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A Letter to my First 100 Subscribers

Dear Subscribers,

Having finally reached my first 100 subscribers, I would like to thank you. I'm grateful for the initial group of people who supported my challenge and vision.

Thank you to those who subscribed even before my first video was released.

Thank you to those who stayed patient while I experimented with different video formats.

Thank you to my family who encouraged me and told me that every one of my videos was better than the last.

Thank you to the friend who stayed up late nights putting all of his passion into composing the theme song.

Thank you to the friends who called me when I arrived in Krakow to tell me how much they enjoyed my first few videos.

Thank you to those who told their friends to subscribe to my channel.

Thank you to the people who volunteered to appear in my videos.

Thank you to the guy who decided to give me free Polish lessons just so I could achieve my goal.

They say building a following is like planting a garden. It takes time and patience. How…

How and Why I Did a Speech Contest in a Language I Don't Speak

Our lives are like sailboats. We set a direction and we go that way. Before I started my Erasmus exchange semester in Krakow, I only wanted to set one clear direction : I would seize every opportunity that comes my way. This direction in my sailboat brought me to the Toastmaster's club and got me to participate in a speech contest in Polish against native speakers. 
One month before leaving Toulouse, I put a piece of paper up on my wall to remind me to say "Yes!". It was a reference to the Jim Carrey film YesMan, a silly but inspiring story of a man who is put in a trance and has to say yes to every opportunity that comes his way. This might seem outlandish. However, we all probably turn down interesting treasures of opportunities all too often. 
There's a voice in my head that sometimes complains a lot about a lack in my life of different things. Why don't I travel more with friends? Why am I not invited to all these fun events? Only to then realize that I turn…