It's Sunday afternoon in Nashville, and everything's as it should be. I'm reclining in a comfortable maroon chair at one of my favorite coffee shops, taking in the melody of the current song, the murmur of voices, the gray skies where rain is hitting pavement, the green and lush of the trees. It's like nothing … Continue reading Jen’s Lumos Journey: Parting Thoughts
Each of us have a few moments in our life that we just know are meant for a reason. Four years ago on a Sunday afternoon, I had one of those moments when I was offered scholarship to Belmont University. That single phone call made my dream of attending college a reality. As I reflect … Continue reading Jen’s Lumos Journey: Support the Senior School of Excellence!
Hey y'all! I can't believe that I'm back in Port Elizabeth and nearing the end of my South African adventure. A few weeks ago, I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Cape Town, one of SA's most iconic and historic cities. Since I now have a chance to write about it, here are a few … Continue reading Jen’s Lumos Journey: Cape Town
When Nelson Mandela was freed from prison, people wanted some way to commemorate his birthday. Many suggested grand parades or festivals. Mandela disagreed. The way he wanted to be remembered is by what he was remembered for—his years of service in fighting for freedom and justice. He humbly asked his fellow South Africans to honor … Continue reading Mandela, Missionvale, & Me.
With schools out for the next three weeks, my adventures in South Africa have undergone a little bit of an adjustment. While I'm currently in Cape Town and will be back in Port Elizabeth next week, I wanted to write a little bit about the last week of United Through Sport with the current group. … Continue reading Jen’s Lumos Journey: Holiday Camp
I can't believe that five weeks ago, these people were just strangers to me. During my time in South Africa, I've not only had the chance to fall in love with a new nation and people, I've also been able to make an impact with these incredible folks from all around the world. And they've … Continue reading Jen’s Lumos Journey: Meet the Coaches!
When I was first thinking about what I wanted to bring to the communities of South Africa as a result of my Lumos Project, my mind was immediately drawn to the creative. To me, art is one of the best lenses in which to view the rest of the world. Art is both history book … Continue reading Jen’s Lumos Journey: JSE Art Day!