Week 7: Transitions

This week has been full of changes and adjusting to new circumstances. We said goodbye to Sanctuary and traveled up north to a town called Cairns (party!!). Three days was enough. Also, getting to know one another in a new environment can be challenging. Suddenly, you are out of the routine and familiarity of where…

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Week 6: Snorkeling and Goodbyes

It’s happening. We’re leaving. Cue the tears, travel itineraries, and new adventures. I have been at Sanctuary Retreat for one month and it has been (mostly) lovely. Summer is coming to Queensland and with it rain and thunderstorms. So, we are saying goodbye to this jungle paradise and heading south to more temperate weather. I’m…

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Week 5: Waterfalls

We went to Josephine Falls which is about an hour North of Mission Beach, and it was everything that I want in life. But seriously, I’m barely joking.

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Week 4: My Lovelies

So, this may sound crazy, but I’m a little bored. Last week, I felt the need to settle down, but this week I am restless. This could be due to the constant rain and lack of car, but I’m ready to go on a wild adventure. Then I remind myself that this is my wild…

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Week 3: Retreat

I’m staying at this place that has huts and rainforest and beaches, and I’m a little sad I’m missing the snow at home. It’s been three weeks and this place is glorious, but I’m tired of moving around. I’m ready to settle and be good at something. It’s taxing for me to keep learning new…

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Week 2: All the Animals

  Whoa… this week has definitely been different from my usual routine. Working with baby farm animals is exciting, entertaining, busy, poopy, cuddly, and just about a million other things. Every minute isn’t wonderful, but it feels good to get dirty and hold little animals. Basically, I am working with a woman (Karen) who runs…

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A Short Tale About Showering

Some days you go to the beach. You walk along the shaded trail, surrounded by trees and brush. You hear birds singing, celebrating the warm day after a rain-filled week. Suddenly, the trees clear and the skies open; before you is the golden glow of a sandy beach being caressed by gentle ocean waves. Ahh……

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I’m Scared

Mostly, I feel excited. But at night when I’m trying to fall asleep, or when I’m sitting in my car waiting for the light to turn green, I start to worry. In preparation for my trip, I created an independent research class (with some much needed help from friends and coworkers) at my school. One…

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House Sitting

For the past three weeks, I have been without a home. I spent two of those weeks mooching off two very generous friends and then discovered that people actually pay strangers to housesit for them while they are away…. WHAT?! This is crazy and genius, and I am benefiting greatly from it. Growing up in…

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