Thank you, yes you!

No Sleep Till Peace was started as a personal journal of my adventures in Peru, and surprisingly it has grown into a small community of almost 3,500 followers who have laughed, cried, and supported me and my Peruvian counterparts from afar.

Laguna 69 and My Peace Corps Mountain

It was crowded by people just like me. Everyone congratulated one another and it was like a small family of hikers who had achieved their goal. People canon-balled into the glacier water and other carried out the tradition of the “naked lake jump.” I was happy for them. I was happy for me. We were forever bonded together as a random group of humans who joined the Peace Corps.

We are FINALISTS Who Need Likes

Peace Corps Highlighting Happiness video Peace Corps Week 2016

I have exciting news this week!! My students and I made a video highlighting happiness in Peru and submitted it to the Peace Corps Week video contest. Drumroll please… WE MADE THE FINALS!! We were selected as one of fourteen finalists worldwide and now there is a Facebook contest to see whose picture can get the most likes by Wednesday.

Pretty in Perú!

Peru has made me prettier. I’m not talking about my weight loss or my permanent sun-kissed skin, although those are both great perks of the job. I’m talking about the wake up every morning smiling kind of pretty. The inner beauty and light that comes from a happy heart.

When I left for the Peace Corps 492 days ago my idea was that I was going to be so busy learning Spanish, working 24/7, and traveling South America. I had a 2yr, 5yr, and 10yr plan and Peru was just a small piece of that puzzle…