Laura from The Spanish Iceberg

Laura

It all started with me failing English

For me failing English wasn’t just any other fail since it made me feel useless. I was always quite hard-working and responsible at school but I admit that I was not okay with English. Although I devoted time and effort to it, it didn’t bear fruit later. What happened? Well, I ended up having it in for it and when I finished school, I didn’t want to know anything about it.

 

I spent my first 2 years at college without opening an English book. After all, I was studying Business & Management in Spanish and nobody called me to account for English. Until it was time to look for a job and by coincidence, in all job interviews there was a small questioning in English.

 

So I had to get cracking if I wanted to get a job. And again, I got back to the same. Me in front of a hellish book trying to learn something, going to a language school to follow another hellish textbook and having banal conversations with the one next to me.

 

Okay, I improved a little but it was a torture for me.

In 2011, at the age of 26, I hit rock bottom in life. Don’t think the reason was English!

As Forrest Gump said “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”.

I decided to take a sabbatical year in order to take some fresh air but I wanted to do something worth it. I wanted to overcome a challenge and there, English made a comeback. Those 10 months were incredible. Not only did I improve my English once and for all, but also I was aware for the first time that I could learn and have fun at the same time. This fact led me to build a daily habit, which I keep today since it gives me tons of energy & motivation.

 

For the last 10 years I have kept deepening Integrated Learning Method, researching and discovering new ways to enhance learning without giving up on fun. Now I can state that English and self-knowledge saved me, and they continue doing it wherever I go.

From auditor and financial controller to Spanish Teacher and Content Creator at The Spanish Iceberg.
If I look back and return to the box of chocolates, I can only be grateful for that chocolate. My learning has gone through understanding that everything happens for a reason and it is only up to you to get a valuable lesson, even if it brings you a good deal of suffering. Each life experience is an opportunity to grow and know ourselves and others a little better.
That chocolate has brought me here, to The Spanish Iceberg, with the purpose of offering Spanish students a different learning place where they can dive into their interests and passions and improve their Spanish at the same time.
If I look back and return to the box of chocolates, I can only be grateful for that chocolate. My learning has gone through understanding that everything happens for a reason and it is only up to you to get a valuable lesson, even if it brings you a good deal of suffering. Each life experience is an opportunity to grow and know ourselves and others a little better.
That chocolate has brought me here, to The Spanish Iceberg, with the purpose of offering Spanish students a different learning place where they can dive into their interests and passions and improve their Spanish at the same time.

My life motto says “Learn what you are and be such so learning can make you free”

Some people would call me “THE HUNGRY LEARNER” since I always find something new to learn.

I’ve spent my life doing courses, reading books and listening to podcasts to learn skills that allow me to develop new personal and professional projects.

 

Learning runs in my blood, and getting new knowledge on different subjects makes me very happy. They only have to attract my attention.

There is a term called “Multipotential” which explains quite well what this implies.

Multipotential folks are curious people with many interests, which leads them to want to learn from each and every one of them, even if they don’t always have a connection between them.

 

So maybe that’s why my training is a mishmash:

I hold a Business Management degree plus a master's in Taxation & Accounting, and 3 more masters’ in; Professional English, Personal Development & Leadership, and Digital Marketing.

I’ve taken courses in photography, drawing, cooking, mindfulness, yoga and some sports such as paddle tennis, skiing or surfing.

Keep calm! I've also been trained (and I keep doing it) as a Spanish Tutor with two courses in Methodology and Grammar for teaching ELE certified by El Instituto Cervantes.

Laura, The Hungry Learner in action
I’m good at deconstructing a complex topic.

I believe that learning requires deconstruction. When you face a complex issue, you need to break it down into tiny components to reassemble them later.

 

It’s as if you disassemble a puzzle that you haven’t done and you do it again by first understanding each piece separately to know what is its right place. This is how you learn and get mastery over a subject. And that’s the way I teach my students in my Online Private Classes.

Up at 5 am

I’ve always been an early bird. I remember that when I went to school, I woke up earlier to go over school lessons. I’m very aware that my brain is more productive in the morning whereas in the afternoon, I prefer to play sports, devote time to my hobbies (cooking, drawing, watercolors, knitting, reading, gardening, watching movies or TV series etc.) and live quality moments with my family & friends.

 

As I remarked above, Personal Development has played a decisive role in my life. It helped me out when I lost track of myself, and now I use it as a compass which guides me on a daily basis. In fact, I’ve turned it into a habit and every morning I do a ritual that I call “My Miracle Morning”. It basically consists of me getting up when the alarm goes off (no snooze time!), doing some yoga & mindfulness, reading aloud my positive affirmations, and to conclude, reading or listening to a meaningful book or podcast. It doesn’t take me more than 60 minutes and it gives me the clarity and focus I need to face my daily activities.

The time has come to gossip a little!

I am a Toy Story fan.

I live between Madrid and a small coast village near Santander (Northern Spain) where I enjoy breathtaking landscapes (mountains and wild beaches).

I collaborate with the Environmental Volunteering Program from Cantabria as a volunteer.

I love nature trips where I have the opportunity to do trekking and explore new landscapes just walking.

I have a dog (Merthin) that I love like crazy. Merthin is an English name from the Middle Ages, chance or causality?

PART 1: Some photos about my life, journeys, Merthin, etc.
PART 2: Some photos about my life, journeys, Merthin, etc.
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