Christmas for Guatemala Orphans

I have read about other volunteers who have experienced Christmas with the orphans who are cared for at Casa Guatemala, and it is my goal to be there to spend this time with them in person!

 

One volunteer wrote:
“I have had the privilege of celebrating with the children when there was money to do so with gifts, tamales, cakes, fruits, turkey, piñatas, ect and sharing with the neighboring villages as well.  However this celebration depends as always on the donations they receive, money, food, toys, ect. and I would like to ask you to help me raise money for them to have  a nice Christmas, To buy the dinner we all have at home, to unwrap the gifts like we do at home, to sing, dance  and rejoice with each other as the family they are.  They do not have parents, grandparents or any relatives to give them anything, they only have Angie, the volunteers and those of us who help make their lives a little nicer.  Please empathize with them and share some of your good fortune, a little goes a long a way.   On behalf of them I thank you!”

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An Epiphany

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Greetings!! This will be my attempt at trying to explain what provoked the adventure I’m about to embark on and the methodology (thus far) to my madness. Obviously the whole story is an ocean I’m unable to fully explore here, but I will attempt to dive … Continue reading

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SOMEONE had to leave sight of the Shore….

… to find out if the World was really flat… or NOT.  ;o)

 

“…She’s ridden a camel deep in the Sahara, then played a violin concert for 60 Berber kids there at 6, swam with dolphins in Portugal, ate reindeer meat in Sweden, swam with sharks in Bora Bora, gone to foreign local schools in Spain and Asia to immerse in the language, takes piano & violin lessons over skype via webcams with teachers on another continent, can find her way on any subway from NYC to Paris,London, Vienna etc & feels perfectly comfortable on sailboats, cargo ships, horses or any mode of transportation & Has enjoyed every mode of lodging from camping & couch surfing to luxury suites in the world’s best hotels…”  –  soultravelers3 

This excerpt was taken from a smartly written reader’s comment on a Lonely Planet article I read via a tweet today – such an adventure! And this is about the experiences of the couple’s 10 year old daughter!! She was only five when they began their adventures! How lovely. The entire article focused on the viability of long-term travel integrated with one’s career. Good read. The comment responses were equally engaging.

The daring courtship of marrying a philanthropic lifestyle of travel and career/academic pursuits (without being independently wealthy or financially underwritten) is a mind-blowing concept… to do it….?  We shall see. 😉 I suppose it’s time to start really sharing about what provoked this whole thing for me. The next several blog entries will focus on that. I am so terrifically inspired, educated and comforted by the writings of others who have gone before me – other bloggers, writers, film-makers… LIFE-livers… so thank you… to all who have taken the chance to follow their dreams…taken the plunge, the leap of faith, the road less travelled, the bull by the horns….

Go Go ahead and follow the yellow brick road or the white rabbit…. a little bit of faith and Three Little Birds are sayin’ Don’t Worry, ’bout a thing… cause every little things gonna be alright…

much love & respect going out to ya’ll tonite. Peace, L

AuthenChic Discovery…

 Where ever your travels take you, if snow is available, and you’re into snowboarding or skiing, you will (hopefully) make your way to the slopes. Having already hit that myself, it was time for #2 on the list of “things to do” in Big Bear. On that list is visiting the Big Bear Discovery Center (BBDC). Although it wasn’t tremendously ‘adventurous’ in and of itself, it was informative! 

  

The eco-friendliest way to arrive at BBDC is to hit the Alpine Pedal Path that parallels the lake off the Stanfield Cutoff. At the 1.5mi marker there is an option to head off and up on another trail which leads to the Discovery Center, as well as a grip of other trails (which I will share with you later). From the marker, it was a .7 mi paved hike to the DC, where we checked out the ‘stuffed animals’ (see below), and got some information brochures on all the available ‘things to do’.

 

 

view from BBDC

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Personally, I am not a fan of taxidermy, it makes me sad. However, I can’t imagine the lay person, no matter how adventurous, often has the opportunity to see animals such as the bobcat, brown (or black) bear, etc. as up close & personal as one can because of this particular ‘art’ form.

  
 
 
 
 Along with viewing the prevalent wildlife species, the BBDC also has a plethora of 411 on the countless hiking, biking, and equestrian trails that are accessible from this California Mountain Town. For even the remotely ‘fit’ person (we passed a couple toting a stroller with a baby girl and tag-along three-year-old son), the 2.2mi trek to the center is as easy as pie. One of the most famous trails you can hit from this point is the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
THE PCT runs from Canada to Mexico, and every year hundreds of brave souls trek either part of or the entire route – a whopping 2,650 miles (4,260 km) –  having necessities shipped to rest stops (like Big Bear) along the journey. This is one AuthenChic Adventure I have definitely put on my “bucket list”. 😉

 

   Photo courtesy sunset.com                                                           
                               
 
 
 
 
 For the fellow conservationists out there, just a cool FYI – part of the proceeds generated from the BBDC Gift Shop go to help the San Bernardino National Forest Association, so you know that any souvenirs you pick up for friends, family or yourself will be a gift that keeps on giving! There are plenty of educational and volunteer opportunities available, no matter what your Stay Green interests.   

 
   
       
 
If anyone who reads this has actually been ON the PCT, I’d love to hear about it!

Peace, L
 
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Behind the Curtain…

 

Greetings! My name is Lisa DeChavan and I am embarking on the Adventure of a Lifetime. From the farthest recesses of memory, I’ve hoped to travel. Dorothy and Alice were my champions. I hoped to see what lies over the visible horizon; over the rainbow, down the yellow brick road or perchance rabbit hole. I hoped to abide with foreign people groups and see life through their eyes…perspectives different from my own. What I have, I want to share with those whose paths I cross along the journey. Where aid is needed, give aid. Where there are hungry mouths, give food. If a hand needs holding, hold it. Where the innocent need protecting, stand up. And when fun and adventure are graciously served along the way, I hope to have a second helping!

These hopes still surge, like restless molecules in my blood.

It is time.

 My PURPOSE, essentially, is to actualize my Life. Putting one foot in front of the other, follow whatever roads lead to living an authentic and meaningful existence. To have the courage and faith to boldly chase down the dreams that have been so deeply rooted within me…and witness the fruit that will be produced by trusting God enough to do so. PHILANTHROPY is the heartbeat of my purpose. With over 15 years of education and experience as a personal trainer, yoga & Pilates instructor, FITNESS is my area of expertise… it is something I have a passion for  & will post about frequently.  Finally, I  believe strongly that more days that not, we should have a reason to bob our heads & say “now that was dope!!”  As our pioneer sister Cyndi Lauper so eloquently put it, Girls Just Want to Have FUN!!!
 Finally, it is my goal to travel as Eco-friendly as possible. I am sincere in my promise to keep my carbon footprint as gently tread as I can. I hope my personal AuthenChic Adventure inspires you to take one of your own. Until then, my fellow gypsies, I invite you to read and comment as I share mine with you! Enjoy!

 

“Knowing God is the greatest adventure of all time: a life-long pursuit, the ultimate romance, the fulfillment of every yearning. Apart from this relationship life is a mere shadow of its full potential. Remembering that even life at its best is only a dim reflection of Heaven proves that we have a wonderful future to anticipate. Be encouraged! At the end of the day we must come back to the same simple truth and accept it without conditions or reservations. Our lives are in the loving and capable hands of the Father. Our quest is to seek Him and follow Him to the High Places by whatever paths He chooses. “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). LAF