I have always been someone to keep my thoughts to myself or to my closest friends, but I needed to find new ways to think, and new ways to keep in touch with family and friends when I am in Moldova. Let me explain, in exactly 5 weeks from today I will be on a plane heading to Moldova for the Peace Corps. Where I will be serving for the next two years along side my husband. I have been going step by step preparing for this, and now its here. I have no idea what to expect. Which is how I came up with my blog site name: bushwhacking to get by.

A couple of years ago, I went to Canada with the National Outdoor Leadership School, or better known as NOLS. During the backing packing section we had to bushwhack, which is defined as: to make one’s way through thick woods by cutting away bushes and branches. It was tuff. For many reasons. Not knowing where I was going, getting cuts all over my face and body…. But it was always worth going through it when you bushwhacked through the last portion and came out to an amazing view. If I was going to be honest with myself and with you, I have always been one of those ‘the glass is half empty’ kinda people. I have tried to see life as hopeful and joyous, but in the end, I felt a fraud to who I am at the core. I have accepted by view on life and am proud to say I have done so with out being bitter towards life or others. SO back to the bushwhacking. … the past few years have been mixed with days/months of hard, tortuous moments of bushwhacking. But I have always enjoyed the moments when I experience the ‘amazing view’, and I breathe it in and keep as a memory – so I can use it when I am wondering why I am willingly putting myself back into the thick of the bush!

Going to the Peace Corps is exciting, and I know that there are going to be moments of bushwhacking and moments when I surprise myself by seeing things “glass half full” – its going to change me. I am going to leave with scars from making my way through the thick of things – but those scars will change and mold me into a better me!

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