A Salute to the TravellinLady
Last November was the first time I ever got my passport stamped. I traveled east across the Atlantic with a small team of Canadian communicators who were passionate story tellers, well connected in the co-op community.
While mud-bogging through northern Uganda in an astro safari van; I lost myself in the lush terrain and in my own idea jungle of beautiful possibilities. While I planned to tell my stories from the field through public speaking engagements and newsletter articles, a few others on the trip were dedicated bloggers.
Jenn was a fellow night owl traveler who didn’t mind sacrificing sleep to share a great story. There was many nights (or mornings really) after a chat on the patio that Jenn would fight with an internet connection to keep her readers engaged. The TravellinLady is an inspiration to me because she really knows how to authentically connect with her audience.
I would like to dedicate my first blog post to Jenn Smith Nelson. I have a feeling over the next few months I will think of you and Deborah and our Nile Specials and Pasta Wines as I learn what it means to be a blogger. Above my admiration for you as an adventurer though, I really want to thank you for helping me see freelance writing as a possibility for empowering me as a young woman.
Thank you to all my friends at the Canadian Co-operative Association, Uganda Co-operative Alliance and from the Telling Our Story, Uganda mission for pointing me in the right direction. I am so blessed to be a part of the SACCO movement in Africa and cannot wait to begin sharing my experiences in Malawi!