This is what I said with the biggest smile on my face in my video addressing all who contributed, just before catching my flight to Cameroon after 2 years. It always amazes me to see what can be done when we all come together with pure hearts for something good. In just 3 weeks, we raised over $1600, reaching our goal to complete the Light in Sight project with the Kentaja orphanage in Bandjuidjong, a small village in the West province. People tell me that they are inspired, but I am inpsired the most from this! It never fails that whenever I put myself out there for others, it comes back to reward me much more than I ever thought it would. The words that Ernest spoke to me as a Peace Corps volunteer are very alive:

“Think of others; God will think of you.”

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We are currently carrying out the Solar Power project, to be funded and coordinated by Peace Tree Africa in collaboration with Kentaja Orphanage. We intend to complete this project in July 2011.Currently, there is no electricity available for use in the small, poverty-struck village of Bandzuidjong, located in the West province of Cameroon, West Africa. This project will allow for the orphans of Kentaja to spend more of their day studying!!

My sincerest THANKS to all of you who have volunteered your time and provided support to Peace Tree Africa Nonprofit and the Kentaja Orphanage Solar Power project this weekend. There is only one way to eat an elephant- one piece at a time (Desmond Tutu), and a few pieces are out of the way! There is absolutely no way I could do this without you; thank you, thank you, thank you.

“There is a word for taking more than we need- Cancer.”

Looking at the list I made for myself, I’m happy to say that I passed the certification courses and exam; I am now officially certified to teach French in Texas! I’m also making my dreams come true, and little by little, seeing Peace Tree Africa take new steps, and became a Business owner in the process! Oh, how we learn as we go…after talking to various business advisers and seeking out all the info that I could, my application was turned in and my fees were submitted to the IRS; I received a call not long after that informed me that Nonprofits are not allowed to have a large source of revenue that comes from the selling of merchandise- et voila, Peace Tree Africa Partnership was born!!

“Small multiple moves are favored over big leaps, they mount up and you go just as far.”

Dear 2010,

How quickly and slowly at once this year has gone by! I’m excited to say goodbye to you, and hello to love in my life in 2011. Goodbye to culture shock, Casey, any tolerance for bad communication skills, goodbye to full time at ATX! Hello to love, love, love! The only law this worls needs, what Jesus actually said was the single most important law to follow. It makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? If everyone did everything with love in their heart, this world would be perfect. I’m nowhere near perfect, but Dear God I will continue the fight to make this place just a little better.

I learned a lot from you, 2010.. I’ve learned that no matter what ideas we have, they are modified to the rules and regulations of this world if you want them to be successful. No matter what expectation I have, or what ideas I wish to bring to life, it must always be modified accordingly. Things this year seemed to take longer, and I’m still learning to accept that, and not stress when it doesn’t go just as it happened in my dreams. Age is just a number, I’ve realized..I spent so much of my time “getting ahead”, only to feel like I sunk into a hole of some sort, but it is what it is- my past, and I move along, look ahead. I’m lucky enough to know what I want, and to continuously have the drive to go for it. It wasn’t a waste, because I learned a lot: that I’m very forgiving, I go crazy if I stay still for too long, that the way one uses words is important, but much more so are our actions, and finally, I’ve learned that one cannot rationalize how they feel. 2010, you brought me Amie, and I am so thankful for this precious dog! She is sweet and considerate by her very own nature. You taught me that this crazy world still produces some beautiful, loving souls. I am not alone. And then you have surprised me, much sooner than I thought life would, with people that inspire me again.