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Here's My Story

The beautiful thing about human connection is that we are all made up of stories. Some stories are hurtful to remember, we suppress, and we ignore. BUT then there are those that shape us and the ones that we hold near and dear to our hearts.

 

I come in parts. I had to be completely stripped down (figuratively speaking) to find out who I am and to have that drive that allows me to move forward.

I didn’t know the word love for many years. There was a lot of verbal and physical abuse in my childhood. I grew up in a household that was violent & volatile. I learned to hide my true feelings through anger and later in life through humor. In all those years of self-sabotage I developed an autoimmune disease. Luckily, it didn’t turn out to be anything severe, I just had to learn to take better care of myself. This is what started my self-healing journey. I connected with nature, I travelled, I explored because I figured life is too short to be stuck in one place. To be stuck in the “why me” mentality. So, I decided to break free from all which no longer served me. Most importantly, I decided to forgive and to love unconditionally, starting with myself.

 

Ah, next part: My love for sustainability. I did a study abroad program to Costa Rica for a month. We travelled the entire country in a bus. I was quite the rebel back then. I just wanted to do what I wanted to do, mind you I was 19 at the time. It all changed when I was part of a conservation group that made sure that a turtle nesting site was unharmed. That these newly hatched baby turtles made it to sea. Something inside me changed. I knew I wanted to share this experience with the world, but how? After graduation I moved to Ecuador for a handful of months. I worked for an eco-friendly company. It was amazing, I loved every minute of it. I was able to be involved in tours out to the Amazon and within the country. Experience the local community, the sharing and all that beautiful land that’s still untouched.  IT WAS AMAZING! Being in the Amazon was life changing.

 

I’ve worked in the hospitality industry for more than a decade and tourism was always my thing. I felt the need to share this connection to mother earth. In which I decided to move to Australia and pursue my master’s degree in Sustainability. It was challenging and such an eye opener to a whole new world (quoting Aladdin).

Which leads me to the now. ​I’m one person who truly believes that our connection to the environment helps us heal. Helps us find our voice, getting in touch with our higher self and caring for something that is bigger then us. I’m simply a vessel – sharing my story with you. I was able to break a vicious cycle and transform my life. Designing it to be exactly what I want it to be. It’s not perfect but it is peaceful and rewarding in so many ways. I’m grateful for all the people I met along the way. Life is beautiful, complex, and filled with unconditional love! I hope to embark on this journey along with you!  

Much peace and love to you all!

Priscilla (Pree) Jara