Beach bum syndrome

by Elizabeth Aranda March. 20, 2017 1496 views

Good friends are like stars, you may not always see them but you know they're always there. And I'm a lucky gal to be surrounded by amazing women in my life (plus I live across the street from the ocean, so girls days always means beach days). Lately god has been really challenging me in the woman I want to become also as I prepare to go to Brazil god has been giving me many different revelations. My whole life I've always struggled with finding solid christian friends who I can fully trust. Lately I've been feeling very blessed to have peers who are also growing in their relationships with god and who are as god loving as I am becoming. Through this god has really shown me the value of having a christian community and the influence others can have upon you subconsciously. God has also been speaking to me through this culture. Sometimes I pause and take a moment to take in my surroundings; I'm 19 years old living in México and preparing to go to Brazil. I couldn't of even dreamed of this life and now I'm blessed with it; especially since I have such a huge heart for traveling and experiencing different cultures. So as you guys could probably guess, I'm extremely excited for Brazil. I officially will be leaving the night of April 2nd!!!! It's the farthest I'll ever of traveled and that makes my heart skip a beat. I don't really know what to expect when I arrive in Brazil, but I'm prepared to be the hands and feet of god. I'm also so excited to be engulfed in this new culture. I've been doing a few things to prepare for Brazil: learn Portuguese (language is not a strong skill of mine so this has been a battle), save money (aka cutting back on my coffee trips) and challenging myself with being more flexible and patient in my day to day routines. I can't wait to tell you all about Brazil, but as for Mexico... yep I'm still in love with this place. I've developed a home away from home and a community that will be hard to say goodbye too. There are a few times where all I want is American food (aka cheese-it's and Dutch bros) and I would pay big bucks to be able to flush my toilet paper again so that my bathroom stops smelling like well... poop. But I'm falling in love with Mexico, each day I catch myself falling more in love. And I'm even starting to look at America and find American culture a little weird! But I'm going to soak up as much street tacos, Palm trees, and random stray dog sightings as I can for 2 weeks because sorry Mexico.. I'm about to open the Brazil chapter in my life. 

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