Perspective will make or break this trip. Living in a new country for the first time comes with its sure set of highs and lows. It’s the balance of good and bad moments that make the experience what it is. Not even bad moments, but more “different” moments. Everyday is a challenge but the pay off is so worth it. You’ll have your victories and your failures but hey, that’s what makes us human. Isn’t the saying “stay hopeful, stay humble?”

Before coming on this trip my Spanish was “ok” and by that I mean Americanized. I have had some of the GREATEST Spanish teachers to date and I’m so thankful for them…but still, my Spanish was ok. Moving in with my family was a big adjustment and the language barrier was all too real. Even when I thought I was saying my phrases correctly, I got the most dumbfounded faces in response. Again, stay hopeful stay humble right?? I think my favorite slip up was on day 2. My brain was nice and fried by this point and I looked at my host niece and asked her “Qué linda! Qué es el significando de su camisa?” Her shirt said “Be Mine” in English. Not my brightest moment. But hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself in a moment like this good luck trying to stay sane learning a new language and culture in a new country.

Even in my worst moments though, I celebrate the good. The good ALWAYS outweighs the bad. The fact that my family and I can laugh together and share this bond without even fully communicating is incredible. No matter where you are, no matter where you come from—not a lot can keep you from the human bond that makes life so great. There is so much more to share beyond language. I am so appreciative for this learning process but I’m even more grateful that I can feel this connected to a family I just met.

3 steps forward, 1 step back.

Yes, you’ll have your days where you legitimately ask what a shirt in English means… but this is just your one step back. Without our steps back, we wouldn’t grow. We wouldn’t have our steps forward.

Our steps forward allow the Spanish to flow at the dinner table, in class, and even in our dreams.

Our steps forward make it all worth it.


“What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.” -Brené Brown

3 steps forward, 1 step back.

Pura Vida!

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