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“Everything Dies. That is the law of life-the bitter unchangeable law”
David Clement-Davies, Fell

Since moving to what was once one of the most dangerous cities in the world, Ciudad Juarez, my mortality and death have been on my mind almost every day. The memories of the height of the drug violence that once plagued this dear border city, surround me every day. The shattered glass in a empty store front, the empty store fronts of the businesses that  the memorial Teddy bear of a child who died on the side of the road, the memorial statue that stands in the entrance of the U.S. consulate of the Mexican staff that were killed years ago during the drug violence, my own dog that died here in Juarez…

The events of 2013, throughout the world, including the death of American diplomats and our safety around the world, the death of my Mexican colleague this past weekend, and the deaths of the Boston marathon have only heightened how I think about my life.

LIFE is short. I used to think that if I avoided danger, I could avoid death. However, as I get older, I realize that when it is time to go, it is time to go. Because of this new self-actualization, I don’t want to waste moments doing things that I do not enjoy, being with people that bring me down, and holding myself back from how I feel.

I want to live, I mean really LIVE. I want do things that bring joy and scare me, I want to truly be myself and be true to the people around me. Right now, I am going through a serious health scare. I find out the results of series of tests next week. Until then, I want to live in the moment, but also think of the consequences. I want to take myself to new heights, without negative consequences. I want to dream of the future, without forgetting about the now.

My motto that I say at least once a day is “LIFE IS FOR LIVING.” I mean it every time I say it. What are you going to do that makes you feel more alive?

After all, “After all, how often do we get a second chance?”
Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why

 

Living and working as a U.S. Diplomat has it’s certain quirks. One of which is shipping your life and things around every two-three years around the world. It is an easy process when it comes to packing. In my experience moving from Chicagoland to DC, then DC to Mexico was a breeze. All I had to do was label what I wanted in long-term storage (things that I want to stay in a warehouse outside of DC), what I wanted to arrive immediately (unaccompanied air luggage, and arrives in the first 2-3 weeks), the larger items that take much longer to arrive and needs to clear foreign customs household goods), and the packers did all of the packing, labeling, and heavy lifting. Thank the lord!

While waiting for the bulk of my things to arrive, I can usually make do. I don’t need that much to live. However, my dilemma is the weather. Now that I live in Mexico where the weather is always pleasant, I get a lot of use out of my warm weather clothing. However, my family and boyfriend live in colder climates (Chicago and DC respectively). When I was moving from DC in August, I forgot to pack warm weather clothes. I just assummed when I packed that after my eighth week in Mexico the bulk of my household goods and warm weather clothing would have arrived already.

When I went to visit DC and Chicago last week, I realized I had no warm clothes! Thankfully, Gilt.com came to my rescue! Gilt.com is having an awesome Fall clothing sale right now!

I ordered:

1. The Karen Zambos Vintage Couture Oversize Wrap. Possibly the chicest wrap known to mankind.

Karen Zambos Vintage Couture Oversize Wrap

2. 525 America Knit Cable Sweater. OMG this sweater is cozy. It is like wearing a comforter all day. I will treat this baby with extreme love and care.

525 America Knit Cable Sweater

3. French Connection Winter Warmer Sweater. While this sweater isn’t the coziest, it is the perfect color for warm fall days. It is also perfect for when the weather is not too cold and not too warm.

French Connection Winter Warmer Sweater

Sadly, these sweaters arrived after I came back from my trips to DC and Chicago. Such is life.

Happy Friday: Diplomatic Receptions and Frank Ocean’s “Lost”

Last night I had the absolute time of my life and my first “I am a diplomat in Mexico” moment at reception that was hosted by the U.S. Consulate. Using a mix of Spanish and English I was able to talk to really amazing Mexicans and Americans who are and have had an astounding impact in Ciudad Juarez despite it’s negative reputation. The city is really picking up. People are trying to change the perception of the city, pre-violence. Even though I am a self-declared introvert, when it is time to talk to people and be diplomatic in the name of a great cause, bettering relations between the U.S. and Mexico I can really step outside of myself. 

For some reason Frank Ocean’s song “Lost” was the first song I played while I thought about the reception and my four weeks here in Mexico. The lyrics have nothing to do with the happiness I feel right now, but the beat of the song makes me happy that where I am with my life right now. Yesterday, I didn’t wake up with a positive attitude, but I am feeling great this evening. 

Happy Friday! I hope your weekend is amazing, filled with happiness, and positivity. 

Healthy Glow Travel: A Little More a Month Until I Move to Mexico

I am shocked that I only have such little time left in the United States. No matter how many times I move around the world (on average twice a year) I am always extremely nervous.  I have to pack, start a new position, learn the culture, make new friends, start a new routine, etc. I’m not whining just stating the facts of my move.

What are some activites that I must do before I leave DC? Today, I am volunteering at the Washingtonian Magazine Best of the Washingtonian Party on behalf of the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Volunteering and attending a super “DC event was on my to-do list!

Healthy Glow Travel: A Little More a Month Until I Move to Mexico

I am shocked that I only have such little time left in the United States. No matter how many times I move around the world (on average twice a year) I am always extremely nervous. I have to pack, start a new position, learn the culture, make new friends, start a new routine, etc. I’m not whining just stating the facts of my move.

What are some activites that I must do before I leave DC? Today, I am volunteering at the Washingtonian Magazine Best of the Washingtonian Party on behalf of the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Volunteering and attending a super “DC event was on my to-do list!

Healthy Glow Travel: Off Spanish Day

After being in Ecuador for five days, I have hit a Spanish wall. I’ve been speaking Spanish for 100 percent of the day but today I hit a wall. I felt frustrated, tired, a bit angry, and overwhelmed. After taking a break in a little cafe close to my language school, I feel better. It took only a break from talking for 30 minutes for my mood to improve.

I am trying not to be so hard on myself because speaking a new language is hard and I have only been studying the Spanish for 24 weeks. However, now I can carry on a conversation with a government official, a taxi driver, my host parents, or any other native Spanish speaker.

I felt the same way when I learned French and Asante Twi. From now until the day I leave, I am going to celebrate my small victories the nine days I have left.

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Hi Katherine,

I'm a first time visitor to your blob, and its very informative! I've enjoyed reading about your eating and fitness journey- last year I worked for a non-profit dedicated to teaching healthy eating habits to children.

My question is regarding your upcoming life as a Diplomat in 2011. I'm curious to learn more about this journey, how it got started and where you will be traveling.
healthyglows healthyglows Said:

Sure! I am in a fellowship called the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship for Graduate Students. 

I covered it in a post here:

http://healthyglows.tumblr.com/post/1516353259/interested-in-becoming-a-u-s-diplomat

Also for a general description of the State Department I would click here: http://healthyglows.tumblr.com/post/1519330669/fyc-for-your-career-inside-the-state-department


For general information on Careers at the State Department I would go
to careers.state.gov. I do not know where I will be going yet. I will
let all of my blog readers know as soon as I know!

I just created a link on my the right side of my blog

http://healthyglows.tumblr.com/katherineasadiplomat

Let me know if you have any other questions! Thanks for asking.

After my workout, I went to meet my foreign service mentor for lunch in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of DC. The place we met was a buffet but…

I went with a chicken sandwich on whole wheat bread. It had a bit of bacon (I can’t remember the last time I had real bacon!), avocado, a weird orange sauce, lettuce and tomato. I also ate a couple of fries and half of the pickle! I actually pulled off a lot of the bacon and wished they didn’t put so much sauce on the sandwich. Yum.

I had a the -itis afterward and I bought a black coffee from Starbucks. I sprinkled some cocoa powder and splenda in it. Then I had the motivation to study!

Later, I met a friend at Cheesecake Factory for a light dinner, but I didn’t take any pictures. 

I then met a friend/sorority sisters for drinks. Well not on purpose, actually. I was going to be there for one hour and leave. All I wanted was water. But before I even took off my jacket, she ordered me a shot of Patron. 3 shots later…

I had to get something to eat! I purchased a appetizer of ceviche. It was good but it had too many onions! It was also way too expensive!

Then we watched the game and took silly pictures!

We stopped at one more place and then I finally headed home. What a random day!