We are fast approaching the 8th month in my year of #thisis40 thirty day challenges.
Those of you who’ve been following along since the beginning know that I turned 40 in September of 2017. Eek! I can’t believe that we are well past the halfway mark of my 40th year!
Even though I had been pressing outside of my comfort zones since beginning this blog at the start of 2016, I felt like 40 was pinnacle for further pushing. Instead of dipping my toes in the water’s edge, I’d move out into the deep.
The only way for me to learn who I truly am is through trial.
My September Challenge taught me to be even more mindful about the environment. That one person’s changes CAN and DO make an impact.
My October Challenge taught me how to center myself. It taught me new ways to deal with my anxiety and how to change my focus.
My November Challenge taught me to try new things.
My December Challenge taught me that there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for. Some days take a little more looking, but something can always be found.
My January Challenge taught me to be mindful about what I put into my body.
My February Challenge opened my mind to worlds unknown.
While I’m still in the process of my March Challenge, I have learned that my body is capable of so much more than I have given it credit for.
30 Day Challenge…April.
So what challenge do I have in store for April?
30 days of practicing a foreign language
for 15 minutes per day.
Given that I hope to have a lot more travel in my future, I would like to become more fluent in some foreign languages.
Over time, I would like to learn multiple languages other than my native English.
For the month of April, I will be spending my 15 minutes a day learning Spanish.
I have specific reasons for starting with learning Spanish.
First and foremost, is that I took two years of it in high school.
Not that I’ve retained much of it.
However, if you’ve read about my past then you know that I graduated from Immokalee High School in Immokalee, Florida. I don’t know what the demographics were when I was in high school in the 90’s, but the main percentages from the 2014-2015 data that I found at U.S. News don’t sound far off: Hispanic 73%, Black 22%, White 3%.
Along with my classes, I picked up some other words here and there.
Mostly ones that I can’t repeat here.
One of my besties in my early teens was named Carlos. He was Cuban and lived nearby. He taught me many inappropriate phrases. I can still remember some of them and some of our jokes. Sadly, he died in our early 20’s.
I’ve also chosen Spanish because Miss Sunshine is in her first year of study. Mr. D is in his 4th year of study and plans to continue with a 5th year during his last year of high school. At that point, his high school diploma will have a bilingual seal.
I figure that I will be able to bounce words and phrases off of them as I study.
My teens have recommended the DuoLingo app because that is what most of their teachers recommend. I will probably incorporate the usage of this and other study methods for a total of 15 minutes each day.
I’ve made the challenge 15 minutes of “foreign language” study in case you decide to join along and want to choose a different language.
Before Mr. D heads off to college, I would like to travel to a Spanish speaking country so that he can have real life practice in using the language that he will have worked so hard to learn. Right now, I am thinking we will travel to Spain some time next year. But we will see what the future holds.
Until then, I will be working on re-learning the Spanish that’s hidden in the recesses of my brain and forging ahead on learning all that I do not know.
Do you speak more than one language? What languages do you speak?
Let your light shine!