Aprovachar is Spanish for “to take advantage of”. People aprovachar occasions, opportunities, lo que sea (whatever it be). My community is always aprovachando my presence by having me help them with English, teaching them how to do a search on the internet, or even how to play music and movies on their computers. The other day, I realized I need to aprovachar more and I found the perfect way.

I have been in the worst physical shape of my life for a while and have been really hard on my self about it. I want to make changes and start working out and be healthier, but it is hard to find the motivation. I found my self always sitting around making plans to start a new routine for sometime in the future but never follow through. I realize now is an opportune time as I am no longer drinking or smoking and am eating healthier then I was in the States but it still has been challenging for me to hold myself accountable. I need help.

With that said, I work in a home where 18 boys ages 9 – 18 live and one of the employees is a 20-year-old male who is an expert in kung fu and does weight lifting competitions. The young boys play soccer twice a week and are always participating in other physical activities.  The other day, I was playing tag with the younger boys in the home and realized that I should aprovachar this experience and have these boys help me get into shape. I took the first step and told them I didn’t want to be fat anymore (they cheered) and wanted their help. I have started to assist the soccer coach with the practices and also am using this time to run along the beach. The 20 year old (Jonathan) is taking me to the gym he works out three times a week and for less then $1.50 I have access to a huge gym AND a personal trainer.

It is the perfect situation really, a win-win. They boys get to share their knowledge with me, get experience teaching new skills to others, and I will be held accountable and will get in shape and feel better about myself. I just have to get through the next few weeks of pain and suffering. They have me doing 150 sit ups a night (I can’t leave for my house until I have completed them), 60 squats and as many push ups as I can muster. I can’t give up on myself because the boys won’t let me. I believe this time I will be successful.


About Sarita

Sara Evjen was born March 5th, 1986 in Albion, Ca and is the oldest of three girls. Sara moved to Oregon with her family at the age of 5 and grew up in a little neighborhood called Sellwood. She attended Llewellyn Elementary, Sellwood Middle and Cleveland High. She graduated high school in 2004 and moved to Eugene, OR to attend the University of Oregon. Sara completed her studies at the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts in Family and Human services, a Minor in Business Administration and a concentration in Spanish. Sara is currently a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in the Dominican Republic and working with marginalized youth and families living in poverty. She is set to return to the states in December 2012 and plans to pursue a Masters in Social Work or a PhD in Counseling Psychology.
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One Response to Aprovachar

  1. warren stone says:

    sounds like a plan, you help them and they help you, now some how you figered it out that is how it work every were. Sound like you are doing well.

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