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I Wanted A Place to Fly


Monday, August 20, 2012

Well another summer has come and gone. I did pretty well excersizing this summer, although my weight never seemed to reflect that. But I was feeling good about myself and my activity. I even met a few friends in fitness classes.

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At the end of summer, I took a trip to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. It was AMAZING! So amazing in fact, that almost anything I say or show you actually pales in comparison. The people there are pretty poor, but so generous and kind and willing to share everything with you. I got to work with animals I would never work with in the US (jaguars, pumas, maccaws, ocelots and galapagos tortoises), I spayed and neutered animals as a first year veterinary student, I provided services the people of Ecuador actually needed. The scenery was breathtaking and the entire experience was very eye-opening in many ways. Here are a few of my favorite pics from the trip (I mean, I took these pictures, I still can't get over that!):

The Rainforest where I went zip-lining!


Pretty flowers!


Working with awesome animals:






Animals in the wild!




Beautiful churches


Postcard perfect beaches


Me at the top of the volcano Pinchincha (15000 ft)


And last but certainly not least. Me. Free-fall waterfall rappelling. Half way down a 150ft waterfall!


Needless to say, I definitely want to go back either to visit or do more humanitarian work. And I've officially caught the travel bug bad (I am planning on a trip to South Africa next summer!)

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After my trip, I headed back home to visit my family for two weeks. I hadn't been home since March, so it was definitely overdue!

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So today, classes started. This is reportedly THE hardest semester a veterinary student will have to take all 4 years. So I am gearing up to be busy. BUT, I want to make time for myself. Namely, fitness time! Last year, I struggled to find balance and things never seemed to get easier. So I am trying to work it in right away. I weighed in today at my starting weight once again (246) and do not want to be there by the time December rolls around!

The next two weeks, I will be playing around with my schedule and trying some new fitness classes. I am pumped. Today I Zumba'd (gotta love the comfort of a known fitness class). Tomorrow I Zumba at 6am, Wednesday I am gonna TRX and Cycle-Power. I will make a plan and got at it week by week.

My eating habits obviously need work and I really need to get that water thing down, but I am looking forward to keeping the balance and working on myself too.

Wish my luck sparkers! I will really need your help and support and will my best to give it right back!

Here's to pursuing my dreams this fall!
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OTERO222 8/23/2012 9:34AM

    Wow! Looks like you had an AWESOME time!! LOVE it!! emoticon

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KT-NICHOLS-13 8/22/2012 2:07PM

    Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands - SOUNDS AMAZING!!!
I adore the photo of you at the top of Pinchinicha.

Looking forward to hearing more about your latest semester and how you'll continue to take care of you in all the madness.

YAY!!

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IMSOOZEEQ 8/22/2012 1:59PM

    Sounds like an fantastic trip! I really love the pictures! The rapelling thing well umm...you go girl! Not my cup of tea but then again, I keep doing things lately that haven't been my cup of tea!

Keep at it my friend! You can do this. Keep organized and make that time for fitness.

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TUFFYBIRD 8/21/2012 4:58PM

    Great pics ... awesome trip!!!

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MOMASAURUS 8/21/2012 10:08AM

    Amazing trip!!

Love the quote. You know what you want girl, GO GET IT!
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ALICIALYNNE 8/21/2012 8:15AM

    OMG, so jealous of your trip! What an amazing experience, especially getting to work on those animals!
And HOLY CRAP to the rapelling in the waterfall! Go on with your bad self!

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