It’s Raining, It’s Pouring

BRAVE. I am naming my year BRAVE. I don’t remember how I came across this idea of #NameYourYear instead of New Years Resolutions, but I instantly loved it. I have never been a big ‘New Years Resolutions’ gal…actually, I don’t think I’ve ever seriously made any- I never saw the point. But the idea of choosing a word I want to live by this year sounded so much better. Choosing a word meant being able to go further than a simple list of resolutions could possibly let me go.

It’s January 27th, 2016 and I’m writing this from my bed at home, on a beautifully rainy day in Zambia. I have had plans for blog posts earlier this year, but I have been on greater adventures then I ever could have imagined, in that time. So we’ll just start from now.

I spent two, not be to be cliché, but being completely cliché: life-changing weeks at Harnas Wildlife Foundation. I experienced and did so many things that I have always wanted to do, such as having animals eat from the palm of my hand and just being able to walk into an enclosure (within reason of which animal, obviously) and hang out with the animals in there. I did not know exactly what I would be doing, going into my two weeks, but I came out having done so many more things than I could have ever imagined. Not to mention, I met some pretty amazing people and made some fantastic friends. I cannot imagine how much people who stay there three months have learnt and experienced by the time they leave.

I was nibbled, I was scratched, I was burnt, I was soaked to the bone on numerous occasions, I was so hot I didn’t even want to move, I was mauled by thorn trees, and I’m sure I’m forgetting others, but ever part was my favorite part and every part is a story I will be telling for many years to come.

The experiences I have been blessed to have so far in 2016 have showed me more of who I am, and enforced what I am passionate about and what I want to do with my life.

2016 I pledge to be BRAVE. 2016 I pledge to travel more. 2016 I pledge to work harder on my blog.

From South Africa to Zambia to Namibia to Zambia, again—I’m feeling BRAVE. Leggo 2016.

GUESS WHAT?!

Little Hannah is squealing inside right now. In a few days, one of Little Hannah’s biggest dreams will come true.

My family was living in Windhoek, Namibia from 2004-2007. At that age, when I grew up, I wanted to be a vet. I loved animals (still do), wanted to save the world (still do), and my brother wanted to drive the animal ambulance around for me so we could go around saving animals (plans may have changed)- we had it all figured out (definitely still working on that). Our time in Namibia taught me so much about animals and strengthened my love for their protection.

I am so happy to announce that I will be volunteering at the Harnas Wildlife Foundation in Namibia! The Harnas Wildlife Foundation:

“Is an entity established originally for the protection of animals, but has since grown to include welfare projects and nature conservation projects. Visitors to Harnas can enjoy quality and comfortable accommodation with a range of hospitality, whilst a range of programs attracts volunteers from across the globe.” – ‘What We Do’, Harnas Wildlife Foundation

As a kid, we spent many weekends at Harnas. We spent so many weekends at Harnas, they let my Dad and I stand in on a medical procedure and bandage change on a wild dog; my first experience with anything vet-related. I loved everything about Harnas…some of my favorite memories are from Harnas. I cannot wait to make more.

Blog posts are scheduled to continue going up on my blog while I’m gone, but I will most likely be absent from my social media platforms. At this point, I have no idea what type of access, if any, I will have to the internet.

BUT.

When I get back, my social media feeds will be bursting with photos, experiences, and everything else from my time volunteering! Get excited. I’m already excited.

See you on the other side, doves!


 

Check out the Harnas Wildlife Foundation: Harnas Main Page