I love my boyfriend, I see the man he is as the man I could spend the rest of my life with. If you follow me on instagram, you certainly know that he is my best friend, my partner in crime, and the person that most supports and encourages me in my life, and probably are annoyed of all my posts with him. That being said he has certainly been my greatest supporter on decision to join the Peace Corps. I could not be anymore thankful to have his support and encouragement.
You see the beauty to me of having a boyfriend while on this journey is that it reminds me that I have someone to turn to. Someone to be brutally honest with me when I need it.
Will a long distance relationship while in the Peace Corps serving on the other side of the world be a challenge? Abso-freakin-lutely. Nothing great in this world comes easy right? LDR's can make you or break you, and the truth is that i have not heard of too many relationships working out. But of course every couple makes their reasoning as to why they will work out, and here is mine, because I have faith that I as well as he will make an effort. An effort is key. The moment one stops making the effort, you might as well save you both time and data credits and move on.
You can begin your journey by having your long distance starter kit! My kit includes the following! And so far it has proven to be a great starter kit!
!. Pictures of BAE
2. Pictures with BAE
3. Method of communication with BAE
4. Wear every day object that reminds you of BAE (bracelet,necklace, etc)
5. Book that reminds you of BAE
6. Letters of Encouragement from BAE
7. BAE's stuffed animal
8. BAE's shirt (not pictured)
9. The Couples app available in the App store for Thumbkisses
10. Most importantly, Keep their Smile and Laugh close to your heart for those rainy days.
This of course is my kit, yours could vary, but the kit alone will not do the trick! It also takes as stated before, effort. Along with that you communication, honesty, patience, and of course you need to be EXTRA loving to one another. Try to avoid fights and arguments as much as possible, but also do not keep things in. if you are hurting sincerely, express it. If your relationship is strong your partner will be willing to talk it out. And most importantly, never let one another fall asleep upset. You will both make promises to one another. And it is important for both of you to always remember those promises. For me, I promised to be patient, loving, and to keep in contact as much as possible! There WILL be times that you must remind yourselves of what you promised when times get tough. Call each other out on it if needed. If I am not being loving enough, I need to know it. If you are having a crappy say, just give your partner a call, and just the calmness of their voice will be sure to bring things around. I have been extra homesick lately, but just a 5 minute phone call with my boy and life is all good!
Take things from those letters of love and encouragement as your motivations to keep going. My boyfriend is pretty awesome so of course I am going to tell you what phases keep me going.
Phrase A: "I promise to always push you to be the best you can be!"
Phrase B: "Now the next two years won't be easy, but nothing worth your while is ever easy. We will get through this and our love will only grow"
You have taken on the LDR Challenge! Good Luck on your Journey and wish me luck on mine! Although I think I won't need it because Jess and I are pretty damn awesome <3
Here are some mushy couple pics to end this post, because mushy lovey dovey pics are my fav and we are pretty cute together.
Staging Staging, and more staging! As some of you may by now know I have been accepted into the Peace Corps. I should actually already be in Indonesia, but they Indoed us before we even left LA.
We are now at a hotel in Los Angeles and will be undergoing an extended staging. What was supposed to be a one day staging can now possibly become a week long staging. What is staging you ask? Well staging is essentially when all the volunteers get together to figure out logistics for departure, as well as over view and get to know what our goals in the Peace Corps will be and what the Peace Corps will expect from us. More importantly, for you to get to meet your new family. The volunteers we are meeting here at staging will be the closest things to home that we take with us. We have been doing different activities, and I am excited to see what they have in store for us.
No. Peace corps is not the military. Although I have read that back in the day Peace Corps volunteers would undergo boot camp similar to what the Army boot camp would be. Good thing that was back in the day, because holy crap am I out of shape! But all in all in my opinion the Peace Corps is an amazing organization with a beautiful mission.
So what is the Peace Corps?
Well according mostly to Wikipedia, "Peace corps is a volunteer organization run by the United States Government"
The stated mission of the Peace Corps includes"
A. Providing technical assistance
B. Helping people outside the United States to understand American culture
C. Helping Americans to understand the cultures of other countries.
Peace Corps Act (Pub.L. 87–293). The act declares the program's purpose as follows:
To promote world peace and friendship through a Peace Corps, which shall make available to interested countries and areas men and women of the United States qualified for service abroad and willing to serve, under conditions of hardship if necessary, to help the peoples of such countries and areas in meeting their needs for trained manpower.
"From 1961 to 2015, nearly 220,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps and served in 140 counties," Will you be the next?
Follow the link below for more facts on the Peace Corps! And if you plan on applying! I wish you the best of luck! And thank you for considering the Peace Corps!