Motivation comes and goes.  There are times in all of our lives when we feel like we can take over the world.  On the contrary, there are many times in our lives when we forget what it is that motivated us in the first place.  When I set off to teach English in Korea about a year and a half ago, I had a huge list of things that I wanted to accomplish for myself.  I am happy to report that I crushed all of…Continue Reading “A healthy reminder…..”

I am certainly overdue with a post on the blog updating my progress in Colombia.  I feel like I am finally getting settled into this wonderful country but it has not been without a couple bumps in the road.  Switching gears from my way of life in Korea, experiencing Indonesia for a month, and then plopping myself right into the thick of things in Colombia was a bit overwhelming, to say the least.  I have been studying at a private Spanish school in Cartagena for…Continue Reading “Nivel Avanzado???”

This is starting to feel silly.  In approximately thirteen hours time, I will have set foot in four different countries within the span of five days.  The amount of gratitude I have in my heart for being able to live my life like this is immense. I just finished a trip back to the United States in which I was able to see my family and some old friends in the great state of California.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it back to Colorado this trek,…Continue Reading “Me voy a Colombia….”

Prior to signing up for an expedition with Barefoot Conservation, I knew I wanted to do something meaningful with my travels that would positively benefit me and help other individuals in some part of the world. Additionally, I wanted to find an organization in a part of the world where I could do some scuba diving.  I also wanted to learn more about Eco tourism and possibly use my English teaching skills.  I have had an interest in scuba diving from the first time I…Continue Reading “Working with a NGO: why I did it, what I learned, the pros and cons”

The past month has absolutely flown by. It’s simply amazing to me that I arrived in Papua a month ago and I am already sitting in the airport on the way to my next destination. In this post I will recap the last week but I will follow with another post on my final thoughts about working with a NGO, why I wanted to do it, positives and negatives, etc. I’ll continue on where I left off from my previous post, last Thursday. I was…Continue Reading “West Papua, Indonesia….it’s a wrap!”

My last post was the day before Halloween, which is a holiday that came and went in Raja Ampat, Indonesia without much of a celebration.  I am not terribly upset that I traded in costume parties for paradise this year. The past seven days have gone by rather quickly, again, and I now only have one more week left in Indonesia.  Last Thursday I woke up early as usual and started in on learning some more marine biology.  After breakfast, I had a four hour…Continue Reading “Coral, fish, invertebrates, dolphins….marine biology, oh my!”