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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.
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  • NELLJONES
    Enjoy your new ventures!
    417 days ago
  • GETULLY
    What a year you have had! Keep going!
    417 days ago
  • EILEENNP
    Very thought provoking for me. Thanks.
    417 days ago
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