“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
– Mark Twain
I am a writer, blogger, and social good advocate living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with my husband and two children. A world wanderer at heart, I have been fortunate to have visited over 40 countries and am still wandering.
A graduate of French and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin Madison, I have always been a Midwest gal living in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Chicago. I also had the opportunity to live in Paris and Marseille attending the University of Sorbonne and doing an internship with a french company. I love to be outside doing anything athletic (hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing or simply enjoying nature), to travel and volunteer abroad, to write, and to spend time with my beloved family and friends.
My dream is to teach my children to live compassionately, open-minded lives that understand different cultures and the importance of giving back to those in need. I believe strongly in the value of making a difference in the world, no matter how small it may be. If there is a will, there is a way, and that anything is possible (as long as you set your heart and mind to it!).
I also believe strongly in viewing the world and other cultures with a “third-eye” meaning with an open heart and mind, and always seeking understanding of the world. If you don’t travel through life and the world with a third eye, what will you see or understand?
My latest ventures involve advocating for the UN Foundation Shot@Life (a program that provides vaccines to children in developing countries), and ONE as a ONE Moms Community Partner. I also am a proud member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good and the Global Team of 200, a group of women bloggers destined to change the world through our voice spreading awareness on issues such as global health, access to safe drinking water and sanitation, food security and education in the developing world. My proudest accomplishment: I have successfully raised money to help build two reading centers in rural Nepal.
I am also an editor of Human Rights and Social Good at World Moms Blog. My work has also been published on Huffington Post – Global Motherhood, Elephant Journal , and Broken Light Photography. Besides thirdeyemom, I also have a travel photography blog called thethirdeyeworld.
Please feel free to drop me a line! Comments are always welcome and appreciated!
I can be reached via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Good Work and Press Trips
I strongly believe in the power of a voice to make change and do social good. Therefore, I have began advocating for a number of non-profit organizations to help people around the world. I am currently advocating for the following groups/causes:
Save the Children, WaterAid, UNICEF, Doctors without Borders, Solar Sister, the UN Foundation, Too Young to Wed and the ONE Campaign to write about such topics as maternal and newborn health, global health, food security, sustainable energy, girls and women’s rights, education, and humanitarian issues. To see all the organizations I’ve worked with click here. To read about the topics I’ve written on, click here.
In the Fall of 2012 I joined Mom Bloggers for Social Good and The Global Team of 200: A group of highly passionate bloggers who work with NGOs to cover such issues as maternal and newborn health, women and girls rights, safe water and sanitation, access to education, and hunger. NGO partners include UNICEF, Save the Children, WaterAid, Pratham, The World Food Programme and other smaller international NGOs. To view related posts, click here.
ONE and ONE MOMS: I am a Community Partner with the ONE Campaign, a grassroots organization to fight extreme poverty. I work as a ONE Moms Community Partner and have covered such issues as hunger, poverty, food security, education and women’s rights.
RESULTS: I attended the 2012 International Results Conference in Washington DC in July 2012 where I learned about global health, microfinance and education and advocate to help end extreme poverty.
The United Nations Foundation: I was a Social Good fellow in the Fall 2014 and have been an active member of the UNF’s Shot@Life Campaign since its inception.
The International Reporting Project (IRP) is based at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of the John Hopkins University and the primary goal of the IRP is to provide journalists with the opportunity to report internationally on issues not traditionally covered in mainstream media. IRP’s new media fellows will focus on Ethiopia’s efforts to prevent newborn deaths, as well as provide an overview of maternal and child health, immunizations, nutrition, communicable diseases, and health care provision, among other topics.
Blogging fellow (#Bloggers4Haiti) to Haiti with Macy’s Heart of Haiti
In February 2015, I went to Haiti with a small group of bloggers to learn about Macy’s Heart of Haiti program and how they are empowering Haitians through the arts. To read all my posts on this trip, click here.
Volunteer/Bogging advocate (#SolarSisterSummit) with Solar Sister to climb Kilimanjaro
In July 2015, I joined a team of Solar Sister employees to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in honor of Solar Sister’s 5-year anniversary. We also climbed to create awareness of the energy poverty in Africa and raise funds to train new Solar Sister Entrepreneurs. To read all my posts on this trip, click here.
Advocacy and Volunteerism
As a thirdeyemom, I am passionate about giving back and do so through international volunteerism. Here are links to a few of the volunteer experiences abroad I’ve had over the last few years.
Volunteering in La Ceiba, Honduras – January 2013
I spent a week in La Ceiba, Honduras staying with a wonderful Honduran host family, studying Spanish and volunteering with children at a day care center for single mothers. It was a fascinating experience.
To read more about my experience in Honduras, click here.
Volunteering in Xela, Guatemala – April 2012
To read more about my experiences in Guatemala, click here.
Volunteering in Rabat, Morocco – April 2011
Volunteering in Cartago, Costa Rica – April 2010
I have also worked with the following Non-Profit Groups to fundraise and help people in the countries I’ve visited:
To read more about my fundraising work in Nepal, click here.