My First Week as a 21 Year Old

Well another year has passed, yet in some ways everything feels exactly the same. Last Wednesday was my 21st birthday and honestly I was a bit sad not to be at home having reading week and having a party with the fam jam. But, I have some really amazing friends here and they made my day so so perfect.

I only have one class on Wednesday’s so it isn’t a bad day school wise and it was even better when my friend Camryn found out that most of her classes were cancelled for the day which meant she could hang out with me all afternoon. We went to the beach and it was so so hot, but it felt so good to jump in the ocean and then warm up on the sand.

I had made reservations at a fancy Italian restaurant on the south/west end of the island called Buzo. If you are ever in Barbados and in the mood for some really amazing pizza then this is the place you have to go to. 6 of us went out and it was a really fun dinner; I had a glass of champagne, pizza, and they even brought me a piece of cake and sang happy birthday.

Even though it was late when we got back, Emily and Jana said they had another surprise for me. They told me to close my eyes and when I opened them I had a cake in my hand. Not just any cake, a pink cake with sprinkles that said “Happy 21st”. I am seriously blessed to have such good friends.

Time is starting to fly here in Barbados, probably because I am having so much fun. My weekends are jam packed with homework, scuba diving, beach time and adventures around the island. On Saturday, a group of us made a trip up to the North point of the island to see the Atlantic ocean and the crazy waves.

School has actually been going pretty well this semester. I am taking three French classes and two Political Science classes. I tried to schedule my presentations and projects early in the semester so that I didn’t have to worry about them when my parents and grandparents come. So this week I had two presentations and a test, which I am glad I got over with. I can’t believe the fam jam comes in almost a week! I am so excited!!!

This weekend I have another busy weekend ahead of me including two dives on Friday and a cave tour on Sunday (if you have every visited Cenotes in Mexico I think it is going to be like that).

I hope that you have a great rest of your week and a fabulous weekend. Love always,

Reducing Your Waste!

A few weeks ago I spent 2 hours swimming in the ocean (and free diving in some parts) to collect garbage underwater with my friend Camyrn.

We literally picked up this shirt 10ft under water

You probably hear about climate change, wildlife dying, and consumption reduction at least one a month on social media. Then you probably think, I am just one person, it isn’t going to make a difference.

Inspirational quote "It's only one straw," said 8 billion people.

The ocean has become a major part of my life and for the past five months I have probably spent more time in water than on land. When I got my scuba certification in December, I started to realize how fragile the aquatic ecosystem really is and how plastic, metal, and just junk can have a major impact on it.

There are some really easy ways that you can start to reduce your everyday consumption:

  1. Buy a reusable water bottle. Chances are you probably have one kicking around in your house anyways, so put it to good use. I find so many water bottles on beaches, the side of the road, and even at the bottom of the ocean.
Here is a picture of my Hydroflask. Not only can you decorate them but they hold almost the amount of two plastic water bottles!

2. Actually use your reusable bags. You probably have a stack of these hiding in your house, that you have boughten with the best intentions but you never actually use them. A good way to remember to bring them with you is to put them by the front door or your house or keep some in your car. This way you will see them and grab them ever time you go to the store!

3. Start composting! Ever since I was a little girl, my dad taught my sisters and me the importance of the environment which included how to compost. It is so easy to just keep a bin (with a lid) on your counter and fill it will things that decompose. This includes things such as vegetable peelings, coffee grinds, egg shells, and even paper towels. You can then use this compost for your garden to help nourish your plants and vegetables.

4. Buy clothes at the thrift store. Some of you may already do this, but instead of always buying new clothes go to the thrift store. Sometimes you can find really cool, awesome, and sometimes even new clothing. This can reduce so much waste! Also when you are done with clothes you no longer wear, you could have a clothing swap with friends or pass stuff down to family members such as cousins!

5. Stop buying and using single use plastic such as plastic plates, forks, and straws. Single use plastic is horrible for the environment, essentially due to the fact that it is single use. Instead of using plastic, opt for a wooden cutlery set and reusable straws. This way you can carry them around with you and when you need to use them you can pull them out of your purse or backpack.

Overall, little daily changes can start to make a huge difference. One person CAN make a difference and if we all work together we can change the world.

Love always,