Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Tuesday Travel Inspiration: Unity

There are things that happen in life that can break us, make us, beat us down, and help us to rise again. Through each experience, it helps to have a hand to hold or a shoulder to lean on; especially when the going gets rough. And if there was ever a time to band together, it would be now, when stories of survival and strength continue to pour in regarding Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

I've written briefly about this disaster and its impact on my colleagues at GoAbroad.com, but today I'd like to get a bit more personal.

With so many crazy things that happen in this world, it's easy to become desensitized to all that we read about, or hear from others about. It's another thing entirely when those you hold close to your heart experience these situations firsthand. It can make you feel helpless, a little bit angry (or a lot), and wondering what you can possibly say to express the depth of your emotions.

Yet, in the face of these circumstances, it's often those who lived it who inspire you to be stronger, to be more hopeful, and to keep a smile on your face. 

It's for this reason that I draw focus to unity in today's #TravelTuesday post, with the hope that you keep in mind those in your life who may also need a helping hand someday. For me, that happens to be a colleague and close friend named Joyce (pictured above). From traveling together in the United States to getting to know her better while in the Philippines, we've had many adventures together and she is one of the kindest, most gregarious people I know. 

Joyce lives and works in Tacloban City, one of the hardest hit areas by Typhoon Haiyan, and there was severe damage done to the roof, ceiling, and windows of her home. It is now my goal to help make these repairs by raising the funds to do so. It's also my hope that this effort will assist in returning normalcy to her life, after having experienced something many of us will never truly grasp. 

If you would like to be a part of helping me to achieve success with this campaign, please consider donating to and sharing the link to the page I have set up with Causes here:

Help Rebuild Joyce Tamayo's Roof!

All it takes is a little effort, and the results will help to remind an invidiual how much she is loved and appreciated by her friends around the world. Whether you choose to share this post, to donate to the campaign, or to give a helping hand to your own friends and family in need, that's what I call the kind of unity to be inspired by every day of the week.