Hi, I'm Ana . . . well, I just finished my GoFundMe page, about 6 hours later and countless revisions. It hasn't gone live yet, it's 2:11 a.m., so it seems like waiting until the morning to announcement that I am fundraising to spend two months in Lebanon working at an empowerment and education center for women and children refugees might be a good idea.
Obviously, I'm pretty nervous . . . about a multitude of things, from not being able to raise the funds, to not being able to connect with the children as well as I'd like. The other day I got a fortune cookie that said "You are a sensible person with your feet on the ground." - this has been getting me through the past few days since finding out I would be given the change to volunteer in Lebanon. At some moments I think "Ana, you have a business, and a boyfriend, and you just got settled in Providence . . . why do you think it's a good idea to go to Lebanon right now?"
But then I remember what is going on, I remember that there are millions of people that have fled their homes, given up their livelihoods, lost their family members and friends our of fear for their lives and their children's lives. Thats when I remember the fortune cookie saying, "You are a sensible person with your feet on the ground." - Yes. I remember that the very reason I wanted to have a business of my own was to be able to take risks like these, to live in an alternative way, to help out whenever I can and to be the best person I can figure out how to sustain and grow into over time.
I remember that I have been fortunate enough to grow up in and live in a place where I have an over-abundance of love, joy, and laughter and that it is my duty to take this love and pass it along to those in need.
Thanks for coming along on this adventure with me.
Nice to meet you & welcome,