"When I was 17 I remember sitting at my Grandfathers oak table tracing the knots in the wood a thousand times as if I were Pac-man trying to find my exit out.  As I flipped through Polaroid pictures laying on the table my Grandfather said to me in a stern voice---don’t mix those pictures up-they tell a story, from beginning to end. My knack for knowing strangers, people, community and their stories came long before I.  Like a family cornbread recipe it was handed down to me from my Grandfather to my Mother, and then I. I intend to also give it away someday. I...

  [caption id="attachment_9342" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Emma[/caption] Hello! My name is Emma and I have had quite the journey. I spent a year in the Dominican Republic and a month in Spain. I have taught English, tutored children in an orphanged and worked with woman coming out of sex slavery. I have experienced great times of depression and joy as I have searched for direction in my life. As time goes on, my desire to share my faith and the love God has for everyone in different and wonderful cultures around the world grows more and more. My next journey is to the Japanese Alps where I will...

Jennie is leaving for Thailand soon, and needs our help Columbus friends.   "I decided to go to Thailand, because I wanted to experience a new culture entirely outside of my comfort zone. Currently, I serve in an inner-city Columbus elementary school, and I love it. I really feel like serving underprivileged kids is my calling, and I wanted to experience this kind of service in an entirely new place." ~Jennie Jennie grew up in Columbus, where she spent a good portion of her life believing everyone lived the same kind of blessed life she had. It was her years at The Ohio State University that taught her just how diverse...

Dear Columbus, Let me start off by just saying HI and welcome to my unpredictable life.  In 1996 I entered this place called Earth. I was born and raised in the beautiful 614.  I grew up going to Upper Arlington schools. My goal in High School was to graduate and set my life towards being a Hairstylist, or at least something in the beauty industry. Little did I know that’s not what was planned for me. Half way through cosmetology school my family and I had a serious sit down talk about our future goals. A few months down the road I got the opportunity of a lifetime to go live...

I want to explore the subject of exploring for a minute, because it's not something everybody gets to do. "Wealth is the ability to fully experience life." ~ Henry David Thoreau Many of us seek adventure and yearn for experiences that we've only heard about.  Like, eating fresh spaghetti and calamari tossed with sun-dried tomatoes at La Gensola in Italy, Rome.   Or, sea kayaking in Scotland.  Road tripping coast to coast across the United States.  The point is--whether you want to admit it or not, adventure lives inside all of us.   And the reality is that far too many of us will never have these experiences. If...

We’ve actually touched on this before, but figured we could revisit.   Quality time. This past weekend, my husband and I spur of the moment (kind-of), decided to go out of town.  And, it made me extremely anxious to leave the girls for the first time.  Also, extremely anxious to do something spur of the moment.  I’m a “Type A-plan ahead” kinda gal. The last time my husband and I went away together out of state was when I was 5-months-pregnant.  We stayed at a bed and breakfast and played  the board game Life far too many times. And, I complained the entire way up a mountain. We...

"My mom taught me how to crochet when I was little."   Ashley Toenjes grew up in St. Cloud, Minnesota,  attending craft shows alongside her mother and aunt.  And now, she's attending her own craft shows for her whimsical and modern crocheted pieces.  Lather & Stitch-- that's the name of her Etsy shop. "I remember my mother and aunt would have a crunch time Friday through Sunday (the weekend before) the craft show.  And my cousins and I would all get to hang out.  After watching them, I knew it was something I wanted to do when I grew up." Her mother originally taught her how to crochet...

Jan’s story I grew up as an ordinary kid, but my life story has little too many unplanned and unexpected turns that made me the person who I am today. Sit tight, and stay with me while I take you through my roller coaster journey. I am from Sri Lanka, a small island nation at the south tip of India. I grew up as the eldest child in the family with my younger brother. My brother was born with a heart defect, and the doctors determined that there was no cure. He was under the constant watch of my parents; nevertheless, no one could tell he...

The Daisy Mae story begins in the backseat of Kristy's parent's car.  Her siblings were at least a generation older, so she was like an only child.  Growing up they took lots of trips, and before the electronic phenomenon began, a big atlas kept her company. For hours. "I can remember spending a solid day driving through the desert, but I loved being able to watch where we were going, and what we were passing." Traveling is Kristy's passion. Well, one of them anyways. She started out making jewelry for her friends as Christmas gifts, and later played around with adding paper to her pieces. Her first map piece happened to be of...

Brandy and Paolo's story reads a bit like a fairytale.  An Ohio girl moves to New York City where she meets and falls in love with the handsome Italian Photographer.  Only their romance is as real as the daily challenges that come with running their own businesses. Paolo is a Photographer and the Artist behind Paolo Ferraris Colors. After 10 years as an Executive Producer/Writer in New York City, Brandy started her own Consultancy business Shearer Strategy. It’s in the last seven months, that their story gets really interesting. Selling everything they owned, Paolo and Brandy left New York to set up a home base in...