So I did this thing this past year. And I wrote about it on the blog and my close friends knew about it, but I realized that just not that many people read this blog. Therefore, a lot of people didn't realize I was doing it.
This thing is that I didn't buy any new clothing all year. I went shopping for the first time yesterday and posted about it on Instagram. And I guess that is where people read what I write.
My friend Kendyl and I had been talking for months about where our next adventure would be. I went with her to Myanmar two summers ago, to photograph for her nonprofit, NomoGaia. She does human rights assessments all over the world, helping companies and organizations understand human rights and uphold better practices.
When I first moved to Denver five years ago, I started an internship at Wish of a Lifetime. It is a nonprofit dedicated to celebrating the oldest generation by granting wishes to seniors. Within a few weeks of starting there, the internship turned into a job and I work there for almost two years.
Last year, my church commissioned me to help out with a fun project. They were in the early stages of launching a new nonprofit, one that would consolidate the church's various ministries under one umbrella. I got to interview some very cool people and help create some small marketing pieces to help us define what this new nonprofit is all about. (My friend Rachel is the brains and talent behind the design.)
At the beginning of October, I got to photograph Denver Rescue Mission's annual Fall Festival. I went up to Harvest Farm for the day and got to see all the amazing things they offer!
All the kids LOVED it...there was a petting zoo, an obstacle course, the corn maze, a hay ride tour of the Farm, pig races, a barrel train ride, a pumpkin patch, food trucks...and don't even get me started on the kettle corn.
Kendyl and I have been having lengthy conversations about her organization, NomoGaia, since I moved to Colorado in 2011. For a long time, I just understood it as her traveling the world and advocating for human rights. She would tell me about specific, politically charged projects and I would stop her every couple sentences to have her define a word or explain an event. She always spoke so passionately, but I was always overwhelmed by her knowledge.
Two years ago today, I was returning from one of the most incredible trips of my life...
My last job title was "Wish Coordinator" with Wish of a Lifetime, an organization dedicated honoring seniors. They want to foster respect and appreciation for our nation's oldest generation and they do this by granting Wishes.