Monday, January 31, 2011

Monday, January 31, 2011: 17/365

I have had my scooter for a few weeks now and I am pretty comfortable with it. I have been very careful when driving and parking and have yet to run it out of gas (knock on wood). Today, the scooter decided to wreck itself. You may laugh, but I parked it, turned off any lights and fully extended the kickstand as I always do. However, unbeknownst to me, the concrete beneath my kickstand was poured on top of an air bubble. The weight of the scooter pushed the concrete down into the air bubble and the scooter fell off a 3 foot ledge and tumbled down a small hill. :/ It appears that no matter how careful you are, sometimes, S#!T happens. :( This is the damage caused by the scooter's tumble:
You can see the plastic shield cracked and the handlebar casing cracked. Also, the mirrors were both loose the throttle wouldn't turn correctly and the tank covers had popped out of their original places.
The guy that rented me the scooter tried to blame me for the damage but when he saw the hole in the ground where the scooter was sitting, he decided that what I said before was correct. S#!T just happens sometimes.  Thank goodness he and his mechanic, Prince, were able to fix it that night.

Back to new in no time!!!!!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Sunday, January 30th, 2011: 16/365

Yes! The beach. Got back in the swing of things today and played some beach volleyball just like old times. The water was gorgeous and though I need to play a lil more to get back to where I was, it was nice to be on the court again today and to see Kirsten, Joe, Jordan, Buddy, Thomas and Allie playing too. Again, can't wait for next week!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Saturday, January 29th, 2011: 15/365

There's no place like home. Or our home away from home. Saturday was full of running around and the SO social. Then it was time to study and grab a beer with a friend. At the end of the night I was so happy to come back to our home with the man that I love and just sleep until late the next morning.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday, January 28th, 2011: 14/365

Its official! I'm part of the SO Kickball team!!!! This is a pic of my scoring my FIRST RUN!!! Yay!!!!
Though Palak made fun of me, I was ducking in case they threw the ball at me to get me out. I didn't feel like getting knocked in the head. I also got one person out at home while I was playing catcher. Can't wait to play again next Friday!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Thursday, January 27th, 2011: 13/365

This is a cow.

Today is the 2nd anniversary of the day I decided to be a vegetarian. I must say I didn't think I would last this long and I didn't think it would be this easy. I can honestly say that since I have given up meat, I have tried more diverse food and really opened my mind up to new dining experiences. Though sometimes it gets difficult, like when a family member is eating a juicy steak at Outback, but for the most part I have really enjoyed standing up for my Veggie-ness and am loving my boca burgers. 

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011: 12/365

I had my first adventure in a Grenadian movie theater today. Some friends and I went to see Life As You Know It. The movie was spectacular. Though it really made me miss my best friend back at home. Its been too long since I have made time to call or skype her. It is my goal for next week to make more time for family back home.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011: 11/365

Today I went into St. George's to continue the process of applying for a work permit. I was wrongly informed that I needed 4 passport pictures to complete this process when I actually needed 6. So I went back to the place I had gone last Friday to get 2 copies of my pictures (measuring about 2"x2"). The lady informed me that it would be $25ec for 2 more copies. Thats roughly $10US. Ridiculous!!! Then she informed me that if I only want 2 copies it would take an hour, but if I get 4 copies, it will be ready right away. Since 4 copies were only $27ec, I decided to go that route. 

After all my frustration and thinking about how much I was being ripped off, it hit me. This giant cruise ship is exactly the reason I'm being overcharged today. Well at least I can take solace in the fact that I don't have to shop there ever again.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Monday, January 24th, 2011: 10/365

These are the books for my classes this quarter. I'm actually in my major now, which is nice because as you can see the classes relate directly to being a therapist. Today was the deadline for the scholarship I wanted to apply for. Though my grades have not been updated and it was heartbreaking to submit my application knowing that the scholarship committee will not get an accurate description of my work at Capella, I am proud of the essay I wrote nonetheless. What follows is the prompt and my essay:

In light of Dr. Ford’s mission to help people help themselves and his commitment to enhancing society, describe your future academic and professional goals and how you plan to achieve those goals.

This learner feels very committed to the “teach a man to fish” mentality. In order for our society to have fully functioning and intelligent members we must set aside the time to teach our fellow citizens how to sustain themselves. This education starts in our schools but goes much deeper and further than that. It could be a mother teaching her children how to fix their broken cars, or fathers teaching their children how to do their laundry. It is teaching our youths critical thinking skills that they can use to solve bigger, tougher problems once they reach adulthood. It’s teaching each member that he or she deserves respect and is expected to show respect. We must teach each other how to live together peacefully and yet be independent and have our own needs met. There are some individuals who did not receive this valuable information as they grew up.

Many of these individuals have turned to violence, drugs or other negative influences to help curtail their problems, to be faced another day or another time. Those that are victims of the violence are oftentimes forgotten or just expected to recover and “move on”. They also fall through the educational cracks, and are not taught how to help themselves or how to get help in the first place. This is where my education is going to make a difference.

As shown by a study conducted by Rosenbaum and O’Leary, “male children who witness the abuse of their mothers by fathers are more likely to become men who batter in adulthood than those male children from homes free of violence” (1981). In order to stop the circle of violence, we must teach our children how to help themselves. We must teach these young impressionable children that it is never okay to hit another person. When we see children suffering with the signs of abusive parent(s), we must be willing to step in and teach them how to be different and why it is important that they not continue the behavior. When victims of domestic and dating violence reach out for help, someone must be there to listen and teach them how to get out and stay out of the circle of violence that tries continually to pull them back in.
That person will be me. I want to work with women and children who have been victims of domestic violence or sexual assault. This is a special group of our population that needs special care and attention. I am patient and calm and can empathize with their needs. I understand the cycle of violence and why it is perpetuated so much in our society. I know why victim blaming is so prevalent and so difficult to escape. I understand the fear, resentment and anger felt by this group of people. When I couple my personal experiences with the education I am receiving, I will surly be able to help this group of survivors “learn to fish” in a pond without violence.

I am currently pursuing my Masters in Mental Health Counseling. I have earned a 4.0 grade point average so far and will continue to push myself to achieve this high level of success in my classes. Also, I have been very involved in the required readings of my classes, attempting to think about the overarching themes from various perspectives and challenging myself to understand others’ posts or ask for clarification on points I’m unfamiliar with. My dedication to my academics will help my clients when I am qualified to be a counselor.

As a counselor, I will work with survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault. The exact location or means of accomplishing this goal are still undefined. I am open to working with college-aged adults, adolescents, women in women’s shelters, private practices, in rural areas or in urban areas. Though some areas have more cases of domestic violence than others, all areas need support and trained counselors to help with the aftermath of the violence and with the prevention of violence. As part of my career goals, I wish to divide my time between individual counseling and public outreach for violence prevention. In splitting my time, I will be able to focus on the future and not get burnt out from hearing all the negative aspects of society repeated everyday.

I will be enhancing society in two ways: helping those who are struggling to get back on their feet and preventing violence from happening in the first place. My degree from Capella University will give me the knowledge that, in conjunction with my personal experience and passion, will help create positive change. From a world where violence is perpetuated on a daily basis to one where people resist the urge to be violent and instead, reach out and help those who are struggling to rise above the violence holding them down.

Rosenbaum, A., & O'Leary, K. D. (1981). Children: The unintended victims of marital violence. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 51, 692-699.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Sunday, January 23, 2011: 9/365

Alright. You got me. I didn't take a picture yesterday. Its not that I forgot or didn't have anything exciting to take a picture of. I just kept putting it off til it was too late. BUT! I still have something to post about. I got to talk to Gramma last night for a while. Not as long as we usually talk for but a while. It was so nice to hear her voice and see her face (we were skyping). She is always so genuinely interested in what I'm doing and how things are going for me. I really miss her and everyday that I think about her I count my lucky stars that I got to spend so much time with her while I was there in November and December.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Saturday, January 22, 2011: 8/365

Sometimes you just gotta sit back and take in the view. This weekend I have been lucky enough to have ample time and availability to spend with Palak. On Saturday, we went to a friends apartment complex where they were having a pool party with a DJ and food. This picture was taken while sitting with a beer in hand having great conversations with friends and enjoying every minute with Palak before he gets back to the daily grind of his Masters program. Though this is the moment captured I equally enjoyed all the movies we watched, cooking we did, swims we took and all the other little moments that are common but still significant. 

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday, January 21, 2011: 7/365

I went into St. George's today (the city) to complete quite a few errands. It was the furthest I have ridden on my scooter at once and I think I did a great job navigating the busy roads. I came upon this church again today (it is pictured in previous blogs too) and was reminded of how fleeting everyday is. I feel so blessed to be on this island and to have direction and purpose and to be with those that I love and feel the love they return. When I saw this staircase that leads to nowhere, it reminded me how lucky I am to have goals in life that I am working to achieve. Sometimes these little reminders come from unusual places.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Thursday, January 20, 2011: 6/365

This is the view from where I sit to tutor 8 hours a week. Its a rough life. I'm really enjoying what I'm doing here though, expanding my comfort zone, getting to know more people and appreciating every opportunity that I get. <3

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011: 5/365

My week on the island so far has been especially stressful it seems. Trying to get all moved in and all of our ducks in a row plus starting work and continuing my studies for my Masters is a lot. My socializing and my physical health have taken a back seat, even though I promised myself I would get in shape while down here for the second time. So when a friend asked if we could go for a walk at sunset I strapped on my leg weights and walked out the door. I had never walked much in Lance Aux Epines so I was surprised to see this beautiful secluded beach when we walked by it.
Though it appears rather dark, the vivid colors of the sunset against the boats and the palm frond will forever be burned into my memory. When the runners passed it made it that much prettier. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011: 4/365

With my new opportunities to make a difference on this island I am now in need of an easier mode of transport. After talking with some fellow SO's I have decided to rent this scooter. Livingston let me drive it before I rented it so that I was sure I wanted to rent it and so far I have done great. I just have to remember: Left Side, Left Side, Left Side, Left Side!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Monday, January 17th, 2011: 3/365

I have been given the opportunity to tutor two teenagers who have had quite the educational experience. Both are willing, ready and able to learn and I am so excited to be part of their education at this point as I feel I can connect with them, gain their respect and teach them what they need to know. The live on a gorgeous part of the island that is secluded enough that you would never guess there was a golf course behind the bustling road below. This is a panoramic photo of one of the roads by their house. It was taken on my first day of working with the two of them.  

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Saturday, January 16th, 2011 - Hash Day: 2/365

Today, Palak, Allie and Rachele lost their Hash virginity's. The hash-master seemed rather proud, though we were the last ones to finish this particularly difficult trail. It was fun to watch the one's who set the hash be punished at the end for making it such a difficult path. Don't get me wrong, I love a lil dirt under my nails and enjoy tromping through the jungle as much as the next gal. We all really enjoyed it and we enjoyed the Caribs after the hash even more!

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Friday, January 15th 2011: 1/365

Upon our return to Grenada, we have seen so many decorations celebrating Grenada. It appears these flags are everywhere in preparation for the Grenadian Independence Celebration. This is a picture of the main round-about by L'ance Aux Epines where we live.

New Blog

So clearly I haven't been keeping up like a good little blogger.....then I heard an intriguing idea: a 365 blog. The idea is that you take a picture everyday and add it to your blog with a post. The post doesn't have to be long or especially deep but something about your day. So today I start the blog portion of my 365 blog....though I started taking pics for it a few days ago, again not a good little blogger but I am going to try harder this time.....