A Day in the Life of a Gringa

About two weeks ago I really needed to get out. I have been inside all day…by myself. I was missing having friends. I have a wonderful husband, yet there is something magical about having girl friends in our lives. Not knowing the language has been a great struggle when it comes to connecting with people and finding friends. As I was sitting in the room at my suegros’ house, Jose came in and could tell that I needed a change of scenery. He suggested that I go with cunada, Tere, and her daughter, Leilani, on a walk. I was more than willing. Tere and I have a hard time communicating, but she is very patient with me and helps me so much with the language. Lani is just…Lani. Her smile brightens up the house. She is such a precious little girl.

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This precious girl steals the hearts of all around her, but especially her tio, Jose.

As Tere and I walked around the back roads of San Tadeo, I asked her what the women in Mexico do all day. Her answer was short and to the point. “Nada” she responded. “Enserio??” I replied. That was not the answer that I had expected. I thought about that for a few days after and watched the women that I was around a lot. They all seemed so busy cooking and taking care of their household. These women definitely did not do “nothing” everyday, all day. I was determined to do the same. No matter what, I would stay busy doing productive things for my family and my home.

This has been a learning experience, but such a great one. Yes, the language has been a struggle, but I learn new things every day. The thing that I am really trying to force myself to do every day is wake up early. When I say early, I mean 7 am. Ha! I’m used to waking up so much later than that. All of my responsibilities didn’t start until at least 10 am before I was married. When I worked at Avs, I was able to get up and be to work by 5:45 am, but when I don’t have a morning job…waking up early is just not a priority for me! Jose, however, he is the definition of a morning person. So, because I am in love with my sweet Mexican, I have been trying very hard to wake up early so I can make breakfast for him.

I decided that even though I don’t have an 9-5 job to go to, it is still good for me to have a schedule. Without children I have a lot to do. I can’t even imagine what it will be like when I have kids…and we want A LOT! So my loved ones…here is what I do all day as the gringa in Fraccionmiento.

7 AM     wake up and make Jose breakfast. Usually this consists of scrambled eggs with onions, chili, tomatoes, and garlic. Of course they’re served with tortillas. 😉

8 AM Jose usually leaves for whatever job he is doing that day whether it is putting tile in his parents’ house or painting his uncle’s house. This is when I get back under my covers and begin my morning routine. First I begin by doing 3 pages of free-writing. I got this idea from a wonderful book called “The Artist’s Way”. I read this book and did the weekly challenges while I was in Mexico this summer teaching English. After my “morning pages” I read my scriptures. After that is an hour of Spanish study. This is muy importante para mi!! Each day I need to get in the Spanish mode so that I can talk with the people here and not blank out while overwhelmed.

9:30 AM Yoga. Oh my gosh. I have become such a fan of yoga. This past summer, my roommate and dear friend Kristy introduced me to yoga while we were in Pachuca. I only did it for a few times with her, but since here in Calvillo I have found an AWESOME Youtube channel. It is called “Yoga with Adriene”. Seriously, this has been miraculous in my life. Currently I am doing her challenge of “30 days of Yoga with Adriene”. I get so excited to be able to pull out the mat and begin the daily yoga journey. Cheesy, yes, but I’m obsessed.

10 AM get ready. But before I hop in the shower, I make the bed and start a load of laundry. When my mom taught me that I should make my bed everyday she knew what she was talking about. This simple act helps me to have a clear head as I do my daily list.

11 AM is Almuerzo. This is lunch. Sometimes Jose joins me, sometimes not.

The rest of the day from Noon to about 4 (actually 6 let’s be honest) is spent cleaning and organizing our new home and cooking dinner. It takes this amount of time because I am usually interrupted by cockroaches or spiders that really need to die.

When dinner is ready we eat. I like to eat. Jose likes to eat. We have so much fun eating. There is not much that I do, but Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays I go to Jose’s parents’ house to post on the blog and work with the internet. Tuesdays and Thursdays are my Calvillo days. I go here to teach English for two hours each of these nights. I LOVE teaching English here. I get to choose how I want to teach and what material to teach because I don’t have a boss. It is so fun!

Days here are so chill and I get to choose how I spend each day. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to have a life here in Mexico. I am loving every minute of it!

Well my conbi is on its way so I must sign off! Until Wednesday my friends!

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2 thoughts on “A Day in the Life of a Gringa

  1. Michelle says:

    Ashlee I love you! I love how you are learning, adapting, growing, changing in your new environment. Enjoy your marriage, your English classes, the food, the “chill” schedule…and the hard things, too, because you will grow from them. You are awesome, keep it up lady!

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  2. Krystal says:

    This is so great, I would love all that time to just fill myself with positive things and not have allowing down bite me in the butt! I slow down here and there for self care anyways but not often enough. This is not how life will always be Ashlee, enjoy it while it lasts!

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