When coming home becomes the next adventure

National LibraryNormally, coming home is the end of an adventure. You’ve had a great time exploring the world and now, reality has called you back. Bugger. It’s when real life starts to sink back in.

This week has been a “rest” (less full on) week. I had enough time to reflect on what the rest of my year is going to look like. Real life… I mused to myself. What does that even look like?

Just to bring things into perspective, I’ve lived out of my car for 5 years. I’ve driven over 300,000km over those 5 years met some great people and seen some pretty spectacular things.

When I moved back into my apartment, I pulled my duvet/pillows out of my swag and made my bed. I then carried up a suitcase and a few pelican cases of photography gear. This was everything I needed to live my comfortable life. I don’t own much stuff. It surprised me how little I had. In the car, I felt like I always had too much. In a room? It looks pretty empty.

Whoops… Back to real life talk: At that point, I still hadn’t worked out what “real life” looked like in my world. I certainly didn’t want it to be the real life that I left behind 5 years ago. A life locked in a ‘normal’ weekly routine. I couldn’t get sucked back into that. I’d need another 5 years to reset!

I have a plan though. A plan to make sure that I don’t get sucked back into “normal”. When I’m asked what I did during the week, I never want to reply “Oh yeah, the same as usual”.

This year, my goal is to live intentionally, to keep exploring and re-discover home. Since I left Canberra 5 years ago, things have changed. I’ve changed and Canberra has changed. I’m going to re-explore the city that I’ve always called home. I might not be crossing Australia again in a hurry but I’m going to keep exploring and I’m going to take you along with me.

I’m back home and this is the beginning of a whole new adventure. Canberra, let’s show the world what makes this city great.

Join the journey  on Twitter, InstagramPeriscope and Snapchat. You can find me as @korske.

P.S. I’ve just Co-Founded AusBackpacking. A project that aims to help young people travel Australia better. Please go check it out.

Updates from The Esperance fires 2

The sun sets on another day as smoke from the surrounding fires blow over the farm. Almost 200,000ha of land has been burnt. Four lives have been lost in the district. 

Last night, a team from our farm fought fires nearby at Cape Arid with the local volunteer fire brigade. The team put in a mammoth effort into the night to fight the blaze before it was big enough to get a mention on the news. A small win that saved numerous properties and homes. 

The fire closest to me is now burning eastward, away from property into the national park. 

While I serviced our fire tanker, my co-workers were organising transport for livestock that have lost access to feed and water. Farmers have started to shoot their stock to save them from death by burns and dehydration. It’s estimated that over 15,000 animals have died in the fires. 

A cool change today has been very welcome but there’s talk of big winds in the early morning an I’m on standby along with my workmates to fight fires with the local firefighters tonight if the conditions change in the middle of the night. 

The property I’m on is safe at the moment. We’ve taken as many precautions as possible and stand in a “Watch and Act” zone. #fire #esperance #bushfire #esperancefires

My journey to 5km in 20 minutes

I found this image during one of my internet tours. It’s been 12 weeks since I started my challenge to run 5km in under 25 minutes. I posted 6 weeks ago when I basically reached that goal, although, I had a couple of low intensity sections in between. At that point, I also set a new goal to reach 5Km in 20 minutes.

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The Bible: The TL;DR Version

Recently, I came across this condensed version of the bible. I have no idea where it originated but the person that came up with it did pretty well. Past, Present and Future, I think we’re always going to need the grace of Jesus to get anywhere!

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A jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at Microsoft…

A jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at Microsoft.

The HR manager interviewed him and gave him a test: clean the floor. The man passed with flying colors.

“You’re hired,” HR manager informed the man, “write down your e-mail address and I’ll send you the employment application form and the date you should report for work.

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The cost of organic farming

There’s a whole lot of talk about GMO’s and organic farming popping up again on my Facebook news feed and each time it happens, I come to a cross roads. I can certainly see the benefits of moving away from our wide spread monoculture farming systems. Spending 3 years working on large broad-acre dry-land and irrigation farms has given me a chance to reflect on some of the issues that people have been throwing their hands up about.

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