Words of Inspiration: June

Well, June was a pretty exciting month- mostly because I experienced my first Australian flood.

We didn’t have rain for so long that we all rejoiced when we finally got it. It pelted down in every direction and the wind burst so furiously it snapped down trees. By late afternoon, the water level rose so high some of the resident’s tents started flooding. We all helped them as they quickly packed up their home and found shelter on higher ground. I spent the night huddled in my caravan listening to the rain crash down and the wind howl so loudly it felt like it was going to lift my caravan off the ground.

When I woke up in the morning everything was eerily silent. I lay in bed and heard one of the residents outside my window say “good morning!”

I pulled my blinds to look outside and saw him paddle boarding on a piece of a door. I quickly got out of bed, opened my door and everywhere that used to be grass was replaced by a huge lake. Everything was so quiet and peaceful, the lake was so still you could see the reflection of the sky. It reminded me a lot of the first snowstorm of the season in Canada. When you go to bed all bundled up, listening to the howling winds and wake up to complete silence. So you get out of bed, look outside and notice that everything you knew to be green and grassy is now five feet taller, blindingly white and fluffy. I felt that same childlike excitement at the new lake that surrounded me.

But within a few days, the water subsided and all went back to normal. I also completed my three months of regional work. Now I get a whole nother year in the country. Woohoo! But it also means this chapter is over. I love the people here, they have become family to me. I’ve learned so much in these past three months. I’m so grateful I had to do “regional” work in order to get my second-year visa. Isn’t it funny how things we dread can become the best things for us?

With that in mind, these quotes are all within the theme of goodbyes and new beginnings, an inevitability for all of us. If you are also going through some changes, may these quotes give you some comfort for the next chapter.

“To make an end is to make a beginning. The end is where we start from.”

– T.S. Elliot

Sometimes we fail to remember that one closed door opens another. Let us greet whatever comes next with a sense of curiosity and excitement.

full moon at the beach in Australia


“Because the greatest part of a road trip isn’t arriving at your destination. It’s all the wild stuff that happens along the way.”

Another way of saying that life is not about the destination. A perfect example was coming here to Byron Bay. My goal was to get my second-year visa and coming here was just a means to an end. Yet living here has been one of the best, most unforgettable experiences of my life. A definite highlight of my Australian experience. Some things just take you by surprise, sometimes we need to throw away our plans and be open to all the wild, incredible things that can happen along the way.

“You are the books you read, the films you watch, the music you listen to, the people you meet, the dreams you have, and the conversations you engage in. You are what you take from these. You are the sound of the ocean, breath of the fresh air, the brightest light and the darkest corner. You are a collective of every experience you have had in your life. You are every single second of every day. So drown yourself in a sea of knowledge and existence. Let the words run through your veins and the colors fill your mind until there is nothing left to do but explode, There are no wrong answer. Inspiration is everything. Sit back, relax, and take it all in.”

Jac Vanek

Sit back, relax, and take it all in. I am thankful that I have been absorbing Byron Bay; the beautiful beaches, the luscious rainforests, the drum circles, the enlightening conversations, the incredible people and the amazing experiences I’ve had here. I couldn’t be more grateful to have a place as pure and peaceful as this to rub off on me.

“Try not to resist the changes that come your way. Instead let life live through you. And do not worry that your life is turning upside down. How do you know that the side you are used to is better than the one to come?”


I love the idea of letting life live through you. This makes it clear that no feeling is final, all is fleeting. So next time life takes something we thought we needed away or pushes us in a direction we hadn’t expected, let us consider this: how do you know that what you are used to is better than what’s to come?


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