Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Small steps...

When I decided to confirm my acceptance for the community development internship, I was overwhelmed with excitement. Quickly, that excitement turned to overwhelming stress. The thought of coming up with around $18,000 in just two months sounds impossible. But I am holding true to my dream! I know that I can do it. I will do what it takes to make this trip happen.
As I started making preparations for the trip, I realized I am finding less pleasure in buying material things for my normal day-to-day activities. For example, I have been wanting a new jacket...but who needs a pea coat in Kenya. I also wanted to buy a bigger bed...but in reality sleeping on a cot for a year sounds like way more fun.
I realized that this trip is going to be more than just a professional development experience or dream of mine, but it is helping me realize that living a simple life suits me just fine. I am learning to appreciate the things that I already have. This trip really is going to change me...and I haven't even left yet.


  1. You go girl! Woot woot. You're so inspirational-I'll get the pea coat. ;-)

  2. I'm cheering for you, Jackie! Look for my check in the mail.
    Sarah P.

  3. You rock! I'm sending the word out to everyone I know. I'll post about you on my blog soon too! :)

  4. You going to Mombasa right? Paige is going there in June 2011. Just missing you.

  5. I am going to Kakamega. Mombasa was my second choice, but I don't like that it is on the coast. Too much risk of being forced to eat fish!!! :)