People get excited when I tell them I am going to India, some ask “Why the HECK India? Aren’t you scared?” I say…Why NOT India?…. and NO, I am not one bit scared! I am overJOYed, thrilled, excited and humbled that in 11 days I will board a plane in Salt Lake City with six AMAZING women; Ann Webb, Laurie Olson, Wendi Coccimiglio, Patty Liston, Jamie Dalton, and Danielle Wright, to fly from SLC to Chicago where the rest of our group will meet up with us…..Lisa Walker from Texas and our professional video-augrapher Rand Snyderman from New York City. Together we fly 14 hours and 25 minutes to New Delhi, India. Once off the plane we are to look for two men holding signs with our names on them, yep just like the movies:)…along side our drivers we have designated guards who will accompany us throughout our travels. From there I will blog day by day, if internet connection allows me. I get goose bumps thinking about it. This has been a dream of mine since I was a young girl. I put it on my vision board over a year ago and wrote it in my LifeVision….and now I am about to live what has only been a dream! How cool is THAT! 🙂
How did all this come about? I’m still asking myself that question! On January 31, LifeVision Coach, Laurie Olson was coaching me through writing my own LifeVision and as I would write each section I would email it to her to see if I was doing it right and to make sure I had not snuck in anything negative. In my personal development section, I wrote about my desire to go to to 3rd world countries to serve and to be an instrument in the Lord’s hand in helping others discover their passion and aspirations so they can find JOY in their Journey. What I didn’t know is that Laurie was working with Ann Webb and Lisa Walker in forming Global LifeVision to teach in 3rd world countries. When the opportunity presented itself to the three co-founders to go to India to teach LifeVision at a College for Women, Laurie Olson said my name popped into her head as someone that had to be a part of this. Tears filled my eyes when Laurie first told me it was a possibility. Then the official invite came via email from Laurie, Ann and Lisa….I was ecstatic…..I was about to live a life long dream.
The journey in preparation has been great and grand also…..immunizations, weekly conference calls, writing curriculum, handouts, contact cards, reading and watching India You Tube videos.
Okay so here’s the Plan: First day….shopping in New Delhi to buy the India attire that we will wear….can’t wait! We will spend two nights in New Delhi and then travel two hours to the College where we will be teaching. We will stay in the dorms with the Young Women. How fabulous will that be, to be amongst these beautiful young women that come from all over the world? I expect to learn much more from them then they will learn from me.
We have each been assigned a LifeVision section to teach in a 90 minute workshop. Laurie and I will team teach the Spirituality/My Purpose sections and Relationships. You guessed it….more goosebumps when we were assigned those subjects!! The graduating class of 600 young women will be divided into groups of 50-100 and will rotate for 2 days through our five workshops; learning, writing, sharing and recording their own LifeVision. Then the process starts again with another group of young women ages 17-22.
Vinay Rai, founder of the Rai Foundation and owner of the College where we will teach, has sent us an invitation to have dinner at his home of residence one evening. I’ve never eaten at a Billionaire’s home….the coolest thing about Vinay is his big heart and the 1000’s of lives he is changing. Every young women at the school is on full scholarship from Vinay.
Second Week; we will be walking the streets of Kolkata working with the Towards Life Foundation, here we will serve the 1000’s of “street children”. I know nothing can prepare me for what I will see and do in Kolkata, the slum of the world. It will be a life changing experience and for that I will be forever grateful.
In only 11 more days….I will never to be the same.
Here was last weeks Press Release: Press Release
What an amazing opportunity! I’m sure you will make such an impact. I look forward to following your experiences
What an experience you are having, thank you for sharing you thoughts, feelings and photos with all of us. Enjoy every minute of this unique and wonderful opportunity.
oh my goodness, this is soooo neat!!!! i traveled to india last summer to work with orphans – helping them with their english and giving them some other things they needed. it was an AMAZING experience. whenever i see anything having to do with india i get so excited! that mormon.org video (the church at a glance) had me bawling when they showed the indian family. they are all such wonderful people who find happiness in the things that really matter in life.