Monthly Archives: August 2013

do good anyway

“The Paradoxical Commandments People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.Love them anyway. If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.Do good anyway. If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.Succeed anyway. The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.Do good anyway. Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.Be […]

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“Once you begin to acknowledge random acts of kindness – both the ones you have received and the ones you have given – you can no longer believe that what you do does not matter.”

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elsewhere

“You will never be completely at home again, because part of your heart always will be elsewhere. That is the price you pay for the richness of loving and knowing people in more than one place.”

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“It takes courage to endure the sharp pains of self discovery rather than choose to take the dull pain of unconsciousness that would last the rest of our lives.”

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don’t settle

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.”

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what am I doing here?

No, this is not a blog post about some sort of existential crisis. Simply speaking, I feel as though this is the conversation my family and friends have: Strangers: Where’s Nikki? Family & Friends: Uganda Strangers: Really, what’s she doing? Family & Friends: She’s in Uganda… K, yes, that is based on the assumption that a) […]

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make a map of it

Lately, I’ve been trying to decide whether or not I would write about being lonely. Mostly because being lonely and then writing about said loneliness left me feeling a bit more forlorn than I care to admit. That, and I kept telling myself: Nikki, don’t air your somewhat pathetic (in an endearing way, I think) personal problems on […]

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home

I’ll be honest, it’s been a bit of a tumultuous relationship between this new home and I. I’ve found multiple hidden roommates: spiders I don’t want, little lizards I do (Fred). Sometimes the power goes out for hours, always conveniently timed with the dying of all of my electronics. It is nice though, to have […]

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other people’s stories

I’ve been struggling with this concept as of late. Telling other people’s stories. Professionally speaking, as a trained journalist and avid writer, this may seem like an odd concept to struggle with, but it’s one that has a habit of reoccurring while I’m travelling. The start of this week has been a hectic one: the […]

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