Sharing this Christmas season!

What if social status was measured by happiness, instead how much money you have in the bank?


Some people eat food they cooked from what they bought at the grocery store.
Some people can order their food, and have someone else cook it.
Some people really have to work to feed themselves for just one meal.
Some people can work for an entire month, and barely make enough for an apple.

But, who is truly the happiest in those scenarios?

Sure, having food in your stomach everyday feels great. But, after a while you start taking it for granted, and looking for other things to fill the void.
But, people that work for their food, appreciate their meal because it came from their own hard work, and that makes them feel accomplished.
But, the people that go weeks without eating, truly appreciate their meal because they know what it feels like to be empty, and still need to work hard. This food fills their body and soul, which gives them energy to work even harder for more food, and it makes them truly happy and successful.

*Think of an apple.*

A simple fruit that for some, doesn’t seem expensive at all. And, for others, it’s the easiest fruit to buy. But, for those that go weeks without eating, it can literally be their ticket back to life.

The average price of a pound of apples is $1.18.
And, there are approximately 4-5 apples in a pound.
Which means that one apple costs around $0.30.
So, it literally costs $0.30 to save someone’s life.
Or, even just $2 to give someone true happiness for a full week.

Just let that sink in for a moment!


This post was inspired when I discovered an amazing organisation that is doing great things.
They are a non-profit where people can donate $0.50 / day to feed a child in a developing country for an entire day.
This organisation is called: Share The Meal
I recommend checking it out, especially during this season because this is a time of giving (isn’t it).
If you want to give back this Christmas, & give joy & hope to people that truly need it, check it out!

Click the picture!

Thanks for reading!
I hope this post made you think, & inspired you to notice all your blessings!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Surroundings… (Weekend Coffee Share)

Have you ever just sat somewhere and just observed your surroundings?

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Ya, me neither.
…Until a few hours ago…


And, that’s what I’m gonna talk about in this weekend’s coffee share because a few days ago I saw this one-word prompt idea, and the word was surroundings. So, during that day, I couldn’t help but observe my surroundings. And, here’s what I noticed:

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1- I was just sitting on the bus, when I realized that I never actually notice my surroundings. I’m usually just looking out the window, listening to music & waiting to arrive at my stop; just like most of the people I’m noticing right now.

2- I’m seeing all these people on the bus, heading to different places, with a different purpose.
They’re all, either, reading the newspaper, reading a book, texting, listening to music, sleeping, eating breakfast, etc.

3- I’m hearing some people talk about their week, if they know each other from seeing each other everyday.

4- I’m realizing that we are all sitting (or standing, if it’s crowded) on this bus for the same reason (to get somewhere).

5- All I can really understand is that we all need to get somewhere, & we don’t want to drive, or we don’t own a car.

6- I feel weird watching people because no one really interacts (except for the handful of people that do). But, I guess everyone is in their own world, so they won’t even notice someone starring at them (I’m not really starring, just glancing at people around me). They probably don’t even know I’m looking at them.

7- From watching everyone, I’m starting to just realize that we’re all just tired from our day & we just want to get home (Or it’s too early to interact with other humans).


All this, noticing my surroundings in this bus, got me thinking; What if the bus was free, & the only catch was that you had to talk to someone until your stop (at least just say hi)?

Just for some insight…
Where I live, the bus cost is $2.50. And, most people take the bus twice a day (to and from work), at least 5 to 6 days per week. That’s $25-$30 dollars every week. Which adds up to $100-$120 dollars per month.

So, in other words, everyone on this bus spends around $100 every month to sit and stare out the window. But, I now realize that it’s cheaper than gas for your car; and you’re technically saving the environment.


So, observing my surroundings made me realize that even though everyone seems to just be sitting in their own little bubble on the bus waiting to get to their stop, they are all contributing to saving the environment. And with gas prices now, they are actually saving money.

So, everyone I’ve observed on this bus actually have more in common than I thought.


Thanks for reading!
I hope this post was insightful and gave you some food for thought about perspective on the little & overlooked things in life.

*Your surroundings are important; don’t overlook them; they can teach you a lot!*

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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.

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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! 🙂

Weekend coffee share…

So, first of all, if we were having coffee right now, it would be 6 am because that’s the only time we could meet, as I work all weekend until the end of the day.

. . .

So, it’s 6 am.

It’s so early that the sun has barely risen. But, at least it is sunny. Spring is finally catching up (hopefully it continues).

. . .

If we were having coffee right now, I would be asking you about your week and plans for the weekend (and i’d probably be a little jealous). I’d ask you how school or work is going. I’d ask you how your week went…

I’d honestly probably just ask you questions, until you asked me something (I’m not one to just talk about myself voluntarily).

But, for the sake of this post, let’s pretend you’ve already asked me questions.

. . .

Then, I would tell you how tired I am this morning. I would tell you how much I just want to be sleeping in today, instead of working.

I would tell you how much I miss living in Chile, where I didn’t have wake up so early or wait for the sun to come out everyday.

I would show you some picture from my trip and tell you that you have to visit the country one day.

I would tell you that I’m so tired that this coffee isn’t even waking me up.

I would tell you that I just want to be sitting on a plane right now, instead of waiting for my bus to work.

I would tell you how much it means to me that you woke up at 6 am on your day off just to talk, small talk, for a few minutes.

I would tell you that I should get to work, but I am really thankful for the short time you took to talk, this early on a Sunday morning.

Then, we would probably hug.

I’d say: “have a good day off” and you’d say: “you too”.

And, then, we’d laugh and you’d correct yourself and say: “…good day, at work, I mean. See you next time!”

I’d smile, and say: “ya, next time…Maybe not so early, with more time to just sit.”.

And, finally, we’d wave goodbye!


That’s what it would probably be like, if we met this morning for a cup of coffee.


Thanks for reading this post!

P.S. I actually did write this post on the bus at 7 am. And, I’m thinking about maybe doing one every weekend as something new to try on this blog, so please let me know what you think in the comments.

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

Chilean Food & Candy Review!

The following pictures are just a few candies & snacks & street foods that I tried while I lived in Chile, and I just wanted to share them. So, here they are:

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Suny – A soft candy, toffee / caramel flavoured fudge.

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Frugelé – Soft fruit flavoured, gummy candies with a sugar coating.

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Guagüitas – A type of marshmallow mixed with a gummy candy. FUN FACT : “guagüitas” means “babies” in Spanish.

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Amberries – Rasberry and Blackberry flavoured gummy candies with a sugar coating.

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Chubi – Similar to M&Ms, with a very different flavour (they have a stronger cocoa flavour).

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Hobby – Milk chocolate bar with nougat and peanut butter center.

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Super 8 – Similar to a coffee crisp bar (without the coffee flavour).

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Capri (cherry) – Milk chocolate bar with a cherry cream center.

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Capri (cocoa) – Regular milk chocolate bar.

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Mantecol – Brittle peanut butter bar, with a hint of cocoa.

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Negrita – Vanilla wafer covered with milk chocolate.

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Manjar – The Chilean Dulce De Leche (same caramel flavour, but more creamy/milky).

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Trencito – Regular solid milk chocolate bar.

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Criollitas – Sweet hard vanilla wafer cookies with sugar coating (good for tea or coffee).

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Mote Con Huesillo – Peach juice with a full peach & boiled wheat. This was one of my favourite Chilean street foods.

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Completo – Hot dog topped with diced tomatoes, mashed avocado (and your choice of ketchup, mayonnaise and/or mustard).

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Empanadas – This particular one was fried and only had cheese & shrimp. But, there’s a more popular, baked one, with ground beef, onions, an olive and an egg (& it’s delicious). Empanadas can also be baked or fried.



Thanks for reading!
I hope this post inspires you to travel & try new things on your next adventure!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

First Post of 2018!

I can’t believe it’s 2018!
That’s crazy!

It’s also so crazy that I spent my New Years’ in
a new continent and a new country
for the first time!

. . .

So, if you haven’t been following my previous posts, I am currently in Chile (since December 27, 2017), and I will be living here for the next 3 months (until March 26, 2018).

If you want to go back and read some of those posts, click the links below:

  1. Crossing the equator!
  2. Santiago, Chile – Day 1 
  3. Street dogs everywhere! 
  4. Don’t underestimate it!
  5. More: coming soon…

And, if you don’t want to go read, check out this quick video I made about my trip here and my first few days in Santiago. Click the link below to watch it:

My Trip to Chile! (Part 1)

Thanks for reading! Have a great year!

-LiveForAdventure! 🙂

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! 😉
Thanks for reading!


-LiveForAdventure! 🙂