While I love eating and drinking in fabulous cosmopolitan cities for work, weddings and just-because, I have been wanting a different type vacation for some time: Different culture, different pace and to connect with folks in a different walk of life. As some of you know, I have been accepted as a guest instructor for Shear Love International and will be spending six weeks in Thailand in 2017. I am so excited about the opportunity to give back to these women and teach them skills to thrive in a world where women do not have the educational opportunities that we do.
I volunteered in high school (admittedly a long time ago) and LOVED my time in rural Mexico. I loved working with the children in the tiny orphanages and helping build shelters for their living and learning quarters. Though I volunteer in Houston, I have not felt fulfilled the way I did when I was emerged in the culture. I looked for a similar program: a program where I can volunteer for community service in another culture but could also use the skills I have developed. I found Shear Love International, an initiative of Thrive Rescue.
In April and May 2017, I will spend six weeks in Thailand. I have committed to be part of the Education Team with Shear Love International and to give the gift of my time, energy, ideas, and moral and physical support to the women in this community. I will be helping to provide education to women who have been victims of human trafficking and will teach them necessary skills to work in a salon and properly market their business.
They say I’ll change the lives of others for the better. At the very least, I expect to have the opportunity to live somewhat like a local, rather than a tourist, with language and cultural immersion. Sounds cool? Great! If you think it really sounds cool, please contribute to my new adventure!
I have a fun Songkran themed Scavenger Hunt organized across Houston on March 19th but if you cannot attend or wish to donate I have set-up a GoFundMe account. I am also selling shirts, home goods, and prints with my watercolor world map on them. All proceeds are directly benefiting the women in the Shear Love program and will be used to purchase teaching materials. I appreciate all of you and any help you can provide!
With Style and Love,