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I am stuck in between two extremes
Enjoying the change and
The challenge

Wanting something constant

The rhythm is constant and my people are true
There are things I will always love about you

I love to call this home
Home here, home there
Home is everywhere

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June Journeys

It’s been a minute since I’ve posted (end of March?!) and I wanted to sit and write a quick update for all of you that want to hear how I’ve been doing.

  1. I am IMMENSELY GRATEFUL for how God has provided work, friends, challenges, opportunities, support, and learning at exactly the times I need it. I have been consistently reminded as I share with new and old friends parts of my story — God has it all worked out even when you don’t feel it at the time. Focusing on the present and contentment has been a HUGE part of my journey and something I am still learning how to fine-tune every day. As I reflect on the last year it’s one of my biggest thematic areas.
  2. Grad school is in full swing (I sat down now to do some studying but decided to blog instead… :)). It’s going well and I’m surprised by how much I like the online delivery. I am in an awesome program and on this journey with people from/working all over the world. Truly diverse and inspiring.
  3. Work is absolutely crazy right now. But all good things. We’re working hard at Akola on a big deal in the works… stay tuned for more this fall! I recently traveled to Ghana and Kenya for work and I don’t even know how many hours I put in on that trip… I’m so grateful to have supporting, encouraging teammates and superiors who trust and believe in me. My first time in W Africa was great; I need to go back when I can spend a bit of leisure time!
  4. TRIP TO USA TOMORROW. About 3 weeks off traveling around visiting friends and family. Please hit me up if you can connect this month. 🙂
  5. Find pics below!

xo, LB

 

 

#TayLorTakesUG2016

Hello Faithful Followers!

First please watch this awesome video about Akola Dallas.

I last wrote with an update on my Zanzibar, Kenya, and TZ travels. Today I am elated to give a brief recap of March, which held so much happiness my heart could burst. Taylor Daye Havins, aka my best friend and forever roomie, graced Uganda with her presence. We danced. We made friends. We journeyed far and wide. We ate local food. We danced. We fed children at a refugee camp. We hiked. WE DANCED, most importantly. Continue reading

Material Woman

*title derived from a nickname a very eccentric staff member at our hotel in Zanzibar unceremoniously bestowed upon me. But now very fitting in light of my new job title.

Hello Blog Followers! Aka my mommy! 🙂

Read along for an overdue life update from the past few months.

This month I am liaising with suppliers in Kampala, making urgent orders for a big jewelry deal in the works for Akola Project. This time last year I was creating content and working with partners to promote AIDS Walk New York in the big city. The year before that I was house hunting in Northern Uganda for my new boss’ arrival and planning a quarterly retreat for all International Justice Mission Gulu staff. The year before THAT I was holed up in my parents’ house finishing my undergraduate Art History thesis and preparing for my impending “10-12 month” move to Uganda, wondering what it would be like! God guides and covers me and I’m thankful for the opportunity to adapt and learn. Wonder what a year from now will hold… 🙂 Continue reading

Puppies of Pader

*pronounced PUH-DAY [title derived from an inside joke that isn’t even really that funny].

I spent time this week in Northern Uganda working to implement our Akola Academy program with the women working in Pajule (Pader District). This program applies participatory rural appraisal techniques, which is fancy development jargon for basically using local voices to inform our program structure. I really appreciate working for an organization that aims to incorporate knowledge and opinions of the people who participate in our programs – you’d be surprised to learn how many don’t. Continue reading

To Be Happy

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

In an effort to improve and learn, I often spend a great deal of time in self-reflection and musing about the past, especially around the turn of a new year. I thank my parents for instilling this value in me; growing up we’d always take 1/2 Jan to plan for the new year, set goals, and reflect on the past year’s ups and downs. The ability to keep the bigger picture in mind is a mark of maturity as well as a safeguard against selfishness. It creates a posture of gratitude. Oh, how I fail sometimes at seeing past my own worries and issues. Don’t we all.  Continue reading