So . . . here we go! I'm excited to put pen to paper or perhaps in this 21st century, I should say "fingers to keyboard". See, I have wanted to write for a long time. I feel like I've been watching the same bag of popcorn make that endless circular rotation for nearly ten years to fill up the bag of unimaginable goodness. My wide eyes glued to the little piece of glass separating me from that bag of yumminess that I wanted to devour.
But, I never pulled the door open or even paused the timer to sniff a whiff. I knew that no matter how much I desired the end result, I needed to wait until more kernels were heated to their fullest potential. You see sometimes, it's better to wait. To sit still and listen. To learn and take it all in. Ever had those moments when you wanted to rush into a situation but that little voice or even a physical impulse was pulling you back?
Almost a decade ago, I had this gut feeling that I needed to share all that I had experienced so far. I wasn't the typical twenty-something year old. I graduated high school early, completed three degrees, traveled and served in multiple countries, ventured through various careers . . . and the list goes on. But every time I tried to start writing, that still small voice kept saying, "you're not ready yet. I have more for you to experience."
UNTIL NOW. 2017.
That voice is now booming loud and clear! Waiting years to pull this trigger has grown me in countless ways I couldn't have imagined. A lot has happened . . . Hurricane devastated communities in Haiti. Photojournalism. Acting and modeling. Slums of India. Cancer scare. Starting a business. Dirt roads of Africa. Producing events. Adoption journey. Car accidents. Changing careers. Losing friends and family.
My purpose in writing this blog and inviting you along is to motivate you to use the gifts, talents, time and resources given to you - (YES! We all have them! No excuses.) - to make a difference in this world. I want to IGNITE a passion in others to see the potential they have . . . and the beauty and value in others. There are no pre-requisites to love. All you need is an open heart and open eyes. And I'm here to encourage you to look around you for the needs. They're not far. You don't have to jump on a plane to find the hurting.
I'm going to share pictures (I have thousands to choose from) . . . stories (I have hundreds of those too) . . . lessons (the good ones and the hard ones) to spark a fire in you. IT ONLY TAKES ONE. One person. One community. Remember . . . the difference you make for one can impact the future for many!
Want to set the world on fire?