Work nostalgia

The photo above is of edible berries found in the forests’ of Guyana.  I took the photo on a field trip in 2006 where we were looking at restoring degraded forests for improving poor people’s access to resources as well as improving biodiversity.

It’s a rainy morning in my small mountain town and I am having a bit of work nostalgia.   Since moving from Switzerland (and my job at IUCN), I have been finding a variety of work that I find challenging and interesting.  Despite loving my  life in BC, Canada, there are some differences that I miss, including:

  • The multicultural workplace and colleagues
  • Respect (and desire) for different viewpoints and ideas
  • Working across geographical scales and continents
  • Ongoing collaboration and contact with folks across numerous countries and languages
  • Working and linking across scales such as community, policy and science
  • Always a million things that urgently need to be done
  • Meaningful work contributing to poverty reduction in rural areas of developing countries
  • Communicating the links between people and natural resource dependencies and security
  • A highly driven and motivated group of people working toward shared goals

There were definitely things I didn’t like about my work…some of which are also above.  Spending one’s life on planes, away from ‘home’, living as an ex-pat, and the list goes on….is not what I wanted.

Still, I am nostalgically thoughtful on this rainy morning as I sip coffee in front of the computer in my comfortable house nestled in the mountains.


Filed under Kootenay Life, Rural development

2 responses to “Work nostalgia

  1. Gerry

    Just reading your post. It’s all a balancing act isn’t it? You’ve given up alot and that’s damn cool….g

  2. Kristi

    Michelle – I think I just sent you a msg. on facebook asking a lot of these same questions. I guess there are pros & cons to any life decision. Glad to hear you still love Rossland though – it is a pretty special place!

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