How To Encourage Someone To Travel Abroad

travels abroad, writing, study abroad, long distance relationships, writer, Devin Berglund
See the little green drop point? That is where I studied abroad. In Sippy Downs, Queensland Australia (Near Brisbane)

I never thought I’d fly half way around the world. The idea of it frightened me.

In High-School, I met many exchange students. I could describe most of them in this way: full of life, young, living with families they didn’t know, and most likely they spoke a different language. I am sure you know what I mean?

Me, Silvia, and Cassidy (My sister) with Leif Erickson (A Viking Statue, in Minot North Dakota)
Me, Silvia, and Cassidy (My sister) with Leif Erickson (A Viking Statue, in Minot North Dakota)

I was always drawn to these people because there was something drastically and beautifully different about them. Not just because they were from other countries and that their accents were gorgeous! But because they’d seen so much of the world and in my eyes they were much further ahead than those who had never been out of their state.

It was one day in the library at my Middle School that changed my  8th grade year. Her name was Silvia Atanosava. And she became my best friend that year!

My family took her under our wing. It was almost like I had a big sister. She was an exchange student from Bulgaria which, before meeting her I had never even heard of.

After seeing her come here on her own, I found myself thinking, “Maybe, I will go study and travel abroad someday as well.”
[Tweet “Have you ever wanted to study abroad?”]
[Tweet “Do you want to live abroad?”]
[Tweet “Have you ever had someone you know well tell you, they want to study or live abroad?”]

(If you have twitter, choose which option you fall under (above). I would love to know if you have lived abroad or not! Either way! I get excited when I talk about these things.)

If your answer was yes to any of these questions, read on – because I have some things that will help you reach your dreams. 

While in Mexico on a family vacation in 2009, I decided I wanted to stay there and maybe study abroad. As soon as I got home I looked into the qualifications of studying abroad in certain countries.

I’d studied Spanish in High-School, but hadn’t been speaking it or listening to it for a few years.

Which got me thinking… Hmm… where is it warm… and where they also speak English.

Only one place hopped into my mind as swiftly as a kangaroo.

It was a continent and country of it’s own. A red country full of desert, a country full of accents, Kangaroos, Koalas,  Dingos, and giant poisonous spiders and snakes. Or at least that is what I thought!

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How to Deal With Poisonous People

Poisonous People |Poy-son-iz Peep-el|

  1. A person who sucks energy from you. (like a tick, leech, mosquito, ect.)
  2. A person who wears you out.
  3. A person who isn’t great friend material.


I’ve wanted to write this post for awhile, but just didn’t know how to go about it. But, now, I do – maybe it’s because anytime I go into the woods, I come out with ticks all over my legs. I know that sounds gross, but it’s true. (I kill them all after, with a slow painful death of suffocation in tape. That’s what they get, you know.)

But yes, ticks make me think of poisonous people. I recently had to say goodbye to a friendship, because of this. Have you ever been controlled by a friend? Pushed? Used? If so, I hope this post helps you deal with a poisonous person. Continue reading “How to Deal With Poisonous People”

Thoughts on Peace Over The Past Week

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.” -Matthew 5:14-15

How To Peace (& yep, I meant that kind of peace!) Together a Broken WorldSouth Africa, Peace, Travel, Mountain, Writing, Love, Long Distance Relationships, Christmas, Devin Berglund

This post was hard to write. Sometimes words come out of me so easily, but then other times when tough things happen it’s like my words sizzle into nothing like water on scorching hot rock. They disappear. Click to Continue

4 Reasons Why You Should Implement ‘The Golden Rule’ into Your Life

Tess in her Good Ole' Days

My mom told me a story about when I was little – I hadn’t remembered it.

I was about 8-years-old when it happened. There was a girl who was a little older than me. She girl was being picked on. Older kids were throwing sticks and stones at her while calling her mean names. I walked over to this group and told them to stop it. My mom told me that the kids stopped when I told them to. When I heard this story about myself as a young child – I was happy that even though I hadn’t remembered it, I  had made a difference in that girl’s life at that moment.

I guess that is always what kind of a person I’ve been. Where ever a person was being picked on I’d have a huge sense of conviction. That I needed to help them. And, I bet you can imagine, that didn’t exactly make me popular. It didn’t. And I got my share of bulling as well. There were definitely moments I had hoped someone would have stepped in like I had so many years before for that other girl in the park. Click to Continue