Checking In: Two Thirds of A Year

Dear World,

It's almost the end of March -- how did this happen to us? I could have sworn last week I was ringing in the New Year with my new pooch Bruce Wayne, and the day before yesterday I was celebrating Valentine's Day with friends in Zanzibar. Now St. Patrick's Day has come and gone, and Easter is just weeks away!

Zanzibar, 2015
At the end of the week, I'll be celebrating eight months in Tanzania. 
Eight months!

It's amazing. I honestly can't believe how quickly time has slipped through my fingers. And so many amazing things have happened; it's hard to put them into words. 

I mean, I have tried. Like this time. And then again here. But, here's where I'm at now:

Iringa feels like home. Not a forever home, but a perfect-for-now home. The stores are familiar, I have friends and acquaintances in the community, a social calendar that makes me content, and a BF that gives me long-armed hugs when I have the 24-stomach bug. 

 At my house, I have Bruce Wayne to shower with love and affection, and recently moved into a bigger bedroom that boasts both a comfier mattress and a prime location for my fan to keep the mosquitoes away.

Look at him; is he not the cutest dog with four legs you've ever seen?

Work projects continue to challenge me to problem-solve, test my strengths, and grow as a professional. They also satiate my desire to serve our clients better, and allow me to produce results/achievements I'll be able to point to for years to come.

Fun trip to an erosion site with some of my field team members!

And best of all, the next four months hold a lot of exciting things -- which I am equally excited to share with you all.

In the next month: the BF and I will be journeying to Sri Lanka for two weeks of adventure + exploration...starting TODAY.

Only 2,900 miles away!

In the next two months: I will turn 25 (EEK!) and my dad is planning on visiting me for the first time in East Africa!

In the next three months: I will follow through on a longstanding promise of a 10 day pilgrimage/hike as a memorial to my grandfather; hopefully completing the Mt. Blanc circuit in Switzerland/France/Italy (but also open to other 10 day treks around the world)! 

In the next four months: I'll host my mother on her first visit to Tanzania, and celebrate my ONE YEAR anniversary at my job, and this chapter of my life abroad!

And that's really where I am. I am still living the life I dreamed of. I am continuing to chip away at my goals for 2015, and to push myself to be the best iteration of me I can be. The first 1/2 of 2015 has had, and will continue to have, so many great things in the cards, I can't help but remain impressed with the stamina of good karma that has come my way. 

What has the last 2/3rds of your year look like?


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