Hello world,

I haven’t been very good at keeping up with my blog. I wanted to use it as a platform to share my experience, but it ended up becoming a source of anxiety. Before joining Peace Corps, I was told I would have so much free time and I’d have so many opportunities to get in touch with myself, reflect, do whatever it is people do when they have a lot of free time while going off the grid. I didn’t realise that everyone’s experiences in Peace Corps are different and we get to choose how we use our time and what we invest our energy in. So once I arrived at site and started getting involved in projects, I began to feel overwhelmed with my responsibilities and the unwavering mentality that I was failing to keep up with everything on my plate thus resulting in my own personal failure as a person and Volunteer. The blog I created specifically to share my experiences and use as a creative outlet became another stressor, which I quickly put on the back burner.

We waited two hours for our bus to get a new tire. Just an example of wanting things to go one way and having to actively change my mindset about some of the situations I find myself in.

Although it has been a long time since I’ve written and I’m closer to the end of my service than the beginning, I would like to start share my experiences and stories. I have learned so much since I arrived in Namibia back in August 2017. I have accomplished more than I thought would be possible. I have changed for the better in many ways. My life feels richer and fuller and I want to share all of it with you. I hope to do this in an authentic and open way, while best representing the United States, Namibia, and myself in a thoughtful way. I may have experienced many challenges here, but I don’t want to give the impression that my time in Namibia has been anything less than remarkable and life changing.

Thank you for continuing to visit my blog and I hope to share my Peace Corps story with you over the last few months of my service. I love hearing from anyone who takes the time to look at my blog and I appreciate having human interactions that I otherwise wouldn’t have. If you have any questions or just want to have a conversation, leave comments, email me, send me DMs on Instagram. I’d love to hear from you.

Sending love and positivity to you, wherever you are.

Grace.

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