Archive | October, 2011

Day 20

31 Oct

Happy Halloween!! I hope you all (back in America) are having a great time dressing up and celebrating with all of your friends!! Eat some good candy for me since they don’t really celebrate Halloween here!!

Anyway, today’s photo challenge is:

A picture of somewhere you’d love to travel

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Perhaps it’s because I’ve never been to the southern hemisphere before, but I’ve had this wanderlust to travel to Brazil ever since I got back from my Semester at Sea trip. I am hoping that Joachim and I will make it down there for the 2014 World Cup and be able to watch the U.S. or Sweden play! I would also love to make my way outside of the city and discover all the other beautiful attractions that Brazil has to offer.

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A few things to discuss!

31 Oct

First of all, it’s this pretty lady’s birthday today…!

Yes, that’s my one and only sister, Lindsay, and she is turning 26 today! I am so lucky that I have her to look up to and always count on 🙂 Happy Birthday, Lindsay! I have a good feeling that this time next year you’ll have so many new and exciting things that will have happened to you during your 26th year!

 

Another important topic I would like to discuss is….THE ST.LOUIS CARDINAL’S ARE THE WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS!!

I am proud to say that I stayed up for 24 hours Friday-Saturday to watch the Cardinals win the World Series. On Friday morning I was woken up by my ESPN app alerting me that the Cardinals tied Game 6 in the bottom of the 9th inning so I jumped out of bed and watched them win (in historic fashion) before I went to work. I knew that I couldn’t NOT see Game 7 so I stayed up from 2 a.m. (when the game started) until 6 a.m. Saturday morning to watch them clench the title. I can officially say that I may be the only one in Sweden who really understands what the Cardinals pulled off but I am SO happy that they won. They definitely deserved it after being 10 1/2 games out of the playoffs in August!! WAHOO!! GO CARDS!!

I will also post a photo challenge today, so come back to find out what it is!

 

Day 19

28 Oct

A picture of a letter (like a letter you receive in the mail)

This particular letter/birthday card was sent from my mom and dad for my birthday last June. It’s still a weird concept not spending my birthday with my family, but they still manage to make me feel special all the time. Cards and letters are a foreign object here in Sweden and I’ve actually talked to a few people at my job who think it’s weird that “we” (Americans) give people cards for basically anything that happens in your life. Personally, I think it’s a wonderful, heartfelt opportunity to show someone that you care and that you are thinking of them. So, if any of you would like to send me a card I can always tell you my address 😉

Day 18

27 Oct

A picture of your biggest insecurity

I am really not the type of girl that get’s down on herself and can list a million insecurities. But, if I did have to pick ONE thing it would be my hands/fingernails are my biggest insecurity. I have very teeny nails and it doesn’t help that I don’t let them grow. I think it all started when I started playing sports and when I got nervous I would pick my nails. It’s just a habit that I haven’t been able to get rid. Thankfully, while I’m home (in Colorado),  I usually have acrylics on but since they’re so expensive here (we’re talking 100 bucks for a set) I’ve had to let them go au natural. So there, now you know 🙂

Regardless of my nails, I am so thankful that I grew up in a family that always complimented each other. I always hear about girls whose mom’s always told them they were fat or ugly or whatever and I can’t believe some people do that. My mom and dad always made it a point to tell my sister and I how beautiful we were and I think that’s why we have the confidence and self-assurance that we do.

 

Day 17

26 Oct

Today’s challenge is:

A picture of something that has made a huge impact on your life recently

 

 

I think moving 8,000 miles away to a new country where they speak a foreign language would make a huge impact on anyone. The question is, would it be a good or a bad impact? Thankfully, I have realized that taking a leap of faith and moving somewhere that I know absolutely nothing about has done a whole lot of good for at least figuring out something…and that is myself. Never before did I realize that shopping for groceries would involve translating what I needed before I left for the store. Never before did I realize that missing home means a whole lot more when getting home takes at least 20 hours and a few plane rides. Never before did I realize that America is a really great place to grow up (not that Sweden isn’t) and that I am truly proud to be an American. I am so thankful that my family and friends have supported me on this journey because without that extra push, who knows where I would be right now.

Day 16

25 Oct

Hello everyone! Today’s photo challenge reads:

A picture of someone who inspires you

This is my best friend Maggie. As many of you have probably read in previous posts, Maggie and I have been best friends since I moved up the street from her when we were 4/5. We were inseparable growing up. Whatever Maggie did, I did. Whatever I did, Maggie did and we never could imagine it any other way. What you don’t know is a little over a year after we took this picture, Maggie was diagnosed with breast cancer. At the ripe age of 23, Maggie’s doctor told her that the lump she found in her left breast was in fact, cancerous. What I witnessed over the last year was that Maggie didn’t let this whole cancer thing take over her life. Yes, there were days when she was sick and was tired but she never stopped living her normal life. I was so glad that I got to visit her in St.Louis last November when I was home from Sweden for a bit. It was so refreshing to me that even though Maggie had lost her hair and was going through chemo, we still acted like those same little girls who grew up on Arbor Meadow Ct.

Maggie- you inspire me to never take a single day for granted. That no matter what, I can get through whatever turmoil may be going on in my life. I am so proud of you and so honored to tell people about my 23-year-old best friend who is a breast cancer survivor. And even though we may be a million miles apart,  you will always be my best friend.

Day 15

24 Oct

The challenge for the day is :

A picture of something you want to do before you die

Visit the Seven New Wonders of the World (Created in 2007)

1. Machu Picchu, Peru

2. The Colisseum in Rome

3. Petra Jordan

4. Christ Redeemer, Brazil

5. The Great Wall of China

6. Chichen Itza, Mexico

7. The Taj Mahal, India

I am so lucky to have already been to three of the seven and I am pretty certain that I can complete the last four before I die. I think it’s so important to see the world and understand that it’s such a bigger place than just where you grew up. It’s a true blessing that we are able to have transportation that can get us anywhere we want to (for a cost) and I think everyone should take advantage of this. Hopefully I will still have this blog up and running by the time I see the rest of the places on the list 🙂 I’ll be sure to upload pics when I make it there!