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{Guiding Word} Courage

The concept of a guiding word was first introduced to me by Amy of Mama Scout. It resonated with me. The first guiding word I ever selected was compassion, which I've realized it is my guiding word for life. Right now, my guiding word is (drum roll, please): 

       COURAGE
Recently, I realized that so many of the best things in my life came when I stepped out of my comfort zone and took a leap of faith, attempting something I wasn't quite sure that I could do. So, I'm drawing strength from my past as I move forward and focus on living more courageously. Lately, this meant traveling to Rwanda. I spent 2 weeks there and was away from my children/family for 18 days. (I have two kids: Wild Thing, age 8, and Caterpillar, age 6). This was the longest I've ever been away from them. 
It was both wonderful and difficult and much of my writing moving forward on the blog will be about my experience in Rwanda and poems and reflections I wrote while there doing researching for my for…