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Run to empower women


“What is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?   -Mary Oliver

I’ve been throwing myself birthday parties since third grade. Birthdays were an excuse to gather the people I love, feed them and play.

This year, I have a different vision. Women in post-conflict Kamoniyi, Rwanda, gathering around a fresh new start. Clean water. Continue reading

5 Life lessons I learned from quitting my PhD program

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Three years ago I was accepted into a fully funded doctoral program in my dream field. I quit my job, loaded up a UHaul and moved to sunny San Diego.

Then, my father was given months to live. Prostate cancer. And my mother, who had long suffered from bipolar disorder, stopped taking her medication. I flew to St. Louis, Missouri and drove hours until I reached a remote hospital near the Arkansas border. I scooped up my mother, like I had so many times growing up, and brought her home. Continue reading