Thursday, November 28, 2013

I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. It is surprising how contented one can be with nothing definite - only a sense of existence."

Henry David Thoreau

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"Attract what you expect, 
Reflect what you desire,
Become what you respect, 
Mirror what you admire."

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"There is no remedy for love but to love more."

Henry David Thoreau 

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A CUP OF JO: Wise words

"Nine times out of ten, you probably aren't having a full-on nervous breakdown—you just need a cup of tea and a biscuit."

— British writer Caitlin Moran in her hilarious, wonderful letter to her daughter
Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground. — Rumi

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

"You know you are on the right track when you become uninterested in looking back."

"You know you are on the right track when you become uninterested in
looking back."

- Unknown

"The Universe sends us exactly what we are ready for at the exact time we need it in our lives."

"The Universe sends us exactly what we are ready for at the exact time
we need it in our lives."

- Sending Light, Brooke (Kundalini Spirit)

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"The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, November 22, 2013

"Find life experiences and swallow them whole. Travel. Meet many people. Go down some dead ends and explore dark alleys. Try everything. Exhaust yourself in the glorious pursuit of life."
Lawrence K. Fish

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"To be great is to be misunderstood." — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Sunday, November 10, 2013

10 Months at Site: A Review

Going back to March (where does time go) It's hard to believe I have been in Senegal for a year as of the 26th of Septmeber. Honestly I can say I have very much enjoyed my time here aside from a few parts (but life is what is it, it all can't be sweet)

What have I been up to, you ask? Lots. This post also coincides with reporting we do for our work here. It breaks down the numbers of some of the things we can count to show what we do here and so Washington has an idea too. But many of the things as you can see below, are countless as well as priceless. All in all, I have a pretty cool job.

I will also be writing more in-depth posts on some of these activities to explain in further detail what we actually do or did.

Cut my hair off

Worked at site: dug garden beds
Senegalese independence day
Visited Dasalame Sereer
Attended 2 weddings, 1 funeral
Helped with baby weighings

Mangos started

Keur Baba Diouf had a meeting with my village
Seeded tree nurseries for papayas with 2 work partners

 Teacher Training at Keur Baba Diouf for teaching Wolof alphabet

Tree sacks were filled for tree nursery with help from Keur Baba Diouf

Seeded moringa
Filled tree sacks for nursery
Attended Sus-Ag Summit in Tambacouta
Helped with baby weighing

Went to Nioro middle school for party and teach an English class

Master Farm Field Day in Karang where I presented a station on bees

JUNE Taught english class in Nioro Allasane Talle
Attended meeting at Dasalme Sereer for bees with local master beekeepers and NGO from Belgium
Helped host, explain and guide a group of 30 intercity kids from L.A. with chaperons for a weekend visiting our region and volunteers site
On-going project of 'men cooking lunch' continues at my village with another work partner cooking lunch

Attending English Teaching Class in Thies
Visited beekeeper Abdul Seck in Bandia
Wrote my grant for Map Mural project for 2 schools

To Dakar for meeting with my bosses

Summit (on going, hands on training for my sustainable agricultural sector and to get together and talk) in Linguere (north)
Mangrove reforestration on the island of Sipo and the village of Bamboung next to Toubacouta

Back to Dakar to help with Access English Camp for a week long camp teaching 105 students

Returned to village

Return to village

Executed layout design and wrote article for the Agrarian newsletter
Visited Sangako to check with beekeepers


Visited Same and started 2 new capture hives, took some honey, and played with new puppy at Master Farm

Visited another volunteer 2 regions over in Kaffrine with my closest site mate and a friend from site

Attened a laamb, Senegalese wrestling match, in my site-mates village, happened to go until dawn. Normallly then are done my 2am.

Traveled to Dakar for the weekend to see some awesome volunteers off. They are done with there service here and will be very much missed

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Yeah it's been a while. Sorry about that. It's not to be said I didn't try and write. Trust me I still love you and miss you. It's just been hard.

I will go into further detail of what I've been up to in my next post since I've been in my village for more than 10 months now (September 27 was my year in country) and December 8th (right after my birthday) is my year in my village. How time flies when your having fun right?? And yes I'm still having fun. Trust me.

Just a short note to say that I will be writing like a mad women to get my life/pictures into the digital world as soon as the internet/electricity wants to cooperate with me :) I swear I will make it happen.