Spanish/Chinese Language Update

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Hi guys,

In case you didn’t know, I study Spanish and Chinese in my spare time. I try to practice both languages multiple times during the week. I practice Spanish by listening to podcasts and music, watching t.v. shows, reading articles and books, and chatting with my language partner.
For Chinese, I am studying the characters. I use the mobile app Skritter to learn.

Rookie Notes to language learning

My downfall to studying Spanish and Chinese is consistency. When learning a language, constant exposure over time is your best friend. If you are not consistent then learning a language becomes difficult. You need to always be listening and using your target language daily in order to build skills. Fluidity will come easier if you are consistent in your efforts to learn a language.  

Until next time,

Chelsea 

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Do You Talk to Yourself?

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Affirmations are positive statements that condition your mind to develop a positive perception of yourself. When said repeatedly over time, you work to make what is said true. With affirmations, goals and dreams become reality…self-doubt, fear, and lack of confidence falls by the waist side.

It is like a self-fulfilling prophecy. If you constantly tell yourself that you amazing you will start to believe it over time. You will own the rooms you walk into and your amazingness will ooze out of your pores and other people will believe you are the cat’s meow too.

However, if you tell yourself on a regular that you will never amount to anything…well you won’t. You will internalize the negative self-talk and find yourself sitting in a corner of your pity party.

As per my blog post from yesterday, words are powerful entities that can either create or destroy. It is up to you to choose the words you tell yourself.

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Rookie Notes to Affirmations:

  • Prepare I am/ I will statements that you want to achieve (see above for examples)
  • Set aside at least 5 minutes each day and repeat these statements or write them repeatedly in the time you’ve set for yourself.
  • Commit to saying your affirmations daily (I say mine in the morning). Be consistent
  • Develop a plan that will support your affirmation(s). Your affirmations will not work if you are not also being intentional and working towards your statements.

Do you say affirmations?

Until next time,

Chelsea

In case you’ve missed it, check out:

Are Words In Your Arsenal?

Bible 101

What’s Your Outlook Today?

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Are Words in Your Arsenal?

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Words are not merely text on a page…or a conglomeration of ideas that are the foundation of stories. They are living entities that are powerful and carry massive weight. A single utterance can have the power to change present and future situations.

Words can explain, elaborate, define, create and destroy. If used with care, words can build up empires and rectify relationships. However, like with any weapon they can cause mass destruction.

It is important to choose your words carefully because they shape and mold your life. I’ve noticed that being intentional… speaking positivity about, and into my life, has had a massive effect in the direction I’m going and how I feel about myself. When I start spewing negativity about myself and to others I feel blah and my days become unfulfilling.

If you want to make a positive shift in your life, change the words which come out of your mouth,

“What you say can mean life or death. Those who speak with care will be rewarded.” (Proverbs 18:20)

Do you think words are powerful?

Until next time,

Chelsea

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Bible 101

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Hi guys,

Happy Sunday! Over the years I have grown increasingly in my faith and walk with God. Prior to last year I didn’t read the Bible. I thought it was boring and difficult to relate to…

I’m not sure what changed but now one of the highlights of my day is if I can spend time immersed in the Bible. I know this is not everyone’s cup of tea or favorite topic to discuss but I’m slowly falling in love with the Lord and how awesome he is.

In the lighthearted video below I provide two Rookie Notes on how to get started with reading that huge book that’s been around for 1000s of years.

My Notes:

  • If you’ve been struggling to understand the Bible I found it easier to read a newer translation. Once you’ve found a translation that you like, compare it to other translations to get a more comprehensive understanding. When you are reading something that doesn’t sound like a foreign language the message can be received better.
  • I found that it is a bit easier to start in the New Testament. I remember I would always start in Genesis but then get bogged down half way and stop reading.The Bible is like many books in one. It doesn’t have to be read chronologically.

Let me know what you think. Do you have any Rookie Notes to add?

Until next time,

Chelsea

Need Extra Passport Photos? #Travel

Passport Photos

This post is all about passport photos….And please, don’t laugh at my photos ;-) Prior to my moves abroad I wondered if I needed extra passport pictures just in case I had to apply for identification or anything regarding my resident status in said country.

What I’ve learned is that you usually do not need to bring extra passport pictures with you. When applying for ID or registering with the foreign government, they usually require a specific sized photograph to be attached with their applications. Passport photos in the country that you are traveling to are usually easy to find and inexpensive.

Rookie Note: Leave the photos at home and take new ones at your destination.

I hope this helps.

Until next time,

Chelsea

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Happy Friday: A Wrap Up

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It’s Friday! I hope everyone, especially those living on the East Coast (USA), are staying warm because it’s colddddd out there. Since it’s the end of the week, let’s reflect: what is one lesson that you’ve learned this week? Share below.

 In case you’ve missed it, check out what happened on Rookie Notes this week:

Every Step You Take

Happy Valentine’s Day

Dream Killers

Viewer Question: Spanish Student Visa

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What’s Your Outlook Today?

What’s Your Outlook Today?

Meteorologists were predicting 4 to 6 inches of snow for my area. Depending on how far north or south you are of the Mason Dixon line determines whether you think the forecast was a blizzard or minor annoyance. The folks here in my town, myself included, were betting that most schools and businesses would be shut down for the day.

When I woke up in the morning I was expecting to do the “cabbage patch” dance and proclaim victory because work was closed. Instead, I received a text from my job stating it would open with a minor delay (my usual time).

When I saw that my job was open for the day I groaned as I watched the continuous newsfeed  report that the major school systems and businesses were closed.

My initial disappointment could have multiplied into sourness and resentment but I chose a different approach. Although it would have been nice to have a snow day, it is also nice that I have a job…a job that I like… a job related to my interests…a job that challenges me to reach my full potential.

There are so many people who would love to be in my position; not being grateful is not an option. When I did get out of bed, I worked out, spent time with God and determined that I would have an uplifting, positive day no matter what.

In life, what we complain about is what others are praying for. Make the most out of any situation and your disposition and life will change for the better.

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Until next time,

Chelsea

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Every Step You Take

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