Sunday, April 8, 2012

Photos from the Road

If a picture is worth one thousand words than I definitely have a lot to say! Take a gander at some of the lovely little moments from my pilgrimage...

                                          Athens, GA

Athens, GA

Georgia Botanical Gardens, Athens, GA

Georgia Botanical Gardens

Somewhere in South Carolina

Small town, SC

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Life from the road...

I've been living out of a suitcase for the last two weeks, sitting over 30 hours since we left Kansas city and eating enough beef jerky to feed a small country.

Life on the road is two things: Interesting and not easy. I've also learned a few things, I really don't like bumblebees and I'm starting to love alone time more and more! And, I'm really appreciating the time I had back home to practice yoga. My coffee and tea consumption has also skyrocketed to record heights. The all night drive to Orlando also took my sleeping habits and scrambled them like an egg.

And personal boundaries? What personal boundaries? The many hours in the van with black smelly bananas, combined with usually sharing a room with a host or a bed with one of my cuddly teammates! It's just like having the sisters I never had! :) Lots of late night giggling and the shared experience of sheer exhaustion.
This trip has absolutely turned my life upside down and I live in a perpetual state of not really knowing where I am and what I'm supposed to be doing. Praise God for muscle memory!
We've met some incredible people passionate about stopping human trafficking around the world and locally in their cities. We've had some wonderful sightseeing opportunities as well! (Everyone should go to Atlanta and visit "The World of Coca-Cola"it's awesome! And there's free samples!) I'll post some pictures soon!

On a serious note...

Every time I see the film "Nefarious"something inside me becomes more inspired. I recently read a tweet asking who your heros were that are alive today. My answer could have been anything, from movie stars to presidents. But I've been forever changed! My answer? "Every recovering drug addict and prostitute going through any type of treatment. They are truly the bravest of them all."

This whole experience is truly a serious self discovery journey with learning how I handle things, how I respond and ultimately what life looks like in anti-trafficking work. It's hard! The idea and the premise of a human being selling another  human being never gets easy to swallow. Sex for money is not something we can just "get used to". Or at least we shouldn't be in a culture that does accept it.
But I'm learning so much about this entire world and it's a fascinating journey.

So, here's to learning!


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The beginning of an adventure

Well! I have officially begun my journey around the country! I am so excited for this opportunity! I can't believe it's actually arrived! I didn't think it would ever come! I am deeply sad to leave my loved ones but I know it is just for a period of time. It means so much that I have all of your support out there in blogger-ville! To all of my friends who I didn't get a chance to hug physically I apologize. It does not mean that you are any less important to me, I simply ran out of time!!! But every time I think of you I pray and hug you with my virtual arms! I appreciate your prayers and would love to hear from you! You can also still sign up for my email list! Message or comment if you would like to be on my update/prayer list! Be blessed and flourish as the trees turn green and the flowers bloom! K

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Wedding Wednesday!

Weddings! Weddings! Weddings! 
I am surrounded by weddings! And I couldn't be happier! It has me dabbling onto wedding websites and thinking about all the fun you can have at a wedding! 

And that's what makes me so excited to pass on the news to y'all! One of my favourite online boutiques is debuting their wedding line in March! Twenty days to be exact! 

The Company is Ruche. Their mission? Providing indie boho gorgeous outfits to the world! 

They are truly a fantastic company! Check out their everyday items as well! Absolutely fantastic! 

There's the news for the week! So exciting! 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Tears, Fears and growing old

I've always felt like an old woman. I've always been told that I was older than I really was. And I was in a hurry to be an adult, to do the things that I felt restricted from. Today, I grew a little older.

Today I feel twice my age plus a little. And for all my trying I cannot reverse time back when "who liked who" and acne was my biggest problem.

I think back to that feeling of when high school was shiny, new and we were the big fish in the small pond. No one warned us that once we stepped out into the real world that feeling would dissipate quicker than our meager bank accounts. We go from being important and thinking we actually had something to offer the world to the smallest organism in the sea: plankton. That place where we have stopped believing in ourselves and no one else around us have any expectations to achieve. It's all running for nothing. An expectancy to fail.

We have not destinies unless we create them ourselves. It makes me think of the last two lines of the poem "Invictus" by William Ernest Henley:
"I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my own soul."
Others will try and discourage us, while crushing our efforts and success. But oh one day, they will truly rue that day, when we shall arise and take our rightful place. Not in pride, but in humility, working our way inch by inch to the very top; with no regard to those nay-sayers who tried to shut us down.

We cannot let the fear of failing leave us bound up only to die in mediocrity.

Today I grew a little older.
                             The lines on my face got a little deeper.
                                                                        The weight of heaven and hell got a little bit heavier.

A product of age.

                                                          But I dare not fall.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

A little music love!

Many of you I hope you have heard the genius that is Josh Garrels and his heavenly music.

He has absolutely incredible voice with guitar licks that will blow your mind! His creativity is aboundless!  
Currently, he is in the process of making a documentary about the power of a craft and how it is made. I am ecstatic about seeing it! Can't wait for it's release! 

Here's the trailer for the film! Check it out! And check out Josh's music! Fantastic stuff! 

See ya soon!

Saturday, February 4, 2012

And the journey begins!

Hello y’all! I have some exciting news!

That itch to travel has officially been scratched!

(drumroll please!) I am about to embark on a crazy tour across the country with Exodus Cry!

I will be apart of a team of people giving up two months of their lives to travel around the country showing the documentary “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls” and raising community awareness of the global sex trade. Churches, universities, organizations, individuals will all be hosting us recognizing the need to join the fight against human trafficking in the world.

I have begun training this past week, and will continue training for the next two months. This will require quite a bit of my time and I will be stepping down from my “prestigious” title as “intern”. Change and transition are good right?! In this case I definitely agree. I am looking forward to the future with excitement and a slight sense of the looming imminence of the magnitude of this journey.

I am looking at this next four months as the beginning of a new journey, a self-discovery and living the life of a nomad. Basically it’s everything my boho soul desires and finds exhilarating.

As I enter into this next season I ask you to keep my family, my boyfriend and myself in your hearts and prayers.

Here are a few things that need prayer:

1.     I will be searching for a new place to live because currently when I come back from the tour in May I won’t have a place to live!
2.     Being apart from my family and boyfriend will be a challenging season! Pray that the Lord will protect us all from anything that might happen to my loved ones or myself.
3.     I will be quitting my “day job” as a Gap-guru before I leave for the tour. When I return I will be searching for a job to supplement the deficit from travelling for two months.
4.     Pray we as a team are blessed with finances so we are all able to go on the tour without un-needed stress.
5.     Pray for our team to become a unit and be strong and in sync with one another so there is a level of harmony.

I am so excited for the chance to travel around the country as a vagabond with a cause.

Please join with me in my excitement and my tears for I know there will be both!