Hello beautiful people! I'm working to prepare myself mentally, spiritually, and emotionally as I get closer to embarking on a life-changing journey to Kenya, Africa. I promised that I would blog about my experiences while I am volunteering at the Arrive in Kenya organization, a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Many family members, friends, and even strangers have donated to my fundraiser for the organization. I think it would be special for everyone to witness how their donations have changed lives. For more information about my trip or to make a donation, please visit:
I wanted to start my blog a little bit early in order to share my experiences in Lebanon this summer. Lebanon is known as the Paris of the Middle East, and in good reason! Lebanon recently got nominated by CNN as the top spot for real-estate investment in the world. You can check it out here at:
I can't wait to show you the inside scoop on my beloved Lebanon. It truly is a magical place.. I like to think of it as a heaven on Earth. Sure politics are clearly corrupt, but where in the world is it not?! Lebanon has given me an appreciation of life, a sense of inner peace, and a full heart. Travel makes me feel rich, and I don't mean rich in regards to monetary wealth. I don't believe that monetary gain is the ultimate goal in life. What you gain from immersing yourself in a new country, a new culture, a new way of life, far outside your comfort zone is far more valuable.To each their own however. I don't have all the answers in life, but I do know that money can't make a person happy if their own soul hasn't been fulfilled spiritually. I haven't had the chance to go back to my home away from home in four years, I know I'm going to cry tears of joy the second the plane lands in my beautiful city of Beirut.
Lebanon has taught me various life lessons throughout my childhood that can't be compared to any lessons I have learned living in America. In 2006, I got stuck during the two month long war against Israel. Regardless of circumstances, it was to date the best summer of my entire life. The quality of life in Lebanon is so different than it is here. Despite the violent history and sporadic episodes of turmoil, they sure know how to live life like you've never seen. They don't let fear sink in for a single second and just enjoy the present moments without a worry in the world. I know this might sound weird, but I'm actually really excited for things like losing electricity every day (which occurs for hours at a time). It's the little things like this that make you really appreciate the company of family and friends around you, without the distraction of a television, a video game, or other things that we've become so reliant on for entertainment. I'm very fortunate for the endless opportunities that America has given to my family and I, but a huge chunk of my heart will always belong to my home away from home. I'm so excited for you all to witness my Lebanon like you've never seen it before.
1. Don't pack your troubles in your rucksack.
2. Don't grouse at the weather.
3. Don't miss opportunities of friendship with man or beast.
4. Don't walk half a yard in-front of your companion.
5. Don't overfeed your body.
6. Don't starve your mind.
7.Don't overwork your legs.
8. Don't lose your temper if you lose your way.
9. Don't leave anything behind you except a good impression.
10. Don't take away anything except for pleasant memories.
Love and Light.