Possible Life Planning with Friends!

I love life planning!  Dreaming is fun and it’s a big world.  I’d be happy doing many things and living in many different places.  The Bible says that we shouldn’t boast about tomorrow’s plans because we don’t know what will happen.  But I do have a lot of fun dreams and it’s important to have direction according to God’s will.

Everyone keeps asking me how long I’ll stay in Argentina.  I don’t know!  Idk if it will be forever or 6 months from now.  We’ll see what God says! 😀

I do know that my best friend and I have been talking about living with each other for years.  We’re super fun and compatible and both Christians and have so many of the same life goals.  We want pets and we wanna live in San Luis Obispo when we grow up!  And we wanna live together!

She’s way more reliable at keeping plans than I am and I’m happy living in many different places.  We like to be free and do what we want to do.

In her words, “Be happy.  Be bold.  Live your life.”

photos: opesadvisors and tripadvisor respectively

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Spring Goals!

Next week, we’ll be celebrating Spring here in the Southern Hemisphere.  I do suggest living in the Southern Hemisphere to anyone someday! 🙂  I’ve found I’m lacking discipline as many of us do.  We feel great so we stop exercising, for example.  It’s odd that once we begin doing something, it makes us happy; but it’s the motivation to get up and do it that we fail to do.  They also say (Idk who they are), that when you’re sick of something, you should do the things that made you fall in love with it in the first place.

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I really want to be more consistent and structured in my life and I have some goals about how to do so.

Sleep– I need to be in bed between the hours of 12am-8am. It’s healthier sleeping and waking up at the same time everyday.

Exercise– I love my exercise class and my coach.  What I need to do is put the one foot in front of the other to get there LOL.

Personal Boundaries– OK, it’s gonna get negative but not all of life is positive.  If I don’t like you, you don’t get to be in my life.  I’m sick of being called “mean” because I ignore people who are creepy.  I don’t make boundaries nearly enough, I just talk about it constantly.  I need to start doing it.  What have I got to lose? The people who love me and are setting the same boundaries and won’t say I’m mean anyways.  Who you surround yourself by says a lot about you!

Work– In Buenos Aires no one takes anything regarding time or commitments seriously.  It’s way too easy to get undisciplined here with your schedule.  We’re always late and we change plans frequently.  I should try to stay on schedule as much as possible.

Church– Missionary life is hard, friends.  Not to sound selfish but I thought being a missionary would be more fun and joyful.  I knew it would be a lot of work, but still.  I am at times disrespected, given advice by people that have no life experience, argued with in another language, kicked out of my seat by late people in large groups because I was alone and on time- so I’m being punished (welcome to Argentina), ignored by people because everyone here pretends they never got their emails – which is called lying, I have to take like five Saturday all day long ministry classes, interviews (no I’m not being paid), and background checks; however, this is the best church I’ve ever been to.  There is some joy in it.  I don’t like going around saying I’m a missionary as I haven’t served yet (long story that I put in another blog), I face persecution, I sound like a hypocrite, and frankly spend more time apologizing for Christians than being one.  But, if you read the Bible, every missionary went through this.  And when you’re “stuck on Malta”, what are you going to do with it?  I’m going to make the best of my time here despite the fact that as of late, I’m now convinced I have no idea what the heck I’m doing here and if I was even called???!!

Speech– Ever see the T-shirt: I’m educated, classy, and I say f*ck a lot?  I need to embrace the word missionary and remove a lot of other words in English and Spanish out of my speech haha.

Phone– this one is tough.  I need to just check it once every morning to wake up by my alarm and see what classes my students have cancelled.  I’m going to do the 8, 12, 4, and 8 rule.  I’m checking it 4 times a day just to be sure I’m not ignoring anything important like an invitation from a friend to have a real conversation, or a work call or something.

Get new students and build my business– I reserved 9 hours a week for a school that didn’t end up filing their contract paperwork after a month.  It cost me a lot of time and money so now I have to rebuild my business students up and it’s doable but it will take me another month or so.  But I really do enjoy teaching business English anyways so I’m not too bent out of shape about it.

Positivity– I want to be more positive.  Even if it means saying less or nothing at all.  Because not all of life is positive but I want to focus on what is.

 

Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Pizza Kinda Week

I’ll start from the beginning.  Sunday I saw the movie La Cordillera with a couple students/friends and it was a really nice theatre.  I wanted to see a Spanish (Argentinian) movie.  This had great actors, great videography, great music, but the plot was kinda blah.  I enjoyed it anyways and had lovely company!

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Later on that evening I went to church.  They normally do rock music, which I love.  But this time they did something a little different with a violin.  They’re really awesome musicians.  I couldn’t upload the video unfortunately – they were spectacular!!  So I’ll just leave you with this large, blue picture!  😀

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Tuesday morning I got to meet a super fun student in the Fox Sports building downtown.  The architecture is really neat inside.  Outside is a bunch of old European architecture and inside looks like the future LOL.

Tuesday night I went to Williamsburger with friends.  Heisenburger was one of the only burgers I liked here until Williamsburger happened.  I’ll still be going to both as they’re both amazing!  The food is delicious and I like the ambiance as well.  There was a cool musical 5 second beer video but it was thwarted by WP wanting me to upgrade.  Fair enough hahahaha!  I won’t upgrade but I do love WP! 😉

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Wednesday I got to eat lunch with some other awesome folks and got invited to a Happy Hour next week in a popular bar in a ritzy hotel so I’ll let you know how that goes!!

Thursday I trained again.  I love the motivation I get from the team.  We had a nice, clear night in the park under the moon.

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Today I taught my students at their house, (the ones who took me to the movies above), and they cooked me these gourmet pizzas with spinach and onion, and eggplant and olives.  NOM!

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I didn’t know what to make for dinner so I defaulted to good ole hot dogs, potato chips, cookies, and beer!  I’ve been eating milanesas daily so I really needed a break.

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Tomorrow I do ministry training for the college group I’m starting to lead this month, so I’ll leave you with one last Bible verse.  If you can read it, you’re blessed.  Hahahaha!

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Wish List

It’s Christmas in August!  Just kidding- it is winter in South America but our Christmases are hot and weird and have no decorations.  Hahahaha!  Also, don’t shop in Argentina – ever.  Like we all leave the country to go shopping LOL.

I’m not a huge shopping buff.  I’m more of a Amazon type of person.  Lines, people, and parking scare me.  Black Friday is my definition of hell hahahaha.

But I must say that I have the itch to shop.  I won’t be since I’m still waiting on my work contract so I haven’t had as many classes so I’m a little broke at the moment.  But I appreciate all the hell the school is going through with immigration to get me there 🙂  How exotic and exciting to be wanted so much!!!

That being said, when I get some money I’d like to do the following:

  1. Get some high waisted skinny jeans.  And maybe a crop top.  Idk if it’s just because I’m in Latin America (where it’s always in style or if it’s a trend up north now (as I haven’t been in the north in a year and a half), but the trend here is high waisted skinny jeans, crop tops, and three-striped Adidas.  (Sorry after 1999 when I was 14, I’m not revisiting the three stripe Adidas – but to each his own!)  😀  It’s great for others, but they’re all I wore for like 2 years of youngsterdom and I just cannot anymore.  I was also training like mad so I wanna wear those skinny jeans like it’s nobody’s business until I have babies one day or something!  Why hasn’t this been a thing the last 32 years of my life.  It only makes sense you see the upper stomach.  It always looks fit.  All those low wasted jeans when I was a teen were impossible.  Even Britney was trying to eat cheese fries for breakfast back in the day.  OMG the pressure of LA!
  2. Jessica Simpson hair.  I wish I could find a picture of myself back in 2006 with the flipped out blonde, long layers, but I cannot.  But I’m determined to bring it back once my hair grows past my shoulders.  I can’t promise I’ll do the whole extensions thing as they get literally hot and heavy and expensive.  But I will rock that butter blonde and those layers again if it’s the last thing I do!  I have been thinking about this a lot lately and I got highlights last month but they just don’t keep in the winter with no sun.  I’m at a bob length right now too so I’m thinking while it grows, something like the following.

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  3. A vacation!  I have been in serious beach/mountain/anything that’s not a building withdrawal!  I have been talking to a girlfriend in the US about meeting me in Cartagena, Colombia and going to nearby islands.  It’s a popular tourist destination for upscale Argentina and I’ve had many recommendations. The thing is, in the summer the tickets are twice as expensive and I’ll be pressed to save with the present school situation.  I am optimistic though, because (not this), but the next summer, the school should pay me over the summer so I’m definitely vacating the year after!

    Cartagena above.  San Andres Island below.

 

Mellow Week

I had a pretty mellow week last week as the upcoming ones will be busier.  Next weekend my friends are playing a show so all of us bought our tickets and uploaded our photos to their band page lol.

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During the week I snapped this shot of the Floralis Generica.  You can read the story about it here.  It opens and closes certain hours and lights up at night in the park.  The story about the engineer who designed it is interesting too.  I’ll have to take some day shots so you can see the difference next time.  But they’re on the website attached.

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Mid week I got a craving for some American food and live music so I went over to the Hard Rock.  I love the decor and the music.  The food wasn’t that great really.  But they do have 2 for 1 happy hour specials so it’s a great place to get a drink and a seat if you want to listen to music in a cool atmosphere.

On the way I found a random rock band playing in the cultural center nearby.

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Then last weekend we had a small group amongst friends with our church with a bunch of snacks.  It was a great night getting to know each other better.

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XOXO, Kristin ❤

 

Freedom!

Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 10.21.17 AM.pngAs I get older I become a lot more selective my friendships/relationships/who I choose to share my information with.  Who you surround yourself by says a lot about you.  The most important decision you make in life will be your relationships.  They’re important to God and they’re important to me.  After living all over the US and now the world, traveling alone, working as a single woman, being in certain situations, I’ve learned to say, “I’m not interested.”  It isn’t rude.  What is rude is hitting on the only attractive, single girl in the room, forcing people to discuss their personal life when it’s none of their business, begging for money, phone numbers, facebooks, using your power as a cabbie or waiter so girls are afraid you’re going to dump them in the wrong part of the city or spit in our food if we don’t answer your questions, getting called a bitch/slut/or worse because we don’t want you, etc.  The worst is when I’ve had girlfriends that say, “You’re mean.”  Please behave like a sister.  I’m no longer friends with any of those people.  Freedom is when you can be honest.  I even had a female boss lower my pay and have several people accuse me of having an attitude problem when I wouldn’t continue entertaining their male clients who hit on me or worse (when I slightly and reluctantly expressed my very obvious discomfort – so often the nice girl who’s pretty is used as bait), which is sexual harassment.  Good thing for glassdoor; you can avoid a lawsuit you may not win and still warn future women and PROTECT YOUR SISTERS.  I don’t care who doesn’t like it – it means they aren’t your place; including your school, your job, your church.  People need to respect your feelings and your boundaries and if they don’t, move on.  I used to have my facebook on super private or fake name or didn’t have one at all because it was flooded with creepy guys bothering me at all hours of the day.  That hasn’t changed but I’m not going to live in a social prison because of other people anymore.  I deserve to enjoy my life although some people have to ruin whatever is beautiful.  Sorry for such a heavy post but not everything in life is positive.  Also people who need to follow this will just ignore it / fight it anyways.  We can’t change creepy, intrusive people but we can learn how to protect our sisters.  Freedom = saying, “I’m not interested.”

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Things That Make Me Happy

  1. Church – I really like going there, figuring out what my mission is, meeting nice people, and finding my face on the front of church bulletins in Spanish (my life dream) LOL.  I’m praying about what area I should be teaching in and hopefully I’ll have updates for you soon!
  2. Teaching – I have changed my profession and I’m blessed to be doing my spiritual gift as my vocation!  I really enjoy encouraging others and spending my time with wonderful people.  These are only some of my super awesome students that give me all the tips about Buenos Aires.  And some other students in another company made me the coffee below.  They’re always kind of enough to keep me well fueled! A professor on coffee is a happy professor! 😀  You can still make money and be responsible doing what you love to do even if you think it’s never possible.  I’ll probably touch more on this subject in another post later.
  3. Argentina – I really feel more comfortable here than I do in the USA.  That car with the weird thing on the top photo bombed my shot of La Casa Rosada LOL.  Our “Pink House” is like the “White House.”  I work near it and the funny thing is I’ve never seen US capital building or the US Obelisk but I do everyday here.  Whenever I go walking all over this city on a sunny day,  I think, this is amazing.  How is it that I got to go live in another country?  Because I asked God everyday to use me.  Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 10.56.45 PM.png
  4. My awesome exercise team!  They’re the reason I go.  We have a wonderful coach and participants!  What attractive people we have below… 🙂Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 10.48.51 PM.png
  5. A pizza and wine is my life!!!!  Like whenever I’m doing anything that doesn’t require coffee I’m like, I wish I had a pizza and wine right now.  We have really, really good pizza here and absolutely exquisite wine.  And it’s cheap!Screen Shot 2017-08-08 at 11.04.41 PM.png
  6. Blogging!  I love blogging.  I love the people.  And even when I’m not blogging I’m keeping up with others’ blogs and building relationships with other cool girls on WP.  I love the WP community.  They fill me with joy 🙂

Breaktime Post!

I’ve been going going going this morning and I finally can get a break in!  The last few days I got the leave the house bug so I’ve been super active.  And I’ve eaten as many things as possible 🙂

There’s an outdoor market in Recoleta so I went on Sunday and took a walk.  It was a bit early for them to be selling street food so I had a cheddar dog in Dean and Dennys.  I’ve tried a few things there and really it isn’t the best food but I was glad to have anything with nacho cheese on it!

Later that day I made oatmeal banana pancakes.

1 smashed banana
add 1 egg and mix
add oatmeal to desired thickness and mix

That’s it!  It’s enough to feed one as a meal.  A one banana to one egg ratio.

Monday night I got the itch for a drink so I went out for caipiroska mayacuyá with a couple new friends from church.  We went to this fun, decorative Mexican place called Lupita’s that had fun, Mexican rock and good service.

Thanks for stopping by and talk to you soon! ❤

Parque Tres de Febrero and The Food Festival

Saturday I went to the park as we finally had some sun.  It was gorgeous.  The lonely sticks you see in the last photos are rose bushes.  In the warmer months the park has a Rosedal and I’ll take more pictures then.  There’s a lake with geese and swan and a big roundabout where people go roller blading and play roller hockey.  Even with colored neon lights on their skates at night.  I took a roller blading class when I first arrived.  People here are really big on group activities and hobbies.  Yesterday I just took a walk though.Screen Shot 2017-08-06 at 10.12.44 AM.png

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At night I went to church and met a college student who just got here so I took her to the Food Fest in La Rural.  La Rural is a venue where they have different activities and events like the book fair and the Bodies Exhibition last year.  Last night was a bunch of food trucks and it was inside.  I didn’t go a couple weeks ago because it was raining but I didn’t know the trucks drove in!

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Yes that is a giant Jenga above.  Patagonia beer really knows how to throw a party.  I didn’t play this time.  Next time I see an opportunity I’m gonna take it!

I got a bacon cheeseburger and batata chips.  NOM!

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