FromMaiWithLove update

Hello everyone!

I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks making some important changes in the blog. Among other things, the blog address is now frommaiwithlove.com. Come check out the new and improved website and read about the changes going on!

I hope to see you soon!!

PS. This blog will remain active, but it will not be updated anymore. For updates, please go to frommaiwithlove.com

PS. If you wish, you can check out the new contact me page to get in touch with me

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My Birthday Post

In case you didn’t know, on March 24th it was my birthday!

Birthdays are a tricky thing. Depending on the year (and the day!) I’m happy or a mess about that 24th coming up. Sometimes it does hit me hard, as I always thought that at this point in my life I would have already accomplished certain things.

In any case, in the last couple of years my life goals have changed dramatically, and what I wanted to do until then I didn’t want to do anymore. I am now working towards new goals and I’m so happy about it!

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

It was coming for my parents and my sister, and I couldn’t be happier with it! I was thinking on getting a camera when our budget allowed it, but now I won’t have to! I’m super thankful and now I only have to learn how to use it to take the best pictures. I am definitely a happy woman!

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

Later that night, but already the 24th, my husband gave the cutest birthday card.

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

Also, he gave me a voucher for a 60 minute couples massage and we’ll go do some shopping too. I was always telling him that we should go get a massage together, and we’re finally doing it! 😀

After working three hours in the morning, we went to get my driver’s license (I can finally drive! LOL), eat lunch and run a couple of errands.

We had tickets to go see the Cirque du Soleil show that night, so we met with my sister & mother in law and a friend. We went also last year, but I think this year’s show was even better. I’m still amazed by how those guys can bend that much! It’s wonderful the things that one can do with the body when you’re disciplined.

So my birthday actually started at 7pm on the 23rd of March (hello, time zones!). I started receiving messages then, and I opened one of my presents a little before that.

There was also a guy doing a mini show with a couple of yo-yo’s. I remember that I tried to learn a couple of tricks with the yo-yo’s when I was a kid, but never really managed to.

We were going to go have dinner afterwards, but my father in law wasn’t feeling ok so we will just go celebrate sometime soon.

It was a great day. I got things done and I celebrated with close people. What else can I ask for?

Birthdays are good for you. The more you have the longer you live.

 

Birthday Girl!

Guess who’s birthday is today? 😀

me trying to strike a pose

YES! MINE!

Again!

It seems like yesterday when I started college and it’s been already… well, a few years 😉 Where did time go?

Anyways, I just wanted to pop up and say hi today. I’ll be doing a post about today in a couple of days. It’s going to be a busy day today. But good busy for sure!

I hope you guys have a great day and come back tomorrow for a new post!

Love,

Mai

The Liebster Award!

Hi Everyone!!

I’ve been nominated to the Liebster Award and I think it is a great idea to get to know other bloggers and expand the connections, isn’t it? 🙂

Thank you AwesomeLife1980 for the nomination!

LIEBSTER AWARD RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  2. Display the Liebster Award on your blog
  3. Share 11 random facts about yourself.
  4. Answer the 11 questions you were asked.
  5. Nominate 11 bloggers with less than 200 followers for the Award and have them answer 11 questions.
  6. Let the other bloggers know you’ve nominated them.
  7. Copy the rules into your post.

 

Random Facts About Me!

I already made a post with 12 random fact about me, but here we go with 11 more! haha

  1. I am pretty much addicted to chocolate. If I decline some, chances are that something is wrong.
  2. I am slightly OCD. Sometimes. Depending on the day I have to make sure that everything is organized/displayed on a certain way. I think I’ve gotten better over the years, but it’s still something that drives my husband crazy sometimes haha
  3. I dreamed about coming to the USA since I was a kid. I always said that I would come when I was 18, although it took me a few more years.
  4. I haven’t been home for almost 2 years. Thank you, Skype, for existing!
  5. When I was a kid I barely watched TV, but I read a lot. I discovered the Disney stories not through the movies, but through the books.
  6. When I went to college I always had to study from clean notes. I would sometimes copy my notes 2-3 times to make sure that they were clean (hello, OCD! LOL)
  7. I am not a party person. Many times I just prefer to stay home or go to a bar where you can actually have a conversation. And I feel like I can’t stay up until that late anymore.
  8. I am not a morning person, but I’m slowly trying to be better at that.
  9. My wedding was a reaaaaaaaally intimate celebration. It was cute, although many important people were missing.
  10. I love to drive.
  11. I am an easy person to give gifts to. Just bring me some chocolates and a teddy bear and I’ll be happy haha

 

Questions from AwesomeLife1980

  1. Do you collect anything?  If so, what? The only think I collect is postcards, maps and that kind of stuff from places that I’ve gone to. In a few months I hope I can get some nice boxes to organize everything nicely.
  2. If you want a(nother) baby, what will their name be? A few years ago I thought of the name Chloé and I really love it, but my husband and I still have to talk about that haha
  3. Best of 2015? Getting married to my husband
  4. Worst of 2015? Not being able to travel home
  5. How many pairs of tennies do you have? Actually, just one.
  6. Where do you want to be in 2 years? I want to have started a family, have financial stability and being able to travel.
  7. What is your profession?  Is it what you want? I have 2 Master’s degrees on Hotel Management and I’ve worked for a few years in hotels, but right now I’m looking for other things. Let’s see what the future holds.
  8. Do you brush your teeth every day? Yup, yup!
  9. What is your favorite family tradition? Just getting all together during Christmas Holidays and eat, laugh and be happy.
  10. If you could start a new holiday tradition, what would it be? To be honest, I have no idea. Time will say!
  11. Do you know what your real hair color is? Brown

 

Now 11 questions for you!

  1. Where does your blog name come from?
  2. When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  3. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  4. What’s your favorite holiday?
  5. How many languages do you speak and how did you learn them?
  6. What phone do you have?
  7. Do you have any tattoos and what are they?
  8. What’s your favorite place in the world?
  9. If you had a super power, what would it be?
  10. Where you named after anyone in particular?
  11. Main goal for 2016?

 

Shame on me, I could only think about two blogs with less than 200 followers (I guess I follow more popular bloggers? Mmm…). In any case, I nominate anyone and everyone that wants to answer these questions. And if you, reading this, have a blog, big or small, please leave the link in the comments below so I can take a look! 🙂

liebster2

 

 

601 days ago…

In the beginning of 2012, due to an important and unexpected (kind of) change in my life, I decided that I was going to leave Spain and go somewhere else. Around that time I got a job (after so many months of search, I was so excited I could have cried) and for the next year I focused on finishing my master’s degree so I could actually go wherever I wanted.

601 Days Ago...

When 2013 came I decided that I wasn’t going to wait anymore and started to do look for the information that I needed, while I was determined to finish the master that spring.

After a little of research I decided that I was going to try to go to Australia, and if that didn’t work, I would try to come to the States. I fell in love with Brisbane and I could already see myself lying in the beach of the Gold Coast and living in that amazing city, and I didn’t really care (or thought that much) about how far I was going to be from my family and friends.

Where I was, where I ended up. Atlanta - Brisbane

When I did a little more research and found some stories of different people having done that, I understood that it was going to be difficult to get the required visa, as Spain didn’t have the Working Holiday Visa with Australia and getting a work visa was going to be mission impossible, to say the least. Of course, a few months after I got to the US they sign the deal for that visa… although I can’t say that I regret coming here!

Many young (and not that young) people were choosing a student visa, which allows you to work part time while going to classes. Some of them chose English courses, but you could choose other things too. It was very interesting to me, but it was way more expensive than I thought and I didn’t have that kind of money (some guy did a quote of what he thought he would spend in the visa, the classes, living… and it was about €18,000 – $20,500).

Not gonna lie. That was a little harsh to accept. When you have in your mind everything planned (yeah, I’m a little dreamer here) and you can imagine yourself living in the new city it’s not easy to just erase all that and start from scratch.

On the other hand, since I was a kid I always wanted to come live to the US, as I thought it was really cool (as seen in movies) so I started again all the process, now focus on how to get a visa to come to the US.

Atlanta from Piedmont Park

I read a lot of blogs, websites and forums on people that had come to work here. Not wanting to spend my money on (super) expensive classes I was focused on finding tips on how to get a job. Just in case you don’t know, it’s freaking difficult. Fortunately, while sending my CV to a bunch of companies and receiving (sometimes) rejection emails, I sent yet another CV for an offer in Chicago.

I don’t think I’ll be able to forget that moment. I sent the email, then I went to take a nap. When I woke up I checked my email and I had an answer, it was a company from the Netherlands that brings people to work in the US. I was the happiest girl just because of the chance to talk with them!

The first offer was to work in a hotel in New Orleans, starting in October. Unfortunately, as I was missing some paperwork I couldn’t fit that date, so they offered me Atlanta instead, starting January 2014.

Now I remember the process a little in a blurry. I was more than happy that they took care of all the paperwork and they told me everything that I needed to do, because bureaucracy can make anyone scream.

Downtown and Midtown Atlanta from Georgia Tech

So 601 days ago around 9pm I landed in Atlanta with a couple of suitcases full of clothes, hopes, dreams and fears. I remember waking up the next morning and thinking if I was crazy for doing this. I knew English, but I couldn’t understand people sometimes when they were talking to me and, what’s worst, I didn’t seem to be able to put a couple of words together and make a simple phrase.

Beginnings are tough, but I met some amazing people that made the transition way easier and helped me a lot during the following weeks. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Are you thinking of going to live to another city, state, country or even continent? I would 100% recommend you to do it. If you do and it’s all you expected (or more), you will live amazing experiences. If you don’t like it you can always come back or go somewhere else. But if you don’t go because you’re scared to do so you might regret it your whole life. Which option do you choose?