5.2.17

Celebrating 20 years in America



“For me, being raised in a free American made all the difference” - Madeleine Albright (Czech born, raised American who became the first woman US Secretary of State)

Twenty years ago last month, I immigrated to the United States of America. As I look back and reflect on the last twenty years, I realize the sacrifices my mom made to bring me here. I am forever grateful that she did because I wouldn’t have the education or career I have now, two things that I cherish greatly. My hope was to have this post up in early January but with my studies and catching a nasty stomach virus I wasn’t able to post in time. After the recent political events, I still want to share and celebrate my immigration and keep this post as positive and uplifting as possible.

Growing up I was mainly raised in America but continuously went back to the Czech Republic throughout my childhood. I am a third culture kid (n. a child raised in a culture that is different of their parent’s culture for a significant part of their lives). Both cultures heavily influenced my upbringing and have shaped me into the person I am today. The opportunities and education I am lucky to have been offered, have lead me down the path of pursuing a degree in Architecture. A field of work that I am passionate about and love.

I have moments where I ask myself, what if I had never immigrated to the US? Would I still have wanted to become an architect? By having two countries to call home and two citizenships, I was able to constantly be traveling. My desire to become an architect grew from the travels with my family. Would I still be able to speak English this well? Sometimes I am surprised at myself for knowing and understanding so much in a second language. I will never have answers to these questions unless a time traveling device is invented and I can go back in time. What I do know is that I have my mom to thank for taking me on the biggest adventure.

x the Adventurer

ps. please keep comments clean and positive =o)

82 comments:

  1. Congrats on the 20 years. That is so cool you are an architect
    xo
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  2. Congrats on 20 years! :)

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  3. Immigration to another country it is interesting life experience, I myself am an immigrant;-)

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    1. Immigrating definitely makes for a unique life =o)

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  4. happy 20 years! I am also an immigrant and feel so thankful my parents brought me here as well!

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    1. Thank you!! So happy to hear that someone else is thankful =o)

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  5. Congrats that's so nice! You can be proud of you!

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    1. Thank you Violette! You are so sweet =o)

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  6. I think it's so important for us to tell our stories and realise: we're all human. Thank you for sharing yours! Wishing you many more adventures to come :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Thank you Audrey =o) I also think it's important to share stories and I'm happy to share with you =o)

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  7. Congratulations! It's great that you can experiment and take the best of both cultures!

    Great post!

    Andrea.

    Seize your Style

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    1. Thank you Andrea! I am so grateful to have been able to grow up in both cultures =o)

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  8. Thank you for sharing your story! Immigration is never easy and I can't imagine what it was like, or even now what it's like for people given the current state. I grew up with a few Polish and Russian words from my grandparents, but that's about it. Last April I traveled to Poland to see the town my ancestors came from.

    Sidenote: I also went to The Czech Republic! It was amazing btw. My last name is actually 'Czech', Emily Czech. So we assume that somewhere even farther down the line we are Czech/German.

    I found out about my great grandmothers life, and her struggles after coming to America. And it's all given me this profound sense of who I am and where I come from. We all come from somewhere else, and I truly believe if you allow yourself to learn about your family's genealogy, you might be a little more inclined to understand. For the people that are anti-immigration that is. :)

    -Emily www.coatandcoffee.com

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    1. It makes me so happy to see all of the positivity coming out of sharing my immigration story. I couldn't agree with you more about learning where your family came from because it does make you that much more grateful to them. It's amazing that you took the time to visit where your ancestors lived in Poland =o) And that you went to Czech! Awesome last name by the way =o)

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  9. Your mum was really brave and I'm sure it wasn't easy.

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    1. She is really brave =o) Thank you for the sweet comment! =o)

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  10. Such beautiful insights - congratulations on 20 years in the US!

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    1. Thank you Reanna for the sweet comment =o)

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  11. I like your writing, you write really well. I was also born in another country and now happily resides here in Au. Great things happen to those who dream and reach out for it.

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    1. Thank you =o) I couldn't have said it better myself xx

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  12. Wow great post dear ... xo, Neha

    http://www.theinstylejournal.com/

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    1. Thank you Neha, I'm happy you liked it =o)

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  13. A very well-written and inspiring post. Congratulations on 20 years in the US!!!
    xoxo
    Mary

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    1. Thank you Mary, I'm so happy you liked my post =o)

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  14. Congrats on 20 years! What an amazing story and thank you for sharing! =)


    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

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    1. Thank you Cielo =o) I'm so happy you liked it!

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  15. Congrats of being in America for so long! Time flies when you have a good time

    Xx,

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  16. How interesting to learn more about your life's journey! I'm so pleased you've found a career you're passionate about and can pursue :)

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    1. Thank you Gabrielle for the sweet comment =o)

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  17. nice post .. love to know about you
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    1. Thank you =o) I hope to share more soon =o)

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  18. I love the fact you've been immersed in two different cultures - your perspective has to be SO unique!!!

    Laura
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    1. Thank you Laura for the kind comment =o) It has been amazing growing up between the two cultures =o)

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  19. It is great to grow up in two different cultures and how fantastic that you found a career you love!

    Miriam
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    1. Thank you Miriam =o) I'm so grateful to have been brought up in both cultures =o)

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  20. I was actually born in the UK and I have lived here all my life, but my ethnicity is actually asian, and I think it's so cool being able to have two completely different cultures!
    Aleeha xXx
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    1. How interesting =o) It's so great that you also have two cultures that can influence you =o)

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  21. What a great occasion to celebrate. Congratulations on all you've accomplished, and I hope the coming years bring greater joys and opportunities.

    Funmi x
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    1. Thank you Funmi =o) I'm so happy to be celebrating and it's been a whirlwind of 20 years =o)

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  22. Oh wow!!! That's a long time!
    xoxo

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    1. Haha twenty years is a long time right?!!?

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  23. I love your story. I can totally relate because this February I celebrated 15 years in America. It really is an adventure I never thought would happen to me.

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    1. Yay! Congratulations on 15 years =o) It's such an incredible experience to have, growing up with multiple cultures to influence you =o)

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  24. wooow Congratulations!!!
    this is my first year in America. It's being crazy with all this Trump stuff. Gladly I'm from Brazil and we are out of this insane Ban. Still, im rooting for any other immigrants for things to get better!!!

    thanks for sharing :)
    Jade-
    tinybigmoments.squarespace.com

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    1. Thank you Jade! It has definitely been a crazy start to the year in the US. I am hoping the for the best

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  25. Congratulations on 20 years dear ! Great post !
    Have a great start to your week !
    Nina
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    1. Thank you Nina for the sweet comment =o) Hope you are having a wonderful week as well =o)

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  26. Thanks for sharing your story. I have always wanted to emigrate to the US but I guess I just have to be content with going there on holidays...

    ANOUK

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    1. It's a pleasure to share =o) I hope one day you do have a chance to come and live in the US =o)

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  27. Good luck on pursuing architecture! I guess we are where we are meant to be. :)

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    1. Thank you! And yes, life can be funny in that way =o)

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  28. Congrats on 20 years spending in USA and I'm happy you ended up doing something you like-being an architect <3

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  29. Congrats on your 20th year in America! Glad to hear you're in a happy place! Have a lovely start of the week! x

    Andreea
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    1. Thank you Andreea =o) Hope you have a great week too! =o)

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  30. I salute your mom. :")

    xoxo, rae
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  31. Great One dear !! Xx, Neha

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  32. Congratulations on 20 years love! That's really wonderful :) Best wishes in achieving your dreams xx

    Erica
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    1. Thank you for such a kind and sweet comment Erica =o)

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  33. I feel sad when I look at the news and there are more and more divisions, at the end of the day we are all one and we need to look after each other. Instead of being so individualistic, it's so much better for us and the world to think as one. The mix of cultures only enrich society, thanks for sharing such a lovely post <3

    Love from Costa Rica,
    Whit

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    1. Thank you Whit, your comment made me smile. We need more people like you around =o)

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  34. You have a great outlook. Congrats on your success. Keep that positive frame of mind, its a contagious thing! Aloha

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  35. Congratulations babe!!!
    XOLB
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Thank you commenting and reading about my adventures! I really appreciate it and love reading all of your comments =o)

x the Adventurer