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17 things that Change Forever when you Live Abroad

Exhilarating, comfortable, and affordable are just some of the ways expats describe their life in Asia. I recall leaving China for Malaysia back in 2013 – and before UK to China in 2012 –  I felt mixed feeling of excitement and fear of unknown.

Now, I look back and I know that squeezing my life into a suitcase and leaving our native Paris was the best decision that I could have possibly made. Because when you move away, when you turn your life into a journey filled with uncertainty, you grow up in unexpected ways.

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Categorie: Travel | www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com

You face new challenges, you get to know parts of you you didn’t know existed, you’re amazed at yourself and at the world. You learn, you broaden your horizons. You unlearn, and after coming down and embracing a few lessons, you start growing in humility. You evolve. You feel homesick… and you shape memories that will stay with you forever.

Today in OiB, I will use Angie Cartells original post published in Spanish in 2014 to convey the contradictions you experiment you live abroad. If you’ve ever lived away from home or embarked on a long journey, I’m sure you too have felt these 17 things that change forever when you live abroad.

1. ADRENALIN BECOMES PART OF YOUR LIFE.
From the moment you decide to move abroad, your life turns into a powerful mix of emotions – learning, improvising, dealing with the unexpected… All your senses sharpen up, and for a while the word “routine” is dismissed from your vocabulary to make space for an ever rising adrenalin thrill ride. New places, new habits, new challenges, new people. Starting anew should terrify you, but it’s unusually addictive.

2. BUT WHEN YOU GO BACK… EVERYTHING LOOKS THE SAME.
That’s why, when you get a few days off and fly back home, it strikes you how little everything has changed. Your life’s been changing at a non-stop pace, and you’re on holidays and ready to share all those anecdotes you’ve been piling up. But, at home, life’s the same as ever. Everyone keeps struggling with their daily chores, and it suddenly strikes you: life won’t stop for you.

3. YOU LACK THE (AND YET YOU HAVE TOO MANY) WORDS.
When someone asks you about your new life, you lack the right words to convey all you’re experiencing. Yet later, in the middle of a random conversation, something reminds you about ‘that time when’…, and you have to hold your tongue because you don’t want to overwhelm everyone with stories from your ‘other country’ and come across as pretentious.

Combining traveling with my quest for organic products and remedies. Box thicked!
Combining traveling with my quest for organic products and remedies. Box thicked!

4. YOU COME TO UNDERSTAND THAT COURAGE IS OVERRATED.
Lots of people will tell you how brave you are – they too would move abroad if they weren’t so scared. And you, even though you’ve been scared, too, know that courage makes up about 10% of life-changing decisions. The other 90% is purely about wanting it with all your heart. Do you want to do it, do you really feel like doing it? Then do it. From the moment we decide to jump, we’re no longer cowards nor courageous – whatever comes our way, we deal with it.

«It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.»

5. AND, SUDDENLY, YOU’RE FREE.
You’ve always been free, but freedom feels different now. Now that you’ve given up every comfort and made it work thousands of miles away from home… you feel like you’re capable of anything!

6. YOU NO LONGER SPEAK ONE PARTICULAR LANGUAGE.
Sometimes you unintentionally let a word from another language slip. Other times you can only think of a way of saying something… with that perfect word which, by the way, is in the wrong language. When you interact with a foreign language on a daily basis, you learn and unlearn at the same time. All the while you’re soaking up cultural references and swear words in your second language, you find yourself reading in your mother tongue so it won’t get rusty. Like that time when Homer took a home winemaking course and forgot how to drive.

Leaning to Love Ourself OrganicIsBeautiful
Leaning to Love Ourself OrganicIsBeautiful

7. YOU LEARN TO SAY GOODBYE… AND TO ENJOY YOURSELF.
You soon realize that now, most things and people in your life are just passing through, and you instinctively play down the importance of most situations. You perfect the right balance between bonding and letting go – a perpetual battle between nostalgia and pragmatism.

8. YOU HAVE TWO OF EVERYTHING.
Two SIM cards (one of them packed with phone numbers from all over the world), two library cards, two bank accounts… And two types of coins, which always end up mysteriously mixing when you’re about to pay for something.

9. NORMAL? WHAT’S NORMAL?
Living abroad, like traveling, makes you realise that ‘normal’ only means socially or culturally accepted. When you plunge into a different culture and a different society, your notion of normality soon falls apart. You learn there are other ways of doing things, and after a while, you too take to that habit you never thought you’d embrace. You also get to know yourself a little better, because you discover that some things you really believe in, while others are just a cultural heritage of the society you grew up in.

www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com | The things I love about Tokyo
www.OrganicIsBeautiful.com | The things I love about Tokyo

10. YOU BECOME A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN CITY.

That tourist trap you may not have visited in your country only adds up to the never-ending list of things to do in your new home, and you soon become quite the expert on your new city. But when someone comes over for a few days and asks for some suggestions, you find it really hard to recommend but a few things – if it were up to you, you’d recommend visiting everything!

I try to head home once a year, and each time, the same scenario happens: I succeed to get lost in the parisian metro, see myself checking and re-checking the metro map hoping to arrive on time when meeting friends.

You become a stranger in your own country !
You become a stranger in your own country !

11. YOU LEARN HOW TO BE PATIENT… AND HOW TO ASK FOR HELP.
When you live abroad, the simplest task can become a huge challenge. Processing paperwork, finding the right word, knowing which bus to take. There’s always moments of distress, but you’re soon filled with more patience than you ever knew you had in you, and accept that asking for help is not only inevitable, but also a very healthy habit.

12. TIME IS MEASURED IN TINY LITTLE MOMENTS.
It’s as if you were looking through the car window – everything moves really slowly at the back, in the distance, while in front of you life passes by at full speed. On the one hand, you receive news from home – birthdays you missed, people who left without you getting the chance to say goodbye one last time, celebrations you won’t be able to attend. On the other hand, in your new home life goes by at top speed. Time is so distorted now, that you learn how to measure it in tiny little moments, either a Skype call with your family and old friends or a pint with the new ones.

13. NOSTALGIA STRIKES WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT.
A food, a song, a smell. The smallest trifle can overwhelm you with homesickness. You miss those little things you never thought you’d miss, and you’d give anything to go back to that place, even if it were just for an instant. Or to share that feeling with someone who’d understand you…

14. BUT YOU KNOW IT’S NOT WHERE, BUT WHEN AND HOW.
Although deep down, you know you don’t miss a place, but a strange and magical conjunction of the right place, the right moment and the right people. That year when you traveled, when you shared your life with special ones, when you were so happy. There’s a tiny bit of who you were scattered among all the places you’ve lived in, but sometimes going back to that place is not enough to stop missing it.

15. YOU CHANGE.
I’m sure you’ve heard about life-changing trips. Well, they’re not a commonplace – living abroad is a trip that will profoundly change your life and who you are. It will shake up your roots, your certainties and your fears. Living in Edinburgh changed us forever in many ways, and if it weren’t for that experience, we probably wouldn’t be about to embark on our next life adventure right now. Maybe you won’t realise it, or even believe it, before you do it. But after some time, one day you’ll see it crystal clear. You’ve evolved, you’ve got scars, you’ve lived. You’ve changed.

Traveling never stops | OrganicIsBeautiful
Traveling never stops | OrganicIsBeautiful

16. YOU FIT YOUR HOME INTO A SUITCASE.
From the moment you squeeze your life into a suitcase (or, if you’re lucky with your airline, two), whatever you thought ‘home’ was doesn’t exist anymore. Almost anything you can touch can be replaced – wherever you travel, you’ll end up stockpiling new clothes, new books, new mugs. But there will come a day when you’ll suddenly feel at home in your new city. Home is the person traveling with you, the people you leave behind, the streets where your life takes place. Home is also the random stuff in your new flat, those things you’ll get rid of in the blink of an eye when the time to leave comes. Home is all those memories, all those long-distance calls with your family and friends, a bunch of pictures. Home is where the heart is.

17. AND… THERE’S NO TURNING BACK.
Now you know what it means to give up comfort, what starting from scratch and marveling at the world every day feels like. And it being such a huge, endless world… How could you choose not to keep traveling and discovering it?

Have you ever lived abroad? Is there anything you would add to this list? Drop us a comment and tell us about your experience!

Amanda

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DIY Natural Pre Shampoo and HOT treatment oil

Pre-poo is a vital step in your hair care regimen, and could be the key to beating dry hair and increase moisture and it’s something you shouldn’t skip if you like myself have highly softer hair.

Definition

Let’s start by the basic. What does pre-poo means?

Pre-poo=pre shampoo. Simple!

 Applying oils and/or conditioners to the hair before shampooing. Often times a heat source is used to allow the oils and/or conditioners to penetrate the hair and impart moisture.

It is great for natural dry, dull or damaged hair.

Overall, it is usually performed to help the hair maintain necessary moisture during the drying shampoo process.

Coconut | OrganicIsBeautiful
Coconut | OrganicIsBeautiful

Some people pre-poo with oils, conditioners, honey, or a combination. I like to pre-poo with a combination of olive oil and coconut oil or avocado oil. The benefits are undeniable!

TIPS: Can also be applied directly onto hair ends.

Say “ahhhh”…

After a pre-poo treatment you should notice soft hair ends shiny ones too. Your hair and scalp will be ever so grateful for helping restore some moisture and restorative oils that have been lacking. Making pre-poo a part of your regular routine will show great improvements to your hair’s texture and sheen.

Why I love it?

This technique will condition your strands before applying a shampoo which can dry your hair out. I personally like using oil, specifically coconut oil the day before my wash day. When I am short in time, I limit it to a 30min treatment.

Why coconut oil?

It’s no secret that coconut oil is a amazing oil for natural hair. It nourishes, conditions, repairs and provides shine to natural hair textures.

Coconut milks does everything that coconut oil does. The only difference is it’s milk and is much lighter for people do not enjoy their hair being too oily. It is a much lighter option from this viscous oily cousin, making it a more ideal detangle for the curliest hair types.

Coconut Oil | OrganicIsBeautiful
Coconut Oil | OrganicIsBeautiful

Thank you for reading,

Amanda

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[Citrus Serie] 8 reasons you want to drink lemon water in the morning

Did you know that lemons have more potassium than apples or grapes? This interesting fact is just one of the many reasons why drinking lemon juice every morning can impact your health.
Starting your day with lemon juice is an excellent way to boost vitality, increase energy and cleanse out your system.

Supports the immune system:

The juice of half a lemon in a glass of water is rich in vitamin C, which helps boost the immune system and assists the body in fighting colds and flu.  ability to absorb iron,

Aids digestion:

Good digestion is truly the root of good health.

Lemon and water strengthens the digestive system, especially stomach acid. It encourages the liver to produce bile and stimulates bowel movements. It helps cleanse the bowel by flushing out waste more efficiently and stimulates the release of gastric juices, which aid digestion. The digestive qualities of lemon juice can also help relieve symptoms of indigestion, heartburn and bloating.

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Limes & lemons (Image credit: Gourmet Sleuth)

Detoxifies the liver:

As mentione above, Lemon water acts as a liver cleanser by assisting in detoxification. Lemon water can also help control excess bile flow; decrease the amount of phlegm produced by the body.

Repairs skin:

Lemons are great for combating skin ageing, It is a fact: lemons are rich in vitamin C. As we know, vitamin C is among a few that selected exception that can treat multiple skincare concerns.

Warning:. When part of a beauty treatment, make sure to stay away from using too much of it as it may cause serious sunburn in your skin. People with a light or fair complexion mostly experience this issue.

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Reduces appetite:

Lemons contain pectin, a soluble fiber commonly found in citrus fruits. No lemons, you can go ahead and have grapefruits for instance. They all contains Pectin that helps stave off hunger as the fiber creates a feeling of fullness, which results in the suppression of hunger cravings.

Balances pH levels:

Lemons are one of the most alkalising foods for the body and a good pH level is essential as too much acidity in the body can be inflammatory. “Lemon water is very alkalising and most of us have acidic bodies,” Chevalley Hedge says. “Educated foodies still think of lemons as being acidic when

Cleanses the urinary tract:

Lemon juice is a diuretic, meaning it encourages the production of urine. As a result, toxins are released at a faster rate, helping to purify the system and keep it healthy. Lemon juice can also change the pH level of the urinary tract which discourages the proliferation of bad bacteria.

Freshens breath:

The antiseptic qualities in lemon juice help kill off bad bacteria in the mouth by acting as a disinfectant.

It has stronger result when combined with Peppermint essential oil already talked about the benefit of a glass of lemon water integrated in a healthier morning, a wake-you-up better than coffee!

TIPS: To protect your teeth drink through a straw- as lemon is acidic until it is digested by the body.

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