I met a woman in Uganda. Her name is Peace. A tall woman who speaks four languages, has a college degree, teaches teenagers and gives her time as a donation to Compassion every week. A learned woman, Peace has chosen a path many in the USA would say is beneath her. She's chosen to help … Continue reading PEACE – I met a woman in Uganda…
As soon as the words came out of my mouth, I was deeply convicted. I strongly believe that when words are spoken, particularly holy and sacred words, we must follow through with our actions. There were five of us, stretching and making our way into the settling that happens before a yoga class. Snow blew … Continue reading Sacred words
I was given The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp four years ago. I picked it up, started reading it and found my Advent season taking a new turn. This is my fourth year reading this book. I've marked it up - commented and underlined. Yet the words still move me in ways I need at … Continue reading Where are you?
On Friday, my birthday, we had to cancel the Bolivia sponsor tour I've been working on for months. The political climate in Bolivia is unstable at the moment. It is not safe to travel and Compassion International made the hard, but necessary decision to cancel the tour. For this Type A Doer, it was a … Continue reading Disappointment and the Mat
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121: 1-2 Kilimanjaro Mountain at Sunrise On August 2, 2019, a group of 15 trekkers and 74 Tanzanian staff began the ascent to Uhuru Peak on Mt Kilimanjaro. … Continue reading The Kilimanjaro Hike
In less than 24 hours I get on a plane to head back to Africa. I've been preparing for this trip since January. I've put in the physical labor that should get me to the top of Mt Kilimajaro. I've sent the weekly emails to our trekkers. I've read the articles and the stories. I've … Continue reading The Reptilian Brain
I recently began seeing a therapist again. I've found that an outside perspective is important for my ongoing human growth. I have great people in my life. I'm not overwhelmed. I'm not in a place of great personal failure. The opposite would be more true that false. The older I get, the more I realize … Continue reading My Therapy Lesson
Desta was given a book for her birthday from my parents- Swirly by Sara Saunders. I read it while she was sleeping that night and found myself softly crying by the end. This simple child's book spoke my heart. "Did you ever wish you could belong somewhere?" When I first moved to the USA at 19 years … Continue reading Did you ever wish you could belong somewhere?
Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen. - Brene Brown I've been mulling over those words in my post dental sedated stupor today. If you watched my Instagram live video yesterday, I shared an epiphany I had on a horrible trail run. Actually, I've known deep down the truth for a long … Continue reading My Courage Post – the raw exposed
When I tell people I'm an International Trip Leader for Compassion International , I usually get two responses. The first is, "WOW, how do I get that job?" and the second is, "What exactly do you do?" I pinch myself most days when I'm on a trip because yes, it's an amazing job. I have the privilege … Continue reading You get paid to travel internationally? You’re so lucky…