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One of my highlights from the last 3 months was when I reached the summit of Mount Arayat. Arayat is an extinct stratovolcano rising to the height of 1,026 metres. Due to its location in the flat agricultural region of Nueva Ecija, it can be seen for miles around,...

I think Elton John got it wrong when he penned the lyrics "sorry seems to be the hardest word", because "goodbye" is so much harder.

I've been living, working and partying in Cabiao for the past 10 weeks. 74 days to be precise. But it only takes 66 days to form a...

As part of my duties for the media team, I have been required to write a terminal report about the team's progress in the community. I decided to put it on here so that you could all see the 'big picture' about what I've been doing in Cabiao for 3 months. Sorry for...

As part of our DRRM awareness raising activities we were expected to run a youth camp. Straight-forward right? Except the kids of Cabiao are quite trendy. To put it bluntly: life jacket-making isn't cool and as a result, the team have hosted a few not-so-successful...

One of the downsides of volunteering in a close-knit community is that everyone knows your business. Cabiao always seems so much smaller that it actually is because everyone really does know everyone. For example, the lady who runs the coffee shop I go to, is the s...

For the past two weeks the team has been conducting community risk assessment workshops across Cabiao. This is the second phase in our DRRM programme and is an essential step in making the flood reduction plan a community based one: by extracting local knowledge we...

 

My host-family invited me along to the wake of one their recently deceased relatives. A wake is essentially a week long, food-filled funeral, where family and friends have the opportunity to say goodbye to- and celebrate the life of- their recently departed. Natur...

 

 

I never thought I'd say the words "Mum I'll have to call you back, I'm about to catch carabao to work."

 

A carabao is a type of water buffalo that is used by farmers in the Philippines. It was also my transport to work yesterday.

 

My team had decided to walk throug...

This is a bit awkward but here goes. I want to formally apologise to all 100 million Filipinos...for calling you Filippinos (thanks to Pam for the spelling correction!) The irony is that I'm trying to learn a new language and I can't even master my own (and worse,...

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ABOUT ME

My name is Katie and I'm passionate about the power of storytelling and how we can use it in our everyday lives to consciously create the lives that we want to lead. That's my why. The what is that I'm a coach, writer, yoga teacher, speaker and the founder of a yoga life coaching company called YOCO. I am also incredibly proud to be a part of 4D HumanBeing, an international leadership development and communication skills company.

Last year brought about a lot of exciting change: I got married to my best friend in June and we moved to the USA in August! We're currently living in Charlotte, North Carolina and we plan to travel all over the Americas. So we will be blogging about our adventures, our experiences as expats and our relationships, with ourselves, each other and our new community. This is a blog about everyday wellness; the yoga that happens off the mat; but mostly, it's a blog about being well and truly human. Here are some examples:

-I quit vipassana (a 10-day silent retreat) after 26 hours.

-I often often skip shavasana and yet, if you click here you'll find a whole article on the benefits of this lying down posture at the end of a yoga practice.

-I became a vegan, simply because it made me feel morally better than everyone else. Turns out I like eggs more than morals.

-I set up Monday evening Spanish Night to motivate Dan and I to learn a language. In reality, Spanish night involves us drinking Rioja and eating tapas. 

 

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