I spent 2011 living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and traveling across South America. It had been a great year of learning experiences and fun adventures. I continue to joyfully dance through life, explore its possibilities, learn and grow from all kind of experiences, and aspire to be the best woman I can be.
While I was living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I volunteered in homeless shelters and children's centers. It felt great to be able to inspire, encourage children, with my compassion, sense of humor, a bit of positive discipline, and lots and lots of silliness and laughter. But the best part was getting many affectionate kisses and hugs in return.
I can be adventurous and spontaneous. Several times during the year 2011, I just grabbed my bag and hopped onto the next bus/boat out to a different city/country without any plans of where to stay or how long I would be there or where to go from there. All turned out to be amazing and fun adventures.
I am good at being positive in the worst situations. This is because of my endless experiences of positive (better) results due to "things went wrong". For example, I wouldn't have met new friends by hitchhiking if the bus had shown up on time (or at all, I wouldn't know =)). And one usually learns the most valuable life lessons during hardships. So I see obstacles and difficulties as great opportunities, and welcome them with a positive and optimistic attitude.
Once at Whole Food, I bought 2 sweaters together with the grocery, and the lady at the register charged only one of the sweaters. I realized when I reached home, and I drove back to pay for it. The manager gave me $25 certificate for my honesty. It felt good doing the right thing alone, not to mention the unexpected extra $25! Good things happen to me quite often and usually out of the blue just like that! =)
While I'm used to the finer things in life (flying first class, great restaurants, and nice hotels), I had the time of my life while staying in remote places (Lake Titicaca, Amazon Rainforest) where there's no tap water, electricity or any kind of modern comfort, but the simplicity of life. Throughout most of my trips in South America, I had great fun staying in cheap hostels or homes of the local people, eating authentic local food on the streets and in the markets, and traveling in local buses instead of taking taxis. I appreciate different experiences because they give me a better perspective of things in life. I enjoy and am grateful for the finer things, but they are not necessities for my happiness.
I believe I can always learn something from others, whether it is from a small child, or a lady who is selling drinks on the street. I smile a lot and am happy being who I am. Each and every day of my life is an adventure and a celebration in itself.
You would give up your seat for the elderly or pregnant women.
You are mature enough to expect problems in life, yet optimistic and confident in your own ability to overcome them.
You are proud of your past, because no matter what happened, you learned from it and came out stronger and smarter.
You set realistic yet ambitious short term and long term goals in life. And you have a plan on how to achieve them.
You are good at planning, whether it is for a date or a future.
You have a "can do" attitude, and see difficulties/obstacles as opportunities to learn and to grow, including conflicts in relationships.
You respect other people's feelings, beliefs and opinions, therefore you seek to understand, rather than to be right.
You are good and loyal to your friends and family.
You practice chivalry.
Every day it warms my heart to receive so many thoughtful emails with compliments and encouragement. While it is hard for me to reply to everyone, I'd like to say here to all who had taken the time to write me: Your emails put a smile to my face! Thank you very much! =)