Ok so for those of you who don’t really know me all that well I have recently become obsessed with YouTube and some of its stars. I have also only recently discovered Tumblr and also attended my first con!!!! So much accomplished in 2014!!!!
One of my favourite things to watch from some of my favourite YouTube stars (Myharto, grav3yard girl, Jenna marbles, vintage or tacky, Starkid), is a draw my life tag video. So I have decided (because the motivation has grabbed me) to do a kind of a write my life? It won’t be in depth but ill touch on what I think have been some major parts of my life which I believe have impacted the way I think and act and aspire to today.
I was just a baby when my parents got divorced. I don’t think I’ve ever been too distraught about this, I certainly did go through an awkward phase at around 10 of wanting my mum and dad to get back together (awkward because they were both practically re married). I have always spent my life travelling back and forwards between my mum and my dad’s, this meant bus trips and road trips as far back as I can remember. It was always very exciting I got to explore and make friends along the way. I attribute this to the start of my wanderlust. I also have been to quite a few schools as well as being home-schooled for a period of my youth. This I believe attuned my curiosity and formed the idea that if you’re interested/passionate about something you should go for it, and look in to it.
At 13 I moved from my mum’s to my dad’s and lived with him for the first time I could remember. I started a new school and made amazing friendships that I still love to this day. At this latest school I discovered a passion for theatre and even came top in my drama class one year. Starting new schools is really hard and can be quite stressful, but it has always taught me to make friends quite easily, it has also given me the option to shake of preconceived ideas about myself and explore different interests and dress codes.
At 16 I moved back to mums, I decided to go Goth which wasn’t well received at the small town school I was suddenly attending. But hey isn’t that how we learn and grow? I finished up my schooling and found a love for tourism. So much so that I actually took the class twice I my final year of high school. This final high school took us on trips around the county to explore options with universities in New Zealand. I didn’t believe I would ever want to attend university as I had decided that tourism was my passion and that generally was on the job training.
However I had always wanted to do an exchange program during my schooling and move to another country for a year. This unfortunately was never in the cards as it was insanely expensive so I began to look for other options on travel/jobs/exchanges overseas. It was during this time I discovered a program called Camp America. Basically it takes people over 18 from all over the world and places them at summer camps in America to work for 3 months. This sounded exactly like what I wanted and so I applied for this at the end of my last year of high school.
Young Adult years;
I spent a great 7 months in 2009 travelling and working. I spent 3 months in West Virginia at a wonderful all girls camp; Camp Rim Rock. I was a general counsellor, an archery instructor, a rock wall instructor as well as a life guard. I spent an amazing 3 months working at the camp before setting off on 3 weeks of travel around the eastern coast of the USA. I visited Washington DC, Philadelphia, buffalo, Niagara Falls, New York City.
After my 3 weeks in the states I spent 3 months in Italy staying with family, with a short burst of travel in England and wales. It was while I was in Italy lounging around mooching of my amazing cousin Jo and her family that I decided I wanted to go to university. I had to choose between 2 possible candidates, I decided that I was going to go to Otago University. It is NZ oldest university and is situated in the deep south of New Zealand. This was the farthest away from home I could get without leaving the country. Also as an added bonus my boyfriend at the time was already at Otago University. I decided I was going to study Theatre studies with a minor in hospitality as that way I got all the fun and none of the math.
However by the end of my first year I realised I wanted to take 20 tourism papers and like 2 theatre papers. I was actually offered honours in both Tourism and Theatre and had the chance to choose between them, I chose to change my degree from a Bachelor of Arts to a Bachelor of Commerce. Unfortunately this meant all of the math!!!! However with some great utilization of summer school I still managed to graduate in 3 years as scheduled.
During my first year of university I was loving my tourism/hospitality classes and one of y lecturers, my favourite and huge role model Tara! Told me about this awesome opportunity called the Disney International College Program. The option to work, earn and learn from the world largest media conglomerate. This sounded like the perfect dream job to me, how else would I get to live in America for a year with a job, in a gated community and transportation provided on a daily basis??? So I decided to finish my degree and then apply for the ICP.
For more information of that you can check out some of my early/very first posts to this blog.
However one of my longest running dreams is to travel the world and be paid for it. So everything I do is striving towards this ultimate goal. I pondered being an air hostess (I’m too short) and working on a cruise ship (taaadaahhh).
So as you all know I am mid-way through my process of becoming part of the team with the Disney cruise line. You can read this post HERE about my process so far.
I also got some great news the other day that a friend of mine is also going to be interviewed for the Disney cruise line as well!!! Yes super pumped!!!
Where I stand today is in a sort of limbo. I am still riddled with wanderlust and I can’t wait to get the call from the Disney cruise line so I can set off abroad once more.
This is an odd post and if you didn’t like it I apologise, I just felt like there is a certain amount of my life that attributes to why I want to travel and how I’ve gotten to this point and I felt like sharing it.
PS, i learnt how to use links !!! did you notice.