Thursday, May 1, 2014

Lost in Laos...

Laos is a beautiful country!!! To be honest, the highlight for me was probably visiting my sponsor child's village during my first few days in the country and then my visit had a bit of an erie undertone after that. I was by myself the whole time and didn't really meet anyone I connected well with. I also learned a lot about Laos' status as the most heavily bombed country per capita in all of human history and the poverty that has followed. While I'm glad I learned about that, I don't think it did much to brighten my mood. Yes, my 2 weeks in Laos was a time for reflecting on this cruel world and how I'd like to contribute to making it better. But overall, it was life enhancing and enjoyable.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Visiting the Child I Sponsor in Laos: Lessons in Life and Family

The day I visited the child I sponsor in Laos was one of the most memorable days of my life. While it was a difficult day in some ways, it was also very inspiring and I learned a lot about myself, the little girl and her community that I sponsor, and what really matters in life. I am so glad that I did it and I encourage anyone else to do the same or at least to donate money to sponsor a community through Plan International. This post is about my experience that day and what I learned. I hope it will be helpful for anyone who is considering the same thing and not sure what to expect.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

I've been from Chiang Mai to Pai and back again

I'm SO happy that I stayed at New Life for the period of time I did because I realize now that it was exactly what I needed to make the rest of my trip life-enhancing and enjoyable. But when I left in a song taew with Hanna, Rahim, Sam, and Anna Lucy, I was ready. My last goal before heading out of New Life was to explore different sides of myself, especially my fun side, and so I was ready for some fun in particular. Well, fun is what we had!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Life at New Life

Please see my "broken to the New Life without pushing in" post for a story of my inner journey at the New Life Foundation over the last 2 months. This post is a lot lighter, contains more pictures, and is focused more on what I've been doing during my time here at New Life. As far as my feelings are concerned, I've had lots of ups and downs here, but I've always been growing. I've taken a lot of time to relax and to work on myself. I've also spent a lot of time participating in the many activities that are offered at New Life, including support groups, workshops, dancing, excursions, and a lot more!!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

"broken into the New Life without pushing in"

So this post is different than the others. This post is not about journeys to far away lands by tuk tuk, song taew, boat, bus, plane, or train. I've been in the same place for the last seven weeks and I have no valiant adventures to report to you. I haven't written for all this time because I've been ashamed of that. But I'm not ashamed anymore. Because while I haven't done anything too crazy in the outer world, I've been on a whirlwind of a journey within myself, here at the New Life Foundation. And maybe that's as good a story as any. Maybe it's not. Either way, it doesn't really matter because the purpose of this post is simply to reveal more of my authentic self. This is me for anyone who cares to listen. Most importantly, though, this is me for me.

photo courtesy of the lovely Patricia

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Monkey Business

My last few stops haven't been the most exciting of my trip so far but it's been nice to have some down time while visiting Ban Kruit, Hua Hin, and Bangkok (again!). The biggest highlight of the three was probably hanging out with a bunch of wild monkeys on the outskirts of Hua Hin.


Monday, December 30, 2013

Beach Bummin'

Koh Phangan and Koh Tao have brought about fun, exciting, relaxing, and challenging times for me. The highlights on Koh Phangan were scootering around the island and going to the Full Moon Party. On Koh Tao, I became a PADI-certified scuba diver and saw what must be a few of the most gorgeous little islands on the planet. Aside from all that, I've spent a lot of time chillin' on beaches and eating cheap, amazing food with cool people. All of this has come with a few challenges, though. I've learned a lot already. This post is about who I've met, what I've done, and what I've learned while living the beach bum life on Koh Tao and Koh Phangan, two islands on the southeast coast of Thailand.