The other blog

In case you wondered?

I do keep a professional blog.   I have been  blessed to have had the opportunity to do my medical/nursing work around the world.  Most of my international work has been on short medical missions.   In 2008, I traveled solo for the first time as part of dissertation research.  (I’m thankfully past the phase where that is all i have to talk about.).

Anyway, I started keep a blog that year, because well – not too many people were going to Malawi that I knew of, and I wanted to connect with anyone who could possible help, and I wanted to let the family know I was okay.  It actually worked, I made some badly needed connections for that trip, prior to departure, and I accomplished my work, and published the dissertation in 2009.   The blog continues with stories from my travels from that time on.

The blog is called Traveling Nurse  and it is written more for the professional audience.

I am leaving for Belize again, in a few weeks.  Now-a-days, I get to take students with me.  We have partnered with organizations in Belize, and will encouraging growth in our students via this international service-learning experience.  They are already working hard, and preparing to serve.

In terms of finding beauty, I can tell you that serving others, is another one of the secrets.   Perhaps, that will be a blog post another day.

Psalm 23 (NIV)

The Lord is my shepherd. He gives me everything I need.

    He lets me lie down in fields of green grass.
He leads me beside quiet waters.
    He gives me new strength.
He guides me in the right paths
for the honor of his name.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid.
You are with me.
Your shepherd’s rod and staff
comfort me.

You prepare a feast for me
right in front of my enemies.
You pour oil on my head.
My cup runs over.
I am sure that your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life.
And I will live in the house of the Lord



Laughing at everyday problems is one of the ways we relieve stress.  Learning to laugh our own clumsiness keeps us humble and usually makes us more empathetic with those around us.  When we’re more empathetic, we tend to see the good side of others, as well as, shall we say, the human weakness’.

I happened to learn early in life (yes piano lessons teach you a great deal), that if you make a mistake you keep going.  I’ve never read a grocery shopping list quite like this before.



Give thanks to the Lord. Worship him. Tell the nations what he has done.
1 Chronicles 16:7-9

One of the easiest ways to find beauty is to be thankful.

Yes; I think being thankful, and grateful is the key to unlocking beauty.  What is there in your life that you have to be thankful for today?  Is it a good friend, a sunny day, a great dinner, or good desert?  Maybe it’s quiet time, or time to actually get your work done without interruptions, or that you lost 10lbs instead of gaining.

Perhaps, however, it’s been a difficult day, and thankfulness isn’t coming easily.

I have days like that.   Days where I’m too tired to think, too tired to care, or those attacking my hopes and dreams seem like they are greater in number than those who support them.  I’ve learned, those are the days where it is even more important to take time to be thankful…..  thankful for family, friends, and that I do have the things I need to meet my needs.  Even when the car breaks down, I can get a ride, or when the heater breaks I have a fireplace.

I think taking time to be thankful changes my heart and my mind, and that in turn seems to affect my body.  I relax a little more, solutions start coming to mind, and my stress level goes down.   I stop thinking of how to respond to the situations in negative ways, start thinking in positive ways.  I physically notice a difference in how I feel.   It’s probably as good for my body as it is for my spirit and my heart.

So today, I am thankful for my health, and my home, and my family and friends, and an opportunity to share beauty with you.

What do you have to be thankful for today?

I hope there are many things.



It occurred to me this week, that perhaps, if I share my journey of creativity, marketing, and trying to make ends meet it may inspire others who are trying to do the same.

I’m a single gal, and I’ve worked hard – very hard in nursing for over 20 years.  I earned a masters degree and a doctoral degree.  I take care of children (professionally) and whomever crosses my path and asks in the rest of life.

In the past few years my physical challenges, have created marked impressions on how I view my the remainder of my time in my professional field.   I also teach, but for reasons far beyond my control, educators aren’t afforded the same compensation as other high-level professionals.  (If a doctoral degree doesn’t qualify as high-level professional I don’t know what does).

Anyway,  the big picture tells me my days in this field may be limited, and I need another income stream.  So what to do?  Well – I’ve taken my passions and tried to turn them into an income stream.  I love photography, I love to create, I love to bake (although that requires time on my feet which must be limited at the moment), I love helping those less fortunate… (which is expensive – at least for now – because I sponsor my own travels and endeavors).

So I’ve taken some of the best photo’s I’ve have, some of the amazing scenery I’ve seen, and some of the fun I’ve had along the way and tried to translate that to things that may be interesting or meaningful to others.

If you’re interested please follow along.
If you have ideas on how to successfully generate an income from home or my PC – please let me know.   I’m following the guides, marking sign-posts – but currently no sales.  Do I need new ideas? Better skills…….. probably all of the above.   So be kind in criticism…. helpful suggestions are welcome.


Another traveler.


Cupcakes in Cape Town provide inspiration ;0)