Nomad the Advocate

13 02 2014


Yeah, it’s true. I’m a sucker for all “causes.” I detest injustice and I have one of those bleeding hearts that constantly has me volunteering my time and talents to try and make a difference in this world. That’s why I became a writer to begin with. I was originally a biology major before I turned to English. I was going to go all Steve Irwin and go out into the wild, bagging and tagging animals and just being a general do-gooder for mother nature. 

That was until I discovered I would have to take calculus 1, 2 AND 3. Pre-cal-trig didn’t go so well, so I wound up changing my major. I figured I could help the animals even more by becoming their voice in the social world. Educate people about the plight of those who cannot fend for themselves. Well animals causes have expanded to include all social injustice and so forth ( as evidence by my newest editing position on the Birmingham voice, Birmingham’s street paper for the homeless.) I may only be 23 but as I see it, time is a ticking and I plan to make as many splashes in people’s complacent pools as I possibly can. 

If you want to start talking politics, technically I’m a conservative. I don’t believe that the government should be the one funding programs to give help to those that need it. We shouldn’t have to legislate generosity.  Just the fact that we have gotten that far means we have failed as a society. We as humans should not be so self centered as to ignore our fellow man in need. But we’ve gotten really good at putting on our blinders and walking around as if everything is peachy-keen. There is already a program set up to help those in need. It’s called the Church. And I don’t care who you are, if you’re living and breathing (this means you), you have a responsibility to help others. I was watching The Amazing Spiderman for the first time this weekend and Peter Parker’s Uncle, Whats-his-face, said something that I really liked. He said “If you can do good things for other people, you have a moral obligation to do those things. Not choice — responsibility.” 

So yeah….

All that to say, I’ve gone and done it again. I have a friend who has set up a non-profit to help a family recovering from domestic violence. I have met this family personally and am blown away by all they have had to suffer. In seeking to help I have built them a wordpress site to help them raise funds for the family and awareness for domestic violence issues. 

I believe that to change the world it doesn’t mean affecting masses of people at one time. True and lasting change comes by touching one heart, one person at a time. It sets off a chain reaction. One which you will never understand or know about. The important thing is to do what is within our power because we have a calling and a responsibility to do so. If you would take a minute and check out the new site I would appreciate it. If you feel so led, please leave a donation. If you have nothing to give (trust me I’ve been flat broke before, you’re taking to a recovering college student here) then you can do us a favor and reblog this post. You never know in whose hands this could land.

 Thank you as always for reading! I love you guys!



Happy New Year from your Favorite Nomad

10 02 2014

Hey Guys and Happy New Year! I know this is coming a month late but I’ve been completely out of it. The week after graduation I took my 4-year-degree butt to Hawaii to visit my best friend. That, my friends is a blog worthy experience I will treasure for the rest of my life. I took a ton of pictures which I will share in its own little post but that’s not today’s purpose.

So I’m all graduated now and back from Hawaii. I, of course, returned from paradise on the coldest day that Alabama has seen in the past 10 years. Yay me! For those of you that don’t know, I loathe the cold. I lived for 6 years in Ohio and have had my fill of anything chillier than 55 degrees. That’s not the worst of it though, just this past week the deep south completely froze over.

No one knows how it happened. No one knows why it happened. Our faithful local celebrity/hero/weather man James Spann predicted that there would be just a “light dusting” with no accumulations. But that light dusting turned into 2 inches of snow that quickly glazed the state in ice.
We’re all thawed out now but as I sit here rain is falling and the temperature is dropping. The governor has placed us under another state of emergency. The deep South is locked and loaded for another round of #snowmageddon2014 as we’ve all been calling it.

Now you may be asking me what my post grad self has been up to. And it’s nothing short of the usual business. I may not be in class anymore but I still have just as many projects going on. Last week I wrote another children’s book (200 words) and have begun its illustrations. I’ve started a job as a server at a Japanese steakhouse to pick up a little jingle before grad school starts back in the fall…

oh yeah…

Have I not mentioned that? I’m going back for my master’s degree come August. Just today I took the GRE for which I’ve been studying several months.  At one point during the test (not even gonna lie it was during the math section) I actually wanted to punch the computer screen. It wasn’t fun, but it’s over.

Other than that it’s just the same day to day. I did realize though that I’ve been spending a lot of my time around Japanese people. Twice a week I tutor Japanese families. On Mondays I volunteer at a local church teaching ESL to a lovely group of 15 Japanese ladies (they still don’t believe me that eating cold pizza for breakfast is not unheard of among Americans.) Not to mention my new job which has me rolling silverware rolls right alongside some delightful Japanese, Asian and Polynesian workers. One day it is my hope to teach ESL abroad. And I’ve been leaning towards the Southern Europe  region (shoot I already know Italian so why not use it?) but with how much time I’ve been spending around my Japanese friends learning their cultural norms and traditions (and food. food is important) I’m wondering if God is going to direct my steps towards Japan instead. Who knows? It’s gonna be a burr trying to learn the language though. I have difficulty with it. My Japanese attempts are pretty laughable and the words don’t stick in my head.

Well there you go! That catches you up some on the goings on since graduation. I’m gathering my photos for that Hawaii post so stay tuned for the awesomeness to come! 


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