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.
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Author: Nicole

I've decided to uproot my life and dedicate it to serving in the Peace Corps for 27 months. Yuuuuup, you read that right. God has helped me redefine limitations. A dear friend once told me that, "boxes are for shoes, you never know how great you are until you break out of the box and see what you are really made of!" This blog will chronicle my adventures as a Peace Corps Youth Development Volunteer in the Kingdom of Swaziland! You'll read about my highest of highs compounded with the lowest of lows - raw and unfiltered. Please enjoy the view. :) *The contents of this blog are mine and do not reflect any position of the U.S. government or the Peace Corps.*

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