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Ama La Vida or Love Life - is Ecuador's motto for tourism and made perfect sense when flying home from Ecuador on Valentine's Day! A special time to reflect on how much love I'd experienced in those 10 days - phenomenal! When getting to know Jay, my hubby, in 2001 I was ticked off when he waxed lyrical about his first love ... he finally shared her name ... Ecuador! Now I understand why :)
When this curious group of 8 gathered for a trip to Ecuador none of us imagined what would await us in the first 24hrs. On arrival at 1.30am our precious friends and hosts were there to meet us, pack us - bag and baggage - into a waiting van and whisk us off through deserted streets to a simple and safe place to rest ... for just a few hours!
Waking Up & Awakening
After 24 hrs travel that's all we had before waking to soft rain and refreshing showers! Sounds of unusual birds, kids shouting, horns blaring and the rain falling harder and harder on the tin roof...
Let's be honest, it can be scary! Stepping Up is the stuff that happens inside, things we know. Stepping Out is the stuff that's outside, others see it - often whether we choose to demonstrate it or not ;) Can we have one without the other?
The reason I ask is that as January draws to a close and memories of our bold, brave resolutions begin to fade, I want to help you hold on and retrieve them before it's too late! Before they retreat only to rise again in 11 months time ... you don't want that ... not really ... but how?
The self-doubt, time constraints and inner 'meany'...
Yeah! We did it - what an experience! The Chicago Gift Fair is over and I've had a blast! Working together with Christopher Keefe (pictured) and his team at Minga Fair Trade Imports has been an education for me. Learning both from such friendly people and from their many great customers has been a treat!
The amazing range of stores that want to carry more and more fair trade products is very encouraging - RV parks, restaurants, antique malls, emporiums, hobby shops and more! Now onto the next stage.
Next Steps ...
... a church basement ... well, when they did we all certainly had a good laugh, but it was no joke! In fact 15 of these amazing women walked into my life last month ... and I can't wait to see them all again next week!
LOOM - woven together is a group of women refugees who've arrived in the US this last year or so. Thanks to the work of
I spoke with our Motif team in Dhaka. It was a hard conversation. I feel powerless to offer anything from so far away here in the US. They feel powerless to do anything right in the middle of it all.
This article link hi-lights what's happening after the ruling party, Awami League, retained power following Sunday's uncontested elections.
This blog shares the personal results of one small fair trade business, Motif, and our team.
Supplies Running Low
We are in the midst of an order. Issues with the...