Daily Gratitude

1. Life:

Life is an adventure with unexpected surprises. Some days are awesome, others…well you know, you just keep counting down the hours till bed. But today was awesome. Two opportunities (nothing is concrete yet and everything might fall through) presented itself. Now if they work out, which one will I choose? I don’t know yet. Everything is still in the initial phases and only time will tell. I just ask God for guidance and that he may direct my path.

James 1:5-8 – But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous to everyone and will give you wisdom without criticizing you. But when you ask God, you must believe and not doubt. Anyone who doubts is like a wave in the sea blown up and down by the wind. Such doubters are thinking two different things at the same time and they cannot decide about anything they do. They should not think they will receive anything from the Lord.

2. Speaking Spanish:

 I miss speaking and hearing Spanish. At work I called universities in Spain (I thought I left you for good Spain, the irony.) Hearing the rhythmic flow of Spanish was good for my soul. It’s awesome to be able to understand another language besides English. As for Chinese….bring it.

3. Dinner:

My Boss and supervisor took me out to dinner. We went to a Steakhouse. Woot.

What are you thankful for today?

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Motivational Thursdays: Are your Emotions in Check?

My Notes:

Tblog 3his past week was difficult for me. Each day, something went wrong. Each day, a challenge, wrapped and beautifully packaged, presented itself to me.  There were many times where I just wanted to throw my hands in the air and book the next flight home. There were times where I admittedly broke down and lost my cool. But with each “present” I am learning how to carefully open it and confront it head on. Photo

Traveling has taught me that sh*t happens and you have to deal with it. Sometimes it’s your fault, other times it’s just the cards you were dealt.  The situation itself doesn’t matter, what does matter is your reaction and perspective.

I’m starting to see life as a video game. If you are able to figure out the problem at hand, you advance to the next level. If you react with rage and malice and blame everyone and everything instead of focusing to reach a solution, you remain stagnate and fail to reach the next level.

It’s so easy to throw a tantrum, to yell, to kick, to scream, to cry. It’s difficult to keep your composure through the face of adversity. I just think it takes practice.

I received many “presents” last week and although I didn’t ask for them I am thankful because each one taught me a lesson. Who knows if I will have similar presents in the future…But, if I do I will be better equipped to open them. Photo

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Daily Gratitude


Today I’m grateful for:

1. Wifi!

I am so happy to have Wi-Fi in my apartment! Now I can continue to maintain my blog and surf the internet until my heart is content. Without internet, I felt isolated from the world.

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2.  My Textbook

My textbook for learning Chinese came. I am excited to go through the book and start learning. I think the title is interesting.

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3. The Right Bus Stop

The day before when I got off at the bus stop I got lost. Today, I got off at the right bus stop and made it to work on time!

What are you grateful for today?

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So, There’s a Hole in my Bathroom Wall

challenegesEvery morning before I walk out my front door and go to work, I say a quick prayer that goes like this:

Lord, please let this be a good day. Please let me make it through this day without any mishaps.

This wasn’t always my prayer; but, since moving to China and venturing out on my own this has become my “staple prayer.” Photo

I swear, some days I feel like all the forces of life are working against me. There was the day I went to the wrong airport…or the day my key broke in the door…or the today, when all I wanted to do was make dinner and go to sleep, but I couldn’t because the floors of my apartment were filled with mud and there was a hole in the bathroom wall.

Every day that I’m here is a challenge. I feel like I’m a player on the Hunger Games or there are cameras following me to see how I will react to various situations.

Many times I just want to yell and lose it. I still want to do that. But I can’t because nothing good will come out of it.

If Spain didn’t give me a thick skin, China is doing a good job.

I am developing patience and awesome problem solving skills. Photo

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But anyways, maybe I should change my prayer to this:

Lord, please give me the strength to handle the mishaps that come my way.

Challenges in life are good for you. If there weren’t any, you would be weak because you wouldn’t have to build resistance to anything. It’s like when you haven’t been to the gym, your muscles are weak because you haven’t worked it out. But, when you start lifting weights your muscles become stronger and toned. Why? Because of the resistance.

Facing these challenges has made me stronger. I mean, if I went through what I am going through now when I first arrived in Spain a year ago I might not have made it.

I just wish these mishaps weren’t so frequent. :-) Photo

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Rookie Tip: Lost Luggage

Everyone thinks it’s not going to happen to them, and then it does. Lost Luggage. Dun dun dun. You never want to be that person who is standing at the luggage belt waiting endlessly for their luggage to arrive while watching everyone pick theirs up. When I flew into Beijing, I was that person. In this video I share my story and tips that can help you in the future if you do inevitably become the Lost Luggage person.

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Daily Gratitudes

What I’m grateful for today:

Man, living in China is not easy. But I try to find something to be grateful for each day :-)

Talking to my grandmother.

It’s been months since the last time I talked to my grandmother. But I was able to talk to her last night through the app Viber. Technology makes the world much smaller.

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Learning Chinese

So far I’ve had three or four Chinese lessons. Now when I go through town although everything still looks like gibberish, I can pick out a character here and there. It’s also nice because I can pick out a word every once in a while in an office where the working language is Chinese. I’m like hey! I just learned what that sound means. :-)

Fruits and Veggies Stand

I still don’t know where the grocery stores are but I found a produce stand. So for right now I am content.

What are you grateful for?

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Daily Gratitudes

This has been one crazy week. I moved out my friend Melissa’s house and into an apartment. I restarted my internship and I began learning Chinese! Cultural shock is real let me just tell you that, but I am getting through it. Being the kid who is illiterate and muffled by the lact of vocabulary is hard. But, I am going to come out of China so much stronger. My apartment doesn’t have wifi, so I am at more job (after work, of course :-)) taking advantage of the free internet. I love my blog and I don’t want to see it flounder. So please bare with me while I’m going through another awkward, no wifi period of life :-).

This blog post should be entitled, a Gratitudes from the Past Week…

This week I’ve been thankful for:

1. Amazing coworkers, boss and friends

I am so thankful for the people wo are looking out for me here in China. I want to give a big THANK YOU to my girl Melissa. Melissa, I couldn’t have settled in China without you. Thank you for inviting me to stay with you when I first arrived. Man, because of your hospitality, I didn’t want to leave you; I felt at home. If I ever make the big bucks or when a Grammy (even though I don’t know how to sing :-)), you are at the top of my list.

I am thankful for my boss and coworkers for helping me through this awkward, frustrating, but memorable adjustment period. Thank you for showing me the bus routes and teaching me Chinese. I thank you for your genuine sincerity and concern.

2. Every moment, the Good and the Bad

I still can’t believe I’m in China. This is insane that I’m living here. Living in China is difficult when communication is limited/non-exsistant. I get frustrated a lot because I am illeterate here, but every moment is a good lesson or story to tell.

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