My various yoga poses throughout Chile in chronological order to commemorate: 1. Centro Cultural first week of my arrival, pre-earthquake; 2. In Patagonia in front a glacier; 3. On the beach of Viña del Mar; 4. On ancient Inca ruins in San Pedro de Atacama; 4. In the Museo Nacional in June when my friends Rachel and Benny visited.
Remember when I celebrated my monthaversaries when I was in Chile? Well now it's been 1 year since arriving and 1 year since the earthquake. Can you believe that? I cannot. You know what this means? Reflection time!
-1 year since I doubted God's goodness, God's importance and God's plan in my life, I fully understand the chains that were holding me captive to my distrust and disbelief and I am pursuing freedom.
-1 year since I had never experienced even a small shaking of the earth, I now am prepared for the big LA quake that is coming... knock on wood!
-1 year since I searched made my identity into someone that I was not and looked for my identity in things that were not me, I am now more confident and unashamed in who God created me to be.
-1 year since I first arrived an innocent and trusting young woman, I know when to be direct and stand up for myself with fuerza.
-1 year since I hadn't noticed the magical of everyday life, I am now painting the experiences that revealed this to me.
-1 year since I understood the feeling of entrapment in my own selfish pursuits, I want to put God first, others second and me third in everything I do.
-1 year since I didn't comprehend the impact those surrounding me on my life, I value more the true fellowship, deep friendships, and genuine people that I love.
-1 year since I didn't realize how important maintaining open and close relationships with my family is on my own well-being, I value our relationships more and take better care to stay connected in distance.
Even thought I left 6 months ago and arrived now 1 year ago, I still have a special place for Chile and the Chilenos in my heart, and God is still teaching me about my experiences there...still! It looks like I'm still not over it ;)