Monday, February 16, 2015

Stepping off the Plane and into a New Journey

I get off the plane and it hits me, the smell. I love that smell. I can't even begin to explain it in words but Africa has a scent that is so very different than anywhere else in the world. I'm completely fixated by it and even though it may not be for everyone, the smell hits me with a flash flood of memories. Isn't that crazy how a scent can do that for you? It's like one whiff can transport you back so vividly to another moment in time. It's breathtaking.

The last time I had the privilege of visiting the beautiful country of Uganda, I spent the first month in more of a suburban setting that was so peaceful and visually magnificent. This year I am living in an apartment in the heart of the capital city. It's loud and hectic and beautiful. The city is so alive with the gorgeous people who live here. I love to sit out on the balcony and watch all of the bodas (motorcycle taxis) drive by and the people walking and chatting with each other as the gorgeous sun reaches my skin. Oh the sun! How I have missed this incredible part of my life during the harsh winters in the northeast. It feels amazing. I could honestly sit here forever.

Life is slower here. Calmer. More Peaceful. I walk into this new world and gone are all of the stresses of home. Gone are the frustrations. They leave and I find only peace. My heart is overjoyed to be in this place at this time. Even if this trip is only just a wisp of smoke, a short breath, I want to make sure that I am taking the time always to enjoy this exact moment with all of my heart. To not take it for granted, for I know all to well that it will be gone as quickly as it started. To live every day in the moment.

My friends here are lovely. I've enjoyed an amazing weekend with some of the most wonderful people I know, catching up and sharing photos. Old and new friends both. It's been incredible. I'm thrilled to be able to create so many more stories and memories over the next couple months. New journeys can be intimidating but they lead to so much beauty and growth. And I can't wait to grow here because even though I don't know what is coming, I know that if it is God's will it's going to be so worth it! I want to encourage you all that if God is calling you to a journey, take a chance and step out in Faith. You will not be disappointed. What journey have you been wanting to start lately? I would love to hear all about it in the comments!


  1. This is so captivating. I didn't know Africa had a smell, but I understand the idea. When I went to Oregon for the first time, the smell was amazing. Fresh. Rain. Clear. Loved it.

    :] // ▲ ▲

    1. Thank you so much! I want to say the smell is almost that of an outside burning fire pit everywhere you go. It is truly beautiful!

  2. I’ve just found your blog and I’d like to say that I’m in love with it!
    I like your posts and photos! Really amazing!
    I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

    Diana Cloudlet

    1. Thank you so very much Diana! I will definitely be checking out what you have on your blog as well :)


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