New Year Resolutions

When December comes, do you usually look back at your year to analyze what you have accomplished or not, what has changed and make new year resolutions? I can’t help not to. So December is finally here. Last year, by the end of December, I was in Florianopolis, a beach in southern Brazil. As New …

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1 month blogging!

In a few months it will complete 1 month that I’ve been blogging. In less than 1 month, I’ve got more than 1700 page views, 500 likes on my page on Facebook, and 420 views on the “Cultural Shock” post alone. It makes me really happy to see that in such a short time so …

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Cultural Shock

Lately, I’ve been talking to many people who are about to arrive in India, or who plan on coming here. This post was specially made for you, and for everyone else who plans on or who would like to know what it’s like to move to another country. Hopefully it will help you overcome the …

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The BOARD

This is THE BOARD.

I keep it in my bedroom in Brazil. Last year, when I decided I really needed to put my dream of travelling into practice, there were too many options and too many things I would like to do. So I decided to “brainstorm” myself. I made small notes in different colors according to relevant criteria that would help me decide which path would be the best for me. I wrote aspects and things according to the following criteria: “who am I?”, “what do I love?”, “what are my values?”, and “what do I want to accomplish?”. Now that I am back for a few days, and after almost 1 year I made the board, it feels really good that I look into it and see that so many things were accomplished, and so many aspects of myself got really stronger with my travelling experience. I would really advise everyone into making their own boards, it’s a great self-knowledge experience, and also helps you achieve your goals. Now it’s time to think of next year’s board.

 

The board I keep in my room in Brazil with my goals.

The board I keep in my room in Brazil with my goals.

The categories I used to analyze mysel.

The categories I used to analyze mysel.

Some items that describe who I am.

Some items that describe who I am.

Some items that describe things I really love

Some items that describe things I really love

Inspiring change is one of my main values.

Inspiring change is one of my main values.

Things I wanted to accomplish this year.

Things I wanted to accomplish this year.

 

Freedom of choice

This morning you woke up.Then you chose what clothes you would like to wear, what food you would like to eat and what song you would like to listen to on your way to work. Or if you would like to listen to any songs at all. Everyday, from the moment you wake up, you …

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Thank you India!

Isn’t it amazing the journey that is life?

Today, coming back from lunch, walking at an empty sandy road in industrial Jaipur, I started to think of everything that has happened to me since I arrived in “Incredible India”. In only 2 months and a half so much has happened, so many happy but also difficult moments. In the end, it turns out that it really are those hard moments that make me grow the most. For this I am forever thankful. I am thankful for this entire experience, for overcoming challenges, for not losing faith, for all those difficult moments that make me become a stronger person each day. Just as I was thinking about this, my ipod starts playing “Thank You”, by Alanis Morissette, which happens to have an almost too perfect chorus for my thoughts:

“Thank you India
Thank you terror
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you frailty
Thank you consequence
Thank you thank you silence”
“Thank you India
Thank you providence
Thank you disillusionment
Thank you nothingness
Thank you clarity
Thank you thank you silence”

Life is just such a beautiful journey, even with all its imperfections.

 

Journeys

Journeys

“Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” – Mark Jenkins