From: United States
Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands
02/10/2020 - 16/01/2022
I am a traveler, who has a thirst for adventure, new experiences, and becoming knowledgable in as many ways as possible. Originally, I am from Illinois, yet my family and I moved to Maine when I was young, which I believe was my introduction to the passion I hold for creating and discovering. Seeing that I was granted a playground of both forest and ocean, I am seeking more mastery in creating a future of sustainability. I find value in giving hard work and acquiring new skills through that, and on the other side of things, I am connected spiritually through a daily dose of yoga flow to reground myself. Being in a place that allows me to have moments with nature, to truly appreciate all that it has to provide us with, whether that be through working directly with the soil or just doing physical labor in the outdoors!
I am most interested in becoming part of family life or community life where we have the ability to bond and to grow from each other, through our experiences. :)
Throughout the past years, I have worked in and around customer service. I was fortunate enough to obtain the position of an ice cream scooper at our local shop for 3 years, and through this experience I found, that I had begun growing in my ability to communicate with a wide variety of people! It may seem like a simple job; however, there is not enough space to enumerate all of the obstacles that were held in this position. Simply, I was able to confidently roll with the punches, whether it was the dishwasher breaking, a customer complaining that our chocolate sprinkles didn't taste like chocolate, or even down to implementing a plan to keep us and our customers safe during a worldwide pandemic.
Besides just being an ice cream scooper, I spent three months of last year, working alongside the owners of a small boutique/hotel and gaining knowledge in many aspects of this business. They have taken a desert landscape and created lush vegetation, that consists of intricate systems of drip irrigation. Often times I will be asked to repair or replace broken lines, cut new trinkle pipes that will regulate the amount of water given to each plant, and stay on top of which water lines need to be turned on, versus those that have an automatic timer attached.
From a young age, my dad and I have been creating garage gadgets, that always left me oohing and ahhing. For many reasons, but primarily because I was utterly amazed that he could create so much from what I thought of as nothing. Now I apply those same creative juices to many projects I have worked on at the boutique, while also building a skill set for simple power tool usage. With all of that, we have worked on projects such as replacing a roof structure in one of the guest rooms, creating an outdoor shower using pallets and other manageable materials, forming a wind block wall using clean plastic, to keep plastic out of the landfills, while also insulating from potential drifts.
As a new seeker of gardening and farming, I have been practicing a technique known as Hugelkultur, which is a way to use old tree stocks and clippings to form a raised garden bed. The idea is to use that mound of biomass to build a nutrient-rich plot that is suitable for herbs or smaller vegetable gardens. So far we have been successful with growing rosemary, green onions, and more green onions!
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I enjoy the company of the great outdoors, whether that be hiking, cycling, practicing some yoga, swaying in a hammock with a good book.. or just about anything. Often times I do some form of yoga in the morning to center my balance before I take on my day. I also find that actively reading is another way I am able to find balance and calmness in my life. One of my favorite hobbies when traveling to an unknown or known region is eating! I believe that food has a way of giving you insight about the culture you surround yourself with, it is also a unique way to connect with people. I am just looking for a new way of living, a way that transforms the ideas that I hold of the future, to hopefully bring me to the person I want to become. Curiosity and adventure are two words that have guided me to this point in my life, and I want nothing more than to bring forth those traits to each place I go.
Special dietary requirements
Vegetarian with a hint of meat