About 20 years ago, I wrote every day for over 2 years. I wrote on damp and dusty old notebooks using a crappy pencil. I wrote when I was happy, I wrote when I was confused, I wrote when I was sad, I wrote when I was angry, and I wrote when I was excited. I wrote when I had nothing to write about and when I was homesick.
After producing 3 pages a day for 730 days, I ended up with over 25 journals documenting the trials, tribulations, cross-cultural experiences, and adventures we faced. ‘We’ was me and the Warmis (meaning women in Kichwa; the indigenous language spoken in the northern Andes of Ecuador). I was a naive, young woman who wanted to take the world by storm only to find out that the universe had other plans for me.
I dreamed of one day revisiting all of my journal entries and possibly turning it into a book. Life got in the way, I let those journals sit for 17 years while my dream sat on the back burner as I waited for the right moment. That moment never seemed to arrive, until now. I have found a way to put my dreams back in the mix: The Warmi Project. My hope for The Warmi Project is that women worldwide will be empowered to lead positive change. This site will be an opportunity for me to share our stories, adventures, lessons learned while hearing and learning from you.
Through this virtual tapestry, I invite you to follow The Warmi Project where you will find common threads around:
Cross-cultural teachings; my experience living in a foreign, rural village and learning from the Warmis about resilience, mental toughness, wise leadership and true grit.
Stepping out of my comfort zone; challenging myself and finding my footing.
Being inspired by the Warmis, finding my direction and turning outward to provide tools to empower others.
Promoting gender equality of girls and women.
Training and experiencing race athletics as a woman.
Finding common ground with women regardless of social, economical and cultural backgrounds.
Looking forward to starting this journey together!