I know I’ve been pretty silent on the blog lately, and there are a lot of reasons for that – a full schedule, lots of travel, making big decisions that I couldn’t yet share, and wanting to savor this last chunk of time in Oregon before I head off on my next adventure! But now I’m finally ready to bring you all up to speed!
First, let’s look backwards!
October was a ridiculous month of travel! I did a 48 hour whirlwind trip to Texas for one of my all-time favorite weddings! The best part was that it served as a reunion for seven of my Nepal teammates!
A week later I went to Florida for an orientation with a nonprofit (with whom I will be heading overseas in February!) It was a wonderful and challenging week where I met a lot of inspiring, like-minded people! Between the two trips, I spent twenty hours on an airplane! Fortunately, I always had a window seat, and enjoyed many spectacular views of this diverse nation I call home.
November has been a month of intense discernment in the midst of crazy hours at work. Thanksgiving at a grocery store is no joke, and much as I love the holiday and enjoyed spending it with two dear friends, a part of me is grateful to have it behind me.
Now for the announcement you’ve all been waiting for since I told you I was heading back overseas! After much prayer and discussion with my community, I have decided to return to Nepal! And yes, I do know that Nepal is not in the Middle East! As I’ve said before on this blog, I am difficult to surprise, but God gets me every time! Here’s an abbreviated version of how this all came to be:
While I was in Florida various people asked me why I wanted to go to the Middle East if I felt a long-term calling to Nepal. Their questions weren’t accusatory, just curious, and I kept running up against the fact that while I had some sort of response to that question, I wasn’t sure if I was satisfied with my answer. During this time I also came to realize that I wasn’t sure if going to the Middle East at this stage of life is something I’m ready for. I think I could survive, but I’m not sure I would thrive. So I came home from the week in Florida thinking I was going to end up in Europe working with Middle Eastern immigrants.
Shortly after returning from Florida I received an email about an opportunity to return to Nepal in partnership with the organization I’ve committed to going overseas with and with an organization I worked with the last time I was in Nepal. The timing and wording of the email was such that I knew I couldn’t ignore it. The very next day I received an email from the woman I will be working with in Nepal saying she would like to Skype with me. This launched me into a few weeks of intense discernment, throughout which God slowly and faithfully revealed to me more and more and more reasons why heading back to Nepal is both what God has for me, and what I desire for this upcoming season.
I feel incredibly at peace about heading back to Nepal. My heart is and always has been there, and a part of me can’t even believe I get to go back so soon! I also feel peace about God leading me towards the Middle East for the past few months even though I’m not ultimately going there because that process led me to the organization I’ll be heading to Nepal with, and I’m 100% confident that for this trip I’m meant to head overseas with them. If I knew I was going to be heading back to Nepal, I would’ve gone with organizations I already knew, and wouldn’t have found this incredible opportunity that feels so well-tailored to me! Last time I was in Nepal God really stirred my heart to come back and do trafficking prevention work out in a village, and that’s exactly what I’ll get to do! The best way to describe my heart for the work I’ll be doing is this spoken word piece I wrote two years ago: Three Little Girls.
In that vein, I will also be participating in Dressember again this year! For a summary of what Dressember is, here’s a link to their page: Why A Dress? And for a post on why I do Dressember, you can check out this one from the first year I participated: Dressember 2015. I love that by wearing a dress every day of December, I will have an opportunity to embrace my femininity and reclaim the dignity and power of being a woman in a world that says otherwise! If any of you would like to join me, I’m always looking for friends to come alongside me in the challenge of doing anything and everything in a dress!
I have three more housekeeping bits to tell you before I’m done with this update. (The title “A Little Life Update” may have been slightly misleading…)
One: In three short weeks I will be moving back to Washington to live with my family for the six-ish weeks before I go to Nepal. To my Washington friends – I’m excited to be back in the same place as you for a while, and am looking forward to getting together! To my Oregon friends – if you want to see me before I leave it will need to be soon, but I’m almost positive that I’m not leaving Oregon forever!
Two: Now that I have figured out some details surrounding my upcoming trip I have launched back into fundraising! If any of you are interested in partnering with me financially to enable me to go back to Nepal, please let me know! Due to security concerns, I can’t post a link to my fundraising page, but I can send it to you individually.
Three: Sadly, due to security concerns, I will not be blogging while in Nepal. I will also be making this blog private for the duration of my trip. With that being said, I have no intention of discontinuing this blog permanently, so come May I’ll be writing a bare minimum of once a month, just as I’ve done these past four and a half years. I will also be sending out regular email updates from Nepal (that will be similar to my blog posts) so if you’re interested in receiving those, please send me your email address!
Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your support of my journey to this place!