Introducing myself and my journal: United States

Frances Faulkner
Posted April 16, 2010 from United States

About Me: I love the idea of people crossing borders, in real time and also through relationship. As a child I was inspired by my grandmother who had travelled the world and lived in Africa for several years. During college, a summer backpacking and studying in Europe opened my eyes to a world that contrasted with my midwest American childhood. While working as a journalist after college, I interviewed a couple going into the Peace Corps and came home and announced to my husband that I wanted to do the same. We sent in our own application a few weeks later. That led to two wonderful years in a Fijian village, followed by months of travel through Asia and New Zealand. Settling down to raise children and take on various parttime jobs across the years in writing, research, editing, bookkeeping and volunteering, I worked hard to get our family out the door at every opportunity, to foster their love of learning other languages and other cultures. Each of our three children, now college age, have travelled, studied and volunteered overseas. The five of us have so many similar interests, it is a joy to have them educate us from their youthful points of view. I appreciate connection at all levels.

My Passions: Travel, reading, writing, jogging, hiking, family, food, connection, genealogy, education, arts, giving back

My Challenges: Have not had a full career in one area, so sometimes feel unsure how to best fit in

My Vision for the Future: More and more people gaining access to education and health care

My Areas of Expertise: Have some strengths in writing, editing, networking, creativity

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  • Maria Howe
    Apr 16, 2010
    Apr 16, 2010

    Hello! Welcome to Pulsewire!

    It's exciting to have you here and to learn a bit about you. We all get a little more empowered when more voices join the choir! Please feel free to share your thoughts, stories and encouragement. Hopefully you enjoy becoming a part of this global community.

    What a life journey! It's so wonderful that you were able to travel at a young age and be able to pass on your love of the world and it's rich cultural tapestry to your children. I look forward to seeing more of you online and hearing more of your voice.

    Listen. Engage. Have Fun!

    Regards, Maria

  • Fatima Waziri - Azi
    Apr 17, 2010
    Apr 17, 2010

    Hey there! Welcome to PulseWire!

    Its so exciting having you with us, I am sure you will have a fun time with your new online friends and you will find this to be a positive experience. I encourage you to take advantage of the numerous resources and features available through our vibrant online community.

    Welcome again to our global community and I look forward to hearing more from you here on PulseWire!

  • andreea
    Jun 18, 2010
    Jun 18, 2010

    Please share more with us from your experiences. Tell us the stories.

    Hugs from Bucharest (Romania),

    andreea m.

  • Usha K.C.
    Mar 03, 2011
    Mar 03, 2011

    Heartly welcome dear frances,, Nice to be connected here. It's wonderful network to share,to view, to be in touch among wonderful women from worlwide.

    keep sharing,,