Two years ago, I spent three and half months in Central America. This was the time between closing my West Coast BC chapter to move home and start a new chapter here in Ontario.
On my bucket list at that time was to learn Spanish.
I will preface my interest in learning Spanish with the fact that part of my heart is in Costa Rica. I fell in love with that country on a backpacking trip with my best friend Jenny in April 2008. I have been back around 4 or 5 times since then with the last time being for a couple months. The first time I was there I told myself "you will be back and you're going to be speaking Spanish with these amazing people."
SO, four years later there were some big changes in my life. I was finished my schooling and was officially a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and I was moving across the country. I somehow knew deep down that this would one day happen where I would be between careers. I had said to myself 5 years prior when I became a Securities Paralegal, that when this day came I would take time for me to do something I had always wanted.
That time came and I knew exactly what it was! I did the research on the top places to learn authentic Spanish and aside from Columbia being number one, Guatemala was way up there in the rankings. I took it upon myself to live with a family in San Pedro la Laguna, Guatemala and attend a Spanish school for four hours a day to learn. I spent six weeks there doing just that until my brain was on Spanish overload.
After I was finished going to school there, I could definitely speak well enough that the locals understood me and if they spoke slow enough I understood them. It was pretty freakin’ neat to be speaking the language of the country I fell so head over heels with.
What is even cooler is that I just met a woman in a group I meet with that is married to a man from Ecuador. She is Canadian, speaks Spanish fluently AND is now only speaking and writing to me in Spanish when we see each other and correspond on email. This is a dream come true for me because I had been looking for someone to do this with so I wouldn't lose all I had worked for! And she is rather awesome because she owns a company called Earth Treks where she leads trekking tours in Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands!
I would love nothing more than to be fluent in Spanish. Guess what is going on my next vision board and what I just put out to the big old Universe!!
So, the moral to this story is:
(1) Ask and you shall receive. If there is something you want, put it on out there. You will be amazed at what happens!
(2) It’s never too late to do something you have always wanted to do. Nuff said.
(3) You can do anything you put your mind to. Can I get an amen to that!
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