14 months since the last post!

Wow, time really flies when you have fun. And essentially, when you have a lot of things to do :)

At the onset of this blog, I really told myself it would not be one of those that would taper off as time went by. Then, amongst many things, graduate school happened. And my writing ceased for 14 months. However, not a single day has gone by without me thinking about any readers or followers. Some of you may have followed me on Linked in or Facebook and seen a bit more about what has been happening since I last blogged: graduate school, volunteering in San Diego, continued work in Nepal, and some in Sweden, non-profit organization, and other projects. One thing I always say to myself is that I really would want at least 72 hours per day; there is so much I want to do and 24 hours is – just not enough! But, I try my best to optimize every waken hour as much possible while trying to balance life. Which really, is easier said than done. Anyone agree?

You know, every person I have met since this blog started, has had an influence, taught me something, challenged me in some way (or many ways), humbled me, and provided so much more insight on many different levels that I cannot even begin to vocalize in this post. It is such a blessing to be able to do what I do, be where I am, learn what I learn, and to continue having an aptitude to constantly remain curious, wanting to explore more. And for that I am extremely grateful. Sometimes it may serve as a disadvantage because I will have a tendency to forget that I am one person. With time, I learn to prioritize and not jump on every project. Everything interests me, and it is very seldom when it does not. One thing that I have learned (and still am), is the extensive number of charity projects out there. And I know ~ I cannot do it all. And And ~ I want to be useful in any project I am involved in, not just for the sake of it. And ~ I suppose that exactly that, is one of my challenges, that I find every project useful in some way. They all do some kind of good, no? They all set out with noble intentions, right? They all come from the best of somebody’s visions and passion. So how do I limit myself? It is difficult; but in lack of better terms, I would say I have become more selective. I believe in systemic change. Not to say I do not believe in all the other changes wonderful individuals are making all over. But in order to be selective, my main focus is systemic change. And in all honesty, I select projects or foundations I can work with where I can contribute with something in accordance with whatever knowledge, opinion, and time I have. Yesterday, I was given an opportunity to be a part of an initiative that will have a global impact. I love the idea, the initiative, the drive and heart that stands as the foundation of the project. I am excited to share more about this (hopefully) soon.

What else? Well, 14 months have gone by, and while I am excited to be typing away, I do not wish to overwhelm you with a mishmash of experiences or events. One thing that I would like to share with you, which relates to the featured image in this post is that I was able to return to Nepal this previous summer (July-August 2015). My ticket to Nepal was booked at the end of March earlier this year. Then the earthquake happened, and I made a decision to help actualize housing for the young monks from the Pema Chooling Monastery in the Solukhumbu region. So, I quickly reached out to friends, family and acquaintances through Social Media and managed to gather $11.900. All of which went to the house, that can house 18 children, with new beddings (warm), and other things. The house project was challenging as anticipated, especially after I left Nepal since I was unable to stay longer. All in all, I try to focus on the fact that the children are now not sleeping outdoors, and that the willingness and love from the people who became a part of the project will never be forgotten. For example, individuals I have not spoken to since junior high school even reached out to contribute with something. I was in awe, and so grateful. It meant so much. Thank you, and I really hope you will all have the opportunity to visit/return to Nepal one day. I will post more photos of the house shortly. For Social Media followers, you have seen most of the captions.

I believe it was Aristotle who originally once said that, “what you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while”. Of course, it is up to each of us to decide what this means. To me, it simply means to try and be your best every single day, all of the time, without extra thought or hesitation. What does it mean to you?



That smile!
There is now a sign so you do not take a wrong turn!
HAd some lessons with the kids
New House right before last touches
“Indoors” yet outside dorm about 3 months after the earthquake. Kids moved in from sleeping on those mattresses outdoors. then they finally got a tent until they were moved out again.
Previous “dorm”