Sunday, March 1, 2015

Making a Donation that Counts!

Thank you to all those readers who purchased a copy of Watermelon is Life.  



For every purchased copy of the book, 25% of the net profits are donated to the Unlock Foundation, which is a non-profit organization that seeks to address critical educational gaps in rural African schools.  The Unlock Foundation works with teachers, students, and community members on small, sustainable projects that ensure students receive the best primary education possible.

Recently, I calculated the total net profit from sales of Watermelon is Life in the year 2014.  The donation amount came to $90.93.  Last week, I was proud to write the Unlock Foundation a check for $100.  After emailing with Scott Karrel, the organization's founder and director, the money will go towards a leadership training program in Divundu, Namibia.

Throughout the year, I've received several emails from people who enjoyed reading about my volunteer experience.  I'm happy that I've been able to reach people though my writing, and I'm grateful that I've been able to use the book to continue supporting education in rural Namibia.  Thanks to everyone who has read the book, written a review, provided me with feedback, and offered their support.  I hope book sales and the donation amount continue to grow each and every year.


 

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!



I would like to wish everyone a FRUITFUL and INSPIRING


NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS


  • Keep writing/editing the 3rd book in the Do U English series (teaching at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic)
  • Travel around the West Coast (Yosemite, Crater Lake, Grand Canyon)
  • Start doing yoga to repair my back! :(
  • Finish my Master's in TESOL at USF
  • Find way to go hot tubing more often
  • Stay in touch better with friends and family
  • Walk over 250 miles
  • Learn to speak more Romanian
  • Eat healthier (start by trying to like tomatoes)
  • Don't let work consume me
  • Get a new phone (this is well overdue)
  • Spend more time playing the guitar
  • Read...something