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My Africa, My Africa

My time has come. Time to shake off the burdens of doubts and fears. Time to face the full force of those things which have long lingered in my consciousness. Dreams deferred by necessity. Perhaps, but it doesn’t matter now. I’m going forward. Africa. The country: Zimbabwe.  I had the chance to go 20 years ago to work on a famine relief project. Recent graduate student, bright, idealistic – but I put all that aside to pursue the sensible thing…Hollywood! You have to laugh. There’s nothing sensible about pursuing an acting career. It’s jumping off the highest cliff you can find, but it had to be done. Nothing could keep me from pursuing acting.

And so, I thought Africa would leave me. That as life and career, wife and motherhood roles took me over, that Africa would go on without me. But she didn’t. She stayed in my mind, ever present. I became an ambassador with Oxfam to pursue my desire to be in some way physically connected to Africa. At that time Darfur was the hot issue. But Darfur, they said was too dangerous. And now Darfur is all but forgotten – and their struggle continues still.

But I knew one thing…I knew I had to be a part of a group on the ground. A local community based group that would stay year in and year out, so that any work or monies given might come to some good. I marveled at the Ginghamsburg Church in Ohio and what they were able to do in Darfur. I wanted to do that. I went to my church – it could be done, but I would have to do it. I didn’t really know too much about building a mission…from scratch. I had the desire, but I didn’t have the capacity. Nor did I have a lifestyle where I could pick up and spearhead a mission in another country. What about my job? My kids? So I told Africa – “see! I tried. You can leave me now. I’ll go when I can.”

But she stayed, and waited. And then I heard of Voluntourism. I said to my Africa, I’m coming now.

I may never know why this is just one of those things “I have to do”. I’ll be writing every step of the journey! Excited, ecstatic, jubilant, loving the life I’m living. Want to come with me? Africa will be so glad I brought friends.

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My Key to Happiness

There are things that are just awesome about life. For me, helping people is really everything. I’m most satisfied with my life, when what I’m doing is contributing to the growth of someone else… whether it’s personally or financially. (I’d like to help more spiritually but I have a lot of walking to do in that area.) My team is growing and I love it. We took this picture at our Mastermind training. Success is a mindset. I would’ve never imagined I would love this travel thingy as much as I do. Also I never knew social marketing was so rewarding and FUN. I’m truly having the time of my life.

January Mastermind 2015

January Mastermind 2015

Here’s to a very prosperous new year in every way.

“If you help someone else get what they want, you’ll get what you want.” ~ Zig Ziglar

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Hunt for the Best Spa – The Peninsula Spa

I confess…I’m dainty. I love to be pampered. And if I’m going to spend any amount of money I’m always curious to find the best place to go. So I’ve taken it upon myself to always be on the hunt for the best spa. I tend to go around those in LA or cities where I’m on location. I’ve been to some amazing spas. I’d have to say my favorite was in Nassau, Bahamas, The One and Only club. This was sheer paradise. I truly loved the Bahamas and just have to make it back to this spa. You get your own private, I don’t know, I guess you would call it a small villa or hut. Completely private and the therapist comes in to you. The resorts are very secluded, right on the beach. But that’s for a later review….

Here’s my little trek into what I heard from someone was an amazing spa. Something about a diamond massage. 🙂

 

Peninsula Spa ~ Beverly Hills

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