Day in the Life of Anna
It's time for another Kanekiki "day in the life"! Here's a sneak peak for all of you who are asking yourselves what it's like to be living on a tropical fruit farm and community on the Big Island. Relax and open your mind as Anna takes you through her day as an Intern at Kanekiki...
Aloha everyone and welcome to a day in my life at Kanekiki! My name is Anna and I’m an intern here getting to the end of my 6 week stay but before I go I wanted to give you all a little peak into what I do everyday.
Tuesday June 18, 2019
5:15 am - I wake up to the sound of my alarm and morning birds chirping. The sun hasn’t fully come out yet, but I love my quiet mornings so I am up and ready to start my day! My first stop is the kitchen where I start the process of making my to make my daily cup of fresh celery juice. I have been absolutely loving being able to start my day with celery juice, it helps to rehydrate my body after a long night’s sleep, kick-start my digestion and has been helping to clear up my skin as well! The only downside, the clean up!
5:45 am - I am finally done in the kitchen so I head up to the balcony off the community room to drink my juice, listen to a podcast and watch as the sun rises through the trees. It’s so peaceful and quiet.
6:00 am - Once I’m finished with my juice, I pick up my journal to start my morning pages. I take about 20 minutes each morning to write about whatever is on my mind. I love this practice as it gets me to consistently journal everyday and helps me to feel productive and more in touch with my emotions.
6:20 am - I then meditate for 10 minutes. I’m still trying to get the hang of meditation, its hard to sit still and think about nothing for a long period time, but every day I do it, I feel myself becoming more grounded and more aware which is all I can really hope for.
6:30 am - It is finally time for breakfast! Today I had a light meal of 2 papayas, my absolute favorite fruit. Papayas are so abundant here on the farm and in Hawai’i so I make sure to get my hands on some everyday. They fill me up just enough to keep me satisfied throughout work and are very easy to digest.
6:45 - It is almost time for work! I get changed into my work clothes, brush my teeth and wash my face just in time to sit down with the group for our morning meeting.
7:00 am - At 7 every work day, all of the work traders and interns on the farm gather together to discuss our jobs for the work day, announcements, as well as share a motivational quote.
7-9 am For work today, I chose to go out and weed the pineapple patches which have gotten pretty overgrown within the last month. Weeding is one of my favorite jobs here on the farm, it’s meditative for me and gives me a chance to be on my on focused on one sole task as well as time to listen to a podcast.
9 am - My work day is done! I shower, get changed and make what I call my mid morning smoothie (second breakfast? Early lunch? Who knows? I’m hungry and it’s delicious!) Today’s consists of bananas, strawberries, mango and papaya.
9:15am - I love taking some leisure time after work to relax, drink smoothie and read my book. Right now I’m working on Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret.
10am - After about an hour of breathing room, I get painting! The internship project I chose to create is a large painting to display in the community room once I am finished, bringing a bit more color into the lives of my Kanekiki family. I find painting to be an important creative practice for me. It challenges me, gives me time to tune out the outside world and hone in on a project, and is all around therapeutic. Today I work on my painting for about 2 and a half hours.
12:30 - Snack time! One of my go to raw snacks is a bowl of apples cut up with cacao nibs, almond butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon. I love enjoying my food in the kitchen and chatting with friends while they eat or prepare their food!
1pm - After my snack I take some more time to read. My favorite reading spot is out on the deck of the community room, shaded by the sun and feeling the lovely Hawaiian breeze while overlooking the farm.
2pm - Today we have a Nonviolent Communication (NVC) session scheduled which is my absolute favorite practice I’ve learned here at Kanekiki. NVC is a communication method developed by Marshall Rosenberg focused on honest expression of emotion and conflict resolution as well as strategies in effective empathy. At Kanekiki we meet almost weekly in what we call an empathy circle to check in with each other and provide a safe space to express emotion, be heard and practice giving and receiving empathy.
3:30 - Annnnddddd time for another snack. As you may have guessed from this day-in-the-life, I’m a snack all day long type of person, instead of the traditional 3 meals a day. For this afternoon snack, I cut up a few mangos I bought at the Sunday Maku’u Farmer’s Market, so so sweet, juicy, and delicious!
4pm - I take some time to myself to write for my own blog, Mindfully Green. My blog had been a work in progress for quite some time and here at Kanekiki I finally got it up and running! Go take a look! Link: https://anna2229.wixsite.com/mindfullygreen
5pm After a good writing session, I head to the kitchen to prepare dinner. Tonight’s menu includes a cucumber and tomato dill salad with onion and salt to be eaten the best way - in lettuce boats. I top it all off with a dressing of tahini, lemon, parsley and salt. Raw foods all day!
Post-dinner, the community likes to gather together in the community room and play games. We are currently all obsessed with the game Werewolf, the object of the game being to figure out which player is the werewolf and the more players, the more difficult (and more fun) the game is. We play a few heated rounds filled with false accusations and sabotage, the game only ending as people become tired and begin dwindling off to bed. I finally head off to bed around 8:30pm.
Thank you for for taking the time to read and learn about Kanekiki. It truly is a magical paradise with so much beauty and love. My 6 weeks here have been filled with learning and clarity and connection and I can’t thank my Kanekiki family enough for all the gifts they have given me. Sending all my love to you, and Kanekiki, I’ll come back home sometime soon. Mahalo!
Thank you for sharing Anna! We love you and miss you dearly.
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