Community Update

Digital Empowerment Toolkit Now Available!

At World Pulse, we recognize the need for ongoing learning—for you and for your community! Our toolkits aim to provide the resources you need to advance your social change work.

We are excited to introduce our Digital Empowerment Trainers’ Toolkit, a dynamic resource to help you bring the benefits of connecting online to women in your community. Check it out today! »

Introducing myself and my journal: MissAdventure

About Me:
When I was a kid, my pillow was a watermelon.

Mom and dad, they were farmers, and no matter where I fell asleep, I woke up outside. Sometimes I woke up nestled in the shade of the tomato plants where my mom was weeding. Sometimes I woke up in a half-full melon bin as my dad stacked cantaloupes and honeydew around my groggy arms and legs. And sometimes I woke up in a mountain of strawberries where I could reach out and eat my breakfast without having to open both eyes.

I always dreamed of the day I'd catch them moving me. Like my friends at Christmas I would plot and plan, and I'd be sure that tomorrow would be the day. Then tomorrow would come and I'd rub my sleep crusted eyelids only to find a bright blue sky shining back at me. I'd crinkle my nose and smell fermenting fruits, green grass, and sweet blossoms.

And just like those Christmas morning children, I never felt disappointed. Nope, instead I took in every magnificent new gift around me with only a fleeting thought as to how it came to be. Not only was I magically transported from my teeny bedroom into a colorful paradise every night, but the fruits and vegetables would change nearly every day too. And no sooner would I stretch the stiffness of sleeping on watermelons out of my muscles and shake the strawberry dreams out of my head, then mom or dad would be hauling me off to the next task of the morning, the next snack, the next adventure.

I never knew what it was like to sleep in until the sun hit the blinds, or to wake up to pancakes or cocoa pebbles. But I never missed it either. I didn't know that every kid didn't wake up on a mattress of dirt and soil and fruit.

Inevitably, I grew up, and I found out that most people wake up in the very bed they fell asleep in. Now I wake up in a queen sized bed, and my pillow is comfortable, functional down.

But sometimes in those moments just before waking up, when dreams and reality are still holding hands, I swear I smell strawberries. And every morning I still need to stretch out some stiffness, because in my dreams, I was sleeping on watermelons.

My Passions:
Nature. Food. Women. Deepening my understanding and connection to those three things.

My Challenges:
Remembering to feel the way I felt in Africa, even when I'm standing in a shopping mall.

My Vision for the Future:
The world is our playground. May we understand things as children do.

My Areas of Expertise:
Hunting, farming, cooking, wildlife conservation, nature, adventure.


Fatima Waziri's picture

Hey there! Welcome to

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. I know that you will find this to be a positive experience and 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!oh! btw i think it was cute that a water melon was your wasnt it a bit hard though?


Carina.Port's picture

Thank You

Thank you Fatima. Your work is very noble - thank you for doing what you do.

I look forward to being a part of this community and all it has to offer.

"Life is yours to Miss."

JaniceW's picture

What beautiful imagery

I loved reading this. It made me smile thinking of a little girl sleeping amidst the strawberries. It's as if you were living in a story book although I am sure your parents did not see it that way, as they were obviously hardworking. I love that you have these memories to cherish and that your parents found a lovely way to share their work with you that resulted in strawberry and melon dreams. How rich they made your life!

You will soon discover that this is a space for rising voices, speaking out and sharing the unheard stories from the ground. Connections are being made across cultures, borders and oceans to change the way we live, and I am thrilled you have joined us on this journey.

To get started, you can share your ideas and dreams by writing in your journal, reading other member's journals and offering comments, and joining groups to participate in the discussions. Our group directory ( is where you may find a group with similar interests to your own. Or, you may consider starting your own group where you can build a powerful network bringing together PulseWire members with similar visions who want to share ideas or actions.

If there is anything I can help you with or if you have any particular interests, please let me know and I will try to steer you in the right direction. Again, welcome Miss Adventure! I can't wait for you to take us along with you on your next one.
PulseWire Community Director

Maria Cuellar's picture

Visual and exciting

Wow, what a visual and exciting story you tell. I love imagining your first line, a little girl holding onto a watermelon in a warm summer morning.
I find it difficult sometimes to "remember to feel the way I felt in Africa, even when I'm standing in a shopping mall," if I understand your feeling correctly, because I find myself completely surrounded by a world centered on material possessions and competition about them, and an almost unbearable inequality between the rich and the poor. Nevertheless, I'll try to think of this next time I feel overwhelmed at a mall. Thanks for that story!


Magazine »

Read global coverage through women's eyes

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Inside Congo's Growing Sisterhood

Community »

Connect with women on the ground worldwide

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

PAKISTAN: They Went to School and Never Came Back

Campaigns »

Be heard at influential forums

WWW: Women Weave the Web

WWW: Women Weave the Web

Programs »

Help us train women citizen journalists

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

World Pulse Voices of Our Future

Blog »

Read the latest from World Pulse headquarters

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Announcing Our Prize Winners!

Partners »

Join forces with our wide network of partners

Nobel Women's Initiative

Nobel Women's Initiative