SOCIAL GOOD: How a Trip to a Third-World Country Changed My Life

SOCIAL GOOD: How a Trip to a Third-World Country Changed My Life

Photo taken of author, her father and their Nepali trekking team

Sometimes life has a way of surprising you in unexpected ways.  Never in a million years did I, a stay-at-home mom, imagine I’d find myself preparing for an opportunity of a lifetime: becoming a grassroots advocate for the United Nations Foundation’s upcoming Shot@Life campaign (a life-saving vaccination initiative targeting children in developing countries around the world).

A year ago, I didn’t even have a blog. The idea of blogging only entered my mind as an outlet to share my experiences and thoughts on traveling, volunteering and culture. A trip to a magical place put wheels in motion that inspired me to blog and changed my life forever. Here’s how it happened:

The secluded, mystical Kingdom of Nepal had always been on my travel wish list. Though I have traveled to a number of exotic places, the idea of going to Nepal to hike the Himalayas seemed like a lofty, impossible dream. (more…)

Nicole Melancon (USA)

Third Eye Mom is a stay-at-home mom living in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her two children Max (6) and Sophia (4). Her children keep her continually busy and she is constantly amazed by the imagination, energy and joy of life that they possess! A world wanderer at heart, she has also been fortunate to have visited over 30 countries by either traveling, working, studying or volunteering and she continues to keep on the traveling path. A graduate of French and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin Madison, where she met her husband Paul, she has always been a Midwest gal living in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Chicago. This adventurous mom loves to be outside doing anything athletic (hiking, running, biking, skiing, snowshoeing or simply enjoying nature), to travel and volunteer abroad, to write, and to spend time with her beloved family and friends. Her latest venture involves her dream to raise enough money on her own to build and open a brand-new school in rural Nepal, and to teach her children to live compassionately, open-minded lives that understand different cultures and the importance of giving back to those in need. Third Eye Mom believes strongly in the value of making a difference in the world, no matter how small it may be. If there is a will, there is a way, and that anything is possible (as long as you set your heart and mind to it!). Visit her on her blog, Thirdeyemom, where she writes about her travels and experiences in other lands!

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Saturday Sidebar: What cause would you support?

Welcome to the Saturday Sidebar (formerly known as the Friday Question)!  This weekend our discussion question comes from World Moms Blog founder Jennifer Burden.  She asked our writers,

“If you had to pick one cause or charity for social good, which would you choose?  What is closest to your heart?”

Check out what some of our World Moms had to say…

Salma of Ontario, Canada writes:
“Great question.  I have supported many organizations over the years, but the one that is closest to my heart is The White Ribbon Campaign.  Men working to end violence against women (VAW) is a huge deal to me.  VAW is often considered a woman’s issue, BUT it is society’s problem, so I am all for supporting it.”  (more…)

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