30 days of continuity *not the first day*

First post, always an introduction.

My name is Maria Tote (aka Tote, for some). I am currently a university student pursuing a Bachelors Degree in Media Studies. After four long years in university I have come to the conclusion that I really do enjoy writing – one of the reasons why I decided to start this blog, among others.

I consider myself a TCK (Third Culture Kid) and for those of you who don’t know what it is, there is Google [just kidding].

tck_bookAccording to Ruth E. Van Reken, in her book Third Culture Kids Growing Up Among Worlds, she defines Third Culture Kids as “children who spend a significant period of their developmental years in a culture outside their parents’ passport culture”. I left Venezuela [country of origin] when I was 12, then moved to Madrid, Spain, where I was not even able to finish 9th grade because I was, once again, moving. I obtained my High School Diploma from Bahrain International School in Bahrain; a country I did not even know existed. Then again, I am sure most of you won’t know either.

Up until this point, you might be wondering why the title, 30 days of continuity?

Here I am, living in Canada, trying to stop myself from thinking –where am I going to be next year, or even next month?

The title is self-explanatory. The reason why I am starting this blog is to have some kind of continuity in what I am doing and in what I am planning to do in the [near] future. 30 days of continuity will represent a challenge for me and will teach me how to be consistent. By doing this, I will be posting every day for 30 consecutively days. I will not have a specific topic for each day (though I will try to, I promise), however, I will be posting mostly about my day and the big changes I will be making to my daily routine during the month of November.

Why November?

This is the month of my birthday. And because it will be the last one I am spending in university I thought this was a good opportunity to start making some important changes in my life, in general.

Why 30? – The 30 long [or short] days of November.

I hope 30 days of continuity will empower me to keep writing, for 30 more days and in other parts of the world.


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