The time has come!

I’m in Fort Lauderdale waiting to board the flight to San Jose. I’m overjoyed with all the positivity and enthusiasm coming in from everyone about this adventure.

Even on the first plane this morning, a total stranger and I shared his pillow (really, it was a Mickey Mouse stuffed animal he’s bringing as a present for his kids, but he graciously offered it up as a pillow for his strangely dressed row mate). This was such a beautiful thing. This next step is all about sharing and community and what better way to start?

The Goodbyes (that weren’t actually goodbyes)

I shared some pretty powerful moments with a handful of my favorite people these past few days. My family, my main man(dog) Jax, and so many wonderful friends. It’s such a strange thing to say goodbye knowing full well you intend to see them each so soon. But really, I was also saying goodbye to parts of myself.

Over goodbye drinks last night I explained to a friend that I no longer want to be someone who makes the majority of decisions very passively – what to do each day, who to be with, where to go to school, where to work, etc. These are BIG decisions that deserve conscious thought and reflection, but over the past several years I’ve made the majority of those decisions based on what seemed best, or what would be easiest or convenient… Not ok. From this day forward, I intend to take an active role in each decision I make.

Ask yourself each day what it is you want to do, then do just that.

I can preach it all I want, now is the time to live it. Wish me luck!

Final shots with my pack, my best friend, and my parents.

Best gift ever? November snow!

In recent years we haven’t had snow in November. Well yesterday was my birthday, and after sleeping an extra four hours (which never happens anymore), I woke up to a fresh blanket of snow! We had almost three inches at my parents’ house in Northern Michigan. Best birthday gift – best parting gift? Snow on my birthday.

There won’t be snow in the jungle, and I won’t get to play snowball “fetch” this year with Jax, so we made the most of it.

Robin and puppies play with snow.

Playing in the snow with Jax and his little buddy.

In 72 hours, I’ll be on a plane from Ft. Lauderdale to San Jose. Almost here 🙂

Cliff diving…

Vicky and I in Costa RIca in 2006

I wore a hardhat the last time I did something crazy in Costa Rica. I was scared to death — guess I still am.

Honesty will be a prime focus in this blog, so let me reveal something about myself… I’m 25, and a Twihard. Yes, yes this next stage of my life will hopefully be lived with intention and purpose so maybe Twilight won’t make the cut, but for the past several years, it has. Unordered Twilight marathons have happened in my house on many a hungover Sunday morning.

So back to cliff diving. Bella made it the cool thing to do in New Moon, but cliff diving does look awesome. It’s the kind of adrenaline-fueled, semi-nonsensical sort of thing that I wish I could do more of (as in, apart from a skydiving stint and a drunken burn incident, I haven’t done many – let’s be honest).

The jump I’m taking now seems similar to a cliff dive, although death is a bit less likely, and financial losses a bit more probable.

I’m pumped, almost packed, and so ready. Six days and I’m off!

Edward Cullen, if you’d like to show up after I jump, you’re more than welcome.