welcome ... enjoy yourself

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

five years ago...


I tearfully said good bye to my mom and my sister and boarded a plane to Washington, DC.  After visiting with my aunt and uncle, I took a Greyhound bus to Blue Ridge, Pennsylvania, and started my year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps.  What an unbelievably transformative year.  I feel like I'm still unpacking the lessons I learned and realizing the influence the program had on my life.   Before I started JVC, I had no idea I would...



live in Syracuse, New York, meet the famous Eddie Clancy, visit the Brooklyn Pickle, and go to Sky Chiefs' games... 



meet, fall in love with, and marry Paul Freeman...  (This is our first picture we took together!  We look so young!)



hike the Appalachian Trail...



meet these amazing people...



live in Chicago with these awesome folks...



graduate with my Master's in Social Justice from Loyola Chicago...



enjoy lots of movie nights and Sunday brunches with this family...



start this community garden...


or start the Casey Sister-Brotherhood community.  

Isn't life crazy when you think about it in terms of where your decisions have led you?  I'm sure I still would have been a similar person if I hadn't done JVC, I'm just really happy with where that experience led me.  The experiences I've had and the people I've met have made my life so much richer.  I think about spirituality, simple living, community, and social justice in such a different way than when I started my year as a Jesuit Volunteer.  I learned that community is at the heart of any social justice endeavor.  I learned that simple living is so much more than living cheaply.  I learned that a strong spiritual life will help you get through many challenges.  I learned that the friends I made during my year will be with me the rest of my life.  I learned about the value of the Former Jesuit Volunteer (FJV) community.  I learned that It's true what they say: JVC ruins you for life. 

P.S.  There's still time to enter this week's giveaway!  Leave a comment here to enter!  I've been having a lot of fun reading the comments so far.  

What event or experience has shaped your life for the better?

No comments:

Post a Comment