Gap Year

ImageI am amazed, always, by the writers of the world who can also religiously update blogs as they are both writing for a living and, well, living! I am not as yet so skilled, though each new year—with its extra reflection and extra time inside—gives me new motivation to try. Last year was perhaps the most monumental one of my adult life, with both the release of my first book, Keeping Hope Alive, in April, and then the birth of my first child, Mila, in September. (Here I am above with Keeping Hope Alive’s incredible co-author and subject, Dr. Hawa Abdi, at the American Refugee Commission’s Minneapolis headquarters. Mila is with us too, as I’m four months pregnant!)

After a three-week book tour and a three-month maternity leave, I’m back at my desk and engaged by new projects that range from daily reporting to years-long book proposals. I’m focusing more on women’s entrepreneurship and the incredibly exciting synergies between the for-profit and non-profit worlds—and the increasing value placed on storytelling at that intersection. I hope to write more about that—and more—in this space in the days, weeks, and months to come.