We’ll begin with a dose of honesty
I believe it to be important to qualify the right people before taking advice. This means that before I ask someone what they would do in a given situation, I take a good hard look at their life. Do they have the experience necessary to make this decision? Are they happy? Do they have my best interest in mind? If the answer to any of these questions is no, it’s very unlikely that I will take this person’s opinion very seriously.
I would expect the same from you! In my articles for this paper, I will tell you repeatedly that the answer to everything in life is Love. I’ll tell you that life is really very simple, although we complicate it every day. I’ll also tell you that God is real, and highly involved in even the most intricate dealings of life. I’ll tell you that faith will do more than move a mountain, it will change your life forever. I’ll tell you that true gratitude will offer you the perspective necessary to live a happier existence, and I’ll tell you that honesty is always the best policy. I’ll tell you that true success has nothing to do with wealth or even personal achievement, but that success is to try, even when it seems impossible. Then I’ll tell you that with God, all things are possible. I’ll show you a few everyday miracles, and I’ll do what I can to help you be a miracle worker in the lives of those around you. One person at a time, we are going to make this world a better place to live.
This project is my way of becoming ‘qualified’ to tell you all of these things. As I write this, I’m living a simple life. In June of last year, I was just a broke homeless girl with a dream. Now I’m a homeless girl who has traveled to 40 states in 40 weeks, (including Alaska!) with a truck, a dog, and a whole lot of Love. In every state that I’ve visited, I’ve collected and donated necessary items to individuals and organizations in need, by volunteering in soup kitchens, collecting canned goods door-to-door, and wandering the inner cities of America to distribute socks, water and hygiene products to the homeless that sleep on our sidewalks. Throughout this journey I’ve used my college education and my degree in photojournalism to document the experience, and before you know it, my book will be on your coffee table.
Don’t believe me? That’s okay. No one believed me when I said I was going to travel across the country living in a truck I didn’t have, taking pictures with a camera I didn’t have, paying for it with money I didn’t have, volunteering and giving away stuff I didn’t have, to help homeless people I hadn’t met, and visit places I’d never been. They were wrong too, so don’t feel bad.
We’ll take it one article at a time…
Spread the Love.