2012 has been quite a year, full of adventure and possibility. here’s my recap:
In mid-Feb I departed for a two month trip to Guatemala. I blogged all about it in my “other blog” and if you are so inclined you can read about it here. Here’s the thing, that was quite a trip and one that I needed to experience on my own. What I have learned about myself is that I am the type of person that needs to push the limits of my comfort zone. I need to live these “crazy” ideas to push myself past what is normal to create my own life story. I also learned that there are some things that I need to do on my own, experience on my own, live just for me. Guate was one whirlwind of a trip, and there were so many “lessons” that were packaged in the two months. I returned to LA w/ a wider world view, and more confidence in knowing that I am capable of doing ANYTHING that i set my mind too. Now that is a powerful gift, and a great way to start the year.
I would encourage EVERYONE to take one of these trips, esp young people. No excuse, if you want to go, GO! don’t let anything get in your way. If you want something to happen, make it happen!
The Sweets Truck
This is a tough one to write about because the business is in transition at this point, it has been for much of 2012. What i hope is that 2013 brings new opportunities for the business.
I had quite a few volunteer opps this year, including one in Guatemala for a non-profit. Giving back to my community is part of who I am. 2012, 2013, 2009 … the year does not matter, you will always find me signing up to help! This year I was happy to give my time to Inner City Law Center, Monday Night Mission, Thirteen Threads (Oxjalul B’atz’), Green FestLA, Taking The Reins.
London & The Olympics
I had the chance to experience The London Olympics this year, how cool is that? But it was my first, and probably my last time chasing down one of these destinations. There are folks who LOVE to exp these types of trips again, and again. I am just not one of these people. yes, it was amazing and fun and I would not change it for the world but it was also a lot to take in. London on a typical summer day is not for the faint, but add in an influx of 500,000 people and yeah, it was a lot of people sharing space in a VERY hot London summer.
Part of my trip to the GB was the Olympics, the other part was visiting my mom’s beautiful homeland: Scotland. It’s hard to put Scotland in words, it really is one of the most beautiful, dramatic landscapes in the world. the shades of green, and purple are endless and impossible to capture on film. there are no photos that can capture the color, the movement, the beauty that is Scotland. after the rains waterfalls appear in every direction of the landscape; some small, some large but between the purple, the green and the every changing sky you see the land become alive. it’s amazing. in addition we planned our trip to visit Creiff highland games and that was AWESOME! i was moved to tears at the end of the event w/ the bands coming together to close out the event. it’s the land of my mother and I am proud of that.
Wheel Food Wednesday
I helped to organize another Wheel Food Wednesday for Jones Coffee in Pasadena. It was a really fun summer, although for a month I was away. I know that our theme nights were esp enjoyed by the community. that said, I think for the next year I will hand over the event to Jones Coffee should they want to continue w/ the event. All good things must come to an end.
Lifecycle / AIDSRide
My “crazy” idea became a reality when I bought a bike off craigslist. it became even more real when I signed up for the ride and even more so when my fundraising started … to date $1540. The ride is NEXT year but the adventure began this year … as of 12/31 @ 7:46PST our fundraising total is $2,590.00
What will 2013 bring? The adventure awaits …
Love, Light and Adventure!