What’s one year in a life time

I was 20 when I left to Denmark to work for a large multinational.
Lord knows how I convinced the manager to hire me, because my English was EXTREMELY basic.
Only one year before, I got a 4 out of 10 for my English oral exam which was a HUGE FAIL.

I remember being dazzled by terms like “forecast” and “warranty”.
But even informal events were a disaster.
When ordering ice cream, I translate a little too literal and end up asking forย “Two balls of chocolate”.


Like living in my own and working for the first time wasn’t hard enough, I was seriously concerned whether I made the right choice to take this adventure.

But, years went by, as usual.
I learned new words and was able to hold a conversation without embarrassment.

At that time, I was a technical Instructor.
The first time I conducted a training, I was very nervous.
I ended up crying and the students had to comfort me by saying I was doing not “that bad”.
Oh man!

Fast forwarding a couple of months I was cracking jokes during a training sesion and not afraid to fail students when needed.

After 2 years of driving school, barely passing my exam and driving with huge anxiety, I now drive confidently 4 hours in one go.

I remember when started drawing my Emotional Doodles, one year ago.
I was so proud to show them on here.
But looking back at it, I cringe so much!!
Please cringe with me ๐Ÿ˜‰


You probably won’t notice your improvements unless you really look at where you started and where you are now.
So here are the same doodles (minus the umbrella), but one year later:


People sayย “What is one year in a life time”,ย but I think it can make a huge different!

What have you improved in recently?

24 thoughts on “What’s one year in a life time

  1. I assumed that you were English too ๐Ÿ˜ณ great post Andrea – so nice to find out more about you! For me the improvement has been in my grasp of the French language – Iโ€™m still far from fluent but at least I donโ€™t wander around with a permanently baffled expression on my face anymore ๐Ÿ˜‚ xx

  2. You speak perfect English now! I love your doodles, you are perfecting them how you want. Even if you didnโ€™t think they were good a year ago, they were!

  3. Most people on WP seem to be from USA or India (looking at my stats), but I’m guessing you are British? ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Ugh! I had French is in school, but never learned to speak it.
    Tomorrow I am going for a little day trip to the North of France. I’m only able to say “un croissant” haha.
    Do you often go to France?

  4. haha don’t know about speaking, but thanks!

    One year ago I thought they were super awesome, but I’m glad to see an improvement hahah ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I am but I live in the south of France close to Monaco hence the need to learn to speak the language ๐Ÿ˜Š itโ€™s not an onerous task to be honest as I love it. Also trying to learn italian but thatโ€™s tricky to speak although easier to understand than French.
    Have a super trip and hereโ€™s some important phrases for you:
    Un verre de vin rouge sโ€™il vous plaรฎt (a glass of red wine please)
    Yep Iโ€™ll leave it at that actually, that covers the important things ๐Ÿ˜œ x

  6. Good for you for taking these life risk, Andrea. Love the confidence, even before you have the confidence. I think that’s the trick. Just keep taking those leaps.

  7. Ah how cool! And I didn’t expect that!

    I actually have to be in Belgium the day after for work so France is close.
    I will be honest with you, the purpose of the trip to France is a Candy hunt.
    They have something “Carambar” over there and I LOVE IT!
    But won’t forget about the red wine either ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. That was a great post.
    It illustrates that you have so much to be proud of.
    I think the original doodles were great. And I quite like the arrogant umbrella, too!

    My “improvements” are not as pronounced as yours, but I am still somewhat proud. I taught myself not to say everything out loud that comes to mind. And I feel like my social facade has gotten better (i.e. I can go on socializing for longer than I could in the past.). Yesterday I hit my limit, though. Hopefully, I can recover quickly.

  9. Well, you know how I feel about pride ๐Ÿ˜‰
    I’m not really proud, but happy to see that not all is for nothing.

    I have been practicing on the umbrella, but I don’t like the way he looks, YET!

    Haha. I socialize better with wine.
    Congrats on your top score, you deserve some rest now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Great post and congratulations on all of the progress you have made up to this point. We never really know how we will fare until we have completed the arduous events that we volunteer for. Iron sharpens iron.

  11. Whoa! Look at you now! Writing better in English than some native English speakers! Also LMAO at the request for two balls of chocolate ahahah that was a cute story about the student comforting you, and I am impressed by your driving tale… I’m still scared to drive far, on highways, and for long periods of time >< I'll take a page outta your book! I also love the comparison in your doodles! Impressive stuff ๐Ÿ™‚ good reminder that we can only improve, so we should work at everything constantly!

  12. Learning a language is difficult and you learned it well enough to make us all think that it was your native tongue… great job! Great doodles too!! I am trying to learn Romanian so please wish me luck! ๐Ÿ€

  13. I’ve worked at an ice cream shop before lol you’d he surprised how many people even fluent English speakers asks for “balls” of ice cream instead of “scoops” – I think it’s super cute!

    One year is a good amount of time to improve! If not a skill, you can always improve yourself somehow! ๐Ÿ’Ÿ

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