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Introducing myself and my journal: soundout

About Me:
I am an illustrator and lecturer at a university in the north of England. I have two grown sons and am divorced. Currently negotiating my way through this big change in my life and want to be part of a much bigger thing than myself so that I might be useful in whatever way I can, whether by supporting other women and adding my voice to the group or by listening, drawing, networking etc. It will also be good to connect with other women in all parts of the world. Is this ok? Or should I write more? I'm a little shy doing this!

My Passions:
truly looking at the magic of the world through drawing, life, energy, humour, community.

My Challenges:
to find my voice in the world.

My Vision for the Future:
supportive communities.

My Areas of Expertise:
illustration, graphic design, driving, cooking, raising sons.


Wendyiscalm's picture

Hi Alison

Hi Alison,

Welcome to World Pulse. I have only been a member for a short time. The above is fine. You are so cute! It is refreshing to meet someone shy these days ! Haha.

You remind me of myself several years ago. I am 65. My kids are grown and I got to a point where I was saying "Is that all there is?" I can do everything with my eyes closed. Depressing is good. It is saying it is time for a change. That what you are and have are not enough and you have lots more to offer that you are not doing. It was time for me to re-invent myself. So, It was a hard transition for me. I am from Chicago.

I had to look at what I wanted to contribute before I die. What hadn't I done? I wanted to go to Africa and hold AIDS babies as they are dying. I heard there were programs like that. I chose Livingstone, Zambia because I had never heard of it on the news (Haha) so I felt it must be safer than some African countries. I hooked up with a volunteer group already established from England. But I was quickly disillusioned. The volunteers got drunk by night and went to help at the schools hung over by day. I could see we did not understand their culture which is why there was not sustainable progress. So, I said "Well, Wendy, you think you are so smart. If you don't like the way they are doing things and you have a different vision, then start your own NGO." So, I did. That is how I AM ONE IN A MILLION got started. So, what I am taking a long time to say, Alison, is that YES you are in the right place and you have said all the right things. After all, you already got my attention and I'm a busy lady! Haha!

Please let me be a help in your thinking out you re-invention. Please know that I am here for you.

You can also always reach me privately at my email address:

And perhaps you would like to check out my NGO website

If you do, you might like to scroll down the home page first as the pictures change on their own. Then go back to the top and click on the others. Soccer Anyone or my 4 Year Study might interest you.
The organization to this point is just me and volunteers in L/stone but I am ready after my study now to do more.

Keep in touch.

Ubuntu (I am who I am because of who we are together),


Wendy Stebbins
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

alisonjb's picture

Thank you!

Hi Wendy and thank you for your lovely email. I've been away for a few days so just picked this up. It is so kind of you to write so caringly. It's inspirational to hear your story and all that you have achieved, how amazing and how thoughtful to have done so much for others. You look happy in the photo and I'm not surprised, helping to make things better in such a fundamental way is the best. I would like to write more right now but want to read your website properly first and re-read your email. As it is I have to head off for an appointment in Edinburgh but will write again in the next few days.
Many thanks again for being in touch.

Wendyiscalm's picture



Safe journey and I look forward to communicating to you in the future.

Ubuntu (I am wh I am because of who we are together)


Wendy Stebbins
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

nusrat.yaqub's picture


we are one family and we are with you we will work together for every one


alisonjb's picture

Thank you

Hi Mrs Nusrat Yaqub
Thank you for your kind thoughts from far away, I hope to write again in the near future and to work together for all.
best wishes

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