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Expectations {Five Minute Friday}

It’s been a while, friends, since I’ve written with the Five Minute Friday crew. So I’m joining in with the amazing #fmfparty community and writing on a common theme, for just five minutes. Today’s word is: Expect. Go. When I hopped on a plane and flew to South Africa for two years, I was told… Continue reading Expectations {Five Minute Friday}

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Strong Women {#putonyourpearls}

When I think about strong women, I think of the women in Kudunkgwane, the South African village I lived in for two years. (Besides the women in my family, of course, who are exceptionally strong!) There was a group of women who took ownership of my school garden project. They not only show up for workshops:… Continue reading Strong Women {#putonyourpearls}

31 Days · africa · Intentional Living

Uncomfort Zone {#write31days}

I like comfort. That’s the zone where I feel like I do my best, because I know what to expect, how to do things, and what will happen next. Comfort and me totally get along. However, often enough (maybe too often, for my liking), God asks me to move outside my comfort zone. Into my… Continue reading Uncomfort Zone {#write31days}

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Your Brave Decision {#write31days}

I guess I should talk about the proverbial elephant in the room. If you’ve been reading around here for a while, you may know that I lived in South Africa for two in a half years as a member of the Peace Corps. So while I’ve been talking about living brave and how often I’m… Continue reading Your Brave Decision {#write31days}

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Comfort in the Sameness {Five Minute Friday}

It’s Friday, which means it’s time to write with the Five Minute Friday community. Each week, we gather on Twitter for the Thursday night #FMFParty, and then we write together on one common theme. All the lovely details (and the link up) are over at Kate’s blog. We’d love to have you join in! Today’s… Continue reading Comfort in the Sameness {Five Minute Friday}

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Learn Unexpectedly {Five Minute Friday}

It’s Friday, which means it’s Five Minute Friday time. After the #FMFRetreat last weekend, I was bummed to miss out on the Thursday night Twitter part due to work. However, it’s time to write! Just for five minutes, together on a common theme. To join us, check out Kate’s blog, our lovely hostess of Five… Continue reading Learn Unexpectedly {Five Minute Friday}

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When Purchases Have Power {Fair Trade Friday}

I love to cook. As such, I have on kinda crazy obsession: aprons! Now, in all honesty, I only own 3 aprons (two of which I’ve gotten this summer). But I love, love, LOVE aprons and could spend hours on Etsy drooling over amazing aprons. It’s only my budget and the fact that I’m moving… Continue reading When Purchases Have Power {Fair Trade Friday}

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Save the World {Fair Trade Friday Club}

    When I lived in South Africa, for the last six months of my service I worked with an organization called the Valoyi Traditional Authority Trust, which was created to lift the Valoyi people up and give them skills to find jobs and become independent. South Africa has a ridiculously high unemployment rate, officially at… Continue reading Save the World {Fair Trade Friday Club}

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The Small Gifts {Five Minute Friday}

It’s Five Minute Friday time, where I gather with Kate and many other women to write freely, for five minutes only, all on a common prompt. Kate’s blog has all the details and the link up, but for now, it’s time to write. Today’s prompt is: Gift.   When I lived in South Africa, I… Continue reading The Small Gifts {Five Minute Friday}

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What You Don’t Plan {Five Minute Friday}

Go. I never planned to be ruined. When I left to serve abroad in South Africa, I didn’t plan to be broken apart and be rebuilt completely differently. I didn’t expect to be ruined, in the best way possible. I didn’t plan to see my worldview torn apart, reshifted, and carefully crafted back together again. I planned… Continue reading What You Don’t Plan {Five Minute Friday}