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A Day of Volunteering with Share Your Soles

volunteering at share your soles

Last week was National Volunteer Week. I had the pleasure of volunteering with a few ladies from the Women in the World – Chicago travel meetup (formerly Go Girls – Chicago). We spent the day sorting shoes for an amazing organization called Share Your Soles, which sends donated shoes to poor communities all across the world. Founder, Mona Purdy, started the charity after seeing impoverished children in Guatemala paint hot tar onto the bottoms of their feet because they didn’t have shoes....

A Bright Idea! Watts Of Love

watts of love

Did you know that over a billion people live without light after the sun goes down? Families in countries all around the world struggle to survive on the light of a single kerosene lamp the size of a baby food jar. What’s worse is that these kerosene jars provide very little light while emitting toxic fumes that can lead to neurological damage and blood clots after long-term exposure. In the most desperate situations, a family can spend 65% of its...

5 Vacations that Really 'Work'

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending an awesome workshop by JOURNEY TO YOU author Steve Olsher. The focus of the Reinvention Workshop was to help people who want to make a change in their careers figure out the next logical steps to getting where they want to be. I, like most bloggers, would like to transition from part-time poor blogger to full-time paid blogger someday and I found the workshop to be extremely helpful. One of the...

Wanderlust … I think I wrote that movie???

A while back, my husband I set off on what we’d planned to be an around the world trip of volunteering and eco-tourism. We spent months putting together an extensive itinerary of intentional communities (the term ‘commune’ is so political incorrect), sustainable farms, eco-hostels and wildlife sanctuaries throughout the US, South & Central America and beyond. Unfortunately, we never made it out of the US, in fact, we never managed to get any farther than Florida. The trip was such...

Who says you can't take it with you?

While preparing for a year of volunteer travel, I am finding my current luggage to be lacking in the versatility department. Which is really sad considering the sheer volumes of luggage that I own. Okay maybe not volumes, but I do own nearly 10 pieces of luggage. Which may not seem like that much, especially, if it’s a set of premium designer high fashion luggage. Unfortunately, my luggage to date would more likely fall into the mish mash of old/new/department...