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After having worked in the community sector for a number of years, I decided to quit my job after a meal with a 67 year old stranger left me thinking about life and new beginnings. I packed what I needed into my backpack in search of new experiences, new adventures, new places to call home, new connections, new insights into life and just an openness to experiencing all that life has to offer. It began in New Zealand in June 2014, where on the advice of the 67 year old stranger, I decided to start my trip, deciding maybe I'd like to learn to snowboard, then went on to live and work in a yoga ashram for 4 months, volunteered and helpx-ed my way around working on an environmental conservation project, transcribing Buddhist talks and getting involved in the Christchurch earthquake rebuild. The journey then took me back to Australia for a couple of months, and then to France for 6 months to follow my heart, but things happen or don't happen for a reason, and now after 2 years on the road, the next phase of my journey is taking me to Montreal where I'm looking to set up shop for a bit as I put my wayward legs to rest and find home. I'm often asked why I chose Montreal and to be honest, no one seems satisfied with my answer as they wonder why I would leave a place like Australia for a cold place like Montreal. I tell them I just came on a feeling, and I like adventure and trying opposites. I've had warm for too long, and thought maybe cold would balance things out. Plus it'll give me some time to improve on my snowboarding as I never had the chance to really be around snow until recently, so I have many many years of snow adventures and snowman building to catch up on.
“Someone once I asked me why I insist on taking the hard road?" I replied "Why do you assume I see two roads" - a great unknown author
"As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same" - Marianne Williamson
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
Taking CSers out to eat, drink and explore my hometown, and hosting when house arrangements allow it.
My couchsurfing experience has been a journey in some amazing friendships, new ideas, new thoughts, new experiences and a new life.
I LIKE people watching, the wind, food, cooking, experimenting with new ingredients, healthy eating, mindful living, music, arthouse films, reading, challenges, learning, hiking, yoga, meditation, simplicity, talking, listening, meaningful connections, volunteering, hanging out at coffee shops, walking, flowers, trees, architecture, documentaries, writing To-Do lists, thrift shopping, local markets, farmers markets, museums, art galleries, libraries, photography, snowboarding, eyes, kissing, smiles, eating dessert, camping, sleeping in tents, the stars, helping people, wandering, tea, teapots, bushwalking, history, culture, philosophy, painting, the taste of water, birds chirping, the beach at night, watching clothes dry, feet, ginger beer, popcorn, randomness, 5 rhythms dance, via ferrata, TED talks.
and I LOVE cuddles, breathing deeply, cheesecake, adventure, eating, nature, smiling, learning, new experiences.
- reading books
Music, Movies, and Books
My tastes in music vary with my mood, the seasons, the time of day or night, the company I'm with. In general, it just varies invariably with the person that I am, but some of the music I enjoy include Sufjan Stevens, Andrew Bird, The Cure, The Kills, The xx, Sigor Ros, Explosions in the Sky, M83, Imagine Dragons, Ayo, Bon Iver, Passenger, Amy Winehouse, Sia, The Middle East, Of Monsters and Men, Louise Attaque, Christine and the Queens, Jose Gonzalez, Manu Chao...
My reading exploits have sadly waned a bit over the last year, but some of my favourites include Middlesex, 1984, Fahrenheit 451, Disgrace, Notes on a Scandal, The Catcher in the Rye, Freakonimics, Spring Snow, Dice Man, The Happiest Refugee, Siddhartha, Far from the Tree, The Brain that Changes Itself, In Defence of Food, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, A Walk in the Woods
Movies I like:
Juno, Forest Gump, Garden State, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, The Dark Knight, Dogville, Dreams, Rashomon, Tokyo Story, Wall-E, Closer, Inception, No Country for Old Men, Momento, Taken, The Science of Sleep, Amelie, I Origins, The Intouchables
Documentaries I like:
Earthlings, Home, Dear Zachery, Capturing the Friedmans, Born into Brothels, Catfish, Sound and Fury, One Life, Happy, Jiro Dreams of Sushi
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I always find myself in places or in situations I never planned for, and one of those experiences was a 4 month stint at a yoga ashram, where I had previously ran away from, after only a week. But life has a way of presenting you with things again in the hope that you might see and experience them with a new set of eyes. Those 4 months taught me to fall in love with me, and that wasn't easy. I grew and learnt many things about myself during that time, and I learnt a discipline I hadn't ever thought I had before, as I am often prone to changing my mind . I also hate sticking to other people's rules. But my new normal became waking up at 5am in the morning and starting my days with a cold shower. This, I learnt to enjoy and appreciate, and which I take back into daily life with me. It is the one thing I do every day to remind me to be here in the now.
Teach, Learn, Share
This section is probably the hardest for me to fill in. I never think I have any concrete skills to teach or share with others as I'm constantly chopping and changing and so don't feel I've honed my skills or knowledge in just one area. But people have told me that they have learnt things from me that I had never intended to teach them or I have learnt things from them, that they had never thought to teach me. So all I can say is that we never know what one can teach another. So I'm just not sure yet what I might teach you, what I might learn from you, or what I might share with you until we meet :) Although I am extremely interested in learning more about bike maintenance, so if you know things about bikes, I want to know you!
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand