It’s been Thirty-four days since I arrived on this incredible island. Thirty-four days since I moved to this new place I’ll, one day call home. I know this process will change me in so many ways and looking back on how different I was will be crazy, but being in it is overwhelming. Overwhelming in the sense of exhilaration, of knowing your in the middle of something special while it’s happening. Knowing I am still in command of this journey until it becomes a memory. This feeling is what pushes me to take risks and to make the most of my time here, knowing that while it feels like I have so much ahead, I’ll be back in Boston in the blink of an eye. I heard the phrase “say yes to everything” a lot in my many training sessions before arriving in country. I don’t think I really thought about what it meant until I got here, but that phrase is a gateway to one million different adventures with so many friends I have yet to meet. By following this rule I have already had some of the times of my life, and I will keep using it until April and beyond.
One of my favorite times in these last Thirty-four days was during our closing seminar. We paddle-boarded to a waterfall in the middle of the jungle. It was a natural reserve forest in the south of Florianópolis. When we arrived, storm clouds were already becoming darker and darker and then, almost on cue, as I stood up on my paddle board,