Community Care

Moving Home: Why I Loved Intermissionary

I doubt anyone noticed, but I’ve been majorly MIA for TWO whole months! Consistency on the blog during summer is a challenge because my routine is all over the place. Last summer I took an unintended blog hiatus for two months (although I wrote about culture shock and re-entry afterwards), and the same thing happened […] Read more…

Choosing a New City: Things to Consider; Provocative Joy; Moving Home Series

Moving Home: Choosing a New City

I am thinking about home all the time these days! If you’re new here, you should know that I’ve been living on a ship for the past 3 years. Yes, a real ship with portholes, toilets that make loud sucking noises, and watertight sliding doors (like in Titanic). Three years and this season is coming […] Read more…

3 Role Models To Inspire My Career

#LoveBlog2017 Here’s my second contribution to this month-long blog challenge. If you already subscribe to the Provocative Joy newsletter, you know what I’m introducing! If you haven’t subscribed to my monthly update, you can find the sign-up box at the end of this post (it even counts as an entry in the giveaway). It’s where I […] Read more…

My Plan After Mercy Ships? Swim Upstream

Airport life these days The man at the front of the queue went up to the airport desk clerk pointing and looking toward the end of the counter. He was describing someone –a woman, red hijab, with black polka dots. Just as the clerk hopped down to look for her, she came running around the corner […] Read more…

Enjoy Christmas While Flat Broke; Christmas on a budget and first Christmas home; DIY cheap gifts

I’m Trying to Enjoy Christmas (While Flat Broke)

Pull out the maletas. draft a packing list… we’ll be home for Christmas! The Figueroa’s will enjoy Christmas at home! A bold prayer I’ve been trying to claim for the past 12 months is finally being realized. I’ve missed two Christmases with my sisters and family and I wanted to be home this time and enjoy […] Read more…

Inspiration at work on the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships

Inspiration at Work in the Africa Mercy Community

working with real people Some people are never happy. They are always looking for the next “big thing”. The next job or house will make them feel like they’ve made it. Or they’re constantly hiding. They are always trying to cover up their mistakes, defend their actions and poor decisions even when they know where […] Read more…

Building Community Guest Blog Finding Joy

Building Community Through Blogging

What’s the most appealing part about blogging aside from the actual writing? The community! As a member of a unique community on board the Africa Mercy, I think it’s awesome to find community across the oceans revolving around something I enjoy doing. The appeal is in meeting other bloggers and sharing with them, learning from them, and […] Read more…

Ivanna Figueroa |Provocative Joy | How to create a culture of generosity, sharing economy, the value of sharing with friends | Andre Primus TEDx Flour City Flower City RocShare

Sharing: How to Cultivate a Culture of Generosity

The sharing economy A friend of mine, Gigi, commented a few nights ago and it got me thinking a lot about how I found myself in a sharing economy accidentally. I shared my chocolates from my Christmas package with her. She said it made her feel so good that people were always sharing things with her on the […] Read more…