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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 get a little more personal, share blog-news and how I’m living out what I write about. I’m linking up today (as well as this post...

Round Up Post including depression while travelling and global health

What Caught My Attention in April

I look at the calendar every day and wonder how it can really be mid-May, because it doesn’t feel like it! Here in Madagascar, the seasons are changing and we are approaching winter. It’s gotten cooler and the past few days have let down buckets of rain and lots of cloud cover. Cyclone season just ended and we finished April with an ominous cyclone with more bark than bite. I finally admitted I was depressed and increased my anti-depressives. I...

I want to encourage myself and others who are struggling with depression while working abroad. You are not alone.

Depression While Travelling: How Much Have I Missed?

Depression can’t see how amazing my life is I didn’t want to do anything except sit on my couch with the lights dim, the bed covers thrown around, and piles of clothes everywhere. Well, the bed covers and mountains of clothes isn’t that abnormal, but the apathy was. I’ve lost count of how many invitations from friends I’ve denied over the weeks and months. That’s not who I want to be. The problem is it actually IS me. I’m actually depressed....

Links that inform, inspire, excite me to action

What Caught My Attention in March

I’m diving deep into this world of blogging and I come across so many influential geniuses along the way. My search for my own writer’s identity has me on myriads of websites and down dozens of rabbit trails. There are always a few that speak my soul language and make me want to shout, “YES, everyone needs to hear this!” I’ve started to take note so I can go back to their article/video and glean information you might find helpful....

Helpless Wonder: The Result of Being Human

I turned the corner to the second half of the ward while rounding with Dr. Tertius and the team in the morning and was thrilled to see a familiar face from the dockside screening event several weeks ago. However, the thrill was accompanied by a helpless feeling because some patients have a difficult road. I was given the privilege to help with the dockside surgeon screening that happens before the patients are officially chosen and given dates. I was out there from...

Who Taught This Man He Is Ugly?

Andre came back to see Dr. Tertius. He had a severe neck contraction that pulled his head down. His face was twisted, as if the skin had just melted off. I told Andre that my best friend at home, who I grew up with, was also named Andre. “I think you’re my Malagasy Andre since I cannot see my American Andre while I’m here.” He smiled, one of many times throughout our conversation. My friend Andre from Rochester is one...

Our Favorite Moments of 2015

2015 It’s over! The year has finished and if you’re reading this, you made it on to the next one. This next year is one more example of God’s grace in our lives. Even with our mess-ups and regrets, we get another chance to live the life we dream of, the abundant life God promises us. New Year’s is a great reason to celebrate. I love doing that with tight hugs, kisses and whoops for joy. The world hasn’t ended...

Survivors

Herynlyn on the dock Her name is Herynlyn. Her mom looks younger than my youngest sister, and she herself is a toddler. She wandered into a cooking fire and her bottom lip is crookedly stretched tightly to her chin. She doesn’t know the difference between herself and other little girls yet, but she will in a few years if something isn’t fixed. Otiniela with Tanya, one of our crew members Her name is Otiniela. She’s independent, headstrong, and practices her...