My South American Adventure Part 3 (Bolivia)

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The pigeons are well fed here in the main plaza of La Paz, Bolivia’s capital city.

It’s Throwback Thursday also know by the hashtag #TBT or, as I’d like to think of it, a socially accepted opportunity for procrastinating bloggers like me to post photos from my most recent journey that took place only some 8 months ago.

Hope you enjoy these pictures from my adventures in Bolivia!

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My Top 10 TED Talks

I watched my first few TED Talks when I was in college. These informative and inspirational speeches were just what I needed to help remotivate the dreamer in me whenever I felt discouraged in my mission to make a difference. While in Peace Corps, TED Talks served as teaser trailers for interesting books I would later choose to read. I couldn’t possibly count the number of TED Talks I’ve watched over the years, though it’s a big number for sure, which made choosing my favorite TED Talks all the more difficult. Yet here they are, in no particular order, 10 of my favorite TED Talks that I found to be the most informative and inspirational. I hope you enjoy them and I hope you will share your favorites with me too.

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My Great American Adventure Begins

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I’ve been blessed to travel the world and no matter where I’ve ended up, I’ve always felt like an unofficial ambassador for my homeland. This was never more true than during my Peace Corps service in Paraguay. And while I have long dreamt of living abroad for more than a couple of years, my time in the Peace Corps inspired me to return to the US and dedicate the passion and energy I have long given to global causes, to making a difference here at home. It seems fitting that I should begin this new adventure during the week of our great American independence when people across our nation come together and demonstrate their patriotism with flags, fireworks, and inspiring camaraderie. The timing is even more symbolic to me given that this is my first 4th of July in the US in 4 years.

So this week I settled into my new place in Western Massachusetts and started working as a full time organizer for the Represent.Us campaign. Represent.Us is a national, nonpartisan campaign to pass anti-corruption laws in cities and states across the country in order to make sure our lawmakers are actually representing “we the people” and not just the biggest donors to their campaigns. Continue reading

Saying Goodbye to B Lab

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A (B)rownie Fruit Pizza I made to celebrate my last day with B Lab

4 months ago I walked into B Lab, the home of the nonprofit that certifies B Corporations, a stranger with resume in hand. I had come to know of the B Corp certification through my involvement with the Fair Trade movement in college but it was through my daily post-Peace Corps job search that I came to learn their HQ happened to be in my new hometown, Wayne, PA.

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My South American Adventure Part 2 (Chile)

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After saying goodbye to Argentina and surviving the adrenaline inducing crisscross of a bus ride over the Andes Mountains, I finally arrived in Chile’s capital city Santiago.

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