Again, again, again
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
A lot has changed but I'm finding that I always eventually fall back to myself.
We moved to Washington last year and I went from working full-time, to unemployed/volunteering, to working part-time/volunteering.
I've learned a lot about what inspires me and what I'm capable of- some has been a reminder of who I am (NOT a stay at home parent)- and some has been surprising (I need to be giving back to be happy).
The volunteer work I've been doing has honestly been life-changing. I'm vegan for the animals and that drives almost everything in my life. Aside from food and clothes, it informs the furniture I purchase, the makeup I buy, what I choose to do for entertainment. And now I'm in a place where it can inform the volunteering I do.
Volunteering, year 1 in WA:
-farm animal sanctuary, on-farm and also in the homelessness prevention (pet food banks) and outreach
-equine rescue, marketing for yearly fundraising event
-Washington Trails Association, helping restore popular trails
-Mountains to Sound Greenway, helping restore habitats and greenspaces
-blood, plasma donations
All of this has culminated in a desire to start year 2 helping more. So I contacted the Washington State Animal Response Team and I start training with them on how to respond to emergency rescues of animals in distress. This fits awesomely with my long-view desire to deploy with HSUS to help animals in disasters.
Anyways!!! This is relevant to SP because during this year of self-exploration (and like 10 nearby all-vegan restaurants) I've gained weight and lost muscle. And while it's not a requirement to be thin or super strong to be an emergency responder, it can only be helpful.
Tl;dr: I'm back on SP because animals are heavy and hiking is hard.