Life in Fiji is fantastic! Usually when I wake up I’m just immediately thinking about what needs to be done to prepare for our coming volunteers, and help this experience to be a successful one. And other times I wake up and I just can’t believe where I am! Seriously, take a glance at a map and find the island of Vanua Levu. Now Ayman, my Arabic teacher from Jerusalem, can truly call me the “from the middle of no where girl.” Haha.
I'm getting very excited for our volunteers to arrive! I'm excited to get started on projects that Ryan and I are setting up, and becoming very passionate about. Also, this house needs some more life in it! Although I do enjoy listening to Ryan playing his harmonica at night. He's got skillz.
Development work certainly is keeping me on my toes. And traveling. Not just traveling, but being given the job to set up camp in a new country for people who are coming; who are relying on me. It’s so new to me, and is so wonderful. It seems to pull things out of me in ways that I’m not used to. For instance, I realized today that I have characteristics that I’m used to being strengths of mine that are now being challenged in completely new ways. Like before I thought that I was efficient, a wonderful multi-tasker, and able to solve problems well. But this week these things have not felt like strengths in the face of new challenges. For instance, who new that settling a housing contract in Fiji for three months could be such a challenge? I’m glad for the challenges though, because it means that I’m growing. It's easy to find things that challenge my weaknesses, but to find things that challenge my strengths- I think that means I’m being stretched. And growing. And that helps me feel fulfilled.
“The journey is never ending. There’s always gonna be growth, improvement, adversity; you just gotta take it all in and do what’s right, continue to grow, continue to live in the moment.”