It has been an interesting few weeks. So much has happened, conversations with my boss, navigating buying a new iPhone, trying surfing again, meeting new friends, and applying to freelance jobs.
First, I had a conversation with my boss that was super tough to have. It was great though because we are now on the same page. We understand each other a bit better now. She and I are better at communicating with each other now. Work is a more enjoyable place now. It was enjoyable before it is even more now.
Second, my iPhone got soaked in the rain on the motorcycle. It is now broken. I tried to see if someone could fix it and they could…. for $800. Hahah no, thank you. I will just buy a new one. Finding the cheapest option to buy one is difficult. I could have someone bring me one from the US which is cheap. The only problem with that is I don’t have the money to buy it without credit. I would have to pay monthly payments to the US for a year. I did some research and sending money from here to the US is not easy. It can take time and money to do. Soon, I will have my work visa which means I can get a phone here through the local phone carrier. The good thing about that is it’s cheaper because the currency is in colones. Since the dollar is worth more I spend less money. Living here is not always sunshine and roses. Navigating a foreign countries laws are tough and aggravating sometimes.
Third, I met some new friends and have been hanging out with them. I went surfing with a girl from work. It was pretty awesome. I am proud of myself. I was able to surf with no help. I did come away with a cut and swollen (very little) nose. Surfing is not something I would want to do all the time because it is a bit dangerous. Every once in a while, it is good because it’s great exercise and an amazing way to spend time with friends.
Fourth, I have been applying to freelance jobs on upwork.com. It is competitive. A friend of mine told me about it. She has been using it for a few months. It took her a good 3 to 4 months to be able to get a side job from the site. I am confident, I can get some side work on the site to help supplement my income. I am also going to do some babysitting for people here on vacation or during events like weddings.
I am really proud of myself and the efforts I am putting into making my life the best life possible. It is not always easy and I struggle. The struggle has helped me be more positive and excited about the life I live. I am learning to laugh and enjoy the life I have. It is pretty amazing.