Since everyone left for Ghana, I've been so happy.
There isn't a better way to put it.
I'm miss my husband, of course, and I'm absolutely green with envy. I've wanted to go on a humanitarian trip for my whole life, but I cant shake this feeling of complete bliss.
I also can't shake the feeling that I need to share the experience Ive had throughout the journey to get here....to Ghana, I mean.
It started so long ago it feels like.
Brons and I had moved to LA on a whim.
We needed a change of scenery.
In hindsight, it all started with that move for us.
We had no jobs, family, or friends out there. It was only me, Bronson and tiny 2 year old Zuzu living in a 600 sq foot studio on 7th and Main in downtown LA.
Luckily, Brons got an internship with a designer right away and we lived off our savings for months.
His internship ended and it was time to find a job. Money was dwindling...and fast. We were literally saving our pennies. I was going to WIC for food stamps, and still, ends weren't being met.
Right at this point I found out I was pregnant.
We were so stubborn and wanted to make it work out so badly, in the moment it didn't make sense, but knowing what I know now, it all makes sense.
We were meant to stick it out, because something bigger was in store for us. We weren't supposed to quit and call someone to bail us out, or leave. Why?
Cause in this same month Cody and Jef called asking if they could stay with us for bit while they figure out their new company, People Water.
So, they move in. Bronson and I obviously see the stuff they have with their company and want to be involved. And I remember getting a feeling like this was something big...like big-BIG. We both just knew it. Everything about it was amazing, plus we love Cody and Jef so much that it seemed right to get involved.
Our financial situation was a mess even with the help of those 2 pitching in rent though, and it was obvious at that point that I had to get a job, but I wouldn't put ZuLady in daycare. The only people I felt comfortable leaving her with while I worked was with the grandmas...The grandmas that both lived back in Utah.
This is where I know that there was something much bigger than us aligning everything together. Things honestly started falling into place with little or no effort at all. Like:
My parents didn't hesitate when I asked to move into their house with no move out date in sight.
My in laws flew out that week to help move me and Zuri out.
Both sets of parents offered to watch Zuri whenever and however much I needed.
I got offered a teaching job the day I started looking for work.
....The list is endless
But, most people I knew didn't understand our decision to live apart. And to be honest, I didn't even understand it at the time, but I knew it had to happen. I had faith that it would work out somehow.
Months and months went by. 6 1/2 to be exact. Him working 2 jobs, one for free, and not being together as a family. Me, being a 'single', pregnant, working mom....it was rough. But it was all in hopes that the sacrifices we were making would pay off.
They did and still continue to pay off. I'm not talking financially....I mean it more like...Like, look at what this idea has become...
That's how it started. People Water was just an idea our two friends had.
Its snowballed into what it is now and it just keeps growing. Its so amazing! The feeling of accomplishment and pride is better than any dollar amount or title could ever be.
And I'm not even employed by them. haha
Everything about this was so serendipitous....I honestly don't believe any part of Bronson's involvement was luck, or being in the right spot and the right time. We felt driven to go to LA, we felt driven to take a chance on the unknown. Cody and Jef could have stayed in Utah, too, but they didn't.
Everything fell together like some gigantic puzzle that no one could even see the pieces to.
And this trip brings it home for me.
Finding Bronson's hacked blog entry and seeing those little girls saying my name....seeing everyone with all the kids.....hearing the stories about peoples lives being changed for the better because of People Water. Its so amazing.
So, I feel like this is a story of the American Dream in ways.
I know for fact that if you put your heart and soul into something that is good and pure it will work. It really will.
And that if you support your spouse, partner, parents, friends, children, or whoever that you have in your life about ANYTHING that they're passionate about, you cant go wrong. I promise you that.
...Even if its hard.