5 Things to Know About ThoughtsandThings
Updated: Aug 23, 2020
1. Who Am I?
First and foremost, let's get ourselves acquainted! My name is Mary Martha, but you can call me M&M. Over four years ago I left snowy Milwaukee, Wisconsin for sunny Santiago, Chile. A stay that was meant to be a year has turned into four years and counting and in many ways is just getting started. In the past four years, I have taught English, worked at a digital agency, and currently work in Tourism as a Travel Designer. All of the experiences have provided me with a unique insight into Chile. Whether it be the drastic disparity in Santiago seen while traveling to opposite sides of the city while teaching English, how a Chilean company operates through working at a Chilean Digital Agency to Tourism in Chile as a source of social change through empowering locals & protecting the lush natural environment. Along the way, I've also had the pleasure of working alongside Chileans as well as fellow Expats, which resulted in many coffee/tea/lunch breaks full of riveting discussions with an international perspective. That's what led me to create ThoughtsandThings - an online space to continue those conversations with a desire for social change through discussion and questioning our "thoughts" about "things".
2. What Am I Going to be Blogging About?
There are three main aspects that I will blog about. Those three aspects are:
Social Issues in Chile such as Classism, Racism, and Sexism.
Experiences I've had while living abroad.
"Everyday life" whether it be supporting local businesses, sustainable fashion, or how to recycle and compost in Chile.
3. Who Am I Writing For?
If you're a foreigner living in Chile, I'm writing to you. If you've struggled while living in Chile, I'm writing to you. If you're a Chilean who's lived abroad and struggled, I'm writing to you. If you feel disconnected from social issues in Chile, then I'm writing to you. If you are Chilean and don't feel heard or understood by Expats, I'm writing with you in mind so you do feel heard.
4. How Can You Get Involved?
At the bottom of each post, you can leave a comment to let me know your opinion on the topic. I welcome disagreement but expect comments to be kind, considerate, and respectful when expressing our differences. If you'd like to privately reach out to me, please send me a direct message on Instagram to get in touch.
5. What Are My Blog Goals?
So...what can you expect from me? First off, I plan to post bi-monthly on Monday at 7.00 pm. For the first three to six months I will be learning about blogging as well as experimenting with content to find a flow that works for me and for you. If a certain post resonates with you, please leave a comment to let me know that I'm on the right track! Instead of perfection, my goals are to be as authentic as possible, make personal progress, and to represent the many layers that make living abroad in Chile so worthwhile.