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15 03, 2017

Random Reflections…

By | March 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Apply what you learnt from life so far…”   “All human life has its seasons and cycles, and no one’s personal chaos can be permanent. Winter, after all, gives way to spring and summer, though sometimes when branches stay dark and the earth cracks with ice, one thinks they will never come, that spring, and that summer, but they do, and always.” ~Truman Capote   I feel more in control and alive, and this shift makes me speak clearer in what I need and how I have to be. The reflection movies I am watching daily has shown me a lot of weaknesses in how I fall into a trend of getting carried away by other people’s way of thinking, feeling, and values, how I think I [...]

15 03, 2017

My Journey to Lesbos

By | March 15th, 2017|Fellows Blog|0 Comments

Dear Boldleaders and anyone who is reading, Just a few weeks back i took an important decision: to go to Lesbos and volunteer for the refugees that are on the island. We all know the very challenging times that Europe is facing with regards to the refugee crisis. Below is an account of my thoughts from the journey.   And a final reflection….it is time to go I hadn’t written anything the past 3 days with the aim of collecting some last and powerful thoughts as I leave Lesbos. The past days and this whole experience has certainly being something extraordinary. It will be a long post but I invite you to read! I want the world to hear their story not mine! After spending 10 days [...]

21 02, 2017

The Case for Fear

By | February 21st, 2017|Fellows Blog|1 Comment

Fear is a feeling induced by perceived danger or threat that occurs in certain types of organisms, which causes a change in metabolic and organ functions and ultimately a change in behavior such as fleeing, hiding, or freezing from perceived traumatic events. . . In humans and animals, fear is modulated by the process of cognition and learning. . . The fear response serves survival by generating appropriate behavioral responses, so it has been preserved throughout evolution.(Wikipedia)   Our contemporary world view seems to often use the word fear to describe a state of being  as well as juxtapose the notion of love  as its opposite. I find this disconcerting  as if the notion of fear is to be avoided at all cost and the idyllic pursuit of humanity is to live in [...]

15 02, 2017

Brady’s Blogs

By | February 15th, 2017|Basic Human Resources|0 Comments

You can find my blog posts HERE. I have two profiles on this site in order to share in the Fellows experience. Here is a short one I wrote awhile ago: Keeping Things at Arm’s Length It is easier, safer and more comfortable to keep things “at arm’s length”. Whether these ‘things’ are relationships, ideas, stories, communities, etc. – it takes effort, time and some measure of thought to engage, involve yourself and participate. What’s more is that participation is not static – it exists on a continuum: on one end I can exhibit mild interest and be considered participatory, while on the other end there is and can be such a high level of engagement that I am actually co-creating something with others. What has people [...]

20 01, 2017

Adrian Cabral – Shifting Perspectives

By | January 20th, 2017|Basic Human Resources, Minding the Gap, Relationship, Uncategorized, Vulnerability|1 Comment

My name is Adrian, a participant of the BoldLeaders program. I went to South Africa with BoldLeaders in 2013 and it was an experience that an email, or even a in person meeting could not do justice. The South Africa team was actually supposed to go to Kenya. I was a part of a group that was going to be in a rural part of Kenya, where I thought I was going to get the "real Africa experience." After a U.S mandated halt on all travel to the country, our trip to Kenya was cancelled. This was specifically important to me because after a training from Michael about our expectations v. outcomes, I realized that it was OK for me to live in spaces of ambiguity. I'd [...]

30 11, 2016

Our Great Endeavor and the Fragile Moments

By | November 30th, 2016|Minding the Gap, Relationship, Vulnerability|0 Comments

This references a parable in Luke 18:9-14... Recently I have really appreciated being a city kid and moving to the country because I have be able to learn more about farming and food.  I think it has really helped me appreciate and understand more about what farmers have to deal with. One thing I have come to appreciate is how much of a great endeavor it is. There is this incredible lead up to harvest which is hard to under-appreciate: all kinds of effort, expense, thought, energy and time - all put in for one result.  And so it is clear to see why harvest has such an association with thanksgiving and gratitude. There is so much put into it.  So in farming there is this notion [...]

6 09, 2016

Morgan Blanco – Getting the World

By | September 6th, 2016|Alumni, Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, Relationship, Vulnerability|0 Comments

  When I started my journey abroad I had a vast amount of feelings, spreading from fear to excitement. I think I found that being a Boldleader allowed me to see that there is beauty in each of these feelings that I was having. My time abroad has been one filled with uncomfortable situations allowing for me to transform my perspectives about the world even more, and making me come alive! These feelings of vulnerability led to some of my greatest memories during my time abroad thus far. It has also allowed me to explore some of the basic human resources that I had lost, which were touch and voice. The relationships and friendships that I have gained through these amazing experiences has made [...]

13 08, 2016

Cody Broncucia – Navigating Challenges

By | August 13th, 2016|Alumni, AM/FM, Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, travel|0 Comments

Without a doubt, and without fear of overstating, the ideas and techniques that I learned from the facilitators at BoldLeaders are the reason why I decided to study abroad as a Rotary exchange student in high school and continue to travel extensively while in college. Looking back, BoldLeaders didn't just enable me to have the confidence to travel but gave me the ability to make my travel a positive experience, which has involved overcoming communication barriers, "culture-shock," a lack of infrastructure and an array of other challenging circumstances. What's kept me traveling is that fact that I love experiencing new cultures, meeting new people and experiencing new places in the not so traditional, sometimes superficial way. However, if I had not learned to be [...]

3 07, 2016

Savannah Ducharm – Letting Go of Bittersweet Defenses

By | July 3rd, 2016|Alumni, Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, Identity, Listening, Uncategorized|0 Comments

My truth is that there are a lot of things you can say to convince yourself and other people of who you are. You can fill your lungs with what you think they want to hear. But if you do that, nothing comes back to you. You are left exasperated. Letting go isn’t comfortable, since these things become bittersweet defenses to things you feel you can’t change. In a new country, with these new people, you’ll want to hold onto these defenses more than ever. You’ll feel small at times and out of control. I used to criticize myself for holding on so tightly. You’ll see why it had to be that way. You were small so you could grow. What’s hard about being told to [...]

28 03, 2016

Hannah Urtz – Creation of the Self

By | March 28th, 2016|Alumni, Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, Identity, travel|0 Comments

When we set out to travel, it is often with a busy mind and a hopeful heart. Amidst the anticipation, guidebooks are consulted, weather reports are checked, and lovely screenshots of our destination begin to occupy our desktops. There is purpose in this, but this kind of preparation lacks the intention that has the power to transform a trip into a profound human experience. We travel, of course, to see new sights, taste new delicacies, and to be so deeply stirred that even our old lives may be seen through new lenses. Essentially, we look to gain vital global perspective and enjoy a respite from our regular routines. Yet, part of the beauty of leaping from one’s comfort zone into the unknown is not just the discovery [...]

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