cru-sad-er: n: 1. a person who campaigns vigorously for political, social, or religious change or movement. synonyms: campaigner, fighter, champion, advocate. The week of Oct 5-11 was recognized as Mental Health Awareness week. It was also the week I was moved by an act of courage.. And when and where courage presents itself, inspiration and empowerment … More Encourage Courage. Encourage Crusaders.
Writing has always come easy to me. Sharing my writing was a little harder. Performing my writing, with a life long inhibitor of stage fright, harder still. And to actually post a video, for more than just my immediate family and friends to see has taken every ounce of my strength to jump over the … More “Everybody thinks of changing the world, no one thinks of changing himself” – Tolstoy
Before I continue writing about my time at the Franciscan Outreach shelter and of those struggling with homelessness, I think I should be honest and say that I haven’t always seen the homeless with such empathetic eyes. I’ve walked passed. I’ve rolled my windows up on the exit ramp. I’ve lied about not having any … More Hours 4-8: Breakfast at Sally’s; Dinner at Fran’s
I feel it’s time I finally address the elephant in the room… I’ve changed. For those who have known me for longer than a year, I don’t doubt that you may have noticed that I’m not quite the same person as I was this time last year… I’ve since lost my passion for the career … More I’ve changed. And it’s because of a boy.
So often in the past years had I said that I wanted to volunteer for the homeless, but had never actually taken the steps to walk that talk.. Really, it was the fear that always stopped me. The fear of the unfamiliar. The fear of the uncomfortable. The fear of seeing face to face the … More Hours 1-4; Franciscan Outreach Homeless Shelter
It’s a strange but not unfamiliar feeling. It’s the nervous excitement that had come over me when I was 15 years old; weeks, days, moments building up before my semester abroad to Australia. It’s the anxious butterflies that flew as I boarded the plane to South Africa last year for my first international volunteer trip. … More Day 1, Hours 0