|sunset at Death Valley's Mesquite Dunes, March 2014|
The time has come for me to reboot this blog, as I am soon headed off around the world again. I just completed my Bachelor's Degree from Wheaton, and am busy preparing for the year ahead.
|celebrating graduation with my siblings|
When Lisa sent an email to the rising senior class of 2014 last May, I felt a strange, familiar sensation warming my spirit and sparking my brain. Just like other times when I felt myself at a decisive crossroads, something signaled me that trying for the Watson was the right idea. The Watson Foundation asks of its fellows: what would you do if you could follow your passions for a year, without inhibition? My project progressed through several incarnations, but I eventually arrived at an idea that truly felt like an incarnation of myself. It boils down to this:
During my Watson year, I'm investigating the relationships we form with nature and with writing, how these relationships interact, and what they mean to us. I'm learning about the meanings and values of nature in life and in writing across ecosystems and cultures, and learning about myself all the while. In my proposal to the Watson Foundation I asked, "What does the wild mean to us? What happens when nature inspires us?"
I cannot tell you how excited I am to begin this grand adventure at the end of July, and how nervous I am! My head is full of dreams and goals and a slurry of confidence and trepidation.
I imagine you may have some questions about how this all works. I still do too.
Where will you go?
What will you do?
I have no definitive answers, and I doubt I ever will. (This is a good thing! I want flexibility and opportunity among my primary feathers.)
But! The adventure begins in Dominica, the small island nation of the Caribbean. From there I move to Botswana, followed by Australia, and finally China. I hope to see many places along the way, as travelling between these places seems to be inherently indirect. In each place, I will connect with conservationists, researchers, writers, librarians, bloggers, and others who feel linked to nature through artistic, spiritual, and scientific avenues. I will also work to foster my own writing and understanding of the human and non-human parts of the natural world.
I will use this site to share stories and photos with you, since I will be far away for a good long while, and wish to stay connected to you, who I care about very much.
My adventure begins at the end of July 2014, and I am home in the Happy Valley until then, preparing and planning, and having many good times in the coming summer. Please write to me or call with suggestions, questions, wishes and whatever you care to share with me. I'd be thrilled to hear from you! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'd be psyched to share phone or snail mail information or to make plans to meet up in person!
|most of Outdoors Haus, Holi, Wheaton, May 2014 (Glory!) <3|
Much love and anticipation!