Category: motivational

Orchestrating Life

I believe in orchestrating life. I don't wait for things to happen; I try to make them happen. Sometimes I'm all over the place, spreading seeds in many locations hoping they will germinate, and show me the "right" direction for me. Do you do that? It doesn't matter whether I'm in Africa, Belize or in the U.S., I  take charge, plan ahead, hoping that all will fall into place, and the strange thing about this is that I put in the same amount of passion,no matter where I live in the world. For example, after I flew from Lesotho to Europe, and then the U.S. to visit family and friends Read more [...]

I’m Going Crazy Getting Ready For the Peace Corps

I'm Going Crazy Getting Ready For the Peace Corps as I only have three weeks left before I board a plane to Philadelphia for "staging." Staging is the word the Peace Corps uses for "meeting and training" prior to boarding our flight to our host country. I'm getting nervous, not because of leaving the U.S. for 27-months, but more to do with packing the "right stuff." I'm worried about whether I have the right solar panels, the sleeping bag for snow and frost, the right clothes for teaching (not too Amish, yet still keeping my own style,) the right waterproof hiking shoes, which I still Read more [...]
Category: motivational, People, volunteering  |  

Getting Rid of My “Stuff” For the Peace Corps

I never thought it would be this difficult to decide what to keep, what to donate, and what to throw away, before I leave for the Peace Corps. I only have one month before I leave for Lesotho, in southern Africa, and I've debated whether or not to rent a storage unit. The cheapest storage unit I found was a 5'x5' unit for $1, 950 for 28 months. Do I want to pay that much to store my clothes, shoes, and some files? My mother's silverware is going to my cousin's house tomorrow, but since my cousin doesn't have room for my files and my clothes, I decided to box everything, and store it Read more [...]
Category: motivational, People, volunteering  |  

Differences Between Teaching a Thai and a U.S. Kindergarten

What a difference between my volunteer teaching in Thailand, and what I'm observing and learning in a U.S. Kindergarten. I'm sure I shall be in for another surprise in Lesotho, southern Africa, where I am co-teaching in January 2016. Sometimes I wonder how I can use the skills I learned from teaching elementary school in Koh Samui, Thailand, with those in Orange County, California,  while I serve in the Peace Corps during my two years in a school in Lesotho. Each country is so different, especially the cultural differences, the expectations, and the rules and discipline procedures. In Read more [...]

I Leave for Africa with the Peace Corps on October 4th

It's all confirmed; I leave for Africa with the Peace Corps on October 4th. I called to make sure all my paperwork was in order, as I hadn't received a confirmation in writing, and I have to sell my car and pay for a storage unit. My recent Bamboo Project volunteering, was the best thing I did to prepare for the next stage of my life: Teaching primary education in Lesotho, Southern Africa, on October 6th, for  a 27-month period. Thailand taught me the importance of accepting that things are done differently, to be flexible, and to understand the local "Thai" way of teaching and doing Read more [...]

I Got My Medical Clearance From the Peace Corps

  I GOT MY MEDICAL CLEARANCE FROM THE PEACE CORPS After numerous shots, blood tests, x-rays and doctor visits, I finally got my medical clearance from the Peace Corps. It's only been a year since I first applied to serve, but somehow, it feels like forever. As some of you may have read,my first application was rejected, and then on January 14th, 2015, I rewrote my resume and received my invitation to serve on May 14th. On July 29th, 2015,  I finally received my medical clearance, which means, I’m good to go to Lesotho, on October 5th. This may not seem like a long time to you, Read more [...]

Am I Going to Live on Papa in Lesotho?

I'm getting prepared for my 27 months in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, in southern Africa, and it looks like I'm going to live on Papa in Lesotho. Papa even has its own special wooden utensil for mixing. Papa, seems to be the main starch eaten for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It's bland, so you can add milk for breakfast or vegetables for dinner. "At the heart of the Basotho diet is a corn-based food called papa. Papa is served almost every lunch and dinner. Papa le moroho (cooked greens), papa le nama (meat), papa le lebese (milk), papa le linaoa (beans), papa le beet root, Read more [...]

What’s It Like to Date In Your 50s

I've been dating, so I figured I'd share what it's like to date in your 50s, and don't worry, there's no naughty stuff here. The best way to date in your 50s, and to not get upset or frustrated, is to treat dating as a research project rather than an act of desperation. Why do women never seem to give up on the "Cinderella" dream, even when we're in our 50s? If you're confident, and have "semi-realistic" goals, regarding what you consider to be your ideal mate, you'd better start developing a sense of humor if you want to stay sane in today's online dating world. Dating in your Read more [...]
Category: motivational, People  |  

Serving with the Peace Corps in Lesotho

    For years, I've been telling my friends that I would serve with the Peace Corps when my  children were out of the house. It's something I started talking about ten years ago, and last week, I received the invitation to serve in Lesotho, a small country in Southern Africa. Now that I'm divorced, and my three sons are independent, this is the perfect time for me to work as a primary education teacher in Africa. I applied to serve last year in June, and was turned down in January. I was devastated, especially as I felt completely lost, and could not understand Read more [...]
Category: motivational, Travel & Adventure  |  

Teach English Abroad with the Cert-TESOL

I've been studying like a crazy woman for the past 4 weeks in order to teach English abroad with the Cert-TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) certificate. This is by no means an easy course. It's a level 5, comparable in difficulty to the second year of an undergraduate degree crammed into 4 weeks. Now you'll understand why I felt like a zombie fueled by caffeine and adrenaline. My poor 57-year-old brain, almost died; and what made me realize that age has nothing to do with my ability to study and retain material, was the fact that the twenty-somethings on our course, Read more [...]