I work as an International Tour Leader. Basically, I lead tour groups through various countries all around the world. The best part of my job is that I have to learn in depth about different cultures, religions, food, environmental issues and politics. It also forces me to assert myself as a woman, and generates a deeper compassion within me than I have ever experienced before. The second best part of my job is that I have a lot of time off! And what do I do with that time? I travel on my own and explore new places, I climb mountains, I go cycling, I play in the ocean – I try to be in nature as much as I can during my time off.
My job has its ups and downs. The lows are extremely low. Being on the road in charge of a group of people can be incredibly stressful, lonely and solitary. BUT the highs are the HIGHEST! When I sneak away from my group and have a glass of wine outside of a café in Rome, or I wake up early to sit and eat my breakfast on the beach looking out at the bluest Aegean Sea, or when my jaw drops when I see a temple that blows my mind for the first time, or when I found myself playing basketball with some local kids outside a beautiful cathedral in the Philippines… There is a cheesy saying that life is not about how many breaths you take, but how many moments that take your breath away – because of my job, this happens to me often. I am a very lucky girl.
I have an unhealthy obsession with photos of animals doing funny things, I laugh aggressively, my biggest weakness is cheese, I am a hopeless romantic, and my 4 year old niece is my favourite person in the world to have a conversation with (my new nephew too actually, but his conversations are at the moment limited to farting, pooping, giggling, smiling, shoving his hands in his mouth and drinking breast-milk – so naturally, we get along famously). I struggle to be confident, thoughtful, less self-involved, kind and compassionate. This is me in a nutshell.