Sitting here Thinking Spinning around In this chair At this desk My desk? Writing These words On paper To process life Typing Something random To look busy Doing homework Feeling Weird and confused Asking So many questions About the future God, how did I get here? Waiting For an answer In the meantime I continue To sit here At this desk Learning To be professional
Thanks for reading! That poem was inspired by my current “job” here in Australia. It’s kind of a long story about how I got here, so to keep it short, click this link to learn about what I’m currently doing here. And, click this link to learn more about what I’ve been doing here for the past 7 months!
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, I realize I said that posting more on my blog was one of my new years resolutions (and this is only my second post), but I promise I have a lot of posts coming (they’re all written down, just not posted yet…).
Just know that I haven’t given up on my resolutions, I’m actually really working on them everyday (and I hope you’re still keeping up with yours). 😊
And, before my next post (maybe in Spanish) about my adventures in Buenos Aires, Argentina, check out a post I wrote for another blog about my experience taking Spanish classes in Argentina!
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?
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For me, I used to just answer: “Because I want to share my adventures…spread 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.
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.
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So, it’s 6 am.
It’s so early that the sun hasbarely risen. But, at least it is sunny. Spring is finally catching up (hopefully it continues).
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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.
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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.
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!
For the record: I don’t know the person that posted the previous tweet, but I very much agree with it. Here’s why:
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As a high school and college graduate, I do think education is important to start your life by learning the basics. But, as a traveler, I know that I still have a lot to learn. And, the more I travel, the more this reveals itself to me more and more every day.
You see, I’ve realized that once you start to travel to different countries in the world, you will truly realize that all those things you learned in school were average knowledge to get you started with your life.
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This is why I started to travel and write in this blog; because I wanted to encourage people to travel and always keep exploring and learning, no matter how smart they think they are. There’s always something out there in the world that you can learn (it’s big enough, you’ll find something).
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Now, I’m not saying that you should quit school and just travel (don’t do that). What I’m saying is: Don’t think that just because you have the best diploma out there means you know everything. Think about it this way: “If you can’t speak every language in the world, you still have a lot to learn.” (that’s a little exaggerated, but you get the point).
Thanks for reading! I hope this post made you think, & inspired you to keep exploring & learning!
Many bloggers have specific settings where they write and what they use (laptop, tablet, phone, notepad, etc.).
They have an ideal place they go to write about a specific subject using their ideal method of choice.
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I applaud those bloggers because I am not one of those bloggers.
Today, I am writing this post, in the middle of the day, sitting on a bench in the middle of Chile. Yesterday, I wrote a post, late at night, laying on my bed. Tomorrow, I have no idea where I will write.
I write any where & any time using any device I have nearby. I just write whenever I get an idea because I don’t want to forget any of the ideas I get on the spot; they usually turn out to be the best ones.
So, I guess that’s where I write: Anywhere.
I feel like it gives me more creativity to write about my surroundings, instead of always being in the same place (but I understand that having a set work place is probably good for some people, just not me).
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So, Where do you write? (comment below with your ideal writing setting)
I started this post with my site tagline and my sign off signature because I just wanted to say that I didn’t choose them randomly. They are the reason I started this blog.
I specifically chose those 2 sentences because I want to live by them and encourage others to always live for adventure.
I know, life can be tough and we can get so caught up in the busyness of life that we forget to actually live & explore the amazing world around us. But, it’s so important that we really see and look at the world around us.
That’s why I started this blog. To encourage others and myself to live for adventure everyday because the world has so many amazing things to experience and explore.
If you’re ever having a bad day, just look around you and explore the little things surrounding you everyday that you probably always overlook. Those things can teach you a lot.
And, once you learn from those little things, start expanding your view and travel somewhere new where you will be surrounded with completely new and different bigger things.
~ Travel – Adventure – Explore ~ Treat every day as a new opportunity to experience new things!
And, that’s why I started this blog; To encourage YOU, and myself, to:
P.S. I’m going to be trying to write a new post everyday for the next 20 days (maybe more), just a heads up that these posts will probably be a little random, but hopefully very interesting. Okay, that’s it. See you tomorrow!