What I’ve been up to
Well, my Spain plans are still underway. I’ve changed some things about them to hopefully make it into a reality.
1) The date that I’m aiming to leave is January 29, 2011. Before I wanted to be there in September. Then October. Then November. Since early November isn’t happening, the next best date is late January. Between Thanksgiving, Christmas, and my birthday (1/19), I think this is the next time I should go. I could go, in theory, in early January, but I don’t want to be freshly in the country right before my birthday. I wanted to already be there so I could have already made plans and have a fun Spanish birthday, but oh well. I plan on living in Spain during my birthday in I’m accepted into the language and culture assistant program, so I still have a chance to experience my birthday overseas.
2) Instead of living in a homestay and taking classes for 24 weeks, I plan on living with a Spaniard and cooking my own food and taking classes for 20 weeks. This will save me $4k, and if you compare my current plan with a homestay for 20 weeks, $3k. I don’t plan on eating $3k worth of food. Also, I’ve lost 30 pounds in the past few months on a unique diet that consists of me alternating between a high and low amount of calories. If I lived in homestay where someone cooked for me, I’d be wasting food by continuing my diet. Now no food will be wasted and money will be saved.
I’ve been doing a few things in the meantime, before Spain becomes a reality.
1) I’ve made my relationship with God a priority. Before, my thoughts and dreams were in Spain. I wasn’t ecstatic with life here- I don’t have any close IRL relationships (just a part of growing up, I guess), but I figured that wouldn’t matter because I’d be going abroad soon, so it really wasn’t important that I wasn’t happy with my non-immediate-familial relationships because I’d be consumed with life in Spain, learning Spanish, the culture, traveling, and meeting new people. When I realized that if I do make it to Spain, it won’t be for a while, it made me reflect on how empty my life felt. I decided that it felt empty because God wasn’t the priority in my life- Spain and my relationships were.
In addition to reading Christian books, my friend Maria I are going to TD Jakes “Women Thou Art Loosed” conference in October. Since I knew I wouldn’t be in Spain in October, I seized this opportunity to finally spend time with my friend and get closer to God. I’m excited for it.
2) I’ve decided to become a volunteer for IMAlive. IMAlive is the first online crisis counseling network, basically a suicide hotline of sorts via instant messenger. I feel that I’d have a lot to offer this organization, plus I’m very eloquent online. Plus, if I make it to Spain, I could volunteer when it’s late night in America, as I remember what it was like to need help at 2am. Also, it’s nice that I can volunteer on the couch in my pajamas.
~ by Revé on September 1, 2010.