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Archive for August 2014

Next stop, Ciénaga, Colombia

The next morning, Yusef and I made another early morning of it and caught a bus towards Santa Marta. The Genesis Foundation had arranged for me to visit one of its schools in a small town close to Santa Marta, which was located relatively close to Maicao. Yusef decided to accompany me as far as the…

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Mission Accomplished!

I am so glad that I had the opportunity to visit Maicao and La Magdalena, but I have to confess, I am glad to be ‘home’. It truly felt like I landed in a different country. Excited to get off the plane and breathe in fresh air, I was quickly reminded that I was now…

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A Trip to La Guajira

  Tomorrow I will be heading to the La Guajira region of Colombia to visit Maicao and Santa Marta. Maicao is a town where many of the Wayúu people reside. Diana’s boyfriend, Yusef, just happened to be traveling there to visit one of his best friends from childhood, so Diana jumped on the chance to…

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La Imparable (the unstoppable girl)

As determined and resourceful as I like to think I am, had I not met Diana Rojas, I might have already caught a plane back to Colorado. My friend, Victor, came across her name through a network of artisans, “Artesanias de Colombia” and she and I began corresponding through email and facebook. She helped calm…

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Trial by Fire

8/8/2014 Wow, I really just had no idea what I was getting myself into! Briya bags was born out of a desire to help children get the resources they need to thrive. The bags- a tool to get the resources from places that have them to places that don’t. It seemed so simple. I travel…

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Day 3

Day three in Colombia and things are progressing beautifully. Besides that fact that my wardrobe selection was a bit off, (packed all summer dresses and have so far purchased gloves, thermal tights, a sweater, and a scarf) I have already settled into a beautiful routine- morning run at my neighborhood gym, setting up my mobile office…

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Bienvenidos Friends and Fans of Briya!

For those of you interested in tracking my latest adventure and watching the launch of Briya unfold, welcome! As many of you already know, I recently arrived in Bogota, Colombia to launch my new company, Briya. With the help of some amazing people, Briya’s evolution has happened  quickly; an idea that seemed to be a…

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