not another ordinary year

In July of this year, we will begin a new chapter in life. After 11 years, our medical training will done. HJ will be a “real” doctor.

Part of me is so excited and so ready for this change. But part of me is so scared.


I’ll tell you why.

I’m scared that once this difficult chapter we are in is over, we’ll end up coasting. We’ll settle in to the every day life. We’ll live an ordinary life.

I don’t want to live an ordinary life anymore. I’ve read too much, seen too much to just be OK with ordinary. I want unconventional. I want something with meaning.

Last month, I turned 35. I promised myself that this year, 35, would having meaning. That I would actually act upon my convictions and do something.

Well, this month it’s happening!

I am being brave (cause really I am so freaking scared to do this!). I am partnering with The Mocha Club and trying to raise enough money to help two women in Ethiopia. Two women who live a life of prostitution. Not because they want to, but because they have no other way to make a living for themselves and their children.

It costs $400 for each women… $800 for both… $800 to give two women a second chance at life…. a life where they will know they are loved, valued, have worth, that their life matters.

And…. if I actually raise enough money…. click here to find out what I will do for this next year! (hint: a little inspiration from Jen Hatmaker).

35 is gonna be big y’all! Not going to be just another ordinary year!



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9 Responses to not another ordinary year

  1. Fiona says:

    woohoo! Congratulations on so many levels….I hope you enter this new stage of life with many many blessings. And you don’t strike me as the type of person who would settle for coasting ;-)
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  2. Nicole says:

    I read about your project…WOW! 35 items?!! I just read 7 and I think I may need to read it again. And again. It’s blowing my mind and really making me take a HARD look at my life.
    I get not wanting ordinary. I hate ordinary. I like a little chaos and a little adventure. I want to be EXTRAordinary.
    Plus- with that hair- you’ll never be ordinary. :)
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  3. Genevieve says:

    I turned 34 today and wrote about my dreams for defeating depression. Happy 35th to you!!
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  4. There is nothing like setting a goal and meeting it. Pushing ourselves out of our comfort zone. Here’s to many more . . .
    Jamie@SouthMainMuse recently posted..Ordinary Good.My Profile

  5. Alia Joy says:

    Yay! I’m excited for your purpose project and I can’t wait to see all the awesome that you end up wearing. There are so many amazing companies doing fabulous work!
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  6. Chelle says:

    Birthday blessings, congratulations, and WTG for rejecting Ordinary, except that it’s okay to be ordinary when we serve an extraordinary God. It’s not us, but what He does through us that blasts through ordinary.
    I wish you every blessing in this new season, and congratulations to you and HJ. You’ve accomplished something NOT ordinary (isn’t God good?)
    Peace and good to you.
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  7. WOW! I am amazed by you. What a wonderful thing to do, to give those women a chance to live a new life. You seem pretty extraordinary to me!
    Megan @Love Letters 7.10 recently posted..Ordinary #fiveminutefridayMy Profile

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