Blog 7 – Bravery, Kindness, Failures

During my gap year so far, I have been in many different types of situations. However, in this blog, I will focus on the ones where I have been brave, kind, where I have failed and bounced back.Bravery to me can take different shapes, what requires bravery in one person may not require bravery inContinue reading “Blog 7 – Bravery, Kindness, Failures”

Blog #6 – Goal Status Update

I have made a lot of progress with two of my four goals – doula certification/birthing experience and learning a sustainable lifestyle. I am scheduled to attended two births in the end of March and beginning of April. After that my certification will be complete and I can send in my packet for review. IContinue reading “Blog #6 – Goal Status Update”

Blog #4 – Meaningful interaction or event

Written by MJ Ladera on 11/24/2020 Over the past month, one of the places I have volunteered at is the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry. At this location, the inside is organized in a manner to look and feel like a small supermarket filled with donated goods.  For someone who is food insecure, to beContinue reading “Blog #4 – Meaningful interaction or event”

Blog #3- Day to Day life during a pandemic

Written by MJ Ladera on 10/31/2020 My daily routine for September varied throughout the month. From September 1st to the 12th, I drove to Kansas City, Kansas, where I was going to stay with my aunt and her family. During the weekdays, I volunteered at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. It is a Goodwill typeContinue reading “Blog #3- Day to Day life during a pandemic”

Blog #4 – October 2020 – Waimanu

By no means am I an experienced hiker. And this trail was a beast: 8 miles long (16 round trip) and 7000 feet in elevation. Steep ups and downs over a huge mountain. And then a mile of really tough switchbacks descending into Waimanu Valley. Six other people and I started the journey on FridayContinue reading “Blog #4 – October 2020 – Waimanu”

Blog #3 — September 2020 — Daily Life

By Elena Villamagna (Sept. 21, 2020) The lesson I am supposed to learn this year is to LET GO. I made the perfect plan, everything was in place. I was getting ready for a two-month trip, through the organization WWOOF, to a farm in Taos, New Mexico where I would learn all about herbs andContinue reading “Blog #3 — September 2020 — Daily Life”