The world as I see it

To be honest, I have never really been one for adventure. I’m an introvert by nature who’d much rather sit at home and watch re-runs of The Office, and The Big Bang Theory with a bag of potato chips by myself.

But somehow in this crazy life adventure always seems to find me- whether I’m ready for it or not.

That’s the crazy thing about life~ you can make one ordinary decision and it changes everything…

That’s what led me here. To a country the rest of the world rarely thinks about… Albania.

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A country that my life was changed by… long before I ever set foot in it.

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There’s a phrase in the non-profit field called “compassion apathy” and I admit I suffered from that for a long time.

Sometimes you really do, need to be crazy in order to be hopeful in a suffering world. Continue reading

Never Helpless

Whenever, I’m sad… or feeling gloomy about the state of the world. I always open up my iPhoto program and try to find some familiar faces- that somehow always make me smile :).IMG_2472

Like most Americans, my heart is broken by the news I heard from Connecticut. The distance between Ukraine and the USA doesn’t change that.  After all, America has always been a country that has stood together in tragedy.

Instead the distance only makes me feel helpless.

Helpless to help- a community going through some pretty unspeakable pain.

Helpless to help- parents that lost children during what should be the most wonderful time of the year.

Helpless to help- some pretty scared children, who are probably having nightmares at night.

But, you know what? I’m no longer hopeless about the state of our country… why? Continue reading

This Crazy Life- Don’t Worry… Be Happy

I taught my students the phrase ‘Don’t worry… just be happy‘- it was my attempt to make them more relaxed and less anxious about their English speaking ability. (My students actually quote merather than Bobby McFerrin on it).

But, sometimes that Bobby McFerrin attitude is easier said, than done…

Because in this crazy life…

Things don’t work out how you always expect them too.


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