How Can I Be Confident?

One of my biggest struggles as a leader is confidence. I question whether I am capable of being the kind of leader Cultivate needs me to be, and whether I can live up to the challenges that are before me. I have this picture in my head that a change-maker, an entrepreneur or a non-profit…

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Be Ready for Change

I recently returned from a two week trip to Rwanda, where our partners Fred (Rwanda), Padox (Kenya), and Martinho (Mozambique) joined me for an intensive training focused on leadership, community development, and project sustainability. Our days were long, and by the end all of us were overwhelmed by how fantastic our time was together! Besides…

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Growing Pains

When I was young, I experienced some pretty terrible growing pains. My legs hurt so badly, nothing could subside the pain. But those pains led to my physical growth, which is something that I needed (though I never reached my dreams of being tall!). Thirty years later, I’m experiencing a new set of growing pains.…

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Different, Yet the Same

For International Women’s Day (March 8, 2017), we were able to share our stories on KFAI and are so excited to share it with you as well! Listen to hear how a history of war, struggles, and poverty led to our founder’s desire to start Cultivate, and how we are now partnering with Fatoun Ali.…

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Alive with Possibility

A few years ago, Brand South Africa ran an ad campaign about South Africa with the slogan “Alive with Possibility.” “Alive with Possibility” meant that my country still had a long way to go but we were making our way there; we were not hopeless and without potential. When I think about community development, I…

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The Formula for Success

I just recently returned from a visit to some of the most beautiful parts of the country that I’ve ever seen. During this time I was able to be up close and personal with God’s creation in a way that was incredibly rejuvenating to my spirit. I know I’m not the first one to ever realize…

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The Pitfall of Perfection

In this journey of starting a non-profit organization, I’ve had to learn a lot of lessons, many of them that I did not want to have to learn. An important lesson that I’m still working through is on perfection. Striving for perfection is something that comes easily for me. And sometimes that’s a good thing, and sometimes…

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Bringing Life into the World

A few years ago, someone pointed out to me that we all have a need, a drive, to create and bring life into the world. This deeply resonated with me, as I was struggling through some difficult challenges with my health at the time, and while I often laid in bed, I dreamed of bringing…

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Hello World. This is Cultivate.

I’m often asked what Cultivate International is, what we do, and what is my foundation for this work.  I’ll share more on this soon, but to begin I’d like to explain a bit of the theory and practice that has led to the creation of Cultivate. Cultivate has grown out of the knowledge that radical,…

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