Wednesday, July 6, 2011

BACK & BETTER: Under Construction

sophiesmonde is UNDER CONSTRUCTION

I'm sorry. I really, really am.

Yes, I will admit, I have been avoiding you. When you're in a place as beautiful as Bali, being on a computer feels like a crime. I do not think an apology will suffice my prolonged absence from the blogosphere. I owe you an explanation. Hopefully the many posts I'm working on at the moment will clarify the reason blogging hasn't exactly been my top priority. Don't get me wrong, I feel awful when I just disappear like this, but as you probably know, sometimes it's nice just to.....well, just to live and not have to think about catchy titles or punny captions.

While sophiesmonde is under renovation, check out

I'm An Angel, which is the charity I have been interning for. As you probably have guessed from the photographs on the website, poverty has been recently re-defined for me. This re-definition has put more than I could have ever imagined in perspective for me.

Friday, July 1, 2011

M.I.A. and much to say


I know I have been completely M.I.A. but I have much to say.

My time here in Bali has been BUSY. You wouldn't believe the things I'm doing, people I'm meeting and places I'm going. But I'm not boasting. Over the past week I have seen some of the poorest people --- perhaps, the poorest people I have ever seen in my entire life. After spending time volunteering to the best of my abilities (not nearly good enough) and merely witnessing the ways of life of a whole new level of poverty, it's difficult to face my computer and pretend that my life revolves around shopping and what I'm wearing. Perhaps the guilt of years of taking everyday things for granted is catching up to me or perhaps I'm just guilty. I cannot ignore what I have seen over the past couple of days but I know I am in no position to explain to you the difficulties in balancing a life of giving and getting. It is a challenge we neglect to face everyday. As you can tell, my mixed emotions are leading to me to questions that are simply un-answerable. I'll be back in a bit, but for now I'm letting myself get lost in this monde (world).

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