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Coming Home
January 2, 2010, 3:39 am
Filed under: Plain Mary Jane, USA

It has been over a month and I have still not written yet about my experiences in Chile, Easter Island, and Peru. Why? some of you might ask. I am not an unproductive person, and I generally try to write every few days on this blog to share my travel experiences.

Generally, the biggest reason has been that I am still dealing with the nuances of being back in the United States, which includes being on vacation. For the first time in– pretty much a year and a half– I am not swamped and/or overwhelmed with new experiences, work to do for school, and/or schemes that will fit into the ‘big picture’ of my life. For now, I am content to spend some time lying lazily in my bed and doing absolutely nothing all day long. Today, I spent about two hours reading and analyzing the contents of Burt’s Bees ingredients to determine whether they’re actually a socially-conscious company (considering they were bought by Clorox back in 2007). They’ve passed the test so far. I also invented a method called ‘after shower goodness is baby oil + body lotion mixed together= glowing and sweet-smelling skin.’ It is a tried and true method.

It’s also nice to take a much-needed breather and focus on the kind of person that I want to be in the future, which includes being environmentally and consumer conscious, an advocate for non-processed food, a promoter of human rights awareness and self-sustainable solutions for developing communities, and… admittedly, an everything-Apple technology dork. Being in the United States gives me room to process everything that has happened within the past two years- what I have seen, how I’ve grown, and the ability to fully enjoy the amazing luxuries that my life affords me while not feeling guilty about it. These are challenging and complex things to grapple with. But I feel with even more certainty, that spending the next six months in the United States will ultimately be a good thing for me.

Here’s to 2010. May the next year be as eye-opening as the last.

Much love,


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