Getting Started!

Well, this is my first time blogging and I am finally getting a move-on after two years of encouragement and and  persuasion from none other than  my blog-savvy buddy Drew Meyers.

I am just freshly back from a stint abroad, and doing my best to re-integrate  into the American-way while simultaneously preparing myself for my fall enrollment at UW’s Foster School of Business.  I’ll be getting my MBA.

I suppose a blog should be written in many ways like a paper — assume your audience knows nothing (or little to nothing).  So I’ll use this first blog to talk a little about who I am, and where I am in the whole roller-coaster ride of life.  I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, and am honestly only mildly happy to be back in the area for school.  My biggest fear is the weather — sound petty?  I’m okay with that, because after spending six years in the Bay Area, and then the past two years in the Dominican Republic I have really come to enjoy the sun, its warmth, and all the extra energy it seems to propel into every day life.  One day at a time though, and for now I’ll continue to enjoy the lovely summer weather we’ve been having.

I spent the past two years working for a Christian micro finance  organization that serves the poor in the DR and  Haiti.  It was, without doubt, the most incredible and humbling blessing of my life.  My eyes were opened to so much, and I was brought to a much more confident, peaceful and inspired place in my relationship with God.  My time there reaffirmed my sense of peace and purpose in pursuing a life that will give back to others and make our world a better place.  It’s really hard to be back stateside, but like I said I am just trying to take everything a day at a time.  Slow and sure, I’m trying to keep busy with purpose.

I am back in Seattle now for the first time since I left for college in 2001.  I am looking forward to being in school again.  A new pace of life, a challenging environment and the opportunity to meet a new group of people will be a great step for me right now.  I learned enough with my work in the DR to know that  I still have a lot to learn — my intent is to get a jump start on some of that learning in my MBA program so that I can go back out into the world and help some really outstanding NGO’s reach those who need them with a greater degree of efficacy.

I’ve started doing some of my suggested summer reading, and then also stumbled upon a coffee-table book I am finding fascinating, Thomas Friedman’s  “Hot, Flat, and Crowded.”  Its exciting to read books like this now because I have seen horrible corruption, abject poverty, disease and much more with my own eyes.  I notice I am more more aware of taking the big questions and the pivotal debates scrawled out in these books to heart than I ever have been before.

I have a couple things I came across in my recent readings that I’d like to share here, I’ll continue to investigate and ponder them over the next week or two I am sure.  I hope you all enjoy, and thanks for bearing with me!

“If we want things to stay as they are, things are going to have to change”  (I was astonished at how this fit into so many areas of my life.  Friedman used it do describe how we enjoy life right now, and that if we want to continue enjoying life on our planet as we do today, the world’s current consumption rate and how we protect our resources, has got to change).

(From a Po Bronson book)  Sankskrit describes five layers of self/mind: physical, feeling, perception, intention, and consciousness.  Self is the combination of  the five– so if I break it down, how do all five of those  elements come together to reflect the person I am? Or the person I want to be?

We all  talk about being do-ers, and how our actions speak louder than words…but, every day our silence says things loud and clear.  I have to wonder,  on which issues does our silence speak louder, and clearer than our actions and words combined?

Thanks again! Blog #1 completed ;)

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My name is Kayla. I am from the greater Seattle area, but haven’t spent much time here since I left for college in 2001. I recently moved back after spending six years in the Bay Area, and then another two working for a Christian micro finance plus organization in the Dominican Republic. I’ll be attending the Foster School of Business at UW this fall to get my MBA, and am looking forward to all of the challenges and adventures that come with it.

I consider myself to be extremely blessed — it’s my hope that after graduate school I can go back out into the world and use all the gifts I’ve been given to make this world a better place.

Thanks for stopping by!

7 thoughts on “Getting Started!”

  1. Hi!! I’m so glad you’re blogging…I LOVE what you have written so far, keep it coming. 🙂 I just started as well…I really enjoy it & have started connecting with other bloggers. There’s a lot of challenging, good stuff out there! It’s also nice for family and friends to be able to keep up. I put a link to this on my blog…can’t wait to hear more! Much love…

  2. WOW! It’s been a long time since our high school track days and football games! Great to see how God’s been working in your life =) Welcome to the blogging world, I’m a major fan! Thanks @Drew for recruiting you. Looking forward to more of your posts Kayla. ~ Marci

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