My First Workaway Experience

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Heidi – Road Traffic Accident – Not Adopted

In May of this year, I boarded a plane heading straight for India with the intention of completing my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Course (YTTC). I had read up about it here and there but no words from the About section of a webpage can prepare you for the physical, mental and spiritual roller coaster of a ride that is a YTTC.

Needless to say, when I completed my course I vowed to continue practicing yoga regularly; which brings me to the first hour of an average day when I was volunteering at Humane Animal Society (HAS) via a Workaway program in Coimbatore, India.

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Embrace the World in Grey

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It starts with one thing, I don’t know why…

I’m sorry for the extremely cheesy and cliched start to this post. But it’s honestly one of the few opening lyrics that’s just so catchy and memorable and kicks off such an awesome song. I didn’t think that the news about Chester Bennington would affect me much. I enjoyed listening to the hit singles Linkin Park released back in the day as I played them off my old trusty MP3 player on the school buses. They were full of angst that many teenagers could relate to as you navigate through puberty feeling misunderstood and alone.

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Third World Countries: 5 Things You Take For Granted

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I got back recently from a three week trip to the Philippines. Located in Southeast Asia, with a population of over 100 million people with the official languages of Filipino and English, the Philippines is a slightly under-the-radar travel destination. Now I could go to all the trouble of researching about the rich Filipino culture and their customs and thus provide you with a vast amount of knowledge so you can walk away from this blog post with having learned something new, but that’s just not me. Instead, I’m going to go into detail about how I struggled with living over there and five differences I missed back home.

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Stuck in Routine

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I don’t like being out of my comfort zone. I do like trying new things but it’s generally the idea of trying something different that appeals to me. Actually getting up and putting it in action inadvertently ends up feeling too tiring and/or overwhelming for me and I end up giving up more often than not. I’d love to be the kind of person that takes life by the horns and seeks adventure and living to the fullest. But is that really me or just what I daydream about?

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Why Expiry Dates Aren’t So Bad

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I am rarely in it for the long haul.

I’ve been employed by 12 workplaces yet I’ve only resigned from 3*.

I knew my long-term relationship was going to end well before it actually did.

I’ve fostered amazing friendships that I knew would not realistically last past a certain date for reasons x, y or z.

Why? Because who cares if it’s not forever; I’m not going to base my life off the ifs of the future. If I can see the present value of it, I will give it my all.. And when the time comes for that final goodbye, I’ll walk away with a smile on my face knowing that I’ve gained experiences I would have regretted passing up on.

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Three of My Fears

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Driving scares me. It was always the main reason why I never got my licence until I was years past the minimum age requirement of 16. Even after I passed the computer test, I still resisted getting behind the steering wheel of a car for a long time. I had always relied on public transport when I was younger – it gave me time to stare out a window and listen to my indie/alternative/soft pop music. Trains were my preferred for their rhythmic, even journeys. Buses typically gave me less time to zone out as I had to watch out for my stop and was almost guaranteed to be sitting next to someone. Either way, I liked walking and I liked not having to concentrate too hard on how my body was moving from A to B. But with driving, I’m the one in control of my movement. I take the car and I turn on the ignition and I pull out of the driveway and I join the other thousands of vehicles on the road. I have to be focused at all times. If I drift off because I could barely make myself sleep last night or I get distracted by something off to my side, what will happen?

I don’t ever want to find out.

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I’m an ABC

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That’s Australian Born Chinese for those that aren’t familiar with the initialism. Although I have seen Americans use it for themselves with the A standing for American, the basic principle is the same. I was born and raised here in Australia and it’s a phrase that I and many of my friends are familiar with. I’ve been called it by several people who come from China and try to figure out if I’m like them when they ask me when I came to Australia and commend me on my great English. I’m not really that kind of “fresh off the boat” Chinese. Got my birth certificate to prove it, I swear.

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My Top 10 Songs of 2016

Once upon a time, I felt like absolute shit. Face in hands, collapsed onto someone that I trusted very much, I cried my soul out. Drenched in tears (and snot), the person lifted my head off his shoulders, looked into my eyes and recognised the surrender that curled up in front of him. He was wise enough not to prod around with “what’s wrong?” or “it’s going to be okay” and instead he simply began fiddling with his phone. Too distracted to care, I can honestly say that it was pure surprise I felt as I heard Bob Marley – Don’t Worry Be Happy play. A chuckle automatically found its way out of me and he smiled.

He convinced me that music influenced mindsets and that mindsets changed moods. Not only was he right, he also got me into Spotify. I had Spotify premium for just under a year and it was great. For various reasons I’ve now cancelled my subscription and to mark the end of my Spotify premium era, I’ve decided to blog about my 10 most influencial songs of this year.

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