This woman is AMAZING.

I just have to share the most amazing woman’s blog I’ve come across. A mother of nine (NINE! KAPOW!), humanitarian and activist who…and this is the clincher for me…totally walks the walk.

Her blog is called "An Ordinary Life" but what she inspires is anything but ordinary.

Sadly I see I’ve found her site just as she’s given up blogging for the interim, but no matter. There seems to be plenty already there for me to trawl through in the meantime. Honestly, I was so moved after just 5 minutes on her site that I emailed her, to tell her how inspired I’d been.

I shared with her how the hubbster and I have long harbored these dreams of taking the kids on a series of overseas volunteer trips, as well as making some long-term commitment towards playing our part in working against the child sex trade. When I think about the world and all its problems, it just seems too much – but when I really try to narrow it down to one issue that just gets my blood boiling, tears flowing and insert-other-bodily-function-here, then yeah. Child sex slavery is it.

Anyway, I was so delighted when the lovely Cate emailed me straight back, and wanted to share her words with you guys:

Hi Jenny,

Thanks so much for your email. It’s really reassuring to hear that others are inspired to feel like they can make a difference. There are so many things in the world that people can help with, it just takes a decision to do so.

You’re absolutely right when you say it seems overwhelming. Honestly, it’s overwhelming to me on a daily basis and quite often I feel like I’m wasting my time but at the end of the day one life saved is worth the effort. One child who has a future because someone decided to act is something we can all be excited about.

I’m back off to Indonesia tomorrow; it gives me strength and support to receive your best wishes at this time. Thanks so much.

Kind Regards,
Cate

So. To get started. It’s gotta happen. There’s always going to be a zillion reasons to not start today. What can I do RIGHT NOW?

My thoughts to follow. Please, if you have some, now’s the time to share em, lovelies!!

xxx

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9 Comments

  1. Berny
    September 30, 2010
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    Hagar international do a wonderful job at freeing children and women trapped in sexual slavery. They travel to places and rescue children who have been sold into slavery. Definately worth giving them a look.

    XXX

    • September 30, 2010
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      Thanks Bern, gonna go find em on google now! xx

  2. September 30, 2010
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    As you are based in Brisbane for the moment why not look into respite Foster care? Our house takes two little boys (brothers) once a month for an overnight stay and its the most rewarding, inspiring, divine thing.

    They are gorgeous, it takes almost no effort, and it gives their Mum a much needed break (imagine how nice it would be to have 24 hours without your 5 and 8-year-old’s!). We love them, they love us, and its easy.

    The best way not to get overwhelmed, I think, is to start small. Cate is right, one small step can make a massive difference to someone’s life.

    • September 30, 2010
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      Hey Gem, that’s a wonderful idea actually. We’ve flirted with the idea of foster care for quite a while now, I guess I’ve been delaying it cos it just felt like such a massive commitment, and my main concern was it affecting our own kids. Plus what about times when I go away for gigs and stuff…it just seemed a bit problematic. But respite care we could definitely do. Okay, thank you!! I will keep you posted! x

  3. September 30, 2010
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    UPDATE: Thanks for the ideas you guys!

    I’ve emailed the Australian contact of Hagar (looks absolutely on the mark in terms of what I’m looking to support!!) to see how we might be able to help out best there.

    And I’ve completed an expression of interest to become a foster carer with the Child Safety department. I’ll keep you guys updated, I’m already kinda blown away by how simple it is just to get started when you decide to!

    Much love. xx

  4. October 3, 2010
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    Thanks Jenny for sharing this story of the wonderful Cate.

    As you have both siad, it can be overwhelming and you can wonder if it’s worht doing what little we can.

    But yes, it’s so worthwhile for even one single child or woman rescued from a life of slavery and abuse. It certainly makes a difference to them.

    Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder to do whatever we can in our chosen area of contribution.

    Love and best wishes

    Arvind

    • October 3, 2010
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      Hey Arvind, I had no idea you were reading this blog! How cool!! Thanks so much for the lovely words. I’m really only passing on the inspiration I received, so I can hardly take credit. But I’m really excited about finally being motivated to do something, however small, right now. I’ve already made a couple of steps in this direction, I’ll write more about it soon. Love Jen. x

      • October 3, 2010
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        Jenny, I have visited your blog a few times before.

        Today I read your article via The Daily Brainstorm.

        I am the editor for the self-development channel and since your headline was so enticing, I just had to read the whole article.

        You see, I love reading about amazing, inspirational women:-)

        Thanks again for the inspiration.

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