That was where it turned from a “I want this for me” to a “I need to do this for others” feeling. And that’s when I knew it was something I not only wanted to do, or could handle, but I needed to do it to give back to the world. I needed to use my skills and body and vigor to provide a service to others who needed it. I needed to learn how to give to others, to give myself and everything I am to other people, to help them. … More How I fell in love with the PCV Mission
Before you actually go to staging, there are even more hoops to jump through; Travel arrangements. … More Getting ready for Staging
This is my farewell love letter to the PNW. I’m so excited for the upcoming adventure, but I know I will miss my home incredibly. If there is one thing I love about the U.S.A. it is the landscape, the scenery, the sheer incredible beauty of the land itself. So here’s to you PNW, Oregon, Bend… Thank you for being a place that I will want to return to eventually, for being my home, no matter how far away I am.
You don’t realized how much of your life revolves around modern appliances and “conveniences” until you are about to lose them. It’s amazing how you can go your whole life taking those kinds of things for granted… until you know you’ll be leaving them for a long, long time. … More Modern “Conveniences”
I won’t be a visitor for a day. I won’t be passing through. I won’t be staying in “fancy” hotels or eating out every day. I will be living and working at the local level. I will be actually learning about the people and culture first-hand. … More I hate being a “Tourist”…
I just hope that when I get there I’ll meet 2 or 3 people that just “get” me, either in my staging group of current PCVs… Having just a couple of very close friends that I can talk to about anything is what I love in my friendships and what I strive to cultivate. I hope I can find those people in a couple months, as I am sure it will make my service that much more wonderful of an experience. … More The other PCVs
Moral of the story when it comes to getting in your medical documentation… Do it ASAP. From the day you accept your invitation to serve you only have 60 days (2 months) until your deadline. That seems like a long time, but I promise you it will pass incredibly quickly. … More Medical Clearance
This is all happening so fast.
I know that this adventure will change me; who I am, what is important to me, what I want out of life, and how I see the world. And while I am gone, life will be moving forward for my friends and chosen family. A lot will happen in 27 months. In 27 months what was once my world will suddenly be a different place. … More Happy and Sad, Excited and Scared.
I feel a certain sorrow that the wild west is no longer an unexplored land of wonders and dangers. It’s like when you reread your favorite book for the 10th time. You always love it, and it’s always special and enchanting, but it’s never quite like the first time. It’s lost that magic of the unknown. It’s lost the surprise… And anything other than the first time reading and discovering something completely new feels like something is missing. … More Times Long Past
So this is subject to serious changes. This is really just the first draft of things I currently think I will need. I’m going to be paring down all of this significantly over the next few months before I leave. … More My Ever Evolving Packing List
I know myself. I know in a general sense what I can handle, what I can take, and the amount of cuteness I can resist. … More I know my limits… and they are puppies.