This is a post I want to write well. I put off writing it for this very reason but, I’ve come to realise I just can’t do it. I can’t get it down right so I going to get it down the best way I can. I hope you can read between the lines and see my heart.
Are you ready? Here it goes from left to right:
Jumped on the nice hotel bed.
Readied myself for the conference; wore a Kellie Christie necklace.
Met Darren Rowse from Pro Blogger who talked about blogging for social good. Inspiring stuff.
Fun at dinner in my LBD purchased from Forever New.
Caught the tram with Bernie into the city.
Asked my Instagram followers which shirt to buy: red or blue. Red won the most votes but I bought the blue in the end because I have a lot of red already in my wardrobe.
Bernie won a $100 voucher for The Baths Cafe and we had a fabulous dinner. Food was amazing!
Last day in Melbourne. Can you see how much I love this city in my face? Wore another Kellie Christie necklace.
Found a pair of Dorothy-Red shoes for $10 from 7 Angles. There’s no place like home.
Visited the National Gallery of Victoria.
Admired St Pauls Cathedrial.
Drank Nespresso coffee…
Said goodbye to Melbourne. Bye Melbourne; had a blast. x
Something I haven’t shared about my time in Melbourne happened before the whirlwind above. While I was there, I visited with the team at World Vision with a group of Blog Ambassadors. The day was spent, first learning about World Vision, and then brainstorming about how we can use social media, and our respective blogs for social good which is an exciting prospect!
World Vision Blog Ambassadors
Annabel from GetInTheHotSpot.com
Eden from Edenriley.com
Emma from ScoopNutrition.com
Kate from Picklebums.com
Kelly from BeAFunMum.com
Lisa from NewLifeOnTheRoad.
Louisa from Louiseclaire.com
Maddie from Lilmagoolie.com
Jasmin from WonderWebby.com
Serena from Retireyoung.com.au
John from SoberPaddy.com
Right Place, Right Time
The path I’m on with my blog, and World Vision’s path crossed recently. It was a chance meeting, so to speak; more of a right place, right time thing. I’m excited about it!
You see, I’ve been thinking more about my blog of late, and how I can use it to make a difference outside of the comfortable life I live here in Australia. As I look over the pictures above, I feel very blessed to be able to enjoy such things in life. I don’t feel guilt, but I do feel a sense of responsibility, and want to share what I have with others; to give. Because I can. Because I must. Because I want to.
What does it mean?
This is very much a personal journey, and not much will change here on the blog. Rather, I want to look for ways to incorporate a sense of looking beyond as I want to gift my children a broader view of the world and the people in it. This is another opportunity to live out my faith and connect with people. I aim to acknowledge need, tell stories, speak truth, gain perspective, share resources, be compassionate, make a difference, live with understanding, learn from others and give love. I’m only one mum sitting here at a computer, but I have a voice.
Eden In Niger
Eden is only one mum too, and she is just home from covering the food crisis in Niger, Africa. My heart aches.
Why World Vision?
Honesty. Voice. Heart. Commitment.
I heard from many different people while I was at World Vision, and four things struck me.
1. Honesty. World Vision has been around since 1950 and there was frank honesty about the things they did well, what they have learned and how they could do things better.
2. Voice. Every person who spoke to me that day was different and had varying roles. However, over the course of the day, all the voices mixed together to create just one voice. It wasn’t a voice of rigid control but rather the undertone real heart. This caught me by surprise as it was a very beautiful, and unexpected thing.
3. Heart. There were stories, there were tears, and I saw the heart of people working to make a difference.
4. Commitment. There is an emphasis in equipping communities so they are able to help themselves in an effort to ensure a long term benefits. Projects are catered for specific communities with respect and empowerment.
World Vision that day, became a person to me. Real. Not so much an organisation but a person with a heart for the needy, singing with a strong unified voice yet with the vulnerability needed for growth.
I had a blast in Melbourne. It was fun. It was also good for my heart.
I would love to hear your honest thoughts about aid, World Vision, admin costs, supporting a child, and how to make a difference. You can be absolutely honest with me.
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