Wanderlust Indulgences: Ghana

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Travels with a purpose. Tenderhearted children. Throwback to a culture that is equally unique and unforgettable.

Spending three months in Accra, Ghana was a tremendous missions trip I will never forget.

I had the opportunity to teach children basic schooling. Coming from nothing, and therefore expecting nothing, these children were tenderhearted and grateful. They knew nothing of privilege, yet their appreciation of life outmeasured many who have been given the world.

I also volunteered with children who were taken in off the streets, by the local Ghanaian family I lived with during my trip. Their heartbreaking stories quickly brushed aside my incessant need for more.

Unlike many travels, where we go to experience the sites and the people in a touristic way, this trip taught me the importance of appreciating what you have. A teaching moment that will last a lifetime.

Madam F.

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Wanderlust Indulgences: J’Adore Paris

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Paris captured my heart the moment I watched Aristocats, at the age of eight. The romantic blend of accordion and Maurice Chevalier kindled a wanderlust that began a desire to see this lovely city. Over time and study, this love grew into a deep appreciation for its culture, corner bistros and of course, the Eiffel Tower.

Where fashion has surpassed the unthinkable, ideals have been stretched in its featured art, and the ability to explore with all five senses is enough to invite even the unlikeliest to travel, to this lovely city of lights.

Madam F.

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Wanderlust Indulgences in Picture & Print

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Wanderlust: Intriguing to the one who loves to be everywhere at once.

Adventurous: Enticing to the one who dares to live unlike any other by traveling the road less traveled.

Explorer: Captivating to the one who grew up with one hand on a globe and the other covering their eyes, while pointing to countries at random.

Unique histories and cultures, interesting languages and people, all promising moments of anticipation, inspiration and perspective. In the following Monday blog posts, we will explore various parts of the world where I have traveled and would love to visit. You may be surprised by what this beautiful world has to offer if you dare to see it.

Madam F.

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The Visionary and The Realist

Being married to a visionary holds a variety of possibilities that surpass the contained mind of this realist. Thinking into the future can be frightening to one who loves to create lists and set high goals.

Unlike the realist who expects to accomplish every goal, regardless of its impossible time span or nature of that goal, the visionary can focus and achieve, as well as forgive missteps.

Similar to yesterday’s post on stereotypes and titles, the individual who identifies as a “realist” is not only limiting themselves in the eyes of society, but also in their own eyes. Fear of not being enough, which is according to their own standards, consumes them. These flawed standards are a perfectionist, almost Utopian, mindset that will produce disappointment and dissatisfaction.

On the other hand, the individual who identifies with being a “visionary” possesses a limitless identity. This outlook will lead not only to accomplished goals but will also guarantee a confident embrace of human error.

In stating this, consider who you want to be. Personally, the visionary seems more appealing.

Madam F.

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Habits in the Midst of Chaos

With many things in life, we develop methods and routines. The way we brush our teeth and get ready for the day, and so on. With a world
of chaos ensuing around us, these habits are an automatic response
of longing for consistency.

From a young age, self-reliance develops habits and in turn, creates an idealized notion that if we do everything we should, then nothing will go wrong.

This goes without saying, but we have no control; regardless of our constant habits. Traffic and natural disasters, blackouts and out of stock items; these and more contribute to this circus of life.

Instead of trusting in our habits and methods, there is One you can place your whole trust in. Jesus is a God of consistency and peace. These two attributes we are striving for, are indeed, promised in a life with Christ.

This world will continue to be a slew of disorder and your life will never be perfect. Regardless of what some religious leaders claim, God will not remove all of your problems and neither can you. However, you can rest in the fact that Jesus is bigger than the issues of life.

He has overcome this chaos.

Madam F.

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Stereotypes and Society

A couple weeks ago, my brother-in-law and I were talking on this subject. That conversation sparked this thought. With the sweeping declarations of titles, consider the following post.

Society has saddled individuals with traits and ideals that
have stereotypically evolved with the passing of time. However, unlike
this progression of time, stereotypes have remained static.

Men and women claim titles, based on their beliefs and desires,
personal experiences and life in general. However, many fail to
realize that they are limiting themselves to a stereotype associated
with that title.

These individuals place a limitation on themselves by claiming a title that society is expecting them to fulfill.
This includes those who claim their individuality and say they couldn’t care less about what society will say. Regardless of the “hipster mindset” you attempt to uphold, society will view you through its jaded perspective.

Why would you limit yourself to a title of presupposed stereotypes when you can embrace who God created you to be?

Madam F

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