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
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
His child His human vessel Dwelling in His house Called to do great things Spreading His glory Living my best life with Him
Through it all He continues to love To encourage To reveal To redeem To forgive To restart This amazing journey with me
I love the wordpress community. I love reading other blogs. I love commenting and interacting with other bloggers. I love writing on my blog. Even though some days I don’t feel like writing; I know that if I just sign into wordpress and read a few posts, I will have the inspiration to write something.
And, sometimes I can come up with an easy 500 word post. But, other times I struggle to write even 50 words. However, after reading a few other posts, and just re-reading some of my old posts, I think of a new idea.
For example, the title of this post came to my mind when I ordered a new phone case online. I know it’s random, but it’s true. I was looking for a new phone case because mine is super old & a completely different colour than when I first bought it. So, after searching through a lot of different website, I found one that had the perfect case that I was hoping to find.
And, at first glance, it was already perfect. But, when I clicked order, it prompted me to customise it by adding my name. But, I didn’t want to add my name to a phone case (that just seems weird to me). But, I also couldn’t order it without adding something. So, I thought about it for while. I tried to think of a nickname or a random word that I could write on this phone case that I loved the look of. And, as I kept thinking, I thought of my blog, and wrote “nowboarding” on the customisation page. And, I loved what I saw (it didn’t interfere with the design and looked pretty cool). So, I clicked order.
And, I finally received the case a few days ago, and I can see that I totally made the right decision of not putting my name on it. And, after looking it for a while, I even thought about something. “This might even be a great conversation starter to advertise my blog?”
And, that leads me to the reason I’m sharing this story. If you’re looking for a small, simple way to talk about your blog to strangers, check out the website linked below:
Thanks for reading this random story about a phone case. I hope it was at least a little bit interesting!
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!
A letter of inspiration for those struggling to see their purpose.
I believe in you. Don’t be so hard on yourself. Everyone fails. You are meant to fail, and know that I will always be there to catch you. I will ALWAYS be there; whether you try your best not to fail, or you fail everyday. I will never love you any less. You are my dearly loved child, and you will forever be in my heart.
I believe in you. Don’t beat yourself up over small failures. You have so many blessings. I will always look after you. You have a purpose. I will turn your failures into beautiful stories. I’m not done with you. I have a plan. Trust me.
Well, it’s my birthday today (22! Whoop!). And, I really wanted to post something before today, but I just haven’t found the time or inspiration. I don’t have a valid excuse for not posting, except for lack of inspiration. This is the reason why I’m going to be taking a break from posting for a while. I’ve been putting this blog on the back of my mind for a while, and I feel like I just need to focus on myself, my growth, and well-being for a while.
I’m not sure how long of a break I’ll be taking, but, don’t worry, I will be back! I’m currently planning another trip abroad soon, so I’ll definitely be back to post during that trip. But, for now, I’m going to be taking a short break.
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I am posting this as a reminder to not pressure yourself to much. If you feel overloaded, take a break. If you feel overwhelmed, take a deep breath. If you feel like you need a break from something, take it!
When you finally decide to step out of your comfort zone, and travel abroad alone, you’re going to be so happy, and proud, but there’s one thing you should know.
When you travel abroad alone, you are going to want to make international friends, and meet people that speak the language and know the culture.
So, while you’re alone in a foreign country, that’s what you do.
That’s what’s on your mind because you don’t want to be alone all the time, so you start making friends to explore with, learn the language, and make amazing international connections.
And, in the moment, it’s all amazing and great fun, but soon it’s going to be time to say bye to that amazing country and those awesome new friends. And, that’s when the difficult part begins.
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The first hardest part is actually saying bye to your amazing new friends.
The second hardest part is leaving a new country and culture that you started adapting to and loving so much.
The third, and final hardest part is going home, and getting used to seeing everything differently.
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While traveling abroad alone, you learn more about yourself, you make new friendships and you learn to live differently in another country.
And, although all these things are awesome, the worst part is coming back to your home country because your perspective has changed, and sometimes it can feel weird to go back to your old ways. Especially when you had such a good experience abroad; you don’t want to lose this amazing, new version of yourself.
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So, if you ever feel lost after a trip abroad:
Remember that stepping out of your comfort zone and changing your perspective is what it takes to move forward, and change your life. And, now you have friends in another country that you can visit whenever you feel homesick for that country.
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post encourages you to step out of your comfort zone, and change your perspective on the world (don’t be afraid of doing something different!).
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.
What if your greatest fear is actually what you’re meant to do in life?
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Think about that! Think about the thing you refuse to conquer because it scares you too much. Now, think about what would happen if you conquered that fear.
What if conquering that fear is the breakthrough you need to accomplish your dreams? What if once you conquer this fear you will start to see your life change? . . . I know from experience that conquering your greatest fear can genuinely change your life. I used to be so scared to speak in front of big groups of people (public speaking – my biggest fear ever since I can remember). But, ever since I started solo traveling abroad, I’ve been stepping out of my comfort zone so much everyday. I’ve been doing things (like speaking to strangers) that I know past me would never even dare trying because she was too scared. And, now that I’ve started stepping out of my comfort zone, I’ve realized that it feels so amazing when you conquer a fear. I feel like I can do anything! When I think about past me and how fearful I was, I can’t believe how far I’ve come. And, all it took was for me to take one big, scary step into the unknown, and then, everything fell into place from there. Once I decided to take the leap, and travel abroad alone, I realized that if I could gain enough courage to solo travel to foreign countries surrounded by strangers that spoke a different language, I could do anything. . . . In other words, the day I decided to solo travel abroad is also the day that I started conquering my fears (like speaking to strangers in a foreign language), and that’s when everything changed (my mindset, confidence, etc.) My confidence has risen so much so that I don’t even recognize that fearful girl that I used to be, and it feels amazing to have no fears. I say: “No fears” because now, when something scares me, I have enough confidence to make me want to conquer that fear because I know it will be so worth it. It will give me even more confidence and make me feel so accomplished. . . .
So, if there’s something that really scares you, I recommend just going for it. You never know what will happen. Conquering that fear could lead you to your life purpose!
What if your greatest fear could actually become your life purpose?
When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. But now, I love writing, and I love the community that comes with it. I also didn’t realize people would actually read my blog, let alone like it enough to nominate me for awards (I know these awards are not mandatory, so when I get nominated I always take the time to do it because I feel so grateful, and I want to keep the award train moving forward). So, thank you Emma & Nathan’s Travels. I really appreciate the nomination!
Although a blogger doesn’t really need to participate in any award nominations, I don’t mind as it gives me a chance to show my appreciation to other bloggers. Plus, it’s free exposure should you wish to participate. Now, for the rules:
Put the award logo on your blog.
Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.
Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their blogs.
Nominate any number of bloggers you like, linking to their blogs.
Let them know you nominated them (by commenting on their blog, etc.)
My answers to Emma & Nathan’s Travels Questions:
1- What is your favourite destination so far and why?
That’s a difficult question; there’s always one thing I love from every destination. But, if I had to choose, I would say: Belize (mostly because I went off the grid, with no connection for a week, and it felt great, and was very refreshing and relaxing). And, also because it’s a beautiful country that not enough people know about!
2- Why did you start, and why do you continue blogging?
I started blogging while I was living in the small town of Jasper, Alberta, Canada (for 6 months). I was working and living on site at a lodge in the middle of the highway/woods, with not much to do around (except for hiking, and thinking). And, I started thinking a lot about my purpose, which made me feel very insignificant. So, one day I decided it would be a good idea to start a blog (it always seemed interesting to me, and now I had time). At the time, the blog was a way to just write and share my thoughts to see if anyone else could relate. My first posts were not at all about traveling or inspirational, but I continued blogging because I started enjoying it (I never realized how much I actually liked writing, it seemed so boring in school). Now, it was actually fun! I continue blogging today because I love writing about my adventures, and sharing them with others. I love traveling and I want to inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and travel as well. I also love reading and following other blogs. And, I love the small community I’ve formed, that follows my blog and adventures.
3- Is your blog as successful as it you’d hoped, or is it still a working progress?
Definitely still a work in progress. But, then again, I don’t really know how successful I planned for it to be. I started it on a whim, so I didn’t really think about the “success”. I just kinda liked having a place to write, where other people could read it, and hopefully get inspired. So, in that way, I guess you could say that it’s more successful now, than I originally thought because more people are reading my blog.
4- Upload your favourite photo from your blog and describe why.
I like this photo because it was one of my first pictures I posted on this blog. And, it was taken at the same time than when I started this blog. And, it depicts what I was feeling when I started this blog (small and insignificant). In a way, it’s my reminder of how far I’ve come (which I think is what the post with this pictures was about…).
5- Describe something about yourself that isn’t mentioned in your blogs.
My dream job is to become a flight attendant. It’s been my dream ever since I can remember (since I was 4 or 5 years old). I’ve always found it interesting and exciting. And, now I that I’ve traveled abroad more and learned more languages, I realize that it still really is my ultimate dream job.
6/7- How do you manage your time when it comes to blogging? Do you write posts and schedule them for publication or do you write as you go?
It depends. I don’t have a blogging schedule (I can post up to 10 times in a month, and then go a whole month without posting). If I have a lot of inspiration (and time), I will write a bunch of posts, and schedule them. But, if I’m busy, and only get inspired on the spot (like with this post), I will write and post it on the spot because I don’t want to forget (and it doesn’t deserve to be scheduled), so I write and post it as soon as possible.
So, this is my first post in February, which makes me kinda sad (I really wanted to post more) and I don’t have an excuse for not posting (I did post a lot last months, but this month has just flown by). I promise, I have more posts coming soon (I’ve been doing a lot of traveling, exploring, and learning Spanish). And, I’ve gained a lot of inspiration for future posts. So, stay tuned!
In the meantime, I decided to link this throwback (tbt) post I wrote a year ago because I think it fits well with the theme of Valentine’s Day. So, if you’re interested, click the link below!
So, it’s been a week since I’ve posted anything. And, I know 1 week isn’t very long, but to me it feels like it’s been long enough. (I’ve been trying to post twice a week, but clearly that didn’t happen!)
And, I guess I’m mostly just disapointed in myself because I really don’t have a valid reason for not posting this past week, until I was inspired to write the following:
What are they for?
Why do we make excuses?
We tell ourselves, and others, that we messed up, and we’re sorry.
But, we don’t do anything to change it?
We just excuse ourselves, and “promise” that it won’t happen again.
And, then, guess what?
It happens again!
How do we stop this bad habit?
I wish excuses were actually a way of being certain that people would stick to their word and keep their promises. But, that’s not how it works.
People will make as many excuses as it takes, until they learn the lesson(s) from it.
And, even though this post is my way of pardoning my lack of posts lately, it’s helped me realize exactly why I haven’t posted in a while.
I could say that it’s because of work, or that I had a busy week, or I was just enjoying the summer, etc. There are so many excuses I could invent to “explain” my lack of posts. But, I’m not gonna pretend that they’re all the full reason because that would be a lie.
Altough some of those excuses are still valid, the main reason I haven’t posted is because I haven’t been super inspired to write lately.
…You see, I started this blog with the goal to inspire people to travel, but I haven’t been doing much traveling myself lately (because of, well, you know; Work).
But, that’s all gonna change very soon! 😉
And, that’s all I’m gonna say in this post. But, just know that I am working on my next awesome post (a post of an adventure of my trip to Chile from a few months ago).
Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspired you to do something instead of making more excuses!
How was your week? (comment below; I’d love to hear read about it)
“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!
Today is my birthday, and I don’t know how to feel because I try to do this thing every year; I try to spend my birthday in a new country every year, so I can remember that birthday, and that country.
But, for the past 2 years, I’ve spent my birthday in my home country.
And, it does make me a little sad because it was truly a goal of mine.
But, it’s also totally fine.
I think I’m kind of fine with it because another goal of mine is to eventually move to a new country for an ‘extended’ period of time (longer than my usual trips).
So, I think that’s what I realized in the past 2 years of having my birthday at home.
Soon I will accomplish that goal (of moving to a new country), and I’ll have multiple birthdays in other countries – I just have to be patient, and happy with where I am now.
Plans change a lot, and that’s okay because sometimes plans change, and something better ends up happening that could never have been planned.
Anyways, I know this was a short post, but I wrote it mostly as a reminder to myself: To not always get so caught up in my plans for the future, or needing to achieve all my goals right away because I know I will get there eventually, and achieve all my goals and then some.
So, I hope if you read this until the end, you will also realize that you don’t need to get frustrated or discouraged if your plans change on your journey to achieving your dreams because it’s for the better,; something better is ahead.
Thanks for reading!
Have a great day, and continue to strive toward your goals no matter what life throws at you! You got this!
“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 methalf of them!
Think about that!
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!
It’s the complete opposite!
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!
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.
“Traveling – It gives you home in thousand strange places, then leaves you a stranger in your own land.”
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You see, feeling homesick in another country, brings back the memories about things missed from home.But, feeling homesick at home, is confusing because you’re home, so you think you should feel fine. But, deep down there’s something missing; it feels like the other country became your “home away from home”. So, no matter where you are, you feel homesick because everywhere you’ve been is home in some way.
“Everywhere feels like home in it’s own way.”
That’s a sign of a well-traveled adventurer — when you feel at home in every country you’ve ever visited!
*Traveling abroad helps you find yourself in so many different countries!*
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Personally, I love traveling so I can learn about new cultures, new languages, discover new places in the world, and discover new things about myself. And, the more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve realized that there is one downside to always wanting to travel and explore the world — *You eventually start to find yourself in all those countries. And, then, when you come home, you feel lost in your own hometown.*
And, that is a difficult, yet inevitable things to adjust to about traveling abroad. When you start to travel abroad, you start to find yourself in other countries & you start to loose yourself at home. But, that’s when you need to realize why traveling is so amazing. One day, you are going to wake up and realize that all your adventures were worth it because you will feel like the whole world has become your home, and you will realize that wherever you are in the world you will feel at home.
When the world starts to feel like your home; that’s when you know that you need to continue to travel — To continue to get to know the world and make international connections, so that whenever you feel homesick from that country, you can go back there as if it were home!
Thanks for reading! Now, get out there & go explore the world & make the world your home!
I said that phrase SO MANY (more like TOO MANY) times when I was living in Chile.
Or, at least, that’s what I told myself because I thought I was getting annoying, but, turns out people didn’t mind answering my questions; and I learned so much by asking all those questions during those 3 months.
Ask all the questions you could possibly ask in a day. It’s the only way you’ll learn and remember anything!
Asking questions will get you so much farther than thinking you know everything ever will!
Was not just written overnight. It took 3 months of hard work and dedication.
You see, I lived in Chile for 3 months and asked way more than 10 questions per day about the language and culture. And, I did my best to speak Spanish as much as I could, whenever I could. And, one day, a few weeks before I was set to depart, my chilean family told me that my Spanish had improved since they first met me, months ago. And, they told me that I speak well (when I finally have enough courage to say something), which made me happy and proud of myself because it was the moment I realized it was all worth it, and that I definitely wanted to continue learning Spanish. So, I decided to write a short post to show myself how far I came in those 3 months full of questions and doubts (those questions and doubts led to fluency).
At first, I was super afraid of being judge for my accent and my knowledge of the language because whenever I didn’t know something I didn’t feel worthy to speak the language. And, so, for the first few weeks I didn’t say much, I just observed. And, soon after, I decided to start asking people about the things I didn’t know. And, whether or not I got a serious answer, I would inevitably learn something, everyday. So, I did this everyday, for 3 months. And, by the end, I was having conversations in Spanish.
I spoke Spanish.
I heard Spanish.
I saw spanish.
I listened to music in Spanish.
I watched movies in Spanish.
I participated in Spanish conversations.
I lived in a Spanish country; I lived Spanish (Chilean), for 3 months.
Instead of telling myself that I wasn’t worthy of speaking the language or that I would just be made fun of, so I shouldn’t try to learn the language; I told myself to ask at least 1 question per day (that quickly turned into 10). And, before I knew it I was becoming fluent in Spanish.
So, my point in sharing that story was to tell you that, if you ever find yourself in a situation where you feel dumb, and you feel like you’re not worthy of knowing the answer, or you’re scared of not being good enough; just start Asking all the questions and Learnsomething new everyday!
Thanks for reading! And remember:
You must strive to better yourself everyday because you’ll soon realize that, deep down, you knew the answers all along.
*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).
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.
“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“
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Life is full of ups and downs…
it’s full of good decisions and bad decisions…
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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.
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“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! 🙂
Coming back home after living abroad for a time is not easy!
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Yup, Reverse Culture Shock! It’s a real thing!
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So, I’ve only been back from Chile for about a week now and the only way I can describe coming home after living abroad for a time is: “weird” & “confused”. In Chile, everything felt so normal. Living there just felt like normal living, but now everything I do here seems weird and different. For example: It’s dark outside right now (@8pm which is 2hours earlier than I’m used to, but that’s not the point). So, it’s dark and I just turned on the lights in my room and it actually made the room somuch brighter, like almost unbearably bright. It’s like I wasn’t even used to light anymore (except for natural sunlight, I saw that everyday☺). But, why did this light just give me a headache?-“confusing” Or, another example: I went to the grocery store the other day (to get one thing) and I could barely find it (it took me a good 10minutes of wandering around before I found it). Everything seemed to be in a different place then what I became used to in Chile. And, that’s not all. I think one other thing that makes coming home even “weirder” and more “confusing” is that now I’m comparing things from Chile to here, but I didn’t compare things from here in Chile. So, why am I doing it now?-“weird”
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Yes, home feels familiar and looks pretty much the same, but there are a few things that are different that you can’t understand why they changed, but they just did. In the (what felt like a short amount of) time that you were away, so much has changed, yet somehow, everything is still the same. It’s pretty hard to describe this “factor” because the things that seem like they changed only seem different to you because your brain has “evolved” (it’s like it’s playing tricks on you). It’s tricking into thinking home is different because you are no longer fully consumed by every little thing that happens at home because you’ve seen things/problems much bigger.
Your new perspective is showing you not to consume yourself with little things at home because the world is so much bigger than your little problems and there are many more & bigger problems in the world!
Culture shock, or even Reverse culture shock, is not something that should stop you from traveling! I think culture shock and reverse culture shock are important things to notice and feel when traveling because they make you more aware of yourself and the world around you!
Here’s a picture that I think well-describes culture shock and reverse culture shock: #9 should make you want to travel (it does for me)!
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:
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¡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).
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-¡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!
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!