Almost There

This week my roommate Olivia packed up and went home. We have been helping her pack for the past few days; although by helping I mean talking to her while she packs and watching movies with her when she wants to take a break. Though I still have three more weeks here in Laos, Olivia’s leaving makes me feel as though I am leaving soon too.

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Week 7: Fair Trade Shops in Laos

Over the past three years I have been slowly working on improving my carbon footprint. I started with learning about vegetarianism and fast fashion. I try to refrain from buying products that are not ethically made or that will contribute to the deteriorating state of our earth. However, one thing that I had yet to learn much about was social enterprises and fair trade organizations. I know about fair trade products like coffee and chocolate, but I had never heard the term social enterprise or of a fair trade store that exclusively sold items that had been ethically produced and purchased. 

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Week 10: What I Loved and Learned About VFI

As my internship has come to its end, I want to take this share my initial thoughts on what I have learned and enjoyed from this experience.

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Week 9: Children and UXOs

If you ask most people my age if they want children, you will get a variety of answers. Some will say yes! I love kids. Others will say eventually. And if they are my friends a decent amount of them will say they have no intention of having their own children. Adoption is on the table but not having any kids would also suffice. I am in the camp that I don’t know what I will want that far in the future as I don’t know what I want for myself in the next year. But for me there are more reasons not to have children than to have them. One of them being that this planet is already overpopulated and there have not been enough efforts made to make sure our planet survives after the next 30 years which makes me wonder whether bringing another child in the world is a good idea. 

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Week 6: Hobbies or Side Hustle?

In an earlier post, I bemoaned my lack of hobbies. Like a decent amount of children and teenagers, I took up a variety of activities and hobbies when I was a child that I do not continue to partake in. When I was eight, my best friend and I decided that we would start a clothing line. So I had my mother buy a sewing machine and I managed to draw a design on a t-shirt and sew basically nothing. Two years ago I bought tracing paper and dusted off my sewing machine, hoping my mature mind would be able to do what eight year old me could not. Update: I think I broke the sewing machine when I was eight.

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