It doesn’t take much for me to become completely unraveled by fear. As you know, I have been fighting hard against this instinct for the past two and a half months throughout the course of my Braver Than Before journey. Fear is my greatest battle in life, and I have been struggling with irrational fear … Continue reading Miserable Dread, Blissful Ignorance, or Graceful Optimism?
The countdown is on! In one week from today, we are flying out of Edmonton and starting our trek to Kigali, Rwanda! A lot of people have been asking me lately why we are going and what we will be doing while we are there. So here’s the deal! Our main purpose for going is … Continue reading Rwanda in One Week!
I sat down earlier to write a blog, but the words just weren’t coming. I had no inspiration, no direction. I felt like I didn’t have a story to tell today; there was nothing to report. It was a good day. I was tired, but satisfied. That was all. But that wouldn’t have made much … Continue reading Sink or Swim? …I think I’ll Swim
And just like that, spring is on hold. I woke up this morning to a gentle flurry of snowflakes falling on the earth. I don’t know when the snowfall began, but I can tell that it has worked quickly to blanket my backyard in a thin layer of white. And while the springtime sun is … Continue reading Turning on the Sun to Melt the Snow
Well, the countdown is on. I am leaving for Africa so soon, and I am doing my best to get mentally prepared for this trip! In doing so, I took out some of my old journals yesterday and found the one from my trip to Africa in April, 2013. During that trip, I made a … Continue reading 5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Cross-Cultural Trip
Ten days. Yikes! Only ten more days! Ten more days on Canadian soil before Ryan and I hop on an airplane and begin our (roughly) 30-hour journey to Kigali, Rwanda! I can hardly believe how quickly it is coming up… and even more the point, I can hardly believe that I haven’t started packing or … Continue reading 10 Days to go and I’m Ready… Figuratively Speaking!
I have some pretty wonderful friends. Yesterday, when I arrived at work, I found this sitting on my desk: What a perfect gift, combining two of my favorite things in life! Puzzles, and kittens! I can’t wait to break it open and start working on it… the problem is that I just started a different … Continue reading Piecing it Together, One Day at a Time
Written on May 8th, 2008: “I’ve been fighting with my senses my whole life. All of the human senses are connected to the past. Taste, touch, sight, sound, smell—at any given moment any of these five senses can stir an extremely specific and detailed memory. Even if someone isn’t cognitively aware of such a memory, the senses awaken … Continue reading So Sensational!
It’s hard to believe that Ryan and I are leaving for Rwanda in exactly two weeks! Life has been so busy lately that we have barely had time to think about this trip. Planning and preparing for Spring FX has taken up so much of my time and mental capacity over the past few weeks, … Continue reading Plans, Prudence, and Peace
It finally feels like spring! I am writing out on the deck today, trying to soak up every moment of this beautiful weather. Most of the snow has melted now, and even the puddle in the back yard is starting to dry up. Unfortunately, where I live, you can’t necessarily trust the weather to stay … Continue reading Pausing to Enjoy the Magic of Spring…