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I’m desperate and unemployed

Hello, welcome back! Well, I know it’s been a while. Life has been… crazy, to say the least, and I’ve come here to share with you guys what’s been happening to me lately.

First, I’m unemployed and I’ve been trying to find a job that’ll allow me to keep going to college, but that proved to be a pain in the ass. So there’s that.  Then there is my country, that’s heading in the wrong direction and it’s very hard to find a job and keep it. Also, it’s very hard to survive with my savings because the prices are going through the roof!

Also, there’s this blog that I always keep in my mind and I always find myself trying to write something, but I have to be honest with you. Even writing this is proving to be the hardest thing on earth, I think I have a subtle case of writer’s block.

I’m trying to write, but I have to be honest, I find myself trying to write something and then leaving it as a draft because I think it needs a lot more to be published. I know I said I wasn’t going to be so hard on myself, but whatever those things on my drafts are, they are ANYTHING but publishable.

I’m trying to find a job, like ANY job, even as a writer or as a translator, but I guess I’m out of luck. I’ll keep looking, maybe I’ll get lucky soon enough. I really hope things look up anytime now. I’m trying to be optimistic about things but I have been feeling a little blue a depressed lately. It’s just that my actual situation is bringing me down. Luckily I have my boyfriend with me that offered to help me, but I don’t want that. I want to be able to pay for my own things, to earn my own money and I don’t want to owe anything to anyone.

Anyway, this is me, trying to let you guys know what I’ve been up to and that I’m still alive. I’ll try to keep you post it, maybe try to write something non-job-search related. But I can’t promise you anything.

Thank you so much for taking your time to read this. I really really appreciate it. Thank you so much for letting me be part of your life, at least from time to time. I would love to know, in the comment section down below if you’ve ever faced a situation like this in your past and what did you do to feel better when you thought that there was no way out of it? I love reading comments and I always try to answer them!

I hope I see you next time… bye!

 

Oh well, oh well. Look who rose back from the dead.

Hello everyone! I know it’s been ages since my last post, but I guess… I’m back? I love being a blogger and I love writing posts for you to read and to comment on but lately, I’ve been having a lot of issues and I couldn’t set myself to write something that will be “trendy” or “clickbaity” enough. And every time I wanted to write something I thought that as my “comeback post” it had to be something really good and as time went by whatever thing I was able to write wasn’t good enough.

Honestly, this year is building up to be a literal hell of non-stop to-do lists and tasks to do and I’m already considering to let go of some hobbies of mine, or at least put them on hiatus. And as I was thinking about all the things I will have to leave behind this year I came across the question about this blog.

Like I said before, I can’t keep this blog up as a professional blogger. Even though it hurts like hell (because I’ve put so much effort into it) I have to come to terms with not being able to go on. But I simply can’t with the idea of having to let go of it. So… I came to the conclusion that I’m going to keep writing but this blog it’s going to be a little bit more personal. It’s going to be my outlet and sadly I’m not going to put that much effort promoting it. I’ll try to write as much as I can, I’ll write about my day, my issues, college, science, work, house-keeping shit and such. I’ll try to be open with you, I’ll try to be honest and I’m going to be ME. I don’t know what this year has in store for me, but I can assure it’s going to be a pain in the ass. At least I guess it’s going to be entertaining.

So, if you think you want to keep following this blog because you consider this might be fun… be my guest! Welcome to my life, I hope you enjoy the ride. I’m pretty sure I’m going to cry a lot.

I hope you join me on this adventure! I consider feedback is love and it’s always welcomed.

See you next time… bye!

An open love letter to my boyfriend

Since my boyfriend and I have been together for five years and today it’s our 5-year anniversary,  I’m going to write an open letter to him. So, here it goes. Woah, I’m so nervous, I have never done this before…

Hi honey! I love you,

Love,

Me (a.k.a. your girlfriend)

Nah, just kidding, I tend to joke when I’m nervous, please don’t leave my blog! Keep reading!

Hi honey, I know this must be weird but I promise you that I won’t reveal anything or do anything to embarrass you. I love you so much and I’m pretty sure you already knew that, but I think that after five years a simple “I love you” just won’t cut it anymore. So that’s why I thought that writing you an open letter and letting everyone know how much I love you could be a pretty cool gift. It’s been 5 years since we started this awesome, beautiful relationship and a lot had happened to us. We changed a lot and we grew up together, we became stronger. We had to face a lot of bullshit and we had to learn a lot of awful things by ourselves. I’m not gonna lie to you, there were times where I thought that maybe you’ll get tired of me because everything that was happening to us was so intense and I was being a little extra and a little intense… but those awful things happening to us instead of coming between us, they came at us and we faced them as a team. It actually made us stronger.

Like I said, I know sometimes I can be a little extra, I can cry a little too much and I can feel a lot of stuff and react to it, but you figured me out. You learned to understand me like no one does. And I love you so much for that because I can finally be myself, I can be myself around you and I know that I won’t be judged and most of the time you’ll understand me. And feeling that way it’s something so amazing that I can’t even try to put into words; so thank you.

Being with you these past five years has been an amazing journey. The amount of love and understanding you give me pretty much every day is overwhelming. These past few years had been the happiest time of my life and I want you to know that.

Also, I’m so happy that YOU are my significant other because I couldn’t be any happier that it’s someone like you. Why? Because you are the best human being on the planet: you are kind, you are smart, and you are so funny and thoughtful. Also, you are so handsome, OMG don’t get me started on that one.

I love my relationship with you, I love the fact that we can be together and we can be ourselves. I love the fact that we share some interest but we don’t share all of them. I love that when I’m with you sometimes I feel like I’m by myself and I feel free. I love that you love me the way I am; with all my faults and imperfections. I love that you love how random I am, how I get passionate about things and how my eyes brighten up when I want to do something silly.

I love how much you love me and I love loving you. Because loving you is one of the best things I have ever experienced. I love how thoughtful you are, I love how we can talk about anything and still understand each other, even if we don’t agree. I love that you are not afraid of trying new things, I love how passionate you get about things you like and I love you. That’s it. I love you. I love all of you.

I only hope that our relationship keeps growing stronger as time passes. I want to keep experiencing new things in life with you by my side. Thank you for these past five years and for many, many more…

I love you so much.

Me.

Ok, that was intense guys. I wasn’t joking when I said I was a little extra and intense, see?

Anyway, I hope you guys liked how open and honest I was and I hope my boyfriend doesn’t leave me after I wrote a two-page public love letter to him. What was I thinking?

So guys, what do you think? Are you in a relationship? Would you ever write a public letter to your significant other?  What was your favorite anniversary gift to give? And to receive?

I would love to read all your comments so please leave me a comment in the comment section below. Also, if you are new to ITBC please feel free to check the rest of the blog out and also please subscribe to my blog or follow me on any of my social media listed on the left so you’ll be notified whenever I post new content on the blog.

Thank you so much for reading this, I really appreciate it!

-L.S.

 

 

Why did I start learning Japanese?

Ok, so today I wanted to share with you why I started learning Japanese a little over two years ago.

Here’s the thing, I love learning a new language and I love when I’m capable of understanding things in the same language they are written, like reading books in English that were originally written in English, reading books in Spanish that were originally written in Spanish an watching TV shows in English because they were made in the U.S. or England. Why? Because I think that there is a lot lost in translation when you are reading something that’s been translated. You are not listening or reading the original words that were meant to be there, you are listening to the words a translator used and most of the times, it’s not the same.  The jokes, they are not the same. There’s something special about a comedy, especially comedy, that it’s really funny in its own language but once it’s been translated… it’s not so funny anymore.

Well, this exact thing here is one of the reasons I wanted to learn Japanese, in order to be able to watch anime and read manga in Japanese, understanding the meaning of every word that’s supposed to be there.

Also, I like learning a lot about different cultures and I think that learning the language it’s a huge way to understand any culture. There is so much said (or not) with words, it’s such a key component of our life that if you are able to understand how people from a culture talk, you learn to know how they think.

For example, in languages like English or Spanish, words aren’t everything. There are a thousand ways to express things, let’s take sarcasm for example. Or here in Argentina, we tend to add so much meaning to the way we say things, you could say the same word twice but if you say it differently, it’s not the same. On the other hand, in languages like Japanese, words are EVERYTHING. It doesn’t matter how you sound while saying anything, the only thing that matters are the words you say.

But you might be asking, what does this have to do with the fact that I study Japanese? Well, I’ve always felt intrigued by the Japanese culture and I have always wanted to know more about it and what better way to understanding it than learning its language? Also, I would love to be able to watch anime or read manga in the same language it was created, without the help of translators. And last but not least? It’s actually really cool, I can read it and I can write it. I like learning languages, I speak English and Spanish fluently and I know a little bit of French and now I’m learning Japanese, which I think it’s pretty cool.

So, these are the reasons as to why I think learning a new language it’s really cool and interesting and why I choose Japanese.

So I would love for you to tell me: What languages do you speak? Do you want to learn another language? Do you think that learning a language it’s a key part of understanding that country’s culture? I would love to know what you think about this topic, so please let me know in the comment section below!  Also, if this is the first time you are reading ITBC please feel free to check the rest of the blog out and subscribe or follow me on any of my social media so you can be notified whenever there is an update on the blog.

I hope I see you next time… bye!

-L.S.

Spring is here!

No, I’m not wrong, spring has just begun here where I live (in Buenos Aires, Argentina) and even though it started a couple weeks ago I still wanted to ramble a little bit about how much I love spring. So here we go:

Spring is here and I couldn’t be any happier! I love spring, is my favorite season ever.

I don’t know what it is, and I’m going to write this even though I’ll probably sound crazy and cheesy, but beside allergies (I am VERY allergic to a lot of stuff), every time this season starts, love and happiness are in the air! I wake up happy because when I wake up in the morning, the sun is already up! It’s not too cold but also it’s not too hot. There is a nice breeze and everything you’ll need for the rest of the day is a nice hoodie and you’ll be good to go.

I can feel like almost every animal is happier, the birds chirp louder and everything looks so alive. The air smells so cozy and warm. I can’t even try to describe it. And maybe I like spring because it seems like the beginning of the Swan Song of the year. You start to feel like the year is coming to an end and to me it means that I’m closer to achieving my goals, which makes me so happy. Also, it means we are getting closer to my favorite holiday (Christmas) and that makes me so excited!! OMG, I love Christmas so much.

I have a lot of fond memories during springtime, when I think about previous years I remember that I was happy at this time of the year. Also, I started dating the love of my life five years ago around this time. And a lot of TV shows are returning and beginning and that’s always good news!

So I guess you could say that I have a million reasons to love spring but I have to say that I really don’t know what it is but the minute I start smelling spring in the air and the weather starts to feel a little warmer something clicks in me and I feel really happy.

I don’t really know why but I wanted to write about how happy spring makes me. I know it sounds weird and pointless but with so many awful things happening on the Earth right now it’s nice to think and write about things we like and things we love; it makes the world feel a little bit warmer.

Ok, my “I love spring” show is over, how do you feel about springtime? Do you like it? Do you have that same feeling about a season?  Which is your favorite season?  I would love to read your answers in the comment section! If this is your first time visiting Ideas That Build Cities please feel free to check the rest of the blog out and subscribe so you’ll be notified when I write something new! And if you don’t like giving away your email address that’s ok, you can follow me on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter, where you’ll be able to see whenever I post new content.

Anyway, I hope I see you next time…bye!

-L.S.

 

I’M BACK! Did you miss me?

Hello! I know, I know, it’s been a while… again. Yes, again. Actually, I’m getting pretty tired of having to write these same things every time I’m out of business for a while. But what can I do, I guess I’ll have to try to be consistent with my writing. I guess I could try that.

I know I haven’t been posting a lot this month; it’s just that I’ve been going through a lot of changes and a lot of new things.

Besides from being a Biology student, getting my masters and living by myself; I have also gotten an internship in a laboratory and I’ve had surgery on my left hand. All those things are making it hard to adjust and I’ve fallen behind schedule.

I’m trying to have a schedule up for October, but I can´t promise anything.

I’m going to try to make it up to you by answering  10 questions about myself that I found interesting, so I hope you like it and you get to know me a little bit more.

  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?

I guess I would write some more, I would use the time to work on my blog. I would also finish that online course I’m taking on web development. And I guess I should use that time to study for college, but I’m too tired of that.

  • What hobby would you get into if time and money weren’t an issue?

I’ll have to say scuba diving. I did it once and I loved it, I would like it to be a hobby.

  • What fictional place would you most like to go?

Oh, this is a good one. I would probably be killed by a monster or die from a bacterial infection but I would love to go to the Sengoku Jidai from Inuyasha.

  • What job would you be terrible at?

Mmmm… I guess I would be a terrible surgeon. I mean I almost fainted when I had to cut a dead frog open, so cutting a living human being? No thank you.  I would be fainting all the time!

  • If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance of winning a medal for?

Being organized and achieving a lot of stuff on a day. Also probably binge-watching a lot of TV shows and remembering little details and characters’ names.

  • What job do you think you would be really good at?

I’ll guess I would be a really good wedding planner. But I’ll be so stressed and I wouldn’t want to deal with crazy brides so… no, thank you.

  • What are some small things that make your day better?

A perfect weather, waking up next to my boyfriend and having some extra time to talk a little, cuddling with my cats… all those sorts of things.

  • When people come to you for help what do they usually want help with?

Relationship issues.  Personal issues. I’m the type of girl you come to when you need help figuring something out. I’ll listen to you and we’ll talk a lot until you feel better.

  • What’s something you like to do the old-fashioned way?

Making a to-do list. As I wrote in my previous post (here) I like to write things down, I don’t like using apps to keep track of all the things I have to do. I need to write them down and cross them out once I’ve done them.

  • What are you most looking forward in the next ten years?

To everything changing. Everything is going to change and I can’t wait for that to happen. Maybe I’ll be living in a different country… I don’t know, but I guess you could say I’m ready.

Anyway, I guess that’s all for now. Did you like it? Do you want me to answer some more questions about myself? If so let me know in the comment section below! Anyway, like I said before I can’t promise you anything about being on schedule and I think I’ve lost all credibility but all I can say is that I’m going to try it. Thank you so much for reading this post, if this is your first time visiting be sure to check the rest of the blog out and subscribe so you’ll get an e-mail every time there is new content on ITBC!

See you next time… bye!

-L.S.

 

I don’t know what I’m doing

I don’t know what I’m doing. Honestly, I don’t. Writing this blog is something hard for me and there are several reasons as to why.  English is not my first language. Spanish is, but somehow I feel more comfortable writing in English than writing in Spanish. I’ve carried out a few blogs in Spanish, but I don’t know, they didn’t feel right. But that being said, writing in English is so hard for me and I tend to make mistakes while writing and I am afraid that those mistakes are going to cost me readers. But anyway, I wanted to take that chance.

Secondly, this blog is my baby. My project that I’m working really hard on and I refuse to let it go without a fight. I don’t have much money so it’s hard for me to spend money on my blog. I don’t live in the U.S. so it’s also hard for me to monetize my blog. But I also refuse to focus on all the negative aspects of my blog, I will push so I get the chance to make this blog work. I honestly don’t have a product to sell to you guys and I don’t have a niche:  I only have my feelings, my knowledge and my thoughts on certain topics that I would love for people to read.

And I also go to college. I’m about to get my masters in Biology and it’s so hard to keep up with posting and the social media. But here I am. Sometimes I would say that I am failing, but I’m doing everything I can to make this work.  I won’t stop writing. I know I have to keep going because even though I’m not seeing the light at the end of this dark and mysterious tunnel, the light exists. I’m going to see the light eventually if I keep going. This blog is going to make it.

Also, I’m getting surgery tomorrow. I have something on my left hand that needs to be fixed and that means I won’t be able to write for a while. That’s why I’m on a crazy marathon trying to write a billion posts so this blog won’t end up lost in the internet world.

I honestly don’t know what I’m doing but I know I’m doing everything in my power to make this blog work. Because I believe in Ideas That Build Cities and I believe in myself. I believe I’m capable of achieving great things and I won’t give up no matter how much it takes.

If you have ever felt like I feel right now, please let me know in the comment section below. I would love to read what you think about this. I hope to see you soon…. Bye!