My Journey to Africa with Shot@Life

One year ago I was at a conference and I shared with some individuals my plan for Pretty in the Queen City. I was no longer interested in writing about beauty and fashion as I had done for so many years. My real passion was with travel and philanthropy. Some told me I was insane to do this. Would I make the same amount of money writing about ‘giving back’ as I did about the latest products on the market? Probably not. But, that was irrelevant to me. I wanted to write about what I love. That’s what this is all about.

10400184_10156758885125601_2575159402421669652_nShot@Life Champions: Me, Nicole Morgan, Matthew Pope, Ari Adams

During that same conference I was introduced to a lovely blogger named Nicole Morgan. She is a powerhouse in the ‘social good’ circle and she quickly took me under her wing. Months later I was in Washington D.C. participating in my first Shot@Life Summit-an organization I have grown to love and work alongside throughout the year. Shot@Life , a Campaign of the United Nations Foundation, aims to ensure that children around the world have access to life saving vaccines.

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941037_10156758885055601_8902268223662585263_nSouth Carolina Shot@Life Champions

A few weeks ago I found out that I had been accepted to visit Africa with Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation. This wasn’t just any trip. This was my dream trip. Africa has long been at the top of my travel bucket list paired with having the opportunity to grasp the culture and the issues that are faced within this area of the world.

I’ve been home only less than a week from this whirlwind of a trip. We spent a week traveling to different areas of Zambia. We met with various UN agencies, partner organizations, and conducted site visits to health clinics, hospitals, and local communities. This allowed us to become more educated in the need for support for global health interventions.

14708038_10101404569578127_6217097682876443420_oShot@Life Bloggers with UNICEF Zambia

This is my 3rd international trip in 4 months. It just shows that when you take that leap of faith for what you know you are called to do then you will be given opportunities. If you had of asked me last year would I be here now then I would have most likely laughed. Maybe I didn’t even believe in myself at that point in time.

However, now, there is nothing that could be more clear to me. I am right where I am meant to be.

I am honored by this opportunity. The trip was unlike any other and I’m still processing not only the information I learned but the emotions from the week. I hope you follow along as I share stories of not only those who provide life-saving work but stories of those who have been impacted by the work of Shot@Life and it’s partners.

img_4969Our Team Outside a Clinic in Zambia

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