Category Archives: Up with People

Day 116 – Colorful Schedules

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I am grateful for Colorful Schedules.  They make things much more easy and clear for me.  I really enjoy the process of creating them and it makes me smile every time I look at it.  It gives me an immediate overview of what is going on and what I still need to work on, focus on, fix.  I like using sticky notes because I know that if I have to make a change I can just replace a sticky note instead of having to tear my entire schedule apart and start all over again.  This picture is an example of part of Cast Week in Up with People.  I love how the colors make things instantly comprehensible.  In this case the yellow represents all the logistics I needed to think about, the green referred to anything relating to the Education department and the pink ones were exceptions or things I needed to pay extra attention to.  And in general the colors just make it all the more frivolous and fun.  There are so many ways to make work more fun.  I suggest you give it a try!

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Day 91 – Armando & Katrien

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I am grateful for Armando & Katrien.  They are two wonderful and lovely friends of mine and I am very happy to have them in my life.  Armando & Katrien are also known as the Viva la Gente Office Team.  Viva la Gente is the Mexican variant of Up with People and obviously that’s where I met them.  They traveled together in Up with People in 2007 and became best friends right away.  That’s one of the amazing things that Up with People does.  Armando is from Mexico, Katrien is from Belgium and all of a sudden those borders don’t exist anymore and they get to be best friends.  It’s awesome!  So now Katrien spends most of her time in Mexico City, working in the office with Armando or just having fun together.  When I flew in here about two weeks ago to start working on my first Mexican city for this tour, I felt so lucky to be working with the two of them.  Since I’m usually flying around and I don’t get to spend much time in one place, I am so grateful for every moment I get to spend in every place I end up.  So here, in Mexico City I am so glad I get to spend time with Armando & Katrien.  They are here for me to guide me in this wonderful city – which just happens to be the biggest city in the world – as well as in the work I am doing or just to hang out together and enjoy the beauty of Mexico and life in general.  Thank you, my dear amazing friends.  I am excited for the following weeks and all the precious time we still get to spend together.

Day 84 – KONY 2012

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I am grateful for KONY 2012.  It is an amazing project that we all need so badly in this world right now.  If you don’t know about this, please visit www.kony2012.com for all the information and join us!  Exactly one week from now, on April 20th the next stage of the campaign will start, which is called ‘Cover The Night’.  In other words, we still have one valuable week left to get involved and change this world, by showing the power of our collective voices.  That last part of the previous sentence is a direct quote from Up with People, for which I am still incredibly grateful.  It’s through organizations like Up with People and KONY 2012 that I got to learn about the value and the power I have as a human being.  I can change the world.  I am so thankful for that power.  I feel it is my duty to use it.  And I will.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

Day 23 – Windsor Family

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I am so grateful for my Windsor Family.  The past month was wonderful.  From the very beginning I felt like I was home and now I cannot imagine calling this place any other name but “Home”.  I am sad to leave, but so happy and grateful for all the wonderful moments I got to share with these amazing people.  I hope I can come back soon or welcome any of them in my “Home” wherever that may end up being one day.  I feel like we are connected and the connection will last no matter what.  Friends are the family you choose yourself.  I’ve said this before, but I do think it’s really true.  I am lucky to have so much love and friendship around me.  Thank you for everything, my dear Windsor family.  You will always be in my heart.

Day 22 – Up with People

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I am eternally grateful for the wonderful organization called Up with People.  I have spent almost the last three years of my life here and I am not done yet.  Up with People has showed me so much, taught me so much, about the world, about people, about myself.  I am grateful for all of it and so much more.  I learned how to value myself, what my strengths and weaknesses are and how I am powerful beyond means, how I can make anything happen.  Up with People does great things for the world.  For those of you who don’t know what the program is, please check out our website or our Facebook page.  Thank you, Up with People, for showing me what I can do, how much I can do and for making me excited about everything I will still do.

Day 17 – Abbylove

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I am grateful for my great friend Abbylove.  We have had so many unforgettable, memorable, funny moments.  I wouldn’t even know where to start.  And everything went so quickly.  We met about a year ago in Up with People, when I was an Education Coordinator and Abby became our first Education Intern.  We clicked from the very first moment.  It all started with one word: “Imagine…”  Imagine if we could do this.  Imagine we would be that.  Imagine if…  Six months later Abby was not only one of my best friends, but also my coworker.  We were Education Coordinators together for a semester and we had a blast!  And now, even though I moved on to being an International Promotion Representative – which sounds really sexy, doesn’t it? – and we don’t work together on a daily basis anymore, we still have a relationship that feels as if we never parted.  Wherever I am, whenever I am there and for whatever reason does not matter at all.  Abby will be there for me.  And they other way around.  So now she is here with me for a full week and we get to spend every single night together, I am so extremely grateful.  And just happy.  Beyond happy.

Day 9 – From Friends To Family

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I am grateful for my wonderful Friends who became my Family while traveling all over the world with Up with People.  Today I got so lucky to combine my Denver Host Family (Mom, Jimbo & Gab), with my Fort Collins Host Family (Erica, Andrew & James) and my coworkers (Sergio and Veronika).  They are all people that were first strangers to me, but I quickly called them friends.  Now I consider them my family.  I am so thankful I got to spend time with them all at the same time.  It was a magical moment.  Pure bliss.