Since I last posted, I've graduated from college with a degree in English Language Literatures, acquired two part-time jobs, visited the Bahamas for the first time, and gotten back on my road bike. I've ridden up the hill to work four times in the past two and a half weeks of working, and my goal is to bike to work 2-3 times a week. It's 45 minutes uphill, and the hardest part is the last leg of it. I love the energy it gives me when I arrive at work, especially since my job is mostly sitting in front of a computer emailing people, posting on social media sites, and developing materials for teaching students and the campus community about sustainability. When I go outside to eat during lunch, I am surrounded by an enormous redwood forest full of deer, birds, and green everywhere I turn. I am incredibly blessed to have the chance to work in such an incredible forest.
In the coming posts, I'll talk more about the work I'm doing right now with the two part-time jobs. Both are environmental education positions within two inter-related communities in this region. I have only just begun them, and I am excited to delve deeper into understanding the relationships I can develop between the two. Just today, I attended a social media meeting hosted by the social media manager for the University, and she shared that she's starting a marketing and communications group that will meet monthly in town in addition to the University group she convened today. Given my role in the community as well as on campus, I think attending meetings like these will help me build my network even further than it currently reaches so that my work can effectively connect the communities around me. I am trying to stay open and aware to all possibilities for becoming involved in ways that not only further the goals of my work, but also further my goals of being an active and contributing member of my community. I also want to get to know more people who live here!
After the meeting today, a few of us went to happy hour at West End Tap & Kitchen, which is right across the parking lot from Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, where Santa Cruz Bike Party almost always makes a pit stop for a dance party. I had never been inside West End Tap, and it was delightful! It was fun to continue the conversations about social media that had begun during the meeting and to learn more about those who were there. The jalapeno calamari were incredible, in case you ever go! I am so grateful that I am connected with people who go to happy hour at great places like West End Tap & Kitchen, and I look forward to many more experiences of new places and meeting new people in Santa Cruz in the coming months. I'll keep you posted!
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