Doing Good: 147 Million Orphans

147 Million Orphans is a foundation that was created to help children in underprivileged countries have access to food, water and medicine. From 147 Million Orphans, many outreach groups have branched out- one being Hearts2Honduras– a group I worked with personally on my trip to Honduras last summer. While I’m gone and my service trips are front and center on the blog,  I thought I’d offer up another way that you can give back that has a direct impact to something I’ve been a part of in the past.

There are a lot of products you can buy through 147 Million Orphans to benefit the foundation, but the one close to my heart is the handmade Honduran Bracelets. They are made by women in the village of Mount Olivos, one of the places I worked with. Plus, they’re only $4.99!

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Buy them here

If these aren’t your thing, I’ll forgive you. Here are my next favorite things.

haitiEarrings made in Haiti.

magazine bead necklaceMagazine bead necklaces made by women of the Karamojong tribe.

And of course, if you’re looking for some other places to shop, don’t forget about the previous places mentioned doing good! Falling Whistles, Warby Parker, fashionABLE, & Punjammies

I’ll take one of each, please!
Which of these do you like best?

With Luck

El Salvador

Okay everyone, the day has arrived! A while ago I mentioned that I’ll be heading on a mission trip to El Salvador this summer, and that trip starts tomorrow. What?! I know. I haven’t even packed yet. (If you are going on my trip, pretend I didn’t say that. I’m 100% prepared.)

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What will I be doing on said trip, you ask? Well. I don’t exactly know. This trip is run through the university I work for and technically I’m a chaperone (hilarious. I’m a 25 year old baby! But completely reliable, parents!) I don’t “run” or “plan” the trips. A coordinator does all of the leg work and I get trained to go along for the ride. I handle money and emergencies but other than that I am part of the group, participating in all of the same activities as the students I’m with.

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Some trips concentrate on physical service (like my mornings in Honduras last year) while others concentrate on the service of being present (similar to my afternoons in Honduras). This year, my trip is more of learning and being present with others. It’s a full immersion trip and I don’t know exactly what that means yet. I know I will be meeting people, hearing stories, and visiting important sights. I will be going to mass in the church where Oscar Romero was killed. I will be visiting a school that members of my college fund each year. All in all I will be learning and experiencing something unlike anything else and I am ready with all of my heart and soul. (Really. It’s only my suitcase that is currently empty.)

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I’ll be gone for two weeks- but With Luck Blog will be running strong in my absence! I have a handful of amazing blog friends who have already written guest posts for me. I also got a little ahead of myself and wrote up some posts with some fun little things and a few inspirational quotes. I am amazingly excited for my journey, but I aim to please so I hope you enjoy the scheduled posts in my absence.
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In the meantime, feel free to send me lots of positive vibes and think of me while you use real restrooms and drink from a faucet. Have an awesome two weeks!

With Luck

 

(All unmarked photos are from my Honduras trip last year)

 

What’s your passion?

Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything.

Last June I traveled to Honduras for a service trip through my job.  This June I will be serving in El Salvador and I am unbelievably excited to learn and grow through yet another experience working for and with others.

This quote by Pedro Arrupe was a high topic of conversation last night when I met my El Sal group. Work and life has been a little busy recently so I thought today was a good day to take a step back and collect my thoughts. This quote really made me take some time to think about my passions, my relationships, and how the two fit with my plans and goals. I thought it might bring some focus to your day as well.

So tell me, what do you love? Where do your passions lie?With Luck
Want to see more of my favorite quotes? Check out my Pinterest board!