Now that another year had come and gone, I wanted to reflect back on 2012 and set my sights on 2013! This blog is not so much about organizing as it is about an organizers (mine) experiences, past and present.
For me, 2012 was full of ups and downs…
Business successes as well as painful learning experiences,
Amazing new clients and some dry spells,
New love, but also family hardships,
Wonderful opportunities and frustrating dead-ends.
I don’t mind saying that I’m not sad to see 2012 go, and I’m very excited for what 2013 has in store. I am beginning this year with a trip-of-a-lifetime that has been more than 2 years in the making! Today, I leave for Africa! I have always wanted to go to Africa, but not as a tourist. There is so much need on that continent and while I don’t have unlimited funds to donate to every cause that tugs at my heartstrings, I am able-bodied and willing to put in some sweat equity! So, I am traveling to Kenya to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. I wanted to do this a couple years ago when I learned about the Habitat Global Village Program, but the timing wasn’t right for me, then I signed up to go last October but a family illness set me back. Now, in a brand new year, after raising most of the $2,100 trip cost, packing (and repacking) my bags, I am just a few short hours from making this dream a reality! I am uncontrollably excited (and kinda scared) to travel across the globe, meet new people and show my gratitude for all I have by giving to those that haven’t been as fortunate. I will spend 11 days working and living with the people of Kenya to create homes out of bricks and mortar. What do I know about building houses, you ask? Not a damn thing, but I take direction well and I can organize the hell out of those bricks! So, I will go and I will learn and I will come back with knowledge and experiences like no other! I think this will set my 2013 on the right track – one of gratitude and hopefulness, and leave me with memories that will last a lifetime.
I plan to keep a journal and I look forward to sharing my experiences with all of you when I return! For now Kwa Heri (that’s Swahili for ‘Goodbye’)