It’s been quite some time since I last blogged here, but since I’ve been a blogger for so long it doesn’t seem like I’ve been away for months – at least not to me.
I needed time to recalibrate this year and I have just started coming out of my self-imposed hiatus. The past eleven months have been some of the most stressful that I have ever experienced in my life. What I learned is that to get through harrowing times all you can do is put one foot in front of the other, one day at a time. And, to concentrate on those things you can control and let go of those things you cannot control.
It has been stressful, but a true life changer. I’m stronger than I thought and that has changed my thinking about what I can do with the rest of my life.
This month I finally decided to get back to being a part of the community. I joined Merck for Mothers in Los Angeles as a panelist on their #EndMaternalMortality Blogher panel. I joined Dr. Priya Agrawal (Executive Director of Merck for Mothers), Matt Logelin, Katherine Schwarzenegger, and Mark Allen, who also works for Merck for Mothers.
It was nice to get back to work on one of the things I am most passionate about: maternal health.
Last week I traveled to DC with Save the Children to work with them on a fellowship program during National Preparedness Month in September. I also stopped by to see my friends at the International Reporting Project who have just moved from Johns Hopkins to New America. I’m really happy for them.
Next month I’ll still be on the move. I’m headed to Nepal and I couldn’t be happier. I cannot disclose why I’m going to Nepal just yet, but can very soon. I’m excited because I need, must, have to travel! It’s in my bones and am grateful that I haven’t been away too long to lose out on great opportunities.
What have you been up to?