i need africa


says, the girl in the hat and the cute shirt.

my mind and heart have been inundated with africa these recent days.  i knew it would be.  how could it not?  i was going there.  and then suddenly i wasn’t.  one of my best friends, who lives in africa, is home visiting, my daughters best friend is moving to africa in a matter of days, and i found an old journal entry from a trip to africa 16 years ago.  my conversations have been wrapped around this continent and my heart decorated by a trip that i didn’t take.

but what i did take was a change.  a lot of change.  so much so, that i’m still taking it.  taking, embracing, sorting, saving and spreading it.

one big change is the thought that i need africa more than africa needs me.   i didn’t get it, at first, but now . . . it’s got me.

watch this – you’ll see.


gosh i love how this challenges our perceptions of africa and just life in general.  the truth that joy has nothing to do with circumstances and that possessions in my hands will never be as valuable as peace in my heart is nothing short of life changing.

i love the concept behind mocha club . . . that  small sacrifices can make a big impact.  and it’s a collective effort that is making a difference on the ground in africa.  but, the change isn’t just happening in africa.  it’s  happening here, in the hearts and minds of people who may never even travel there.  perception is being challenged and hope is filling hearts.

i need africa 2_ la la lovely

the pocket tee i’m wearing was created by mocha club and fashionABLE.  it’s the comfiest and i might never take it off.  the pocket is made from a fashionABLE scarf, of course.  you can get one or two or three here.

and speaking of the trip that trip to ethiopia . . . my lovely friends at the land of nod were so kind to send along toys to share with the children!  although i wasn’t there to help pass them out my friends shared these pictures with me and i just had to share them with you too!  and i wanted to say a huge thank you to the land of nod!  they not only create and sell beautiful products, but they also have beautiful hearts!






  • Danielle
    Commented on September 3rd, 2013 at 7:01am

    The power in transforming perceptions, I tell ya. That is exactly where my passions lie.

    Thanks so much for sharing this video and photos :)

  • Trina
    Commented on September 3rd, 2013 at 2:40pm

    perception is a strong thing isn’t it? i love when my heart is open so my eyes can see what i might have missed. some things in life take a bit of unlearning. these days as much as i’m learning and do just as much un-learning and it is making me a much better person! xo . t

  • Nancie Bartley
    Commented on September 3rd, 2013 at 11:42am

    A trip to Kenya 25 years ago felt like I was “coming home”. It’s the same sensation I get when I go to San Miguel de Allende in Mexico where I spent every summer and every New Year’s Eve from the time I was 12 until I graduated from high school- only to spend two years going to the Instituto there for “college”. Africa grabbed me. So primitive but so resourceful. Perfect logic with perfect nonsense. And the landscape in Kenya reminded me of Mexico- just as the landscape in southern Colorado where I am now reminds me of Mexico.
    Funny, I’ve always thought I was a beach girl through and through but writing this I realize mountains are the common denominator.
    I see how Africa can consume your thoughts. I hope another opportunity to go falls in your lap soon.

  • Trina
    Commented on September 3rd, 2013 at 2:45pm

    oh the mountains. there is just strength in being around them and looking at them. i loved hearing about your trip to kenya and how it felt like a “coming home.” these type of memories are the things that warm our days, yes?! and your time in mexico sounds divine…. home away from home. thank you for your kind words. i think i’ll make it back there one day! xo . t

  • marisa
    Commented on September 3rd, 2013 at 12:30pm

    LOVE this trina. so so so great. xoxo

  • Trina
    Commented on September 3rd, 2013 at 2:37pm

    thanks, friend! mean every word! xo . t

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