Back to reality
Buenas días from Chile! We are still in Valparaíso. And as you can see below, we’ve left our mark on the city already. But the city and this program have also definitely left their mark on us.
After the intense and almost surreal Bonding Weekend, last week was all about adjusting and facing ‘real’ life again. We started our nano-degrees in either Digital Marketing, UX Design or Coding on Monday. And for a lot of us, it felt like the first day of school all over again. Only that the classroom at iF Valparaíso 3IE is a lot cooler than what I’m used to from back in the day.
I’ve personally been looking forward to this. Travelling still has a huge place in my heart, but after three months on the road, I’ve been craving a bit more routine and consistency lately. Waking up rather early, following my morning routine, making my way to the ‘office’ and studying until the afternoon – that suddenly sounded really appealing. It has also shown me that a truly nomadic lifestyle 24/7, 365 days a year isn’t for me. I need someplace to call home where I can recharge in between trips.
By thinking about this, I had another huge realisation in the career department: That a corporate lifestyle also isn’t for me. It could never offer me the freedom and flexibility to simply do what I want to and wherever I feel like doing it. That is definitely a huge step towards figuring out what I want my life to look like.
Highs and Lows
The Bonding Weekend had left me feeling drained though. And because there wasn’t really a lot of time to process all the personal revelations I had, I was a bit all over the place last week. I experienced a true emotional rollercoaster. Feeling frustrated one minute and giddy the next and pretty much every emotion in between. Quite fitting: we also experienced our very first Chilean earthquake last week!
Luckily we had our first mentor session with The Nomad MBA team as well. Talking things through and getting a second, more objective opinion helped a great deal. And it was also time to set some serious goals. We used these amazing planners by BestSelf for it. I decided to not waste any more time and set a very specific career goal: to pursue a career in coaching. I’ve been considering this for quite a while but never made the conscious decision to go for it. Now that this step is made, I can start looking for an online course to get qualified.
As a personal goal, I want to find my voice again and express my true self more openly. I’ve had some serious issues with that in the past and I feel like it’s been holding me back from living the life I truly desire. So it’s about time to work on that. Continue blogging is a part of the process but so are singing and a couple of other things. We got really creative with this goal. 😉
It’s all about balance
Another big part of the ‘real’ world is after-work activities. And our group came up with a lot of different things. People started doing yoga, playing basketball or working out in general. We had tribe dinners, movie nights and our first birthday party. And there is of course so much of this beautiful colourful city still left to explore.
The weekend was then used to unwind. And what better way to do this than by spending a day at the beach, right? Well maybe by spending a day wine-tasting at Chile’s oldest winery. I am still super impressed by everyone’s energy levels and motivation. For me, the weekend was badly needed to catch up on some Me-Time. So I curled up on the couch (and on my beach towel) with a great book and some tea. Perfect weekend if you ask me. 🙂
I think it will be interesting to see how things develop once everyone has settled in and the initial excitement is slowly being replaced by routine. Although I doubt it’ll get boring. Only a couple more weeks and we’ll be on our way to the next destination, Cusco in Peru, already. Better make the most of Valparaíso while we’re still here! 🙂