I have spent so much of my life dwelling on “one day, I will do big things.” Really believing that some of my dreams were impossible until I got to be an “adult,” reached a certain maturity level, graduated college, obtained some said, appropriate amount of life experience before anyone would take me seriously.
However, on a mission trip I took to Belize, I connected with a man named Paul Whisnant, founder of International Servants, who told me that this now huge and successful organization started out with his then 19 year old self, a backpack, a one way plane ticket, and $50. Humbled, inspired, and filled with a passion for people and a wonder for the world around me, I realized that my journey starts now. That there is something wonderful to be learned and gained from being present, slowing down the living to recognize the gifts that surround me, and helping others to do the same.
It is this mentality that drives my passion for bringing people together through food, art, and appreciation for what the earth has to offer. I believe that by bringing culturally diverse, yet like minded people together in community, we can help discover one another’s potential, and celebrate our passions and dreams, cultivating a way to make them realities.
As I prepare for more travel and adventures abroad, I carry with me a quote from an Honors Professor at Texas Christian University regarding living in another country: “enter their world and enlarge your own.” I think we live in the moment by completely opening up to the people and places around us, striving for a community that challenges and inspires, and always looking for opportunities to grow. At least, this is my goal…