The Reiki Panda: The Grind

Getting from Florida to Peru isn’t going to be all fun and games. Yes, Alanna and I received scholarships, but they are by no means a full ride. We are eternally grateful for the assistance we have received, but we realize that it is only a starting point and the rest of the funds have to come from good, old-fashioned, hard work. Don’t get it twisted, I’m not complaining at all; hard work and a little elbow grease has gotten me to where I am today, so I know its value very well. On that note, I realize that bartending on the weekends at Surfer (The Bar) wasn’t going to cut it if I wanted to pay my bills AND save up for the rest of the teacher training tuition/a plane ticket.

Since Lani and I put down our deposits for Peru, we’ve been searching the internet, aggressively looking for other streams of income. She is looking into teaching English online, and I put out several applications through Indeed and LinkedIn. Unfortunately, I am handicapped by the fact I currently do not have a driver’s license or a car due to my own silly actions. That meant searching for local jobs (within walking distance) and using the connections I’ve gained in my 1 year plus of bartending at the beach. Luckily, I soon stumbled upon a few good leads, one in particular which is very promising. I know multiple people who work there and know they are actively hiring. At this point, anything extra helps, so I’m looking forward to going back to the two job grind. Hell, I’ll pick up a third if it gets me to Peru.

I’ve been extremely fortunate thus far to receive some form of financial assistance from SYI, but I still have to put in some work before Lani and I hit the Sacred Valley in April. I am also considering starting a sort of GoFundMe, but not in the classic sense where people just donate their money to us. I would like to have an exchange, so when people donate, Lani and I can provide them with some sort of service, such as distance reiki healing, spiritual counseling, coaching, guided meditation, writing, or something random like a high five. That way, we are asking for help, but we aren’t expecting to be just handed something, we would like to earn our donations. I feel like that effectively toes the line of a receiving a hand out and earning money for healing, both of which have made me examine my morals extensively. I believe that energy exchange would be equivalent for the favor we would be asking (healing for donations in order to get us to Peru), so it puts me a little more at ease.  On that same note, anyone who is reading this and would be interested in any service I may provide, please feel free to contact me using the contact form below. Additionally, you can email me at, follow me on Instagram (@pandainthepages), or find me on Facebook (search The Reiki Panda or! I offer free initial consultations, because money really shouldn’t impact your spiritual growth. I am also open to other energy exchanges besides money (literally anything ranging from networking to gifts to information on world travels to anything that will help Lani and I get to the Sacred Valley), so please feel free to contact me!

The preceding paragraph is just one of the many ideas I am toying around with, but I am grateful to even have these thoughts. The fact that this is the case means that my goal can be accomplished and I have several avenues of attack in order to make it a reality. All it will take is faith, the grind, positive vibes, and a little synchronicity and Lani and I will be traveling to Peru before we know it!!

One Love, One Truth,

The Reiki Panda


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