In an ongoing series, our writer Tina reflects on her life lessons as an expat in Mexico. Here are lessons 16-18. Check out the others here.

Sorry, I haven’t posted the last two weeks. November has been a busy month and it isn’t over. My wonderful mom-in-law is visiting us in Mexico from Kentucky, USA. And this week we are heading to Guadalajara for an English Bible convention on loyalty. Hopefully, I will have some great pictures on my personal blog, Los Gringos Locos, from this trip soon. Stay tuned.

Now, what did you learn this week? Life is always giving us lessons, big and small. Usually, we don’t even realize it. Here are a few lessons I have learned and a few lessons I am regularly reminded of, #16 and #17 particularly.

Life Lessons #16: Listen, learn, and grow. 

But don’t get caught up in what other people think of you or your family. They don’t live in your shoes, although many are eager to tell you what they think about your shoes. “Your shoes are a little big. Your shoes don’t look right on you. You can’t wear pink shoes with green pants.” However, if you can improve with their advice than be humble and do it. But if you are doing your best then smile and nod 😉

Life Lessons #17: Happiness is a state of mind. 

You can choose to be miserable or you can make the best of it. Let’s face it: we reap what we sow. Although sometimes we reap what other people sow.  And then again, we may reap what we sow but there has been no rain or sun so it’s didn’t grow well and the fruitage tastes kinda bland :-p I think you get the point. Either way, it takes fewer muscles to smile than it does to frown and happy people usually live longer and fuller lives. So there.

Life Lessons #18: If your kid makes you a loom bracelet, you wear it. 

You might even dream about loom jewelry if your 11 and 9-year-old daughters are currently into the looming craze. I did the other night… Hey, it may be a fad but it’s a creative one! The house is also very quiet when the girls are in their room, looming. Plus the jewelry makes great gifts. I think everyone in our Bible congregation has a bracelet or ring by now.

UPDATE: Our girls are now 13 and 11. They have thousands of looms that they never used, in a box in their room. I am seriously thinking about passing them on to a friend. The girls lost the love for looming before they used up their fancy collection of tiny rubber bands. It was great art and therapy while it lasted, though. Gotta love the loom jewelry, especially if you are a parent of girls. It gave us several hours of peace and quiet too! Hehehe!

I already asked “what did you learn this week” but now I want you to tell me 🙂 Don’t be shy. Leave me a comment below and I will reply. Have a wonderful day wherever you are in the world! Signing off, Tina in Mexico

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