To Grow Where We Are Planted

| This is the 120th story of Our Life Logs | I hail from Nyakach village in Kisumu County in Western Kenya. It was not by mistake that I was named after my clan, “Nyakach.” My parents must have had great hopes for me when they gave me this name, for people are rarely named after their clan, and those that are, tend to spend their … Continue reading To Grow Where We Are Planted

Dealing from the Bottom

| This is the 114th story of Our Life Logs | Let me take you back to when I was just six years old. My chronic asthma was a plague against my childhood, as I was in the hospital more often than I was in school. It swindled countless opportunities of social interaction, of fitting in, of making friends. It’s 1986, in Melbourne, Australia, and I’m … Continue reading Dealing from the Bottom

Face Forward

| This is the 110th story of Our Life Logs | I was born in Murupara, a tiny rural town in New Zealand, in the 1960s. I was the youngest of three daughters. My oldest sister Katherine died after just 36 hours of life, and my next sister, Cathy, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at two years old. Cystic Fibrosis–a genetic, terminal illness that affects … Continue reading Face Forward

The Art of Living

| This is the 103rd story of Our Life Logs | Living simply has been ingrained in me. I was born in the late 1950s in Danville, Kentucky, and raised by my great-grandmother. My mother’s parents weren’t involved in my mother’s life, much like my father was not there for me, so my great-grandmother stepped in. She raised both my mother and then me. Thanks to … Continue reading The Art of Living

The Feast of Life

| This is the 101st story of Our Life Logs | My childhood was spent in the small city of Manizales, Colombia. As the youngest in the family, my parents were quite overprotective of me. They didn’t let me go outside and play with other kids very often because they would worry about me. The isolation made me shy and socially awkward. My older brother … Continue reading The Feast of Life

I Will Not Fail

| This is the 52nd story of Our Life Logs. | I grew up in Marshall, Texas, the youngest in a mix of 10 children. My father was never in the picture. He left my mother long before I could even remember. My mother had only an eighth-grade education and was prone to severe anxiety, and so we lived on welfare. There were times in my early childhood … Continue reading I Will Not Fail

If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It

This is the 39th story of Our Life Logs.   “The very fact that you have a desire or a dream means that you have the corresponding capacity to realize it.” —Robin S. Sharma, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. I have lived a blessed life. I was taught from a young age that the best way to find success was through dreaming big. If you can … Continue reading If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It