Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordy Wednesday - Something Greater.

I'm sorry I haven't been around a lot lately! School is back in full swing and when I'm not working, I'm reading textbooks and writing papers for class. I have been pondering something lately and feel passionate enough to share it with you.

First of all, I love my life. I love my job, I love being busy with school, I love everything. With that being said, I feel like there is a greater purpose for my life. I don't feel like I was put on this planet to just work, go to school, and in general, be a good person. I want to help create change. I can feel it in my heart, in fact, when I think about it I'm somewhat overwhelmed with emotion. I just can't quite figure out where exactly I'm supposed to be taking these feelings.

My trip to Thailand in 2009 (Did you miss it? See my Thailand blog here.) was originally supposed to be a volunteer trip. Somewhere amidst the planning, I decided I just needed Ashley time and I was going to spend that month living for me. Honestly, it was absolutely amazing and I wouldn't change that trip for the world. I met some amazing people who remain in my life today - most importantly Stacey (hello my most precious British friend!) who was my roommate for the month and somehow put up with me. My heart still calls to Thailand. If you've been there, you might understand my pull to go back. But this time, it needs to be for different reasons. This is something I feel I need to do within the next year while I'm free to roam (you know - no mortgage, kids, or serious life commitments aside from Dan.) I will be planning within the next few months so stay tuned for more details!

Have you ever volunteered overseas? If so, where? If not, what would be your choice of country to volunteer in and what would you do?


Sarah N. said...

So exciting!! I can't wait to hear more about it! =)

Jenny said...

Yay :)

I have not volunteered, but I have a good friend who did. She went to the US Virgin Islands for a year and worked in an orphanage, they called them "cottage parents". She has a lot of fun stories. She actually loved it so much, she got a job as a social worker and stayed an additional year.

Jessica Lynn said...

I've missed you! Two of my best friends volunteered teaching English in Italy and they still say it was one of the best experiences they've ever EVER had. I can get more info on the program for you if you'd like.

ashley said...

Jenny, that is very cool about your friend! I love that she loved it so much she stayed!

Jess, I miss you too! :) I would love to hear more about the program your friends used! I'm thinking I've already made my mind up of where I plan on volunteering but I could use it for future!

Claudia said...

This is amazing, Ashley! What a great thing to do. Can't wait to read more about it. :)

I've never volunteered and I don't think I'd go overseas to do it. I know I'd have something to do with kids, though, whatever it is. :)

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