Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.
Courage – came from the Latin word cor; defined “to speak one’s mind by telling all one’s heart.” What a refreshing concept of courage.
I would like to be courageous and share what is in my heart.
I don’t like to broadcast everything happening in my heart and life on social media. I especially don’t want to make this blog an emotional rant, but I do want to be real, transparent and share my life. My life is not simply meant to be kept isolated.
Yet every piece of my heart and thoughts is not to be shared with every person I come into contact with. There are appropriate friendships and levels of friendship in life with those I do life with.
Thus, I would like to share an exciting development!
I love travel, adventure, the excitement of a new journey and the unknown of what lies ahead. In elementary school I discovered I liked learning new languages, as well as geography. //side note// my favorite country was Albania because it started with an A just like my name. In high school and college I had opportunities to study foreign languages, geography, anthropology, and world studies. I have had this growing desire to travel to and experience life & culture abroad, especially to regions that are not as popular for a typical American traveler.
I have wondered many a days if I would actually get opportunities to travel to these places. Traveling is expensive and I desire to experience these locations for more than just a couple days. I want a unique experience. I want to live, breathe, + consume the culture and people as if I am one of their own. I want an experience that is not solely for my own gain. I want an experience that is more than, “Andrea walked the streets in India”, “Andrea ate authentic street food in Morocco”.
I want an experience that is once-in-a-lifetime. I want an experience that is more. I want more.
I love Jesus, and I know he has redeemed the joy and laughter in my life for more than just my own daily life. Heck, I never would have believed you if you told me 7+ years ago that I would be in a community of friends whom I just met less than a year ago. I would not have believed you if you told me I was brave & friendly & good at making friends quickly.
I want adventure that is so deeply connected to my Papa’s heart that it’s what I was made to do.
I will spare you no longer…here’s the exciting news…
I will be traveling to 11 countries starting January 2016!!
What is it? World Race
Over the course of 11 months, I will be partnering with Papa, Jesus, Holy Spirit and a team of brothers and sisters to bring the happy gospel to places I imagined would remain as wishes in my dreams.
I have had a week for the exciting news to settle in & share to the most important people in my life, and it still does not feel like reality.
But now comes the lists of what I am to do. Fundraising. Preparing. Expecting.
I am in the midst of writing a support letter, because this incredible opportunity costs money. I am believing Papa will provide like he always does, but I must do my part in asking for support: prayer, encouragement and financial.
I will share more details in a later post, but I just wanted to share this exciting news with you!
I am still trying to wrap my head around it…this is the next chapter of my journey of adventure! My feet will get to journey further than I thought possible.
If you would love to stay connected with me in this preparation process! I will be blogging more frequently as I prepare and during the journey.
If you would like to know more about the 11 countries in 11 months, please send me your email address. I would love to share more about it and why I am pursuing this.
Check back in a week or two for more updates and info! 🙂
Thank you for joining me in this journey of discovery + adventure!
Don’t forget: you are amazing!