For years I’ve wanted to move to Brazil, but life has always been in the way – until now.
My name is Christian Taylor and I’ve finally set my moving date – over the coming months I’ll be blogging about my experiences as I make the leap to the sunny shores of Florianópolis in Santa Catarina to start my new Brazilian life.
It’s been really a laborous process but well worth it for sure as it will help these 25 to get fluent, and during the creating of this course (which will be awesome btw!), I made a video to address goals and commitment.
Because committing ourselves to achieving something is one of the single most important things that we can do to achieve success.
Yeah this video is part of the Portuguese Acceleration Blueprint Course but I felt like revealing it and sharing it with you today because it’s relevant for other areas of our lives too.
Getting a job in Brazil is one of the most important factors for a foreigner in being able to come and live in Brazil.
And rightfully so as it provides security and stability in knowing that you and your family will be provided for.
Today, I’m going to tell you how I stumbled across a 6 figure job in Brazil and came within inches of being hired. Read More
Just because you are born in your surroundings, doesn’t mean that you belong there.
Ever notice how in every litter of puppies that there is always 1 that is seemingly different?
Or how every now and then you buy some bananas and there is one that is larger then the others? Maybe that last example was a bad one….
The same is true for human nature and despite pushes to be all-inclusive in many countries, some of us just don’t feel included. These cultural “misfits” are like 4-leaf clovers: beautiful and lucky but yet don’t seem to belong with the rest of the 3-leaf crowd.
Maybe you feel like this 4-leaf clover and believe that you belong with other 4-leaf clovers too?
Or maybe you feel that Brazil’s your field of 4-leaf clovers and calling out to you but you don’t know exactly why – you are confused if it really is for you or not…
I am one of you and the above could easily have been about me. And for the longest time, I could not put words on exactly why I felt so good in Brazil and wanted to call it home from the get go.
Really, I could care less about the crime statistics, corruption and other draw back with the country – I loved (and love) being in Brazil!
Well, not too long ago the proverbial light turned on and the words came in abundance of why Brazil should be home: Brazil is my field of 4-leaf clovers.
Now my hope is that in defining these “signs”, it can serve to help end some of your confusion and bring you a step closer to your pursuit of happiness.
1. You Value Relationships over Tasks
“I want to move to Brazil, I need to get back to Brazil, how do I convince her to move back to Brazil?!”
This was my frustrating train of thought for years and to be honest, it irritated and frustrated my wife (understandably).
I had an undying passion for this sun-kissed country and couldn’t wait to be rejoined with it again, the problem was that my wife didn’t feel entirely the same. And I completely understood her as we had two small children and she was in the middle of a university education.
Logic and wisdom stated that we should wait out any move (if at all) but my heart told me the exact opposite.
I respected my wife’s concerns yet somehow a turn of events happened launching us into Brazil shortly thereafter!
How did I go from 0 chance of moving to Brazil to making it happen? Easy, by choosing to respect and motivate my wife…
Let me translate what I did into 5 easy to follow steps to help you get through the same struggle.
With the music in the air and vibe on the streets, there’s no doubt that it’s Carnival time.
And if you’ve ever experienced the magnitude of what Carnival in Brazil is, then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Though, underneath this celebration of the flesh (hence the name) there is an untold story you won’t read about in the media.
You see, the real hero’s of Carnival aren’t the Axé singers from Bahia, the “Rainha da Bateria”, Samba Schools or like.
It’s not in the glitz, glamor or samba costumes; rather the true hero’s of Carnival in Brazil are the unspoken little people.
And in line with that was my first Brazilian Carnival experience, it was probably much different than most people out there…
…this was an experience that altered my perception of Carnival forever.
Do you feel out of place, like you don’t fit in? Like you have been taken and put into a fake environment where you feel trapped and out of place?
What if there was one question so powerful that if you asked it, your life would be changed forever? Well, there is…
These last few days our neighbors were out of town and we had the luxury of baby-sitting their bearded dragon. I guess that it was more exciting for the kids than anything, I just thought that it was dim, stinky and in the way.
The Caged Routine
Here was this very “unintelligent” (trying to be nice) creature who would wake up when we turned on the artificial sun-bulb in the morning, climb up and sit on his little log in order try to get his face as close as possible to the sun-bulb for a little heat.
He would then spend the day laying on his log, trying to figure out why he couldn’t run through the glass side of the cage (for hours on end), eating, pooping and … that’s pretty much it until we turned off his sun-bulb at the end of the evening.