WE MADE IT! On April 6. all of us eight students graduated from the leadership training program. Before I will tell you guys in which department I am working, I would like to rewind on the Wahiawa Community Festival to wrap this LTP season up.
Wahiawa Community Festival
The last weeks of our leadership training have been really exciting and fun. A big milestone that we had was the Wahiawa Community Festival. The goal of this event was to bring people to Wahiawa and to build relationships with each other in a fun environment. I already mentioned this event here. The event has been our ‘baby’ for three months. We worked hard, made a lot of phone calls, emails, painted, spent hours and hours on schedules. Our team organized bouncy houses, a lot of activities, wonderful food trucks, really talented musicians and more.
March 31 was the day. It was a day of laughter, great musicians, eating donuts in record time, people getting dunked and new friendships. Everything went smoothly and I wouldn't have picked another team to execute this project with. While organizing this festival I got so many opportunities to do things for the first time like going live on a radio station. WHAT? Yes, Kat and me got the chance to go on the radio station ‘the fish’. We had a blast with Tisha, the amazing radio host. Looking back, I am very thankful that this OSP (Ohana Service Project) was part of our leadership school. Many things that we learnt in the classroom we could put into practice.
MY NEW JOB
Every Saturday, we had department day. This gave us an opportunity to get an insight into the different departments that STN has. My top three departments that I would have liked to work in were global, marketing and surfers coffee. PLOT TWIST. I have to say that I was pretty shocked when they announced that I will be part of campus life. I totally didn’t have this department on my radar. It took me a while to acquire a taste for it.
I have to say, now after working in this department for a month, I am starting to like it. I am in charge of hospitality, so if guest come in I prepare their room, make welcome baskets for them, ensure the room gets cleaned after they left. I put people into apartments, make sure that one bed is not double booked and that all the apartments have what they need. I do cleaning checks in the apartments. I also do little random things like staff birthday cards, key fobs and I buy office supplies. Campus Life does a lot of diverse activities and it never gets boring. I have a lot of freedom in my job and I work individually most of the time. It is stretching and challenging. It is an attitude check. We will see how long I will work there, because it can change during this year. But for now, I am learning to work with different people, I learn to advocate for myself and I try to develop my own vision besides my job here.
Since I came out to Hawaii the first time, I allowed myself to dream. To have crazy dreams and visions. We limit ourselves so often. We tell ourselves way too early how impossible and unrealistic it is that our dreams will ever become a reality. But if you have a big passion for something, it will give you a boost of motivation. Take this motivation and try at least! You can’t lose anything, but you will regret it if you don’t even try. “Passion fuels you to press past your fear in order to fulfill the purpose that God called you to”.
Extract of my journal March 11: "I dream of living somewhere where I am really involved with the locals and their culture. Kids are running around, we play with them and teach them English. I want to have a place where people feel welcome, where we can worship and have bonfires together. I want to serve people and love on them. I am still dreaming about sailboats, about peace, ocean and good laughter. Imagine how that would be to have a sail ministry. #sailingthenations? Who knows? ;D"
“If your dreams don’t scare you, they are now big enough”, right?!
This brings me to a dream that I already had for years. I want to travel. I want to see and get involved into new cultures. I want to serve others internationally. I want to teach kids English. Surfing The Nations has an international trip to Sri Lanka this summer. It is a trip of serving the community of Arugam Bay. Sometimes it takes a while until you realize that you are supposed to do something. I realized that I have this deep desire to help Anthony and Meredith (the base leaders) with the new base and build relationships with the locals. I want to experience this. Taking suitcases full of clothes, toys, basic living supplies and give it to people in need. Bring surfboards and use surfing as a tool to get to know people and love on them. Show the kids that they are loved when no one else does it. I want to give back to people that are less privileged than we are. Shoot me a message. I would love to tell you more about it :-)
Well, LTP is officially over and a lot of new adventures are coming. I will keep you all updated! Until next time!