I feel as if I’ve been neglecting GSW but that’s only because life is in full throttle here in the most northern point of Thailand. I’m nearly resettled back into an apartment that will work for now despite no kitchen. I’m in the process of training and taking over the reigns from my predecessor from Volunteers in Asia. This means a host of things to fully understand before she vacates in November. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit overwhelmed. E-mail, donors, partnerships, visitors, grant writing, report writing, budgets, capacity building, et al. Welcome to communications and resource coordination! Add to the list, management of my NGO’s blog and Facebook account, deejaying a radio program twice a week and teaching intermediate English three nights a week while trying to study and master Thai and you’ve got one full plate. NGOs are notorious for sucking the lifeblood out of their staff but I promise myself two things this year: 1) I will not fall prey to neglecting my own needs and boundaries; and 2) I will try to strike an equal balance between my professional and personal life. ‘Nuff said.
All in all it’s great to be back despite a few hiccups here and there. This is Thailand and things don’t always work as quickly or smoothly as they might in the U.S. but the Thais also value downtime and a happy-go-lucky attitude that is not often fostered in the West. This is a much-welcomed addition to my life.
My calendar is filling up and there will be some amazing adventures to follow. So please stay tuned…
Here’s a glimpse of Mae Sai, my home.