A Life as Immigrants


During those 2 years in Spain I got used to our new life, and I even liked it a lot. With time I got new friends and while preparing my girl’s first birthday I started to make handmade cards to sell and with that my blog was born too. That was my real getaway to keep myself sane.

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I found a place to keep my mind busy besides only being a mom all day. I found a happy spot, something to do that made me happy. Hubby usually left at mornings and came back really late so I had plenty time. I started to see future with my blog and my life and started to put my energy and love there so I could help hubby.

When hubby lost the job he was really close to get the legal residence but there wasn’t money anymore so we made the hardest decision to be apart. He stayed in Spain for a while and tried to find a job so we could go back. My girl and I went to Oman {Middle East} with my parents.

Oman was an amazing experience. A complete different culture and way to live. Amazing architecture and the people is really nice. I loved every place I went. Thank to my dad I had the chance to visit Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi too. Those are absolutely amazing places.

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That was supposed to be a 6 months deal tops but it end up being a lot longer than that. Hubby couldn’t find a job and he had to go back to Venezuela. That hit me so hard. I couldn’t see when we were going to be together again. He found a job there and I started my design business more seriously.

A year later my dad’s contract ended and we moved to Colombia where I lived for about 2 years and a half. The idea was to find a job myself and bring hubby back with us.

After many interviews and job offers I figured I could make a lot more money with my design business at TCN Design Studio than they could offer, not mentioning leaving my girl all day at home. I made the decision to make my business work, so as soon as I got my visa, I registered myself as an independent worker got my tax ID, bank account, PayPal account and started with all my energy to offer my services and start growing. 8 months later I was ready to bring hubby home.

A new Adventure as immigrant was starting.

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When I brought my hubby everything started to get so complicated. It was like we were going against some sort of force. Not sure yet what it was. Things started to change in Colombia and no company was willing to provide the necessary documentation to get a working Visa. Then Venezuela closed the borders with Colombia and started deporting Colombians back to Colombia. Politically that screwed us up big time.

We had to rush into giving him a beneficiary visa from mine so he would be legal there but that meant that he could not apply for any formal job. Colombian Government is not allowing the change of status so I don’t need to say what that meant to him.

Things got so frustrating. We just wanted to work and make a living. Things have been so hard for us as immigrants. We had been apart for almost 2 years struggling and fighting to make things work and now we only want to have a decent and peaceful life.

We tried establishing our business locally to start offering our services in what I’m good at and what my hubby is good at there. Starting almost from scratch. I would be the company front and hubby would help me and do what he likes and knows how to do: Computers, systems, maintenance, etc. Not really comforting for him as he wanted to be the head of the family and provide for us, but life is taking us this way and there must be a why and something to learn from it. So, we had to embrace it and put all our mind, heart and soul to make it work.

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It didn’t last much. Problems between Venezuela and Colombia got worse and the government decided to deny renewing visas and pretty much most visas were denied unless of course you had a job long enough so they would consider giving you the new status.

Boy oh boy! Seriously! Could life get any harder?

The situation was also causing our marriage to crack and it was starting to fall apart. I was again reaching my breaking point as I had a lot of pressure from my parents and my hubby’s state of mind and heart. I thought for a second that I was going to get a divorce and that was killing me.

It was time to take some serous actions.

Till Next time!

 Camila

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Camila
My name is Camila Rojas but everyone call me Cami. I'm a mommy, blogger, baker, do it yourselfer, crafter and graphic designer. Owner and founder of The Crafting Nook {formerly TitiCrafty} and TCN Design Studio: web design for bloggers. Join me on my crazy adventures!

11 Comments on " A Life as Immigrants "

  1. Camila

    Cami, thanks so much for sharing your story! You are very determined and very strong. Our mommy instincts kick in and there’s literally nothing that stands in our way that can prevent us from making a better life for our little ones, immigrant or not. I am so happy you have finally found a place you can call home and friends you can make memories with.
    I, too, am an immigrant and moved to two different countries, but not by choice. It was very hard leaving everything behind and losing friends. Yes, it is easy to make new ones, but you have nobody to reminisce with. If you’re interested in my short story, you can read it here: http://all-thats-jas.com/2012/10/this-is-why.html
    Sending you hugs and smiles across the miles. You made it, girl! Be proud!!

  2. Camila

    You are so brave. I admire you and the way you have been able to “pull yourself up by your bootstraps”. I admire your courage to share your trials and tribulations with the world. There is a publication here in the U.S.( it might be world-wide) called “The Guidepost”. They publish encouraging stories to share and lift others. I suggest that you research it and send in a perhaps shorter version of your life story. It might reap more income for you. My very best wishes, from Ohio, USA.

    1. Camila

      Thank you so much for your sweet words. Also thank you for the tip, I’ll do some research on that!!!
      Appreciate you stopping by and leaving some love!
      Hugs

  3. Camila

    With everything that is happening here in the UK after the whole Brexit fiasco this is such a timely read. You have such tenacity it’s really inspiring. My husband has worked in other countries in the past so I understand how hard being apart is, I’ve always stayed put here in the UK though, I just don’t think I’m brave enough to travel about as much as you have.
    It’s lovely to hear you feel settled now, I wish you and your lovely family all the best with whatever life brings next.

    1. Camila

      THANK YOU so much Julie. I feel honored by your sweet words. I didn’t think I was capable either. I never wanted to leave my country. I guess we find the strength when we actually need it. I do feel settle thank God! Not sure yet if this is it but feeling like this is such a a relief. I love it here and I’m sure we can make it work. I’m actually happy!

      Love having you visiting Julie! Thankyou so much for your constant support. It means more than you know!
      Hugs and XOXO

  4. Camila

    Thank you for sharing your journey! You are an inspiration and a source of strength for others! Keep your spirits high and keep moving forward everyday. You have already done so many amazing things.

    1. Camila

      Thank you so much Carole, Such inspiring words. I hope I can be a source of strength for those in similar stuations. It’s not an easy journey but it is full of fulfilling moments and experiences!
      Thank you for stopping by and leaving your love!
      Hugs

  5. Camila

    Cami nunca habia imaginado que tu trayectoria de vida haya sido tan complicada. Viviendo en tantos paises y sin poder tener “lo tuyo” o hechar raizes como decimos. Tener que separarte de tu esposo sin saber cuando se daria ese reencuentro. Pero me alegro que has sido consistente y que tomaste decisiones e hicistes planes para que esto se diera, y no te tiraste a llorar en una esquina. Te deseo lo mejor en tu nuevo pais, que esa union familiar sea permanente al igual tu empresa de disenos de blogs. Hay algunas personas en este mundo bloguero a quienes sigo y admiro y tu eres la primera . Gracias por tu ayuda incondicional, cuenta con mi humilde ayuda siempre. Un abrazo y besos a la titi.

    1. Camila

      Hola Fabi, Pues si, muchos obstaculos y altos y bajos pero aqui estamos. De tirarme a llorar, mira, no te niego las ganas que tuve en muchos momentos pero es que no tenia ni tiempo de eso. Con la Titi alli y tanto por hacer que la verdad no me podia dar ese lujo. A veces por las noches despues que todo el mundo dormia pues me dejaba desahogar y ya, a limpiarse el rostro, respirar profundo y a empezar de nuevo un nuevo dia. Yo soy terca lo cual es bueno para algunas cosas y no tanto para otras. Yo simplemente me niego a conformarme. Es decir, conformarme con la miseria, con vivir separados, con la inseguridad, con la escaces. Puedo aceptar vivir sin lujos pero si lucho por tener lo que me merezco como ser humano. La parte economica se sobre lleva, pero la parte humanitaria o esta o no esta, no me conformo con ir por la vida con miedo. Eso basicamente y mi hija han sido mis motores de vida. Lograr mi vida perfect. Que no necesariamente tiene que ser una cuenta bancaria llena de ceros. Que si llega, bienvenido sera pero si tengo para lo necesario y para darnos nuestros gusticos pues yo soy feliz.

      Gracias mi Fabi por tu constante apoyo. Con eso me ayudas muchisimo!!!!
      Besos y Cariños!

  6. Camila

    I am so glad that no matter what country you live in we are friends! What an inspiring story!

    1. Camila

      Thank you girly! I’m so thankful for your friendship and constant support. It’s funny that I met you when I was barely starting my business and I was in Oman, Middle East. What a wonderful friendship came out it!!! You are one of my treasures!

      XOXO

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