I am an introverted person. I also have so many anxieties. I am the type of person who will only do things because I had to or I needed to. I would never push myself to get out there! I am not brave enough. But because of life circumstances, I was forced to get out of my comfort zone. I made bold choices and decisions; for these choices and decisions I did things I thought I would never do, but I am glad I did.


1. Study in the United States
Who would have thought, right? It wasn’t just me who was surprised when suddenly I updated my Facebook profile that I am going to school in the US. Imagine a girl like me who cannot afford to go college and had to work as a tutor and a housekeeper after I graduated high school would end up studying at a university in the US; pretty surprising, huh?

If you want to know more how I ended up in the US, click here.

2. Spend a semester in France
I never thought I would be able to go to France for travel let alone study. My university here in the US has a Study Abroad Program, in which I participated! I went to Lille, France on January 1st of 2014 with two other students, Mikalah and Katie. I was there for four months. I took eight classes which are equivalent to four classes here in the US. Each class only last for five days. Yes. You read it right. We went to class discussions on Mondays to Thursdays and then took the final exam on Fridays. Can you imagine how much free time I had? I took advantage of the fact that I have so many free days, so I traveled on days and weeks that I do not have classes. It was fun!

3. Visit Europe twice
As I mentioned above, the first time I went in Europe was when I spent a semester there in 2014. The second time was last year in May of 2017 for nineteen days. I went there with my husband, Lolo Carl and his wife, mommy Barbara.

4. Buy a MacBook
This surprised me more than coming to the US. Hahaha. I never thought I would buy a MacBook. First, it’s expensive, and there’s no way I would spend that much on a laptop. Second, MacBook wasn’t my thing. And lastly, I love my Asus laptop, but it gave up on me!

5. Fall in love with cooking
Those people who know me well would tell you that I hate cooking more than anything else. But now I love trying new recipes.

6. Plant tulips
I know this is simple and maybe childish, but it’s a big deal for me. Since I saw tulips when I was Amsterdam, I fell in love with it. So when I came back to the US and got married, my husband and I planted some tulips. And they are pretty.

7. Drive a car
My home country, the Philippines, has reliable public transportation so I never thought I would need to learn to drive. When I arrived in the US for the first time, I thought I would have access to public transportation, but I thought wrong. I realized that subways and any other form of public transportation were only available in big cities like NYC.

8. Not get a job
As I have mentioned in my previous posts, I am currently managing a non-profit organization. To some of you, it might have seemed like a job, but for me, it is not. For me, a job is something you do for a pay regardless what it is; regardless if it is something you want to do or not. After getting my degree, I thought I would join the working society, and I would be getting a paycheck twice a month, but again, I thought wrong. I am glad I didn’t get a job though because I love what I am doing now.

9. Marry
Surprise??? I never thought I would get married. Getting married was never on my mind until I fell in love. I think it’s only right to blame it on love. Hahaha

10. Share these things in public
Who would have thought that I would share these things for the whole world to read? Honestly, I have no idea where I am getting this courage to be able to share these things with you. But wherever this courage is coming from, I am grateful. Because with this courage, you get to know more about me.

And I also would love to know more about you. Are there things that you thought you’d never do but you did? I would like to know, so feel free to leave them in the comments.

That’s all for now! Thank you for reading!

❀ Love, Rose ❀

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  1. Great list, sis! Bongga yung nakapag Europe twice pa! 😄 Mine would be traveling abroad. I’m the happiest whenever I remember that I finally had the chance to travel outside PH


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