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.

 

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! 🙂

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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?

First Time Tag

First Time Tag

I was just going through the YouTube channels that I’m subscribed to and I saw Jazmine Garcia’s first time tag video. It’s an idea that I’ve had in my mind for a while, so I just took a pen and wrote down some ideas (aka all the questions) that she was asked. If you want to know anything else, just let me know in the comments and I’ll answer it!

So… let’s get to it!

  • First tweet

Here you can see how original I am… LOL It was on 2009/09/11 at 11:44am and it said “lalala”. I guess I was trying it to be like a test tweet or something haha

  • First person you subscribed to on YouTube

No idea. But I guess it was Zoella… I didn’t really subscribed to anyone until recently, just because I wasn’t using YouTube as I could have been.

  • First Facebook profile picture

Absolutely no clue. *Goes to check* Apparently I was into Tinkerbell at that time. I have to say I didn’t like Facebook in the beginning and it took me some time to actually use it. I uploaded that picture on February 2012. I think I had some other picture before that, but if it included my ex… Well, those pictures are not there anymore.

  • Do you still talk with your first love?

Not really. I have spoken with him a couple of times, but just that.

  • First alcoholic drink

I think it was Malibu + pineapple juice.

  • First job

It was in a retail clothing shop, for 6 months. I learnt a lot and it wasn’t bad.

  • First car

I was using my mom’s car for a while, a Kia Rio, but when I was 21 I wanted my own, so I bought a pretty old Renault Clio. It was almost 12 years old, but I had an accident and I crashed it. It didn’t last me even a month. I had to go back to using my mom’s car for a while, and then she got another one so we didn’t have to share (weird work schedules).

First car - Renault Clio

  • First person that texted you today

My mom sent me a message around 6am EST, when they got to the airport (I’m writing this on Tuesday).

  • First grade teacher

She was a b… not a nice woman called Ana García, I believe. She was pretty mean sometimes and used to hit some kids. Yeah… She hit me once. Not nice, lady!

  • First place you went by plane

I flew Madrid-Barcelona for a project with a classmate. It was in 2011, I believe.

  • First best friend. Do you still talk?

Her name was Tania and no, we haven’t talked in more than 10 years.

  • First sleepover

I don’t even remember! Besides family, I guess it was a birthday party of one of my friends. Not sure if I was still in school or I was already in high school.

  • First thing you did this morning

Go to the bathroom! Haha and then go have breakfast.

  • First concert you went to

Backstreet Boys! That’s the first one that I paid for, at least! Before that, Jarabe de Palo (Spanish group) gave a concert in the beach in Laredo (Spain), and I went. Maybe some others too, but can’t remember.

  • First broken bone

I’ve never broken any bones. I broke two teeth when I was 11, though…

  • First piercing

I pierced my ears on my 12th birthday (the regular piercings)

  • First foreign country you went to

France. I’ve been several times and I lived there for 5 months in 2008-2009

First Time France

  • First movie

No idea. Maybe some Disney movie?

  • First detention

I’ve never been detained.

  • First roommate

That would have to be my sister. We shared room until I was like 16, when my family moved from a 300,000 people city to a town with only 1,000 people… Yeah, that was hard for me.

  • If one of your wishes was to become true, what would it be?

My mission in this life is to be happy, so that would be my wish!

  • First sport you played

When I was little I wasn’t a fan of sports, actually. I started doing aerobic when I went to high school, though, and I really loved it!

  • First thing you do when you get home

Take off my shoes! I love walking barefoot at home.

  • First kiss

It was at school when I was like 10. We were playing a game, and later that boy became my “boyfriend” for a couple of weeks or so haha.

And that’s it for today! Again, if you have any question or you want to know anything that I didn’t mention, just leave it below so I can answer!

12 random facts about me

I’ve been thinking of doing a “things about me” kind of post for a little while and today I decided not to postpone it anymore. There it goes! If you want to add another question, please let me know in the comments below! 🙂

12 Random Facts About Me

  1. Were you named after anyone?

Not that I know… My mom heard my name somewhere and she liked it! I’m pretty happy that I’m not a “Carlota”, though. She liked that one too…

  1. Do you like your handwriting?

It depends on the day, but yeah, pretty much.

  1. Do you use sarcasm a lot?

Yup yup…

  1. Favorite cereal?

I like Reese’s a lot. I love peanut butter and chocolate, so imagine the two of them together… yummy!

  1. What is the last thing you ate?

Two toasts with butter + jam / cream cheese + jam and a coffee.

  1. Favorite smells?

Sea. Chocolate. Recently baked bread.

  1. Last person you talked to on the phone?

I called Comcast, but I’ve been talking all morning with family and friends in whatsapp (groups).

  1. Hair color?

Brown

  1. TV or laptop?

That would be laptop. I haven’t watched TV in a long time. I just watch all my TV shows and movies online and I can use Chromcast to send it to the TV so I have a big screen 🙂

  1. Tattoos?

A couple on project.

  1. Cats or dogs?

I’ve been living with both (at the same time) for years at my parents’. In a couple of years I hope I can have pets again!

  1. Do you speak any other language?

Yep. Spanish is my mother tongue. I speak French too (I’m kind of forgetting it, though) and I spend the whole day speaking English. I can understand most Portuguese and some Italian too. And I have to start working on my Bulgarian…