365 days later! πŸŽ‰

What service has taught me in the 1st year…

  • Not every bad day is a profound lesson in gratitude. Acknowledge what you are feeling, experience it, and know it will pass.
  • I no longer view hand washing my clothes as a ‘chore’ I deeply despise, it’s actually relaxing. 
  • I started a permagarden and learned I can grow my own food! Unfortunately cows destroyed and ate my garden. Rest In Peace broccoli, spinach, butternut, and tomatoes. 😭
  • Impromptu dance parties with my host family are the best. My host mom periodically joins in. And at 80 something she can get down. Ayyyye. πŸ’ƒπŸΎ
  • “I’m coming sisi” can mean anything from ‘I’m still in the bed’ to coming past sun down to sometimes not showing up at all. πŸ™„
  • Some days my greatest accomplishments are chasing after pigs and chickens!
  • The crazy days, frustration, and tears are a distant memory. I have a feeling year 2 is going to be amazing!
  • Don’t focus on what you can’t control.
  • Always carry soap, toilet paper, and hand sanitizer with you. These things aren’t always available.
  • Don’t look at the speedometer when you’re in the front seat of a kombi. Swaziland takes speeding to a new level.
  • Being black in Swaziland has its advantages and disadvantages (I will post a more thorough blog on this subject soon).
  • Getting out of the village from time to time is a must! My favorite spots in Swaziland are: the Gables, Malandela’s, Manzini, window shopping at clicks, Sundowners, and Pizza Vesuvio.
  • The views in Swaziland are breathtaking. πŸ—»
  • Roosters, chickens, dogs, cows, birds, and goats will be your personal alarm clock.
  • Laugh at yourself sometimes!
  • Learning the local language is essential. Greetings go a long way here.
  • I love the fresh fruit trees! Mango season is my favorite.
  • There is no such thing as waste. If you don’t eat it someone will (especially animals).
  • Be open to trying new things.
  • Soak in what’s happening around you. Live in the moment.