Well, this is my first entry for this online journal. I have found myself seeking some inspiration and reflection lately, so I am excited about this format.... though maybe a little unsure of how it all works quite yet. I am in a place where I want to be inspired, and feel passionate and wild- and I do, I love my work, but I also feel disconnected.

Since Oct of last year I have worked for the domestic violence coalition in Kentucky. Before that I worked directly with clients- with mostly women who were just at the end of hell/ leaving their abusers and just at the beginning of another kind of hellish journey onto their own lives. It was hard work- but it was powerful work. I work in an office now, plan programs and send a million emails, sometimes I call people because I just can't stand to send another email... and i drive alot. All over the state, I give trainings and visit the shelters but I never have the chance to get close to clients anymore and I miss that.

I started volunteering in November of last year as a hospital advocate once a month for the emergency shelter in my city- but you never know if you will get a call and the last time I held someone's hand and talked about their passions while they lay in a hospital bed was over three months ago. I need to be connected to that- to work directly with some inspirers and let them move me in another new, or the same but with a new vindiction, direction soon. Maybe I will pick up some more of those volunteer shifts.....

I'm off to write a grant now. A grant that will enable me to work with some kids before the violence happens (at least theoretically.... who is to say that some of the teens I am targeting haven't already had their share of pain?) in three different communities across the state. Wish me luck.

Jessica

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Hello from World Pulse, Jessica.

You have reached out to World Pulse, and we are grateful for your presence. What have you found on World Pulse that really stir you to action?

Our searchable site has so many examples of females empowering each other through education and encouragement, that there is certain to be inspiration for all.

I act as a volunteer World Pulse welcomer for new WP members and listener for other journal entries. This is some of the most exciting and rewarding work I've ever done. Through this effort, I have become a world volunteer.

We'd love to hear from you again.

From New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Yvette