Friday, June 11, 2010

If There's No Soccer In Heaven, I'm Not Going

Imagine that Christmas only comes around every 4 years. Imagine this Christmas will last for an entire month. Now imagine the anticipation leading up to that and magnify it ten fold, this is how I felt as I woke this morning knowing it was the beginning the of the GREATEST MONTH EVER. And what a beginning it was. The game that unites the world for one month saw a great beginning and only foretells of more greatness to come. On the stage of the world's greatest competition it is almost poetic that the host nation of this beautiful game score the first world cup goal. A beautiful strike off the right foot of midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala found the corner of the net giving South Africa a 1-0 lead over Mexico in the early minutes of the first half, but most importantly, scoring the first world cup goal every scored on African soil. In an article previewing the world cup a journalist for Sports Illustrated put it perfectly: "Man United. More than the name of the world's most popular team, it's a description of the state of the planet beginning on June 11. For one month in South Africa, as 32 national teams compete in the World Cup, vast portions of the globe's six billion people will be bound in an all-consuming passion for soccer. At its most basic level—a handful of kids kicking what passes for a ball around whatever open ground they find—the game is a source of joy, sometimes a means of escape. At its pinnacle it defines nations and dissolves differences. In short, this simplest of games unites humankind like nothing else." I love this game. It gives me such happiness and joy! Hope you all enjoy this month as much as I do.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Let the Danger Begin

I've never considered myself a rich person in monetary terms, lets face it, neither does the government. However, in terms of those things in life that really count, I'm one of the richest people in the world. I have an incredible family who loves and supports me. I've had an education and now have a career and am able to support myself. I have a roof over my head, food to eat, books to read, and amazing shoes to wear, all that a girl could ever ask for. I've had my share of trials and tribulations, but I've never had endure the immense tragedy of living in a poverty stricken third world country or had to endure the turmoil a natural disaster can impart on a life. My friend Lesly has. I call him my friend even though I only knew him for a little over a week, but that is enough time for you to get to know someone's heart and spirit, and Lesly's are amazing. Lesly is attempting to come to the United States to receive a higher education and my AMAZING friend Brooke and her husband are helping him. The immense response and support they have had already reminds me that there is kindness and love in this world, because I forget. If you are interested in donating to Lesly's education visit this website:

Or you can find more info on facebook, or just ask me! Brooke and her amazing organization skills has calculated that it will be approximately $25 for Lesly to attend school. If you do not feel comfortable donating through the website let me know, and you don't have to do $25, every little bit counts, it really does! Email me with questions @

This picture is absolutely horrible of me, but so fantastic of Lesly so I'm sacrificing my vanity so that you all may know him!