Today my blog is a full year old! Yes, it has been a year already. It’s almost hard to believe. Just a year ago I decided to start this journey. It was definitely not an overnight thing. I gave it a lot of thought before actually going for it.
I spoke to my husband a couple of times and spent months (I kid you not) months picking out a name. I kept trying to sort out what my purpose would be and honestly, I am still figuring that out.
I started this blog mainly to share what I have learned and am still learning with you guys so we can all grow together. I also wanted to glorify God in my writing. To Him be the glory always! I am so grateful for everything He has done for me and want to honor Him at all times.
I am so happy that you have stuck around with me and I will continue to post more content I think you’ll enjoy.
Here is a little fun fact, my blog was almost named Life by Ang. That was my husband’s initial suggestion. I liked it but I wanted it to be something more. I didn’t desire merely to ramble on about the day-to-day minutiae of my life in particular but, rather, to share my thoughts and worldview as they relate to a variety of different subjects. I also wanted I wanted to create a space where you can all kinda grow with me too. So I switched the words LifeBy to JourneyWith.
The word journey, brings a pilgrimage to mind. As a Christian that is exactly what our life is. This world is not our home, we are just passing by.
I hope I am able to make you guys feel welcome here at Journey With Ang. If there is anything you’d like to hear my opinion about, feel free to message me. Although I do not give my two cents on everything, (ie; I cannot speak on motherhood, as I am not a mother) but I will do my best to answer any questions I receive.
I want to thank you again for sticking around and I look forward to continuing this journey with you.
My husband and I went to Switzerland last week and it was AWESOME!!!
Now, if you had asked me 10 years ago if I saw myself traveling to Switzerland, my answer would probably have been “no”. I would have opted for more glamorous sounding countries like Italy or France. I’d have said I want to ride a gondola or see the Eiffel Tower.
I would not have said I wanted to see Switzerland. Sure, I had seen the movie Heidi and it looked nice but the New Yorker in me wanted to see more city. I did get to see city but not like NY and it didn’t bother me.
When I arrived I was taken by surprise when I saw the mountains. They are huge! So majestic! Gods creation is truly magnificent. I fell in love with the nature around me. The fields and farms. In fact, when I returned from Switzerland, I turned on my Nintendo Switch and began to play Stardew Valley because I wanted to be a farmer so bad, it was that inspiring.
I enjoyed my trip so much and encourage others to pay the county a visit. Why? Here’s a list of things I learned while I was there, hopefully they will move you to book your next flight. By the way, this is not a sponsored post, this is truly all me and me experience. Enjoy.
1. They are Patriotic
Pretty much everywhere you look, and everywhere you go there is a Swiss flag hanging of off balconies, flag poles and strung up from one light pole to the other. Not only will you see Swiss flags but in Switzerland there are what are called Cantons which are kind of the equivalent of a state in the US, and each Canton has a flag, you will also see these flags hung around various locations within the Canton. Very patriotic.
2. Timely Transit System
The trains in Switzerland really do run on time, but not just the trains but also the buses and even water taxis. It is quite impressive coming from NYC where you rarely come across a train line running in a timely manner. Although, I must admit, the MTA has stepped up their game and the trains have been a bit more consistent. While in Switzerland there was one occasion in which I actually had to run to catch the train because of you miss it you need to wait for the next one and over there you pay for your ride ahead. So if you pay ahead, I suggest you catch that train. That’s money you do not want to waste.
3. Hiking and Biking is Big
Pretty much everyone hikes and bikes. Everyone! I’m not exaggerating. Ok, maybe a bit, but definitely a lot of people hike and bike. I actually think it’s pretty cool. From what I was able to see, there are hiking trails all around and the views are amazing. Mountains almost everywhere you look, I mean everywhere, unless you are indoors. I saw people of all ages walking around with hiking sticks. The Swiss seem to be pretty active people, it’s admirable.
4. Older Folk are Active
Not only did I notice people if all ages hiking but also older people. I saw them biking and hiking and out and about. These people do not just settle down and grow old at home. They go out and do stuff. It’s inspirational. I want to be like them when I grow up. I bet they live longer and have less health problems.
5. So Many Languages
Switzerland is home to at least 4 languages. German, Italian, French and Romansh. You will come across any of these languages at any given time you are walking around Switzerland. It’s actually fascinating. Maybe I was fascinated because those are not languages common to me and New York but I think it’s cool how frequent you hear them. The intertwining of these languages if fun to see. And unlike in the US, no one is yelling at you to speak the “official language” because there are four of them.
6. Eco Friendly/ Environment Cautious
Before going to Switzerland I was told there would be no air conditioning. I thought, how will we survive a summer week in Switzerland without an A/C? It actually was not so difficult. You see, those summer is not humid. The sun is hot but the breeze is cool and the nights are even cooler. If you need to cool down, crack open the window, sit and chill. When I asked why they don’t use A/C I was told it was for environmental reasons. After being there for a week I can see why. Everywhere you look there is nature, why ruin that with excessive consumption of electricity, specially if you can do without. Kudos to them for thinking about the environment.
7. Food is Expensive
Food is more expensive over there than in New York. Shocking. It is actually better to eat in, than dine out. Outings to restaurants are “treat yo’self” occasions. Restaurants cost more, the food is tasty but at a price. So if you plan on eating out while visiting, prepare your wallets.
8. You Can Veto New Construction
I learned that if someone wants to construct a new building they need approval of the residents of the neighborhood. How is this done? Well, mock beams are placed where the corners of the building would be so that the neighbors can have an idea of how it will effect the neighborhood, scenery, etc. And if they don’t like it, they can complain so that it won’t be built. Interesting, huh?
9. Clock Towers/Bells Ring Around the Clock (literally)
It seems there is a church in every town with a bell. The bells go off every hour on the hour and sometimes every quarter hour. This can seem a bit annoying at first, specially while trying to sleep but after a while I found it charming. I was able to tell the time when I heard the bells and didn’t need to look at a watch.
10. Some Public Bathrooms Require you to Pay
Sounds weird, paying to use a public bathroom. I thought so at first but then realized those bathrooms are well maintained, probably because they are not free. Did I like paying $1 or $2 to use the bathroom, not really, I found it a bit overpriced, but the cleanliness made up for it. This is something else you’d need to prepare you wallet for before paying Switzerland a visit.
I hope I was able to teach you some cool things about Switzerland. It was one of the best experiences I have had in a long time. I’m definitely looking forward to going back and seeing all of the things I missed during this trip. There is so much to do. You will not be bored. If you are a history buff, I definitely recommend paying Switzerland a visit.
By the way, the pictures used in this post were taken by yours truly 🙂
Over the years I began keeping a prayer journal. It actually started shortly before a period of time where I was sick. My intent was to write down petitions both mine and for close friends. Why? Two reasons: as a form of prayer and a way to look back and see when prayers were answered.
I will admit, I am not super consistent with my prayer entries but I always enjoy looking back at all the answered prayers. I find my prayer journal pretty encouraging and wanted to give you guys three reasons as to why you should keep one too.
1. More Prayer Time
I used to set aside a few minutes before I went to sleep to write in my prayer journal. Sometimes I would write for five minutes and sometimes more. Regardless of the amount of time o spent writing, I considered it all tome I spent talking to God and honestly, is there such thing as talking to God too much? I think not! The closer we get to God the more we grow spiritually.
2. Seeing Answered Prayers
I am always encouraged and overjoyed when I look back on past journal entries and am able to see that God has answered a prayer. It motivates me to keep it up. It’s almost like keeping a log of answered prayers.
In addition to keeping track of answered prayers. I hope that one day, Lord willing, my husband and I are able to have children, my children will read it (after I have gone home, preferably) and see their mother was a woman of faith and that God was with her. It sounds a bit sappy but this is definitely one of the bigger reasons as to why I keep my prayer journal
It can help release stress. I find that pouring out my feelings into paper helps me feel better and by the time I am done writing my entry, I have been reminded of an Attribute of God, be if his sovereignty or his unconditional love, I alway feel better in the end.
Do you keep a prayer journal? If so, what are your motives? Do you enjoy it? How has it helped your spiritual growth? Let me know in the comments.
If you don’t keep a prayer journal, I hope this post in some small way may have motivated you to do so.