Growing up, I had dreams and aspirations of doing something great and traveling the world. Life happened and I met my wonderful husband. We were raising two kids just outside of Houston, Texas. I still had my dreams; but they were a bit lost in our daily schedule of little league, homework, car rider lines, etc. My husband called one day, while I was in car rider line at the elementary school and asked, "how about moving to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia"? At 39 years old my dreams that I had set aside were about to be put into motion. Our family fell in love with Asia. The people, culture, food, handicrafts - everyday was unexpected.
In 2015, the Gorkha earthquake struck Nepal. Nearly 9,000 people were killed and 22,000 injured. Their economy dependent on tourism was frozen. My husband went immediately to Kathmandu to help with evacuations. He worked with and met people that we will forever consider family even after our repatriation to America. It was that experience that made me realize how important jobs in local communities were.
Back home in Texas, I was unsettled. I missed the craziness of Asia and our everyday adventures. I missed being surrounded by powerful pops of color and amazing handicrafts. Rather than waiting on another expat opportunity, I decided to take charge of my dream and to create a reason to continue traveling and exploring. This was the beginning of SAPANA.