“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 freelance journalist, 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.
I began this blog in 2010 after a life-changing trip to Nepal where I trekked the Annapurna circuit with my father. Landing in India, I received my “third eye” which symbolizes wisdom. It reinforced my strong belief that you must view the world with a third-eye and as openly as possible.
My dream is to teach my children and others through my work as a writer, 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.
Besides my blog, thirdeyemom, where I write about travel, culture and social good issues (poverty, global health, education, human rights, women and girls’ empowerment, food security and the environment), I also am a member of Impact Travel Alliance Media Network, an alliance of journalists, content creators and social media influencers around the world who are passionate about sustainable tourism. I volunteer with Travel+SocialGood as the Blog Coordinator as well.
My work has taken me to many exciting destinations. In May of 2013 I traveled to India as a member of Mom Bloggers for Social Good where I reported on water, sanitation, newborn health and education. In July 2014, I traveled to Ethiopia to report on newborn and maternal health as a fellow with the International Reporting Project. I was a Social Good Fellow for the UN Foundation Social Good Summit and chosen to attend ONE Women and Girls first AYA Summit in Washington DC in 2015. In July 2015, I climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with Solar Sister, a non-profit organization that brings solar electrify to Sub-Saharan Africa. I also have been on two separate press trips to Haiti in 2015 and 2017, and reviewed an all-women’s learn to surf camp in Nicaragua in 2016. Finally, I worked on the 2018 Follow the Liters Campaign with LifeStraw where we delivered safe water to the one millionth child.
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.
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.
Follow the Liters Campaign in Kenya with LifeStraw
In February 2018, I was selected to cover the Follow the Liters Campaign in Kenya with LifeStraw. By the end of the campaign, we reached the one millionth child to received safe drinking water in school.
Haiti Sustainable Tourism trip
In May 2017, I covered a culture and adventure tourism trip to Haiti with Natalie Tancrede of Explore with Nat.
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.
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.
In 2016, I spent a week in Nicaragua at Chicabrava to experience and review their women’s surf camp.
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.
Volunteering in Xela, Guatemala – April 2012
Volunteering in Rabat, Morocco – April 2011
I spent a week volunteering with Cross-Cultural Solutions at a women’s language school.
Volunteering in Cartago, Costa Rica – April 2010
I spent a week volunteering with Cross-Cultural Solutions at a nursing home.
I have also worked with the following Non-Profit Groups to fundraise and help people in the countries I’ve visited: