Hello! I'm a veterinarian who loves to travel. Thought I'd try my hand at some writing as well as it's something I enjoy doing. I've been to 22 countries and counting, favorites include Japan, the Galapagos Islands and Switzerland
Dear Carolyn, As this last year has thoroughly and unquestionably taught us, predicting where we’ll land in the future year is a folly and a fool’s errand. While I had grand intentions on taking a sabbatical year to travel after saving up 5 years of savings from work (what didn't go towards rent, food, and my 6 digit student loan figure), these were interrupted. I will say I was extremely lucky in my timing as I did have a few months travel under my belt before the world shut down.
One memorable Christmas a few years back, I was away at college eagerly awaiting the weekend when Christmas break began. I had one organic chemistry final to power through, then I was on my way to two weeks of freedom. This time of year family from all over the country return home to celebrate the holiday season. I have an older brother who was out a couple days earlier from his college than mine and home already. My parents had already set up the Christmas tree, this is usually done on my Dad's birthday on the 12th of December (12/12) as an annual tradition in our family. Truly an appropriate day to perform this special task as my Dad loves Christmas, especially all the Christmas lights.
I, like most people on the planet, am tired of putting my hard earned money into Jeff Bezo’s pocket. This gift list allows you to make purchases that will go towards the artists that made the products, small businesses, and causes that directly support animal welfare. It's been crafted by me (a nerdy, dorky, animal-loving veterinarian) and includes purchases I enjoy and have bought either for myself or for family and friends as gifts this year. If you know and love someone with a weird sense of humor that enjoys animals, then this list is for you. Without further ado, let's get into it!
A 2020 Christmas. This has been a challenging and difficult year for many of us. Nevertheless, the pandemic has afforded us an opportunity to focus on what is truly important. If this year has taught us anything, how we treat our planet can make a drastic impact on its health and the health of everyone around us. Aiming for a green Christmas is a good goal to make after reflection on 2020.