New Year, Improved Me.

Well…its finally here. It’s the end of one year and beginning of another. This is the time where most people get the burst of energy to become dreamers and set goals, start the gym , start a new diet, change their hairstyle. It’s the time where everyone’s main line is “New year, New me”…. except for me. This new year I am saying “New Year, IMPROVED ME”, why? because in all reality I’m not going to change in some magnificent way where I will be unrecognizable. In reality, I will still be me, with my same dreams and maybe some new ones. My life is going to be fairly similar, so what I’ve decided to focus on is simply improving myself, bettering myself in every single aspect of life. Setting attainable goals and really trying to hit every single one, waking up every day being positive even on days where I don’t want to be.

This year has been a tough one, with a close friends passing, my grandfather being ill, trying to move up the latter at work and other personal stuff, I feel drained. So many ups and downs that I feel like I just went on the most loop filled roller-coaster there was. Besides all of the DOWNS of 2018 lets not forget to be thankful for all the UPs that 2018 brought me. I went to Jamaica with the Howard’s and had the best time of my life, worked out 6 days a week and was in the best shape (still am 💪🏽) , close friends got engaged, had many wine nights, danced a lot, made new friends and continued to smile and push through all the annoyances.

One thing that 2018 has taught me is to really cherish the time you have on earth. To spend time with family and the people you love the most, to really really enjoy life and not let anyone control or stop you from doing whatever it is that YOU WANT to do. We have one life.. ONE. Smile a lot, tell people how you feel, open up to people and talk, make new friends, dance, sing out loud, try something you’re afraid of, live this year and everyone after that to its fullest. We have one opportunity to make it the best and to make all of our dreams a reality. I challenge all of you to really push yourselves and really try hard to do what you love. I am leaving 2018 behind and entering 2019 with a positive mindset and a heart full of love.  Cheers to 2019 being the best year yet!!….. Until next time my friends.

Dream Big,

Vanessa Navarro

The Beginning.

It’s been a hot minute since I wrote anything. Life sometimes takes over and it’s been feeling  like the days just mesh together. Holiday season can be fun but also super stressful!

Anyways, I wanted to tell you my story. I feel like most of you know me or know of me but don’t know where I come from, my background etc.

Let’s start with my parents, my mother (Jessica) is from Lima, Peru and my Father (Angel) from Spain. My dad and his parents moved to Belgium when he was a baby so he pretty much grew up in Belgium while still visiting his family is Spain often. When my mother was about 20-21 she went to study abroad in Belgium. She has always been very adventurous, she loves learning about other cultures, languages and the history of other places. At a young age my parents met by a mutual friend out at a nightclub,  normal relationship stuff happened and they had me at 23. I am the first born.

I very vividly remember growing up in Belgium, going to school and taking the underground metro every morning with my mom or dad. In case you guys don’t know, people in Europe walk everywhere or have other forms of transportation and don’t use cars often, that may be different now but that’s how it was back then. My brother (Michel) was born in 94, he was the greatest gift a little girl could get because he was my very own living doll. Michel and I would go to camps together for the summer and do outdoor nature trips, normal kid stuff. I was very very close with my grandmother (Dad’s mom) and I would often spend my summers with her in a little amazing place in Spain called Candas (Look it up!) those were the best times I ever had. Life was so simple and so fun. Fast forward a couple years and my family decides it’s time to move to the U.S.A. My grandfather (Juan Jose – Mom’s Dad) gave us a call and pretty much said to all of his kids (4 of them: Juan, Jose, Javier, Jessica) time to get down here and find opportunity. My grandfather is the most hard working, selfless, genuine, kind, loving person I know. Because of him we have had endless of opportunities and the ability to live in the U.S. So in year 2000 we made the move. A little Belgian girl and boy with their parents and no knowledge of the culture or language of the U.S. moved and started school.

I recall how different I looked, how I always wore dresses and my hair was perfectly done, I remember how my style was so different from the American school girls (much more laid back). I remember how scared I was because I couldn’t communicate with anyone, I couldn’t speak English since my first language was French and second was Spanish. Eventually I started making friends even with the language barrier, I started getting acclimated to being here and living this new life. I am thankful for my teachers and ESOL for helping me and teaching me English. No one would ever know that I wasn’t born here because of them. My brother and I grew up and pretty much became two normal American kids, well just a little different because of our culture.

I truly think that my experience, my family’s experience moving from one country to the other made us so much stronger. It personally made me so much more sensitive to others. It taught me to be kind and be friends with everyone, it taught me that that dreams and opportunities are attainable, that when you do things the right way and take the right steps anything is possible. It take so much strength in every way to move, the things my family did, my grandfather, my parents did, was all for us. It’s to have a better life, to do the impossible and to live out our dreams. Its so important to be cultured and not discriminate and always help others. Just because someone is different than you doesn’t make them less of a person, you don’t know what they went through to be here today, you don’t know them so get to know them. Everyone deserves a chance to follow their dreams and go wherever they want in life.

I hope this post taught you something new, made you feel like you can relate to me more. Many people know me but not my story. As always, I appreciate the people who take the time to read my posts.
Until next time my friends.

Dream Big,
Vanessa Navarro

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