They come just before a life-altering journey...
Fingers trembling on the flight to Australia with 25 new friends
Eyes reluctantly accepting sleep the night before the first day of college
Heart flickers with electric touches as green and brown eyes meet before a first kiss
Breath catching as the doors opens for the first day of yoga teacher training
Knees weak and eyes blurry with tears as the plane boards for Thailand
Excitement boiling when discovering that the perfect job wants an interview Continue reading "Follow the Butterflies"
As a child I daydreamed about living in the endless woods behind my house. The notion of living with the land and creatures, to be enveloped in the greatness of Mother Earth, gripped me and sparked my imagination.
My family instilled these values in me and I was lucky to spent many weekends camping, fishing, and canoeing with my family. Highlights of my childhood consisted of: watching my father build fires, return the smaller fish back into the river, and teach me how to canoe; my mother, a petite and powerful woman showing me how to pitch a tent and gently appreciate all creatures from bull frogs and salamanders to deer and foxes; convincing my step-dad to help me build a teepee in the flush forest behind my house, where well-worn Mexican blankets covered the small circular dirt floor and just outside of the teepee entrance I carefully shaped old bricks into a makeshift fireplace.
Continue reading "Playful Adventures"
It's been a month since I returned home from a year in Thailand. My homecoming was emotional, full of reunions, shocks of cultural differences
, and the foreign sensation of stability that only "home" can provide. I spent the first few weeks continuing my adventure by exchanging my 70 liter backpack for my lavender duffel bag, plane tickets for the Greyhound, and a constant companion for traveling solo. My fears of coming home
to stagnation were most certainly cured by days filled with traveling, visiting loved ones, celebrating graduations, or the overwhelming task of unpacking. However, I soon began to notice a pattern in my swarm of activities: they were non-stop. Continue reading "Heart Shine"
Over my year here in Thailand I have devoured 14 amazingly delicious and juicy books. Full of adventure, life, challenges, cultures, and magic. Most of my books are about Westerners moving to the East, each with a different reason or purpose and each has greatly influenced my experience in Thailand. Here are my favorites:
Continue reading "Book Worm"
- Nine Hills to Nambokanah by Sarah Erdman :: This is about a Peace Corps Volunteer who was placed in rural Ivory Coast to be a health worker. She discusses her trials and errors, her challenges, and her successes (big and small). This book helped me so much during my first few months here, Sarah was like a friend helping me cope with my own challenges of integration and belonging in a new culture.
- Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson :: This book is very well known and despite the controversy that surrounds his work, he has amazing perseverance and dedication. I applaud him for building so many schools in Pakistan and empowering the young women in these areas to find their strengths and further their education.
Bryan with a coconut popsicle! yumm