Are you as grateful as you portray?

Today, I started my first spanish class in Cuenca, Ecuador. It was so refreshing and relaxing that I couldn’t help but think about how life would be if I actually lived here for good. I instantly got this impeccable feeling about how good it feels becoming one with nature and with human nature.  It’s irreplaceable, like no other. South America is a joy. It is beautiful and unique in every way, which was more than obvious as soon as I set foot off of the plane.

It’s already day 6 and I’m cherishing each moment here as if I leave tomorrow because I know time’s significance in my growth. Each day is a gift so treat it like it’s golden.

It’s all coming together.

(Esto pasará tambien.)

Being in Ecuador for some time now, has taught me a lot already.

First thing: Altitude makes a big difference!

OMG, let me tell ya’ll something, now I know that I haven’t been working out in the states like I should’ve, but honestly I think even if I did, this altitude would still be a rude awakening. I literally could walk up one flight of stairs and then be out of breath and dehydrated before I reach the top. lol

It’s definitely something to get accustomed to.

In addition, my home here with my host family is very embracive. Cuencanos are very dependent on one another and have a hard time breaking from the learned culture.However, they show pride for being as calm as a people they are. As I observe every little thing that I’ve come across, the biggest thing I’ve realized is how well we have it in America.

We have it soooooooooooooooooo good.

We get things when we want, how we want it, who we want it with and so on and so forth. Just options on top of options are presented, and we don’t even realize it or we take it for granted or both. It’s crazy.

The fact that the opportunity for someone to be broke and homeless one day to then being a millionaire the next day, isn’t likely to happen in any other country but America says a lot!

I understand so much more and I’ve become a lot more aware and humble to the things I even THINK about complaining over, because nine times out of ten it’s not worth it. It’s usually never a matter of life or death like some people I see are dealing with daily.

Mind you: You are your thoughts.

I’m grateful for what I’m experiencing, so much so, that  you wouldn’t even comprehend without your personal exposure and experiences. The moments I’ve captured on camera and the stories I have to tell, could never justify the actual richness of the things I’ve seen. While you scroll through this post please think about how grateful you really are in comparison to how much you express it.

The little things matter most.

With that being said you know I promised you all some  unseen pictures of this pretty city, so here they go, enjoy!

Stay humbled.

Bless Up.

Pray Up.

Until next time!






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6 thoughts on “Are you as grateful as you portray?

  1. Yaaaas Chantelle! Continue to captivate your journey. To have this opportunity is such a blessing. Just imagine if our ungrateful generation got to experience what you are. This just makes me embrace life more. #YouDaBomb #LoveYou

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  2. *sigh of relief I’m so happy you’re enjoying this journey! This post is like a breath of fresh air. I was super excited/nervous when you left because I didn’t know what to expect and you’re so far away but it sounds like you and the city have embraced each other. God is covering you and controlling all aspects of your life, stay humble and keep working.


  3. Chantelle, I just stumbled upon your blog today and I am AMAZED by you! 🙂 And so proud….so so so proud! I knew that as a middle schooler you had such amazing potential and in ECUADOR no less, is inspiring! I am so overjoyed to see you doing SO well, loving life, and PRAISING GOD! Can’t wait to keep catching up on your adventures! Miss ya! Aimee Hickman (aka Miss Brown) 🙂


    1. Wow Hey Ms. Brown! Long time I’m so glad my blog caught your eye and I can’t wait for more stuff keep reading my post I’m writing a book ! I hope all is well❤️


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