meet Bridget from amilliongraces
Enjoying living out a million graces to living life simply, keeping fit & traveling well.
Hi friends, glad you have dropped in.
Here is a little about me and what’s I’m all about in this blog.
I was born in South Africa and I did my schooling and university training there. Looking back I can see that living simply, keeping fit & traveling well have always been so interesting for me because that is what we do.
There I trained and got my degree as a senior primary school teacher. I’ve also been a waitress, tutored children in maths, and lectured teachers training them to become teachers.
When we moved to Mongolia I was first a consultant at a Kindergarten, then I went on to become a teacher and librarian at one of the International schools before settling into being the teacher to our two children, I became a home school mom.
We lived there for 14 years. It was challenging and wonderful.
We still travel back there every year. We love going back to see our dearest friends who are like family to us.
why simple living, keeping fit & traveling well?
Fitness is so important to me for a number of reasons. Firstly, I loved doing sport at school and I swam, did track running and played netball. When I was at university, all I managed to do was to take part in fitness classes at the local gym. When I started working I then did modern dance.
I love being fit and it helps me clear my head, that is why I still enjoy it so much.
Living in Mongolia proved to be a bit more challenging with regard to doing sport because of the extreme climate. I managed to use the treadmill to get some runs in and we also joined a gym with a swimming pool.
Living simply has become very important to me. The diversity and opportunities all around us challenge me all the time.
I am also interested in a lot of different things – my family calls me a squirrel because, while I am on the same path and journey as them – I am running up every tree along the path;)
So, in order to do what I love – I have to simplify to live.
This affects me at work, in my home, keeping fit & in traveling. I want to do those things easily, and stuff and complexity just gets in the way.
If it’s not nailed down or being used – it get’s tossed out of the door. True story.
We have had the most amazing adventures as we have traveled to and lived in 3 different cultures for our work. We are Bible teachers, missionaries, and church leaders wherever we go.
That being our lives has challenged me to learn how to organize, pack, cook, exercise, and live in vastly different situations. It has been and still is such fun. That is why traveling well includes organising my home, my suitcase, or sports gear in order to be ready to live fully wherever we are.
a little bit more about me
My home language is and has always been English, and at school, I also learned Afrikaans.
When we moved to Mongolia, we all learned to speak Mongolian with varying degrees of success. It is such an interesting and challenging language to learn. We had to learn a new alphabet because they use the Cyrillic alphabet.
Now we’ve learned German! The Afrikaans that I learned as my second language at school has helped me a bit with learning German.
The funny thing about learning new languages for me is that I can mostly still understand Afrikaans and Mongolian. But now when I try to speak either Mongolian or Afrikaans then only German comes out of my mouth.
This is both super frustrating and also so funny!
all in a name – amilliongraces
The name amilliongraces sums me up – Million was my maiden name, and it meant and still means to me that there are a million ways to achieve your goal.
This helps me and can help you stay the course, and be the girl or guy in a million – be you.
I hope that this helps you step up and step out of your comfort zone to get to your goal!
The word grace is front and center of the meaning of my new married name and for me, it represents the huge grace that exists for each person to reach their goal.
We each run or walk in our own lane, and we can cheer each other on. I would love to walk this out together with you.