1. Yes, my blog is nearly dead. And I have to be honest why- I kept my last blog for about 4 years, and recently I lost nearly the entire thing to a mistake with the web hosting company.
I cried inside for days and I am still mad. It was MY mistake….really. I can only blame myself.
I have had to evaluate whether or not this is the best method for me now and I have decided that it still is despite my loss.
I was able to save some…not all….but some…and I am thankful for that.
With that being said….I have been hesitant to blog again. But today I am going to get over that loss and blog.
I am back!
2. I have been absorbed in a project- We are expanding to Peru and Costa Rica with Color My World for humanitarian projects next year. The last 6 months I have been evaluating my own life and trying to figure out what my whole role is in my own non-profit?
It has been confusing for me. I feel a deep need to help the poor and the needy….we all do…it is human nature.
Within me, I possess all of the skills and the talent that we need to make this a reality for teams of people to join us. It has a been a process….as again, this is non-profit work and I am raising children and trying to focus on my our family and my little travel agency at the same time.
See they are all interconnected. I have to stay in the travel business because it is our family business and I helped create it. It keeps my parents afloat and I like working with them, it is my ultimate passion since I was child and started working for them at 14. It is not about the money….it is about the love of it.
I bring in enough that it helps me keep the non-profit a float, provides for my travel budget and gives me the skills to involve others in the process. Without my family engaged it is all a mess. If one goes, they all go….if one bleeds they all bleed. We keep our personal finances out of it all.
Some days I wake up and wonder why it is so complicated, yet so simple?
I determine my hours and my needs. The non-profit is growing and we are starting to do amazing things. I try not to feel overwhelmed.
These are real people that we are working with that have unbelievable needs. Then I sit back and go…what am I complaining about? My life is a dream compared to the realities of most people in the world.
The story line is this….I am not sure we can’t write what our life story should be….but we can create it.
I am creating mine…and you can create yours.
From the time I was in high school, I have been planning vacations and trips for people.
From the time I was in college, I knew that my life would be complete if we could involve the poor and the needy into the travel experience.
From my early 20’s I have had this vision of making that happen.
It my 30’s we took our first step when we delivered our first quilts in Chile to a group of loving people.
Now in my 40’s Teams of people are going with us and we are expanding.
Brian and I always discuss the reality of looking at your past to see your future.
I have done this and it hasn’t always been clear….but it is now.
Next, you have to act! Once you see an opening in the sometimes cloudy pathway…you proceed…sometimes not knowing where you are headed.
The beauty is things open up for you….and then you take a couple of more steps….and soon you will see the hand of God in your life and realizing that he was helping you carve a path the whole way regardless of your inability to see.