Welcome to the random and spontaneous adventures of Courtney
Life flashes by unusually quick when you’re traveling.
It’s strange to think that I left New Zealand 6 weeks ago – it doesn’t feel that long yet at the same time, I feel I’ve been here forever and am beginning to quickly forget little details of my old life.
Starting a new ‘chapter’ in life is something I have always read about, and have experienced in the past – but never to this extent.
Sometimes, when I’m life guarding on the sun soaked docks of a beautiful black water Paradox lake, surrounded by the adirondack mountains it hits me that I quit my fast paced, insanely cool job in Advertising (at the number one creative agency worldwide may I add), threw out everything i owned, packed a few sentimental items into one tiny cardboard box for Mum and Dad to look after, packed a backpack filled with far too many black clothes (which seemed like a smart idea at the time), left my amazing friends and family behind and moved to a Summer camp in the USA.
That’s quite a chapter.
Southwoods camp is beautiful – and exactly like movie Parent Trap. Rumor has it that it’s the top 4-week camp in America too.
This camp is divided into two session – each 4 weeks long. First session is over and though spending all day, everyday (up at 7am, bed by 12:30am) with kids can drive you mental – I actually really miss the 17 girls who we looked after for this time in our cute little cabin named Wolfden, which was complete with bunk beds, wooden slated walls and bean bags.
Second session has begun – I’ve been set with the seniors again. These girls are just as cool though it’s a little strange to suddenly get a new set of kids.
Life guarding is possibly the easiest job I have ever had in life – which is nice coming from my last job, but is difficult for someone like me whose brain cannot stop thinking and working. It is also easily the most boring job I have ever had – but only when guarding, the in between moments make up for it.
The days off are also what keeps us alive – each week we head off to some location an hour or so away (Burlington in Vermont is my favorite place of all time so far), have the craziest time possible and then head back to camp to do it all over again.
With four weeks to go I still have no idea as to what we will do next. The staff here are amazing, but they all have different post-camp plans so the most difficult question in my life right now is: Shall we explore the East or West coast? Tough life.