December 18, 2009
Jasmine, the gorgeous mind behind Experiment in Poverty, did an interview with me last week.
I decided to sponsor her blog because it's raw, and it's real.
She spills her true guts, and I love that.
This is my favorite picture of her:
Don't forget to visit her blog.
Since you happen to be reading this blog, I thought it only fair to post the interview here, because it explains what I'm doing, where I'm at and what I'm about here.
I went to Haiti to work with orphans for the first time three years ago. When I got home, I remember sitting on a closed toilet seat in my house and bawling my eyes out because I felt like I couldn't make a difference anymore. My life since that night has been a process of learning how wrong I was. That trip was the beginning of my whirlwind - three years, six transfers and five moves later, I've come to believe that you can make a difference from wherever you are, no matter who you are. This blog is 1. my way of blooming wherever I am planted and 2. my way of celebrating normal people making a difference from where they are at.
2. What do you hope to achieve with your blog?
I hope to notice the little things. I hope to think less about myself, and more about the causes other people are promoting. I hope to tell the stories of people who don't tell their own, whether that be the orphans I've met, the friends I have that are devoting years to working with human rights overseas, or the way my grandfather makes me laugh, every single day.
3. Describe your blog in one sentence.
I think I could better describe it with a quote. "This is the urgency: Live and have your blooming in the midst of the whirlwind." - Gwendolyn Brooks
4. Where did your interest in writing begin?
I've loved to write since I was little, but I thought I wanted to be a singer until my dad took me to Washington DC when I was 12. I fell in love with all the quotes etched into Washington's Monuments, and realized that history has been built on writing. I told my dad I wanted to be a writer someday, and I haven't looked back since.
I love seeing how the things that matter to me matter to other people - the cause I'm promoting, the story I tell, the picture I took. My life gets bigger than just my life. It affects people I don't even know. Those people end up caring about the people I do know.
I think that I look at more things in my life as opportunities. Things like hearing about new organizations, reading articles, or laughing at my cousins are all stories to share now.
here is a gorgeous photo of shanley. i love it: