Hi, I’m Marcela! I’m a passionate dreamer, a love immigrant, and a speaker by choice. A firm believer that anything your soul truly desires will come to you sooner or later, and that we came to this world to break the rules!
"Migratory grief . . . that's how it's called. If someone had explained this to me eight years ago when I became an immigrant, my life would have been much easier."
"Being a bicultural couple is interesting. Some of our daily conversation topics include in which country we're going to live, which language we're going to use, what is going to be our meal schedule."
"I am Colombian, my husband is Canadian, and we live in the US. Our family is multicultural, and our children are growing up in that environment. It is difficult enough for a conventional family to figure out how to raise their kids, so in our case, with so many variables and ways of looking at life, the challenge becomes much more complex."
"I've been living in a country that's not my own for four years, and even though the culture shock was so much worse when I first arrived, there are still times when I feel lost, like I can't adapt to it. I feel like I don't belong here, but I also feel like I don't belong there either."
"A few months ago, I accepted a very good job offer abroad. At the beginning, migrating was very rewarding, exciting, and I felt very happy. However, being away from my family and friends started to become difficult, and it was very important to keep my mind busy to avoid getting depressed."
"Immigrating is already difficult enough, and when you add the racism and ignorance that you often have to face, then things get very serious."
"A few weeks ago, my fiancée visa was approved and I'm already packing my things to move in with my partner. I'm very excited, but at the same time I also feel a lot of sadness and melancholy . . . I don't know how to explain it. I haven't started the immigration process yet and things are really hard for me already."
"As an immigrant, feeling part of a group becomes very difficult. Connecting with people and making friends in a foreign land is not as easy as it is with people from your own country."
"What does migration mean to me? A mixture of joy and sadness, something that has brought many things to my life, but that has also taken things away. No one who hasn't experienced this can understand that feeling."