As bloggers, we work so hard and if you are like me pour countless hours of our heart and soul into our writing and photography without receiving a dime. Many times I get the “Mom, why are you always on the computer” question from my children. But they know me and understand that this is my outlet. This is my voice.
Getting Freshly Pressed is like a nice big pat on the back. Swarms of comments come in and oftentimes new followers subscribe. It takes days to go through everything and reply. So I thought I’d thank you all in advance while I’m going through the flood of emails. I will get back to each and every comment. I always do!
I find it interesting to do a breakdown of what posts out of my 620 have been Freshly Pressed:
Two posts on Guatemala: “The Green of Guatemala” and “The Color of Guatemala“. A post on Iceland “Lost in Iceland: A Day of Ice Trekking in Myrdalsjökull Glacier” and the other on Patagonia “Hike to Mount Fitz Roy”.
It is my sincere hope that someday one of my social good posts gets Freshly Pressed. Raising awareness on some of the major issues faced in travel destinations around the world is not only my duty as a world traveler, but my passion in life. I will not stop writing about the injustices I see. I will keep using my voice in hope to advocate change and to inspire. So WordPress….look out! Someday, just someday my voice on advocacy will be heard.
I also got my first travel piece published today on Huffington Post “How to Get to the End of the World”. I have been publishing lots of advocacy posts on there but never tried one on travel which is perhaps 90% of my blog. I thought I’d give it a whirl.
Finally, I’ve got my next volunteer trip booked. I am heading to La Ceiba, Honduras the second week of January to work with disadvantaged kids. I will be doing a full-immersion home stay like last year in Guatemala. I’ve never been to Honduras and know there will be a ton to learn. I look forward to stepping outside of my comfort zone again and embracing what life has to offer and giving a part of myself back. For isn’t that what life is all about?
I feel truly blessed this Thanksgiving. My book drive is up to 261 books to date and this “Giving Tuesday” November 27th I hope to fill up my car to the rim with gently used, highly loved children’s books and deliver them to their new home in North Minneapolis. I hope to inspire a brighter day.