"Isn't it odd how much fatter a book gets when you've read it several times?" Mo had said. "As if something were left between the pages every time you read it. Feelings, thoughts, sounds, smells... and then, when you look at the book again many years later, you find yourself there, too, a slightly younger self, slightly different, as if the book had preserved you like a pressed flower... both strange and familiar." - Cornelia Funke, Inkspell
How true. I wrote the book in the pic above in 2015. It took me a year, traveling from India to Germany, Myanmar and Singapore to get interviews done. In the meantime, several of the survivors of child sexual abuse whom I had interviewed for the book had made great strides in their healing journeys. One broke up with her long-term partner and embarked on a new career, her first love, as a singer. Another's applying to art school and making a name for herself as a tattoo artist. Yet another got divorced and is doing freelance work all over her country. Shout out to the @bledstrategicforum for hosting this book reading, my 8th after the next one scheduled for 22 August in Hamburg hosted by Die ZEIT Foundation. Do DM me if you are planning to be in Hamburg or Bled. #projectbeauty#everychildmatters ❤️ #children#love#lovemywork#books#bookstagram#DoGood#socialgood#toptags#child#childsexualabuse#library
"I drive a beat-up Mercury Cougar, with the windows down and the music up. I seek my identity in toughness - but it is Morrie's softness that draws me, and because he doesn't look at me as a kid trying to be something more than I am, I relax." - Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
This is one of my favourite books. I had given it to my gf Grace as she was coping with brain cancer. But she was a tough Irish lass: "Call a spade a spade, Lin. I hate it when people whitewash things. I'm not going to get better." She was one of the toughest people I knew. She died of brain cancer at the age of 34 in 2011. I always think of her whenever I come across this book as it's about a young man meeting his mentor every Tuesday as the latter was dying. Here in Colorado, surrounded by people who are professional athletes and Olympians, I have to constantly remind myself not to compare, that I have come far, from a childhood when my parents frowned upon my participation in sports, especially swimming. And also because of my childhood, I used to have an armour, and not let people in, preferring to be quiet, to toughen things out. But I am grateful that that's not quite the case anymore, that I especially don't have to be guarded around those I care about. And am really contented where I am right now. How do you define being "tough"? Do you have someone whom you admire with this quality? Photo credit: @sarahmcnairlandry #projectbeauty#adventure#action#sports#actionsports#actionshots#adrenalinejunkie#adrenalinemoment#adrenaline#adrenalinelife#sports#sportlife#climbing#bouldering#girlswhoclimb#climblikeagirl#explorer_girl#skiing#ForceofNature#Canada#Arctic#antarctica#StokeYourAdventure#manic4life#toptags#adventure#love#BeAlwaysGrateful#grateful
"When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.
When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.
When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.
When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway... At all times, dare to be!" - Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Amen! This. My activist friends and I in Nairobi, Kenya, all of us striving to tackle the scourge of human trafficking including child sex trafficking. Join us as we launch a week-long campaign next week from Monday, 30 July as we commemorate World Day against Trafficking in Persons. Shout out to my IG fam @cheryl8angela, @elsamarie_ds, @leatortilla123 and @kevinrundblad for joining me in this endeavor! Please follow me on Twitter @eirliani as I'll be taking over the German technical cooperation agency GIZ's Global Leadership Academy handle @GLAC2018. Let's do this and increase awareness on the issue of trafficking and how it's affecting our respective countries, including here in the US. #projectbeauty#travel#traveling#children#childtrafficking#everychildmatters ❤️ #childhood#toptags#DoGood#socialgood#UnveilHumanTrafficking#photography#photo @top.tags #portraitphotography#portrait