Published October 23, 2019
Describing the “why” behind my dedication to Tanzania has required a lot of insight, thought, and research. I know why my heart keeps getting pulled back to Tanzania: the people, culture, mountainous & lush landscape, faith, love, and passion. Additionally, I’ve found a way to use my unique skillset to help with the increasing need for rehabilitation services. As my understanding of the need increases, so does the forward momentum of access to services for children and adults with special needs. I feel the pull from Tanzania and, as I’ve described before, I am willingly obligated to continue serving and understanding the people of this country.
In order to continue service in Tanzania, I have dedicated myself to learn more about the country from a broad, global perspective. I have been relentlessly curious about helping without hurting, poverty alleviation efforts, and general statistics regarding the world’s progress in education, rehabilitation, and more. As a huge portion of my dedication to Tanzania is facilitating others during international service learning opportunities, I feel it’s imperative I have a bigger understanding of the culture, people, and needs.
With my insatiable desire to learn, I’ve decided to share my research here! This way, I have a place to reference the information and share it with others, while also opening the door for input and gathering information from people like YOU! I can’t wait to learn together.
Read more for a zoomed-out view of Tanzania’s culture, plus the current state of rehabilitation in the world and Africa.More
Written September 16, 2019
How does one describe something that lives in the heart? It isn’t an emotion, but a feeling. It feels like walking into a familiar place, smelling freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, tickling your senses with nostalgia and comfort. It feels like getting a hug from someone you know and haven’t seen in a while, slowly and effortlessly melting into each other during your embrace.
It feels like tears of purification, happiness, and wholehearted gratitude every time I think about Tanzania.
Tanzania founds its way into my life and has dug a home in my heart. The complexities of my feelings around Tanzania and my experiences over the last few years is something I’ve tried to explain many times. This is my attempt to begin unpacking the intentions living in my heart.
You were not meant to be a one-time adventure. You have opened my heart in ways I know I could, but didn’t know how I would. You have brought me joy, faith, love, and hope. For this, I am grateful. For this, I am obligated to serve.More
Summer 2019 Adventure Journal
Written September 9, 2019
when things start looking up,
and all i can see is the light,
it really starts to feel
it has been worth the fight.
rising stronger with a full heart i come
remembering how life can be oh-so fun!
dancing and climbing
through life and up walls
i know now what i need to stand tall!
with feet rooted in faith,
mind focused on strength,
and a community by my side,
i am here feeling grateful, wholehearted, ALIVE.
This summer has been fulfilling in many ways. My pasty Irish complexion has connected with my Italian roots, as consistent sunshine has kissed my skin and given me tan lines. I’ve done some epic stuff, but also some whole hearted LIVING with people I love and a growing community in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve grown in relationships with my coworkers and friends, plus maintained connection with those far away. I’ve summited peaks, skied glaciers, camped in vans, supported friends in the Pride Parade, hung at the beach, mountain biked for the first time, bought my first road bike, and MORE! It’s been sunshine and fun galore.
This is my adventure journal for 2019’s sunny, glorious summer. It is certainly not all-inclusive of course, but I put forth a decent effort to recount all these amazing memories from mid-May to August.More
Written September 9, 2019
Skied June 22, 2019
This was definitely one of my Summer 2019 highlights. It was a true fitness test for myself, plus left me aching to climb Rainier – possibly via the Emmons Glacier some day. We decided to cut the climb short because of worsening snow conditions. Nikki and Cory were celebrating their 13th wedding anniversary, so why would we want a crappy ski down?!
Stats for the day:
Highest Point: 9500 feet (146 feet shy of Steamboat Prow)
Ascent: 5,135 feet
Distance: 12.09 miles
Time: 9.5 hours
Moving Time = 6:54:50, Stopped Time = 2:57:08
Max Speed: 16.5 mph on the ski down!
Written September 9, 2019
Climbed June 1, 2019
The first of the month was freakin’ EPIC. Analisa posted an IG story asking if anyone was around to climb Silver Star Mountain (the one in Okanogan county along Highway 20, NOT the extinct volcano in Skamania County) on Saturday and it JUST so happened I was trying to make weekend climbing plans. Our schedule lined up perfectly with Mal, who was coming back from a Baker climb with Mountain Madness. Mal and I had never met before and Analisa & I had really only stumbled into each other multiple times, so I was stoked to climb with these ladies. Also, Analisa had my North Face mittens I had passed onto her during my catastrophic day skiing Camp Muir. ‘Twas only two years ago… we couldn’t help but laugh at how quickly time passes!
The result of our trio was a lot of laughs, delirium, alderneering, and quick friendships formed over mountain bonds.More
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