Right now, I am sitting in my parent’s apartment back home in Switzerland and I literally don’t know where this year went. Since living in Hawaii I feel like I have a different sense of time. Wow, what a journey it has been.
First of all, I want to thank every single one of you that supported me in this crazy adventure of quitting my job and committing 15 month of my life to volunteer with a non-profit. All that while not having a steady income, a lot of questions in my head and the urge to reconnect with my community in Wahiawa, Hawaii. Thanks to everyone that supported me financially, without you this year wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you for texting me, calling me, making sure I am okay on the other side of the world, while a hurricane came scary close ;) I want to say one special 'thank you' to my mom and dad: Thank you for trusting me and letting me go. You guys are the most supporting parents ever, never standing in the way of my dreams, always believing in me. All in all I am super thankful for you ALL!
As I said, I am currently in Switzerland. Getting my visa renewal is the main reason why I am here, as well as spending Christmas with my family, which is a HUGE blessing. Timing is great I have to say! The last season in Hawaii before heading home after almost a year (!!) was the best season I had so far at Surfing The Nations. It took me a long time, but I definitely arrived and I am super happy with where I am at.
>I still love working in Surfers Coffee, one of our business. It never gets boring in there and one of the most beautiful things about this place is, that the whole community comes together. Military, homeless. tourists, STN people. members of different churches, surfers. Everyone is welcome and accepted. Surfers Coffee helps supporting the non-profit and all the tips go towards improving Surfing the Nations. (Right now we are fundraising for floors to put in our future dance room. We will be having free dance classes for our Ulu Pono kids program.)
>Leading an interns connect group was super fun and it allowed me to get to know them on a deeper level. Elin, Kalani and Phoenix were the lovely ladies I got to lead. Seeing each one of them overcoming fears, growing in their identity and building beautiful friendships made me so proud!
> I got to stay in Junia and Isak's apartment twice for around two weeks each. A whole apartment to myself *YAY*! It was a huge blessing and I hosted some dinners, had amazing conversations and a sleepover. I love quality time with friends!
A huge thing that happened October 27 was that me and my roomies got to lead worship in Surfers Church alongside Danny. Leading worship is something that has been on my heart since I probably was 14 years old. I always loved singing but was too scared to actually do it. I finally overcame my fear of not being good enough. It was an evening to remember and that I got to share it with all my roomies made it even more special. Sometimes you just have to do what you are afraid of and KICK FEAR IN THE FACE. I can tell you, it is so worth it!
I am gonna hold this last newsletter for the year short. You guys are gonna find some pictures in the end to see what else I have been up to this fall. Before closing, you might be wondering what I am gonna do from now on. To bring some clarity: I am for sure gonna finish up my commitment in Hawaii, which ends in April (My return to Hawaii is in the hands of the embassy, since I am still waiting for my visa.) After that, I have different ideas but none of them are set in stone yet. It is for sure not gonna be boring I can tell you! The verse: 'For the Lord is bringing you into a good land, a land with brooks, streams and deep springs gushing out into the valleys and hills' is my assurance that I don’t need to have all the answers (even if I would take them. ALL OF THEM :D). Everything will fall into place in the right timing. And it will be good, as long as I trust and let go.
Now, I wish you a merry Christmas with a lot of joy and no stress. Life is too beautiful to be stressed and overlook all the little things. Enjoy the time with your family and friends, while you can. See you in the new year ! Love, Isa
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