This year has been an incredibly kind, full of compassion and love. Today, as I reflect back I can remember a quote from famous Persian poet-Rumi on being your own catalyst and creating a compassionate community. The beautiful quote is~

“Rumi calls for you to take a brave step into your quest for an extraordinary life. The first step from within is always the hardest. But taking this step is one that could be enough to create a chain reaction for every life decision you make going forward. Becoming your own catalyst and creating a ripple effect.”

Five weeks into the fellowship and it feels like I’ve found more my own tribe. A tribe of passionate people from across the world. A tribe who sees the globe upside down and feel earnest about creating opportunities, bringing peace and making this world with no borders but cultures merging into one another.

Atlas Corps is a catalyst to bridge gaps and provide leadership and mentoring with cross-cultural innovations and as the year ends, I feel humbled to be a part of this community of world leaders.

In this month of festivities, I’ve received more than I thought, I’ve received love and care from people I’ve never met before, I’ve received affection when things got tough, I’ve received light to keep shining bright, all this and more, I’ve received enough to continue to give back throughout the coming year and I’m thankful for that. Hope this year will bring more, collaborations,  joy and light.

Have a Happy New Year everyone and as Terri Guillemets says, “I wish you will chase down your passion like it’s the last bus of the night“.