Hi there! Welcome to my Blog. Thanks for dropping by.
I’m a Brazilian English as a foreign language teacher and a writer. I live in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I’ve been teaching English for over 30 years. However, I’m aware I have barely scratched the surface, and I still have a lot to learn.
Keeping that frame of mind allows me to feel confident that I have the resources to deliver my job well. Teaching English is my cup of tea. Writing is my passion. I write for myself. The fact that people enjoy what I write is just icing on the cake. I’ve written all my life, but I never took the plunge until I wrote my first book, Rise, which was a motivational endeavor to share my experience.
I’ve lived in the company of depression for 20 + years. There are days I need to jump-start my batteries to go back to the game. I haven’t beaten depression. I’ve mastered how to rise despite it.
And that’s why I engaged in motivating others. I volunteer as an English teacher at a nonprofit organization that shelters children and teens undergoing cancer treatment.
I’ve been doing it for eight years. I’ve seen death firsthand. I’ve held the hands of dying children and watched parents going through the worst pain in the world, i.e., losing a child.
I call my work ‘Building motivation: I can and I will.’ Not an easy undertaking. Trust me. I incentivize my students who are battling against cancer to believe that they can because nothing is carved in stone, and hope is powerful medicine. I’m sure that I’m learning from them more than they are from me.
Rest assured, I’m the one who needs to be stimulated the most, and I’ve found a way to do it. It’s an-around-the- clock struggle. I don’t allow myself to succumb to self-doubt anymore. I’ve come to terms with the fact that my strengths far outweigh my weaknesses. If you can make yourself feel useless, you can work the other way around and rise.
People tend to believe it’s possible to be motivated 24/7. There’s no such thing. We get sad when we hear a sad story, and we get frustrated when we fail. In other words, we’re human. The problem lies when you allow sadness to take over and paralyze yourself. That’s when depression installs. And you miss the point, allowing yourself to get used to feeling insecure, weak, and not worthy.
I know the pitfalls, and I know how profitable it can be to make yourself sick, so you get the attention and cease fighting. Don’t fool yourself. We are our worst enemies indeed. Victimization is a common sabotage tactic.
I believe that in order for you to fulfill a job, you need to have been through the experience. I’m such a case. I’ve learned to struggle even when it seemed impossible to overcome. Make no mistake. It’s not easy. But it’s doable. I’m living proof. I’ve been there and done that. I am not going back.
This Blog aims primarily to motivate and inspire you on all fronts. The topics vary depending on the area I’ll be focusing on. Whether I’m wearing the teacher’s or the writer’s hat, I will do my best to provide information and encouragement.
Above all, you’ll find nuggets of inspiration through prose poems, articles, videos, and whatnot. They say, “to be inspired is great, yet to inspire is incredible.” I second this advice.
Make things happen. If you think you can, you will.