From Tired to Thriving- Part 2
May 20, 2019
When I was in
California, "living the dream", and I went through health problems, I
finally took a step back and reevaluated my life. I realized that the things I was pursuing
were actually meaningless. I remembered
as a small child that I had always wanted to travel the world and help people
(as well as be a famous singer or figure skater….hahaha…I think those dreams
are gone now =) So I set on a journey to
discover what it looked like to travel and serve others. I locked myself in my room for about 5 days
to pray, meditate, draw and figure it out. I only spoke with about 3 people because I didn't want the voices of so
many people to dictate my decisions. I will never forget calling my parents
while I was at a grocery store and telling them that I thought I was supposed
to travel the world and help people. They both had been missionaries and traveled all over the world so I
knew they would at least understand a little bit. I remember them being supportive but asking
me questions like: "Have you thought about going with a team? Do you know who you want to help?" I
knew they were asking me because they were extremely supportive and wanted me
to make the wisest decisions.
I will never forget
talking with a friend of mine, also named Jessica, and telling her the vision
and desires that I had. She asked if I had ever heard of The World Race. No I hadn't. When I looked at the website, there
was something in me that stopped..it was as if my heart skipped a beat and I
knew that's what I needed to do. It was 11 months of traveling the world and
staying in one country for one month at a time to serve those who are in need
most: helping to build orphanages, teach English, work in the slums, serve
those affected by sexual exploitation and human trafficking, and share Jesus'
love with anyone we encountered. I was
like..WHATTTT?!?!..this is what I was telling my parents I knew I needed to do,
and I thought I was making it up..I didn't know it existed!
Even thought I loved
California and didn't want to leave, I decided it was time to make an impact in
the way my heart was led..and do THIS THING!
Before heading out,
I did a lot of research in all my free time reading blogs on peoples'
experiences on The World Race. I
realized that there were so many people who were feeling tired, fatigued and
resulting to unhealthy patterns to "just get through the day." But guess what, we are not on this planet to
"JUST GET THROUGH THE DAY", we are designed to live life fully. So I was asked if I could start a
"healthy living track." With
this I had an opportunity to empower a leader for every team and encourage more
than 60 people to live a healthy lifestyle no matter where they were in the
world in order to serve others at their best. It was all trial & error and
learning a lot the way but it changed my perspective on life.
This was a life
changing experience for me because I got to work with so many people around the
states and the world and find out what gets in the way of their dreams, what
makes them feel fatigued and what makes them more confident. It showed that no matter where in the
world…everyone desires to feel good about themselves, to be joyful and have the
energy to pursue the things they desire.
Watching others have
"AH-HA" moments is my favorite thing. It doesn't matter to me what that moment is, as long as it's pushing you
in a healthy way closer to what you're calling has for you..i'm all about it!
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