Time is running. Exciting things are happening. It is the end of September, a new internship started and not too long from now I will be home. But before talking about the future and what I am excited for in this new season, I wanna take it back a little bit.
I AM A BARISTA
I started working as a barista in my favorite coffee shop ‘Surfers Coffee’!!! Since the first time entering this place 1.5 years ago, it was always a wish of mine to work in there. Now this dream became a reality! I get to work alongside amazing people 1-2 days a week. It is a true blessing and I am so thankful for all the opportunities I was given here in Hawaii so far. It is super fun to meet people outside of Surfing The Nations, learn new skills and .. get free coffee :D The other days of the week, I am serving in Campus Life, overseeing hospitality and housing. A big project that we have been working on the past two weeks was remodeling the guest room. Starting from a blank page and being able to use furniture and accessories from donation and our vintage store was a blast. You can find a before and after pictures down below. Junia’s parents are staying in there now for two weeks. I am happy with the outcome!
I LOVE MY FRIENDS
This community that I get to live in is a little piece of heaven. I am appreciating it more and more every day. Since I know that I won’t be in this place forever I try to soak in every second that I have with these people. The past two months I spent a lot of quality time with some of my favorite people. We visited the art museum, went camping, had a midnight dance party in the pouring rain, survived a hurricane and had cozy candle light dinners, ate the best cheesecake, were tourists and took pictures with a coconut, had picnics and spent hours talking about fish (This is one of Isak’s biggest passions). I fell in love with the idea of having a fish. So Mikael and me are now proud parents of a handsome Betta Fish :-)
EQUIP, BOND AND REFRESH
Between two internships we have a month called flex-month. August was one of these. In flex month we only have staff members and service teamers on property. A sense of calmness is in the air, staff are working hard to keep all the outreaches going and the property looking fresh. It is a time of rest and get filled up for the next season. We had a lot of staff bonding during flex-month. One week, we all we went costume bowling together. Then we had an intense workout and movie day the week after. Through an amazing staff conference which included great teachings, a cook-off, scavenger hunt we got equipped for what’s next...
36 NEW INTERNS! Everyone was hardcore preparing and getting ready for 36 new Interns from all over the world. How exciting. I love thinking back to my internship in spring 2017. It was for sure the best time of my life! I couldn’t wait to meet the new interns and see how their life gets rocked.
For this season I can’t wait to..
… Be a connect group and bible study leader in this internship. I have three girls in my group and I can’t wait to mentor them for the next three months, prepare them for their testimonies and cultivate a place where they can feel supported. All while having fun and bond together.
… Experience the ‘surf art and the surfer’ art show that Surfing The Nations puts on every fall
… Pick pumpkins in a pumpkin field
… Celebrate thanksgiving for the first time in my life
… Be fully trained as a barista in Surfers Coffee
… Build new relationships
… Get more into painting. That’s something I never did before but I really started enjoying it!
This season is gonna be all about growth in leadership, new relationships and the excitement of seeing all my loved ones back home in December!