Well, its been three weeks since the 'pilgrimage' and readers should have an update as to what has taken place. I did go to Mexico, but I did not participate in the walk with my friends. Instead I spent an entire week writing a grant. I finished writing it, but I did not submit it. I plan to submit it in a second round in August. It has been a very strange odyssey. I returned home to hacked email and stolen luggage (all of it!).
However in the weeks I have been home, I have started to lay the groundwork for Uzazi Village, made partnerships in the community to support the grant, and assembled a board for the new nonprofit. I have started a new teaching job (going very well), started the midwife program at KU (loving it!) and applied for a position on a gubernatorial board, and a position as a state-wide breastfeeding promotion coordinator. I also have a book and article deadlines looming. I have also identified several other smaller local grants to apply for and continue to work on the national conference slated for my city next year. I sit for the lactation consultant exam in July, and the certified nursing educator credential in April. Whew.
I have also never been more satisfied with the direction my life is going. Folks are appearing out of the woodwork seemingly to help with the work. I feel a deep sense of peace and commitment to the work I am doing. All the pieces seem to be coming together. Your continued well wishes and offers of assistance continue to be welcome.