Perfection or Excellence?

Posted by on Oct 6, 2011 in Lifestyle | 4 Comments

I’ve been a perfectionist for most of my life, even as a child. Every poster had to be perfectly centered, the house had to be immaculate, clothes folded perfectly and the list goes on. There are elements of that dynamic that I appreciate and am proud of. And there are elements that I have realized […]

THE INDUSTRY OF AID: Inspire Me

Posted by on Sep 6, 2011 in Philanthropy, ReBranding Africa | One Comment

I just read an excerpt from a book called “The Last Lecture”. Mr. Pausch said, “When you use money to fight poverty, it can be of great value, but too often, you’re working at the margins. When you’re putting people on the moon, you’re inspiring all of us to achieve the maximum of human potential, […]

We Chose This Life

Posted by on Sep 1, 2011 in Lifestyle | 8 Comments

From the first time I saw We Are the World on MTV in 1985, I was hooked on Africa. I was 6 at the time. I dreamed of coming to Africa to “help”. I had no idea of the journey that would unfold as I followed that dream. As the years passed, my attention was […]

Nutella Money

Posted by on Jul 19, 2011 in Lifestyle | 3 Comments

It’s those little things in life that sometimes do wonders to give us perspective. All of our housemates where in the kitchen the other night talking about the fact that we just got a nice (and much needed) tax return. I jokingly said, “Yeah, I actually almost splurged and bought some Nutella! But I didn’t.” […]

Sweet Discipline

Posted by on Jun 21, 2011 in Lifestyle | No Comments

I believe that most anything worth having or achieving typically comes as a result of discipline. I work out daily because I want my body to perform optimally. Optimal performance helps me achieve the things I believe are most important. When I was learning Kinyarwanda, I disciplined myself to speak it when it was much […]

Let Him Find You Working

Posted by on Jun 20, 2011 in Lifestyle | No Comments

In Pastor Terry’s inspirational book TEN, he discusses the importance of audacity and how God created us to “Be an Actor”. As a lifelong philanthropist living in East Africa, I can certainly attest to the validity of this dynamic. God did not put us on this earth simply to bide our time until we go […]

The Worldview Space

Posted by on Jun 8, 2011 in Lifestyle | One Comment

After five years of living in East Africa, I understand more than ever, the power of a balanced perspective. When I operate from this perspective, I incorporate much more of humanity into my decisions, as opposed to just my particular needs or desires. Our perspective directly affects our attitude, and more specifically, our default settings. […]

Advancing In Another Direction

Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Philanthropy | One Comment

There are thousands of missions programs, aid agencies and good willed philanthropists in the world today. Altruism has been with us since the beginning of time, and I’m grateful for that. Unfortunately, a lot of the methodology used today also seems to be from the beginning of time. Civilizations change drastically over time. Our methods […]

Extraordinary Reactions

Posted by on May 10, 2011 in Lifestyle | 2 Comments

One of my favorite lines from Braveheart is “Every man dies, but not every man truly lives.” Much of society allows circumstances dictate who they are and what they do. They limit their options because they believe a lie that what they want isn’t within their grasp. Extraordinary lives don’t allow circumstances and environment to […]

Inspired in Mombasa

Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Lifestyle | One Comment

In 2010 we lived in the US, after four years in Rwanda. It was difficult to be away from our Rwanda crew and to adapt to living in the US. We were clearly designed for East Africa life. We traveled a ton, spending the majority of our time in LA, San Diego, Nashville and New […]