The Adventure of Hope in Review…

The Adventure of Hope in Review…

Tweet “At first, dreams seem impossible, then improbable, and eventually inevitable.” –Christopher Reeve It’s hard to believe that what started as a Big Hairy Audacious Dream, less than a year ago, turned into an Adventure of Hope filled with more connection, purpose, and love than I could have imagined. Thanks to the contributions of 110 individual donors and the corporate sponsorship of GO Overseas, CLOUD, First Descents, and Flight...

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What You Might Miss…

What You Might Miss…

Tweet On a Monday night in January, I couldn’t stop pacing the length of faded hardwood floor running between the kitchen and the fireplace. Feeling like my new hoodie might choke me, I repeatedly wrenched the zipper down and then pulled it up again – each movement like an erratic heartbeat. “Are you ok?” my friend’s voice sliced through the panic brewing in my every conscious thought. “No. I’m not ok....

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“Life is a promise, fulfill it”…

Tweet Life is an opportunity, benefit from it. Life is beauty, admire it. Life is a dream, realize it. Life is a challenge, meet it. Life is a duty, complete it. Life is a game, play it. Life is a promise, fulfill it. Life is sorrow, overcome it. Life is a song, sing it. Life is a tragedy, confront it. Life is an adventure, dare it. Life is luck, make it. Life is life, fight for it.” ― Mother Teresa As I soak up every moment of my time here in...

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Why Travel?

Why Travel?

Tweet As I sit in a little cafe in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, I can’t help but reflect on the final day of my final volunteer placement on this Adventure of Hope and I’m feeling such a kaleidoscope of emotions that I can’t begin to share each of them with you. Thankfully Henry Rollins has found the words to say exactly what is on my heart. A huge thank you to GVI for providing opportunities for young people to volunteer around...

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Sliding Doors…

Sliding Doors…

Tweet In an instant, life can change and we can lose everything: our health, our jobs, or the people we love. But, on this rainy afternoon in Costa Rica, I can’t help but think about how much we can gain in an instant too. Did you ever see the 1998 Gwenyth Paltrow movie where her character gets fired from her job and we get to watch her parallel lives unfold, based on whether she made it into the tube before the sliding doors closed? Have...

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Connection in Costa Rica…

Connection in Costa Rica…

Tweet With charcoal clouds hunching over the mountains and the morning breeze vanishing into stillness, the air has become so dense, I could almost breaststroke through it. My cargo shorts slide across my thighs like white glue on a Kindergarten construction paper masterpiece, and I tip my dripping-with-condensation water bottle into the air and catch drips of moisture as they tumble from my chin to my chest. After five weeks of life amidst the...

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