// Smile...it's good for your soul //
Ok....this is a lengthy post but I am sitting on an airplane, flying to my last city in Vietnam, smiling from ear to ear! I am reflecting on the last 4 months in South East Asia and I am overwhelmed with a range of emotions. The first is
// G R A T I T U D E 🤗 //
I am SO grateful for this journey. Often people message me "I am so jealous" or "I wish I could have your life"...And my first response is always "You can!" But with further reflection, I have come to understand that they're right. Not everyone can drop life, jump on a plane, and explore the world. And that leaves me humbled & grateful that I've been able to do so. I don't think it's a privilege because that would suggest I haven't worked for it or worked on continuing to be able to do so, and that's not the case. But overall, I am consumed with gratitude for being on this journey!! Second, I am feeling // B L I S S F U L 💜 // I am overflowing with happy vibes for the new cultures I've experienced, the new food I've tried, the good & the bad days, the friends I've met along the way, and the 2 from home that have shared part of this trip with me. It's some of that soul-on-fire stuff that feels REALLY good! Third, I am feeling // E X C I T E M E N T 🙌 //
There are still so many people I will meet, places I will see (I'm lookin' at you Australia!), and experiences I will have that it can sometimes be hard to remember to slow down, take a breath, and soak in 1 day at a time! <<
In places where a goat is more valuable than a girl child, I recently met a extraordinary team of men and women who are shaking up the entrenched structures of patriarchy one day at a time. .
With Educate Girls, an NGO that engineers this movement and a gracious Grant from the Sundance Institute’s Stories of Change, I was honored with the chance to document lives of real change makers in the field of Girl Child Education. This subject, I’ve learnt, is the biggest and most complex vortex of cultural, social and economic tribulations. .
I’ve witnessed them knock on unanswered doors everyday, break mindsets and convince unwilling, uncomprehending parents to send their girls to a school, which may be a walking distance of 3 kilometers of more. .
How they do it and what they must face each day? Main Hoon Team Balika is a short documentary profile on 3 ordinary people who have such extraordinary fire in their bellies that we all need a dose of it in our lives. .
And this is just me, soaking in their energy, at the end of a beautiful shoot in Dhanol, Rajasthan.