To be a great photographer means capturing a moment in time and conveying its significance without words. I am by no means a professional photographer. However, I love to capture images that evoke feeling and capture emotion that I can use together with my words to tell a story.
When I think about what one photo I would choose to convey the meaning of thirdeyemom and what is behind my blog, it is impossible. For my blog is continually changing and evolving into the voice I want to become. Instead, I like to think of a series of photos that represent where I started when I began thirdeyemom and where I’m headed with my blog.
Nepal: Where it all began.
It took a trip to Nepal exactly four years ago to inspire me to start blogging. My first series of posts were about my experience trekking the Annapurna trek in the fall of 2009. It was the trip of a lifetime yet also a trip that changed my life. I began using my voice to share my travels and more importantly, to advocate for social good and change.
India: Where I found my true voice and passion
My social good blogging trip to Delhi, India in May of 2013 put the wheels in motion for what I truly want to do and be: An advocate for women and girls around the world. I met these two girls in an unauthorized slum during a meeting with Save the Children. They were the same age as my own daughter and they stole my heart. All they wanted in life was to learn and to go to school. To be educated and lift themselves out of poverty and have dignity. Meeting these girls along with many others along my travels to the developing world, made me promise myself to do whatever I can to fight for them and give them a voice.
Ethiopia: Continuing the dream
My recent trip to Ethiopia in June as a fellow with the International Reporting Project (where I learned about newborn and maternal health) was amazing. It opened my mind and heart to the successes achieved and the challenges that remain ahead for women and girls around the world. Despite the hardship and tragic reality many of these women face, I left with an enormous sense of hope and determination that life for women and girls around the world will improve.
Life is a journey. There is a path yet sometimes it remains unclear. There will be many mountains to climb, but with determination, perseverance, hard work and passion I will continue to follow my dreams and make a difference in the lives of women and girls.
This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art. To view more entries, click here.