An exciting personal update!
Have I ever told you guys that I don't quite believe in balance? I prefer the word tension. I haven't found a way to have equal time for work, family, and passion projects on a daily basis. But the right tension? Absolutely. A few weeks ago, family took up most of the pie. Normally on weekends while Matty works, the passion projects (aka this pretty thing you're scrolling through) take the lead, and this week, work has definitely held the most weight. And for good reason.
About 2.5 years ago I moved to Austin to work for an organization called CTC International. We had a bunch of projects on the ground in Kenya, a place a consider a second home. Ever since I've been at CTC, the conversation has been "Where are we going next?" and today, we're finally letting the world know.
UBUNTU, a South African term that means "I am because we are," is a philosophy that has weaved it's way into the heart of our organization for over 10 years. It's the reason why I, an individual in Texas, feel such an incredible connection to communities of people in Kenya. We belong to each other, and we owe it to each other to keep growing, learning, and essentially making a difference for good.
I am proud to say that I now work at UBUNTU! We build really cool social businesses in Africa whose income keeps our non-profit departments thriving, all the while building a meaningful community. I'm the one behind the social media, blogs, newsletters, and most written content for the brand. I've had a lot of help and learned a lot on the go (I was originally hired to manage travel!), but I can't tell you how good it feels to take some ownership and jump into UBUNTU with both feet.
My "i am : we are" statement:
i am a dreamer : we are resilient