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Introducing myself and my journal: Surrounded by Aliens

About Me:
I live in Northern California, am a former fair trade boutique owner (we're working on converting it to online) who married an Irishman and adopted 2 girls from Ethiopia. Having such a diverse family opens my eyes to other worlds, opinions and plights.

My Passions:
Advocacy, Fair Trade, Reading

My Challenges:
Stepping off my soapbox, patience

My Vision for the Future:
That women and girls around the world are given basic rights and protection.

My Areas of Expertise:
Fair Trade


HeidiB's picture

Last days of "freedom"

With only about 2 weeks away from flying to Ethiopia to pick up our daughters, we are trying to enjoy a bit of snowboarding and relaxing. We're so excited to bring these girls into our family and feel amazingly lucky. When we started this process about 3 years ago, I was very skeptical about having two daughters, and thought it would be easier to raise sons. I was a tomboy as a child, and didn't know how I'd respond to having two girls. That changed once I read Kristoff and WuDunn's "Half the Sky" about the plight of women and girls around the world.

Now, I look forward to raising amazing girls who become amazing women and urge them to help other women around the world, but specifically in Ethiopia. We very much hope that Ethiopia will remain a huge part of our future, our advocacy and our efforts. Maybe if we're able to bring our girls back to Ethiopia often enough, we can find ways (possibly through Fair Trade) to help with economic development for women so that in the future, families can stay together.

Just a quick introduction. Now, need to get to packing and cleaning and other preparations.

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Hello & Welcome


Welcome to PulseWire. We are a vibrant online community with many groups and features, which I encourage you to explore.

If you are not sure where to start, I suggest going to the Voices Rising section. Here you can view and comment on the latest posts. It is available here:

You also might like to meet the following members, with an interest in fair trade:
Onica, from Botswana, founded Homegirl, which make arts crafts and artifacts by using recycled materials (mostly bottletops). The graphics are inspired by the beautiful continent of Africa.
KJ is the President/CEO of Global Sistergoods, an online marketplace of fair trade products made by women.
Rubia's mission is to develop economic opportunities through craft heritage, to support education and to promote health and well being for Afghan women and their families.

I look forward to hearing more about your life.

Best wishes,


HeidiB's picture

Thank you for the

Thank you for the suggestions. I already know KJ pretty well. But haven't encountered Onica nor Rubia. Will check out their links.

Katie McDonald's picture

Your Welcome. You might also

Your Welcome.

You might also like to check out one of our groups: Mothers Adopt Africa - For mothers who have adopted African children.

I'm happy to help if you have any questions about PulseWire.



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