After a rather frantic time in
the Philippines, I headed back to New Zealand for three weeks.
Mostly to sort out some legal stuff (the Meaningful Volunteer
Trust, Meaningful Volunteer bank accounts, expired driver's
license, expired visas and other dull stuff), but also to touch
base with friends and family.
I spent most of the time in Auckland at my parent's house.
I got a lot of work done as well as watching far too much
cricket and rugby.
I also headed back down to Dunedin and Christchurch like I did
Unlike way-back-when though, it was a largely positive
experience. I visited many old friends and found out
how they were doing before launching into my too long rant about
my plans for Meaningful Volunteer. If I had a penny for
every time I said "menstrual
I also visited Tara Clark - my old clinical psychologist.
The old brain is a lot more sane that it used to be, but it was
still good to touch base. My story - successful
businessman goes crazy before volunteering across Southeast Asia
and Africa and ends up forming his own non-profit volunteer
organization - has a nice positive feel good vibe about it.
Tara asked if it was okay is she shared this site with some of
her clients so that they could see someone who found the light
at the end of the tunnel. I - of course - said yes and
said she could even give out my email if she wanted.
It is nice to have such a positive story.
I also visited my ol' workplace: Enabling. It was great to
see the old crew again. Gary Taiaroa - the Commander in
Chief - was also good enough to give me some sage business
So, that was New Zealand. It was good to be back and
remind myself of where my roots are.