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To get comfortable with the uncomfortable.
Travelling always reminds me of all the things I want to do in the world. It inspires me, pushes me to try new things, to face new fears, to meet new people and to have new experiences... So this thing called travel is calling me again, and I'm listening to her call.
After having worked in the community sector for the last couple of years, I decided to quit my job and seek out some new experiences, new places to call home, new insights into life and generally an openness to experiencing all that comes my way. My first stop was New Zealand in June 2014, where a 6 month stay turned into a 1 year stay where I was learning to snowboard, lived and volunteered in a yoga ashram for 4 months, volunteered and helpx-ed my way around working on conservation projects, transcribing Buddhist talks and getting involved in the Christchurch earthquake rebuild. The journey then took me back to Australia for a couple of months where I worked in a ski field and learnt to ski, and now the next phase of my journey is taking me to Canada and France to learn French and where I'm letting the wind carry me to places and to experiences that I haven't had before -living and hopefully working in a country where French will be the spoken language.
“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear.” ― Ambrose Redmoon
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, learning, hiking, yoga, meditation, simplicity, talking, listening, meaningful connections, volunteering for causes I'm passionate about, 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, adventures, eyes, kissing, smiles, eating dessert, camping, 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, randomness, 5 rhythms dance.
and I LOVE cuddles, breathing deeply, cheesecake, adventure, eating, nature, smiling, learning, new experiences.
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, Imagine Dragons, Ayo, Bon Iver, Passenger, Amy Winehouse, Sia, The Middle East, Of Monsters and Men, 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
Movies I like:
Juno, It's a Wonderful Life, Forest Gump, Garden State, Fight Club, Pulp Fiction, The Dark Knight, Dogville, Dreams, Rashomon, Tokyo Story, Samson & Delilah, Wall-E, Closer, Inception, No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Gandhi, Momento, Taken, The Science of Sleep, Amelie, I Origins
Documentaries I like:
Earthlings, Home, Dear Zachery, Capturing the Friedmans, Born into Brothels, Catfish, Sound and Fury and stuff on ABC & SBS.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
I always find myself in places or in situations I never planned for, and I had never planned on living and volunteering in a yoga ashram for 4 months, but that is where my life took me, and I have a trust that the universe sends me both positive and challenging experiences to make my life interesting, but also to make me a better human being. I grew in many ways in that 4 months, and it was a dedication I never thought I had, as I am prone to changing my mind all too often. Who would have thought waking up at 5am in the morning and having cold showers everyday would be part of a daily routine I'd get used to and enjoy. Having said that, I still continue to grow, and will continue to, and there will be more amazing things to come.
Teach, Learn, Share
This section is probably the hardest for me to fill in. I never think I have any concrete skills for me to teach or share with others as I'm constantly chopping and changing and so have no specialised knowledge of just one thing. Sometimes people tell me they learn things from me that I had never intended to teach them. So all I can say is that we can all learn something from one another, whether that be compassion, insight, hope, courage or whatever it is - it doesn't need to be tangible or concrete. 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 :)
Countries I’ve Visited
Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, Viet Nam
Countries I’ve Lived In
Australia, Canada, New Zealand