27 days out… Phase 1: And the packing planning war begins.

Well… Today I am officially 27 days out from my departure to Houston, TX for staging. And today (technically yesterday) was the first day I opened the two crates I had been compiling stuff in that I might potentially want to bring with me to Guate. Obviously when you see the picture I am about to upload under this post, you will see that I am very clearly an overpacking fool… I won’t even deny it. I felt that this shouldn’t be this hard for me because I am always taking trips either with my students or by myself so by now I should be a packing pro right? Wrong. No one is a professional and if they tell you they are, they are in the same denial I am in right now. Anyways. Packing. Yes. So in the picture, there are pretty much doubles of everything. For me it was easier to literally lay everything out on the floor in my parent’s garage and just pick through each thing and say “will I really even need/use this?” or “can I leave this behind if I need to?” So that was my goal. Sort through everything and make a crate for “stuff I NEED to bring” and “stuff I WANT to bring but don’t necessarily need…” That seemed to make things easier for me. And by the end of it, I only ended up with less than half of the items you see in the following picture. BUT don’t think that if by the end of the month and I’m for real packing and I have extra space that I won’t throw my dounut wall stickers in there, because I will in a heartbeat! I’m going to miss donuts like something serious… Ugh.

Anyways. Back to packing. I am going to try and post a picture from each packing stage I pass through. So right now I am at Phase 1. If you’re wandering why I have a big head on a stick, it’s ok. I’d wander too lol. That’s my bff Marie, from my earlier blog post. She’s over serving in Armenia as a TEFL English Teacher and LOVING it. (Shout out to you bff! Love you! And yes I’m totally bringing your head to Guatemala with me!) So before she left, she gave me her head on a stick to take with me on all my travels. I haven’t done a good job of remembering, but this time I won’t forget! 🙂

Ok, so the very most important items on this list for me to bring with me to Guate are (in no specific order): at least one bag of Costa Rican coffee (I’m an addict, sorry.), at least one of my 2 packs of toothpaste I love, same for the bars of soap, obviously toothbrushes, my microfiber towel (dries super quick), surge protector, all technology and chargers (phone, laptop, headphones, etc..), gopro, at least 2 pedialyte packs, sewing kit, shower flip flops, flonase (because allergies are the devil), wet wipes for all occaisions, waterproof backpack cover, lactaid pills (because milk is also the devil), wall tack (for holding stuff on walls), also duct tape (not pictured), and caramel apple pops (for a favorite treat from back home) and my brita water filters and bottle. Everything else that there are doubles of, I am going to try and take at least 1. So yes. Fun stuff. I have been avoiding this “packing for 2 years thing” like the actual plague. So here goes nothing! Phase 1: divide the necessary things from the desirable things. Obviously next phase would be to show you all a picture of all the materialistic things that made the “necessary things” cut. Then clothes would be phase 3. Because clothing is easy peezy. Hope y’all enojyed phase 1! Stay tuned for phase 2!

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Phase 1: Before dividing and conquering.

Also, so you know, the above picture is everything. Before attempting to divide it. And the next picture is after dividing the necessary things. The only things pictured are the necessary items (for me). Because each person’s necessities are going to vary 🙂

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Phase 1: Complete! Divided and conquered. Pictured above are the things that made the first cut. However, there are still some items not pictured. (Diva cup, duct tape, french press).

 

 

38 days out!

On day 37 we finally received our staging information! I will be flying into Houston, TX on September 25th, leaving Pensacola at 7:15am and arriving in Houston at 8:53am. Then shortly after that we will all be meeting a Hilton Garden Inn somewhere in the city to have our staging event where we will be receiving a ton of information in literally less than 5 hours. We also get our official Peace Corps Passport to travel with during our time serving. Then bright and early that next day, at 3:30am, our entire cohort leaves for Guatemala together! What an exciting thing to look forward to! Not so much the 3:30am part, buuuut I am sure we will all be super exited and wide awake anyways on that day 🙂

I will be posting periodic blog posts throughout the next 38 days with my experiences in packing my life for 27 months ❤️✌️ Peace out Girl Scout!

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Marie!

Today (or technically for me tomorrow) is the day that 27 years ago, my very best friend in the whole world, Marie Adkinson, was born. I know Marie would never be one to brag about herself because she is the most humble human I’ve ever met, so I’m going to take this time to brag on my bestie on her birthday. First things first, it’s important that you all know that one of the main reasons I am going to be a PCV is because of her. She has been one of my driving and encouraging forces throughout this entire process for me. Marie is actually a PCV herself in Armenia! She is currently over there living her lifelong dream and doing an amazing job. She has so much love for the country, her host families, her new friends, her students and her job as an English Teacher! Because of her incredibly precious and humble personality, she doesn’t realize that how many lives she has positively impacted over her 27 years of life. Marie is a person who (with ease) wakes up each and every day and shows love, kindness, positivity to every person she encounters. Her personality is one that is contagious. She is the most loving, most accepting, most diverse human I know and I am honored to have such a beautiful person in my life and ever more blessed to call her my best friend. This girl has survived the worst of storms and chose to stay as positive as possible regardless. She is one of the strongest persons I know. I truly admire her and I strive everyday to amount to half of the human she is. Armenia is so lucky to have such an incredible soul working with them. But Marie is lucky too. She has found a place in this world that she adores wholeheartedly and probably won’t ever want to leave. That’s the beauty of travel 🙂 We make homes in many places and it always hurts to leave. Anyways, Marie, I wish you the very happiest of birthdays. I love you dearly. I wish I was there with you to buy you a drink (no alcohol of course), and help you celebrate your day. But for now, a virtual birthday celebration will have to do 🙂 Take care bestie! I love you muchísimo! ❤️❤️❤️🎁🎁🎁🎂🎂🎂

First day wishes…

Well, today is a sad day. Today is the first day in 3 years that I haven’t been a teacher at Robertsdale High School on the first day of school. It didn’t hit me until this morning when my little brother was walking out the door for his first day of middle school. Today I feel unemployed. I feel like I should be doing something, working, like I should be at RHS with all my co-workers and amazing students. But I’m not. I sometimes find myself forgetting (for a split second) that I am joining the Peace Corps. That’s when reality hits. But that’s not what this post is about. This post is about my precious students. I wish for you each to have the best first day of school you’ve ever had! I wish that you enjoy each of your classes. I wish that you will be a friend to someone who needs it this year. I wish that you study hard for all your tests and quizzes and projects. I wish that you give 110% effort in everything you do, but I wish that you don’t over stress. I wish that you take each day and remember how blessed you each are. I wish that you would know how much each of you are loved and that no matter what turns life may take you down, you will always have someone in your corner! I wish each of you the very best in everything you pursue. And lastly, I wish that you all give up on your frustration but never on your hopes. Give up thinking about your setbacks but never on your goals. Give up worrying about your past but never on your future. And remember that Señorita Cincotta loves you all!

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