My desire to travel is getting the best of me again. My latest inspiration is the movie “The Impossible” which if you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do. Having had the opportunity to travel with my family in the past has shown me how exciting it is, and I long to do more of it. With a path that has led to working with several non-profits; I have instilled in myself a passion to be a part of something bigger than myself, and to help others. I am very much interested in voluntourism or working while traveling. Anything that will allow me to experience the culture, help out if I can, and all on a budget that I may be able to manage.

If anyone has any advice I’d greatly appreciate it! What programs have you used? What stories might you have to share? What are some resources that you would recommend?

Also, another great movie that initially sparked my desire to travel that I suggest you view as well: “180 Degrees South.”




Beautiful simple invitations



invitationsMy birthday is coming up and I want to make invitations. However in this new age of “Pinterest” invitations only exist for weddings once above the age of say 10. And after hours…who am I kidding…days…of searching for some inspiration I don’t have a whole lot to show. I do have a gnarly headache from some of the tackiest design I’ve ever seen.


I know I’ve talked about having people who inspire me like here and here. But a hero is a little bit different. When I’m inspired by someone its usually their work that will ultimately influence the way I do mine. A hero is someone of another level. 


   [heer-oh] noun, plural he·roes;

1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.
2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded  as a model or ideal.
My hero, besides my parents of course, are the people at Krochet Kids Intl. Yesterday was my first day working with them and I have never been so excited to work in my entire life! They’re just a group of people helping another group of people, and they are doing an amazing job. If you don’t know their story already you should certainly take the time to learn about it.  
However, this post is about one of the ladies that they help, Akech Santa. 


As a young girl, Akech Santa was told that women were only meant for motherhood or prostitution and was thus deprived of hope, opportunity and education. Today, Santa is proving the naysayers wrong by supporting herself through her work as a crocheter. She is also using the money to support her children and hopes to use the money she earns to educate them through university.

“My future dream is to see my children through all levels of school so that they might have bright, successful futures. I would also like to start my own textiles business so that I can continue to have reliable work after I leave the program.”

“Love comes from within. It cannot be forced and it certainly cannot be bought.”

“Thank you to KKU and its supporters for the work that they have done in my life. May God bless you abundantly.”



I find this woman to be extremely inspiring and empowering. She stood up for herself and proved people that they were wrong. She is now another hero, among many of the women that work for KKU. There are so many inspiring stories about those whose lives have been affected by this program, you should take the time to read at least a few. 


Who are your heroes? 


*All images from KKi.