into perfect place.
This post was inspired by: I Still Believe

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Fitting In!

You try & try, over & over again, to fit in with the world.
You think you’ll be happy when everyone likes you.
You just want to feel part of something!
All you want is to feel wanted.
You want to feel happy & loved.

So, you try & try, over & over again to fit in.
You try everything they like.
You do what they do.
You fall into sin & you act like them.
But what happens is not what you hoped for!
All your trying to fit in has actually made you feel unworthy of His love.
You’ve sinned so much that now you feel too disconnected from Him.
And, all of it wasn’t even worth it because you still don’t fit in. 

You tried & tried, over & over again, & nothing changed.
Things actually got worse.
You still don’t fit in, & you slid further away from your goal.
All you want now is to erase the past & start fresh.
You realize as long as you fear Him, you’ll never fit in.
You will always feel guilty, & people will feel awkward around you.
You’ll never truly be one of them because you have Him on your side.
And, He is always looking after you. 

Stop trying & trying, over & over again to fit in.
Trust Him, & experience His love & forgiveness.
That’s when you will feel true joy.
A joy that the world could never offer.
He chose you, & He will never give up on you.
You are, & you will forever be, His child. 

If the world is not where you fit in, just remember that you are part of a greater & better family. So, stop trying to fit in with the world, they have literally nothing to offer. He can offer you so much more than the world ever could!

No one will ever care about you more than Him!

1 Peter 5:7

Thanks for reading!
This post was inspired by: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuvfMDhTyMA

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

7 months in S.A.

Wow! I can’t believe I’ve lived in South America for a total of 7 months.

. . .

Half a year of living on another continent.
Half a year of learning another language.
Half a year of living in another culture.

. . .

It’s crazy to think about all the things I’ve done / learned in the past 7 months.
And, I couldn’t possibly explain them all in one post.
So, instead, here’s a list of 7 things I learned during my experience living in South America for 7 months:

1. This first one’s obvious: I couldn’t live in South America without learning Spanish!
I’ve learned a lot of Spanish, and realized that I love learning languages!
See post: Foreign Language Classes Abroad!

2. I learned a lot about budget traveling, and how to budget with foreign currency.
See post: Budget Travel Tip #1!

3. I learned how to successfully, and happily spend the holidays while solo traveling abroad.
See post: Abroad for the holidays!

4. I learned a lot about Patience.
So much so, that I think it might be a separate post. Coming soon! 😉

5. I learned how to be my own best friend.
See post: Solo Travel Tip #1

6. I learned how to step out of my comfort zone more, and get the most out of every experience.
See post: Fear is Calling

7. And, lastly, I learned a bunch of other random things, like what I want to do with my life.
See post: 2019 resolutions

. . . 

And, if you want to read more about my experiences while
living in South America,
check out the following links:

Living in Chile! 🇨🇱

Living in Argentina! 🇦🇷


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to travel, & step out of your comfort zone because it’s truly the best decision you will ever make.
And, although, traveling comes with ups and downs, one thing is for sure, I don’t regret one minute of my time abroad.

-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! 😊

2019 Resolutions!

  • Be fully content & happy!
  • Be authentically myself!
  • Love life!
  • Live in the moment!
  • Let go of the past!
  • Enjoy the little things!
  • Stop worrying about what others think!
  • Meet new people!
  • Inspires others!
  • Live adventurously & meaningfully!
  • Travel more!
  • Explore new places!
  • Speak Spanish fluently!
  • Blog more!
  • Read more!

Thanks for reading my blog this past year!
I wish you a Happy New Year!
Cheers to an amazing new year ahead, full of new opportunities!
Let’s accomplish our goals together; comment below with your goal(s) for 2019!


-LiveForAdventure! 😊

A new chapter!

Update on this blog, and my life:
A new chapter is starting very soon (Dec. 5)!

. . . 

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!

 

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂


 

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

Burning bridges, and ships.

Don’t let it stop you
This fear
Don’t let it scare you
This anxiety
Don’t let it consume you
This depression
Don’t let it take you

You can dance
On any heartache
You can sing
Over any challenge

Dry your tears
Wave goodbye
To everything
Holding you back
From the life you want

Step into a new day
Rise up from your past
Walk away
Leave the past
Behind you


Burn those old unnecessary bridges and ships that are holding you back from achieving your dreams! And, don’t ever look back!


Thanks for reading!

This post was inspired by: Burn the Ships – Song

-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! 😊

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! 🙂

Apologies & Promises (A Letter)

*I’m writing this for Mother’s Day, but it can also work for Father’s Day.*
It can pretty much work for any day (i just recently got inspired).

Dear mom / dad (or anyone else),

   I just want to apologize for some things:

I’m sorry for ever letting you down.
I’m sorry for ever doubting you.
I’m sorry for ever being scared.
I’m sorry for ever letting fear & doubt take over.
I’m sorry for all the times I hurt you.
I’m sorry for all the times I failed when you believed in me.
I’m sorry for ever being inconsistent without valid reason.
I’m sorry for ever lying to you.
I’m sorry for ever taking you for granted.
I’m sorry for ever offending you.
I’m sorry for not always trusting you.
I’m sorry for ever giving up on you when things got tough.
I’m sorry for ever yelling at you.
I’m sorry for ever rejecting your love.
I’m sorry for ever rejecting your grace.
I’m sorry for ever tarnishing your faith in me.
I’m sorry for ever breaking your trust.
I’m sorry for ever walking away.
I’m sorry for ever not being good enough.
I’m sorry for all the pain I’ve caused you.
I’m sorry for ever rejecting you.
I’m sorry for not being the best child you could of asked for.
I’m sorry for ever…ything! – I am so sorry for everything!

   Now, I want to promise some things:

I promise to always trust & have faith in you.
I promise to never let you down again.
I promise to face all my fears.
I promise to be more consistent.
I promise to always tell you the truth.
I promise to never take you for granted anymore.
I promise to love you forever without conditions.
I promise to accept your amazing love & grace.
I promise to never walk away again.
I promise to try to be good enough.
I promise to not cause you anymore pain.
I promise to be the best child that I can be.
I promise to all those things from the bottom of my heart.
    One last promise: I promise to try my very best to keep all those promises because I, now, understand your unconditional love for me.

   So, all there is to say now is: Thank You!  
Thank you for always loving me, no matter what. I wouldn’t be who I am today without you. Thank you for never doing to me what I did to you. You are truly amazing. You are my role-model. You make me want to be the best version of myself.


Thanks for reading! 🙂

I hope this letter encouraged you because we all have things to apologize for (to someone), & we should all make more promises that we actually try to keep.
And, we all need to start saying; “Thank You” more often.
-If you can relate to anything above, comment below with the apology, promise or thank you that you would say to your mom or dad (or someone else).

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

P.S. This letter was originally intended to be: A Prayer to God, but while writing it, I realized that it can work for anyone because apologies, promises, & thank you’s are very underrated in today’s world & we need more of them.

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! 🙂

Stranger danger!

So, “stranger danger” can’t really be in my vocabulary anymore.

. . .

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.

. . .

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.

. . .

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).

. . .

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! 🙂

Oceans…

Within a year I’ve been to the North Atlantic and the South Pacific in 3 different countries!

. . .

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.

. . .

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.

. . .

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!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

My Favorite Type of Tree!

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Grow little tree, grow! You can do it! Don’t look behind you!

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Behind the scene of that picture:

So, yesterday I went out for a walk around the town I live (Quillota) here in Chile. And, while walking, I started taking pictures of random things around town that might inspire a post or that I might want to post on Instagram. And, the picture above fit into both of those categories.
Here’s why:

I didn’t have any set goal in mind or place to be. I just stepped out the door with the thought of going out to wander because it was such a beautiful & sunny summer day in February that I had to take advantage of this weather and this beautiful country.
So, that’s what I did. I, seriously just walked around town; from one end to another (I walk until I reached the highway on both ends of town).
And, I after a while, I started heading back because I knew it would be supper time soon, and I didn’t want to make people worry. So, I started heading back, while still subconsciously searching for inspiration, so, I decided to walk back on the main road because I thought: “maybe the best inspiration will be hidden in plain sight”.
And, I was right, because that’s when I looked in the middle of the road at the palm trees planted all along the median, while the sun was perfect, the sky was a great colour of blue, the mountains were the perfect backdrop, the road was cleared… so, I crossed to the middle and took that picture (above).
And, while taking that picture, this sentence came to my mind: “Always Growing!”

~ Every picture has a story! ~

. . .

As the quote under the picture says: “In life, you can’t keep looking behind you. Whether it’s at your past self or others, you have to keep looking forward in order to keep growing.”.
Everyone grows differently and at a different pace.
We are similar to the tree in that way because we all started from something small, but there was that one thing that happened in our life that started our growth; Either through fear, sadness or happiness, and since then, we will always be growing a little each and every day.

Thanks for reading!
I hope this inspired you to: “Grow little tree, grow! You can do it! Don’t look behind you!” because you are doing a great job and you are amazing!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Third world country?

So, today, I just learned that chile is a “third world country”.

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I mean, I know, I should’ve known before coming here and done some research about it, but it just didn’t occur to me. Chile doesn’t seem like any of the other “third world countries” I’ve visited; there’s something about it that blinded me from the fact that it actually is a “third world country”

To me, it’s just different because it’s below the equator, so I just assumed everything is obviously different, and backwards (like, the seasons), so, I didn’t think much about it. I just accepted the fact that the seasons and stuff were backwards and different.

But, now that I know it’s a “third world country”, my view of it has changed, for the better.
Now that I know, it’s easier to compare things from my home country because I know why things are different.
I guess I would say that, now that I know, I’m “nicer” to the country and the differences I notice because in my mind, it’s doing a great job being a successful (for lack of better word) “third world country”.
I mean, seriously, though, I’ve been living here for about a month an a half, and I just realized it now because I heard someone say it.
I never felt the need to research what kind of country it was because it seemed so similar from my home country, with a few interesting differences that I love learning about. 

And, I think that the fact that it’s not an obvious “third world country” is a great thing for this country.
I know, I don’t know anything about the politics about this country (although now I want to learn more about it).
But, I do know that, if a tourist visits this country for a week or so, they will most likely not feel like they are in a “third world country”. Unless they come with a mission in mind to help the poor or something, but otherwise, if people come here for a vacation, and don’t think about the politics or research it, they will probably never know.

. . .

All that, just to say:
“A country that you might be afraid to visit, or, that you don’t think is worth visiting because it doesn’t seem like it will have much to offer tourists” might be you missing out on something truly interesting to see/learn about.
So, if you’re thinking about visiting a “not-so-popular” country, think about what you could gain from the experience & what you could learn, instead of what the country has to offer for tourists. And, don’t research the country too much before going; save some learning for when you arrive in the country.

Be a local, as well as, a tourist in a new country!
(You learn much more by being both!)

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“NOT JUST LOCAL FOOD; LOCAL EVERYTHING!”

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to visit different countries for more than just a “laying-in-the-sun” type of vacation; to truly experience a new country.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

It’s a big world out there!

“Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known.”
— Astronomer Carl Sagan

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

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

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

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

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

15 things to…

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

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

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

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Strange, yet Fascinating! 

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.

. . .

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. 

. . .

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. 

. . .

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!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂