Smiling…

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20130814-115837.jpgToday as I walked out of my Spanish lesson I was smiling. I had a great lesson with Araliz. Some day’s I walk out not smiling but instead looking rather stoic. Not sad, not mad, but feeling kinda dumb. And on those not so good days, when I just don’t have a smile after my lesson I remember that tomorrow may be better. The thing I thought about today, as I walked to my car, was that I felt grateful for those un-smiling-feeling-kinda-dumb days. I wont call them “bad” because without them I would not have the very clear perspective when I have a smiling-feeling-kinda-smart day! On those days when I walk away feeling dumb and a little defeated I try to remember that tomorrow I just might be smart again!!! (laughing!) Ahhh, it’s a challenging process and aren’t I the lucky one to have chosen to embrace the opportunity to very consciously and deliberately dive in “head-first” into all these new experiences. I know from lot’s of past experiences that the most difficult and challenging life experience have always been the best opportunities for growth, spiritually,mentally,intellectually,as well as physically . I’ve read a quote that I just love..

“Our biggest regrets are not for the things we have done but for the things we haven’t done”
― Chad Michael Murray

Yes, I see the wisdom in that quote and I feel that way myself. Just because an experience is a challenge, I don’t think to myself that I should not have done something but that I’m doing something which , although difficult, is worthy of the hard work it takes to persevere and learn and grow from the hard work. I am where I should be in my life and even with all the difficulties and challenges I face in my new and often disorienting new life I have no regrets only joy in being in this very spot at this very moment….

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About hollycarter184

Life is Good! But it's time for a change, and more adventure! I'd like to share the whole experience of preparing then actually making a reality of expatriating, and moving to a new country. It's an exciting, and slightly scary move full of possibility . I'm looking forward to learning a new language and making new connections with the people who share our spirit of adventure. This blog is my way of continuing my connection with my friends and family in the States. Sooooo here it goes! :)

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  1. Hi Sunshine I do know with changes there are CHALLENGES. We all go through them 🙂 You make proud every time you DO things that most of us just dream of and never try 🙂 You are an inspiration and I am proud to say “just look at what my daughter is doing 🙂 🙂 I know your Dad and Glen are looking down at you with pride both saying “that’s my girl” 🙂

    • Thanks Edie! I edited my post with the name of the author of that very special and very true quote. I appreciate your sharing that with me. Thanks for reading my blog and I’m so glad your liking it because I find much joy in writing it. It’s good to know that you like the new design of the salon, I know Stephanie must be thrilled to have had the opportunity to create an atmosphere to reflect who she is. I know for me it was a very rewarding experience and twenty years of my life were spent basking in the joy of sharing my home (the salon) with many many wonderful people like yourself.

  2. I’m glad to hear that you have a good attitude. Your positive attitude will make all the difference for you in learning the language. Sigue adelante.

  3. Over the years have worked with many people who where learning English as a second language. Many have said to me they knew they had made it when they did not have to mentally translate the other persons words before translating your reply. I know that day will come for you and then you will be like a Cheshire Cat.

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