Praise HIM! All Day Everyday!

I have been so caught up with worldly things lately. Oh I need to practice Chinese…and make a video…and read in Spanish…and do this, that, and everything under the sun. I wake up in the morning and give 2 minutes to God and then immediately start my day. These are my thoughts in the morning: Thank you God for this day…Oh my gosh, I’m late for work…I need to jump in the shower. And then I rush out the door.

Tonight I planned to make a video and/or practice Chinese. But, I put all of it aside and praised the Lord Almighty. Thank you Jesus! Sometimes we get so busy, we forget to talk to and praise our Creator. The Being for our existence. Without the Lord I would not be doing anything, my life would be non existent.

Sometimes you just got to put all your worldly desires and plans to the side and say Thank you God! Spend some time with Him. My soul always feels refreshed. And, although I didn’t get the items on my ¨to-do¨ list done, I feel refreshed because I tapped into that eternal, all-powerful source. God has been too good to me not to acknowledge Him and give him my time. So, I just gotta say:

THANK YOU LORD!

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Chelsea

It’s 3 AM and I’m Still Grinding

todayIt’s 3 am right now and yes, I should be sleeping. But, I realize that if I want to get anywhere in life I need to put in my dues, even if it means losing a bit of sleep here and there. I’m in my early 20’s and this is the time to grind and learn all I can to be where I want to be in the future. Could I fail, and come short of reaching the stars? Possibly. But I can’t say that I didn’t give it my all. Plus, it’s awesome when you’re up in the wee hours of the morning doing something you love. Photo

 

Son las 3 de la mañana y debería dormir. Pero, me doy cuenta de si quiero una buena vida, entonces tengo que sacrificar incluso si eso significa perder el sueño aquí y allí. Tengo mis primeros 20’s y en este momento voy a aprender todo lo que pueda y trabajar muy duro para estar donde quiero estar en el futuro. ¿Fallaré? Quizas. Pero, debo tratar primero. Es chulo cuando se trabja en altas horas de madrugada haciendo algo que te gusta. 

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Rookie Tips: APPs You Need In Your Life!

Long time, no see. I am back with a Rookie Tips video. In this video I discuss the Apps that have been invaluable to my life. I use these Apps on a daily basis while abroad. To find out which Apps made my list, please check out my video. Are there Apps that you think I should know about? Please tell me in the comment section below :-)

 

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Daily Gratitude: 9 Hours and Good Rice

Today and yesterday I am grateful for:

Getting out

Yesterday, my college friend living near my city introduced me to her tutor/friend. We went out to dinner yesterday and then to a bar. My first Chinese bar! I just had a soda, but nonetheless I had a great time and it refreshing just to get out. The bar, which had its opening night, was a foreigner haven. Check out my instagram @rookienotes

Starting my day off with Jesus

God and I spent the morning together and it felt so good.

Dinner

Tonight I cooked a dinner that had me smackin’ my lips :-) For the first time, I cooked rice in the rice maker that turned out well. Previously, when cooked in the rice maker, my rice always turned out mushy. Also, the chicken I made was a big improvement from the last time….

Chinese

I spent the whole day learning Chinese. For about nine hours today I studied with small breaks to clean the house and eat. I learned a lot. Hopefully my hard work will pay off one day :-). I am going to sleep and study more tomorrow.

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Daily Gratitude

What I’m grateful for today:

Dinner

My coworker and I went to dinner together. I appreciated our dinner because I got a chance to hang out and talk to someone instead of going back to my house and having dinner with my laptop.

New Days

Yesterday wasn’t ideal but today was much better. Today showed me that your troubles will pass; each day is a present waiting to be opened. Or, if Annie was here, she would say…er, sing, the sun will come out tomorrow…

Progress

I needed to put money on my metro card; so I told the attendant I wanted 50 yuan on my card. I told her 50 in Chinese and handed her my card. She understood me! I was so excited. When I tried to put money on my card before the metro representative had no idea what I was talking about and a guy behind me had to translate. But today, nope. She understood me :0)

What are you grateful for today?

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Rookie Tip: Booking Excursions

Are you traveling and looking forward to visiting that country’s must see attractions? Well, take it from me and do NOT buy your tickets online. The majority of the time it will be cheaper to buy your tickets at your destination. The locals know people want to come see what their country has to offer so they will have tons of agencies competing for your business.

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Daily Gratitude: Surviving the Day

Today I am grateful for:

Surviving:

Today was a rough day for me. I started the day learning about Robin Williams’s passing and I couldn’t get back on the right foot. Culture shock reared it’s ugly head today and I cried at work. No one understands me and I’m an outsider. I have no idea what anyone is ever talking about as I’m always left out of the conversation. I am so grateful that the day is over. I can start fresh tomorrow.

Writing in my journal:

I love writing in my journal and being able to come back to my thoughts that I once held. It’s amazing to see how we progress when we look back at old journal entries.

Fruits:

I taught myself how to say banana, watermelon, peach, strawberry, melon, cherry, and apple in Chinese.

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