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Five Reasons to Vote for Me in the Big Blog Exchange

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Something I´m loving about my 30/30 Birthday Challenge is how my openness to trying one new thing a day is taking me places I hadn´t imagined when I first came up with the idea. On some days my original plan of the new thing I was going to try has had a sort of domino effect, leading me to try several new things all in one day. On other days it´s led me to conversations that have left me reflecting, smiling, or in the case of today…creating a new challenge!

When one of my Facebook friends saw on my original 30/30 post that I hadn´t ever been able to complete my original plan of walking all of Alki like I´d planned to on day 4 she got in touch with me and asked if I´d like to go for the walk with her. And among several great topics that came up during this walk was that of ¨The Big Blog Exchange.¨

Hosteling International is hosting a worldwide competition amongst bloggers. After submitting your blog, people can vote for you in order to get you up to the top 25 in your region of the world. The top 25 bloggers in each region will pass on to the next round of the competition, and 16 blogs around the world will be chosen. But, for what exactly? Well, that´s the exciting part! The winners will switch destinations with another winner for a ten day trip that they´ll be blogging about. It doesn´t matter how new your blog is, what matters are the VOTES (by the way–voting closes Sept 3rd!)

So WHY exactly should you vote for me in ¨The Big Blog Exchange?¨

1. Nothing makes me feel more alive than writing. I´ve been keeping a journal since I was 8 years old. I´ve also had a blog for the past 6 years, but I am just becoming passionate about promoting it now. There´s nothing I like to blog about more than my travels. 

A sampling of all of the journals I´ve written. My lifetime total is somewhere around 60.

A sampling of all of the journals I´ve written. My lifetime total is somewhere around 60.

2. I want to be able to reach out to expats and travelers around the world. What better way to do so than to meet more of them around the world?  I´m great at making new friends! 

With my Argentinian host mom in Alicante, Spain. Letting someone show you how to do something, like cook, is a great way to make new friends!

With my Argentinian host mom in Alicante, Spain. Letting someone show you how to do something, like cook, is a great way to make new friends!

3. I embrace new challenges. This is why I moved to Madrid despite never having lived outside of Seattle, WA (USA) before. When that wasn´t challenging enough, I started a master´s in psychology (in Spanish). And now I´m pursuing my PhD in Clinical Psychology. 

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Mission accomplished! I presented research at a professional conference in Spanish in 2013. Did I mention that I didn´t start learning Spanish until I was 21?

4. This competition was made for someone like me. The prize isn´t a material posession. It´s an experience, which I always say are the best type of gifts to give. And the best part of all is that it´s the prize that keeps on giving because I´ll be able to share my experiences with people around the world. 

The best gifts are the one that leave you with memories...even if they require you to face your claustrophobia head on!!

The best gifts are the one that leave you with memories…even if they require you to face your claustrophobia head on!!

5. Because wherever I go, stories just seem to fall in my lap. I´d love the chance to share some of these with you if I win the Big Blog Exchange. 

When I visited Barcelona´s Parc Guell, a butterfly landed on my finger and for ten minutes I turned into a living statue, photo opp for tourists and went home with a great story.

When I visited Barcelona´s Parc Guell, a butterfly landed on my finger and for ten minutes I turned into a living statue, photo opp for tourists and went home with a great story.

So please vote (before September 3, 2014!!) and share this with your friends and help me to be one of the 2014 Big Blog Exchange winners! THANK YOU!!!

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Author: Melissa

Born in the rainy, green Northwestern corner of the United States, Melissa relocated to the almost-always-sunny city of Madrid, Spain five years ago. After getting her master's degree, traveling to places her friends at home drooled about, falling in love with a Spaniard, and having her heart broken by said Spaniard, it's safe to say that she's learned firsthand about the less than glamorous side of living abroad. Thankfully, she gets to use this experience, along with her professional expertise, in her work as a mental health therapist in Madrid where she helps other expats learn to deal with the inevitable ups and downs of living abroad. This blog is designed to be informative and is in no way intended to serve as a substitute for therapy.

4 thoughts on “Five Reasons to Vote for Me in the Big Blog Exchange

  1. 🙂 I voted for you. BTW, I think that I work with the person who told you about this contest. Great idea about 30/30 birthday celebration, and in general, I like your blog. If you’re interested in doing an interview with me for either my wellness blog you’re following (thanks) or my bucket list blog, please let me know.

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    • Thanks for the vote! I voted for you too! I didn’t realize we could vote for a blog in our region! The interview sounds like it could be a great idea!! I’ll definitely keep you in mind, both blogs could fit in well with the topics I”m trying to cover on my blog! Good luck with the BigBlogX!!

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      • Oh my… I just realized my comment could be read two ways. My intention was to ask you if I could interview you for either of those blogs, not boldly offer myself to be interviewed, although I am available if you wish to offer me the honor in the future. 🙂 Thanks for your support in the BBE. Good luck to both of us!

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      • No worries at all! I’m relatively new to blogging so I just assumed that being assertive and offering yourself as a person to be interviewed was a great networking technique! 😉 I’d be happy to be interviewed for either of your blogs!

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