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6/6/2012 -   Kalinisa, Kenesh Village, Kyrgyzstan 99% REPAID (currency exchange loss)

6/6/2012 -   Lama, Jordan LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/12/2012 - Mujeres de Xeconjom Group, Guatemala LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/12/2012 - Nuevo Horizonte Group, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/18/2012 - Miriam, Negev, Israel LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/18/2012 - Noem, Ang Snoul, Cambodia  LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2012 - Phally, Takeo Province, Cambodia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

7/10/2012 - Carmel, Cadiz, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL 

8/4/2012 -   Julia, Boane, Maputo, Mozambique LOAN REPAID IN FULL

8/4/2012 -   Khishigjargal, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

8/11/2012 - Miladys Dayana, Barranquilla, Colombia

9/23/2012 - Dugarmaa, Arhangai, Mongolia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Divino Niño Jesus Group, Caaguazú, Paraguay LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/29/2012 - Armando, Tonala, Mexico   LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/17/2012 - Doraliza, Ica, Peru LOAN REPAID IN FULL

10/27/2012 - Sola, Bilasuvar, Azerbaijan LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/27/2012 - Sergio, Huatusco, Mexico LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/28/2012 - Sophie, Yaoundé, Cameroon LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/29/2012 - Paradi De Dolval Group, Trou-du-Nord, Haiti

12/29/2012 - Makieu Andrew's Group, Kenema, Sierra Leone LOAN REPAID IN FULL

12/30/2012 - Alia, Wihdat, Jordan

1/1/2013 -     Prudence 3 Group, Brazzaville, Congo LOAN REPAID IN FULL

1/8/2013 -    Marcia De Jesús, El Sauce, Nicaragua

1/21/2013 -  Caroline, Toluca Lake, United States

2/5/2013 -    Diana Cecilia, Huaraz, Peru 99% REPAID (currency exchange loss)

2/20/2013 -  Lorna, Poblacion 3, Clarin, Misamis Occidental, Phillipines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

2/20/2013 - Kwamboka, Nyamira, Kenya

3/15/2013 - Halima, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

3/15/2013 - Mwanaisha, Malindi, Kenya LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Leda Del Rosario, Managua, Nicaragu LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/25/2013 - Seda, Ujanis village, Syuniq region, Armenia

5/15/2013 - Vilma, Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines LOAN REPAID IN FULL

5/19/2013 - Teimuraz, Kutaisi, Georgia LOAN REPAID IN FULL

6/20/2013 - Leonora, Bogo, Cebu, Philippines

6/20/2013 - Sherry, Knoxville TN, United States

6/28/2013 - Zahava, Kiryat Ono, Israel

6/28/2013 - Ilkin, Azerbaijan

7/25/2013 - Sine, Albania

7/25/2013 - Luzdina, Pucallpa, Peru

7/25/2013 - Wossidji Iv Group, Warinibougou, Mali LOAN REPAID IN FULL

9/5/2013 -  Norma Carolina, Managua, Nicaragua

9/2/2013 -  Nubia Teresa, Montería, Colombia

9/22/2013 - Salina, Kapsabet, Kenya

9/29/2013 - Purevsuren, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

9/29/2013 - Sambath, Kampong Chhnang Province, Cambodia LOAN REPAID IN FULL 

10/1/2013 - Rinat, Beit Shemesh, Israel

11/3/2013 - Asiya, Ibanda, Uganda

11/3/2013 - Nafisakham, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

11/13/2013 - Harriet, Bombo Road, Uganda LOAN REPAID IN FULL

11/13/2013 - Elizabeth, Naivasha, Kenya

11/14/2013 - Sonia Antonieta, La Esperanza, Intibuca, Honduras

11/26/2013 - Lidia, Cochabamba, Bolivia

12/11/2013 - Teresa Aracely, Osicala, El Salvador

1/4/2014 - Queren Yined, Bogota, Columbia

1/4/2014 - Jorge Carlos, Cochabamba, Bolivia

1/9/2014 - Esther, Sanniquellie, Liberia

1/19/2014 - Sarim, Siem Reap, Cambodia

1/20/2014 - Betty, Kampala, Uganda LOAN REPAID IN FULL

3/4/2014 - Hulkarkhon, Khujand, Tajikistan

3/4/2014 - Fenehas Jason, Hoima, Uganda

3/6/2014 - Maa Bastaren Group, MURIBAHAL, BALANGIR, ODISHA, India

4/10/2014 - Karine, Vanadzor, Armenia

4/10/2014 - Mona, Araara, Israel

4/10/2014 - Nermin, Kosova LOAN REPAID IN FULL

4/10/2014 - Juana Patricia, El Salvador

4/17/2014 - Mentari Group, CILACAP, Indonesia

4/17/2014 - Analiza, Segatic Daku Misamis Occidental, Philippines

4/17/2014 - Shahnoz, Dushanbe, Tajikistan

4/17/2014 - Susana Del Rosario - El Salvador

5/25/2014 - Violet, Kasse, Uganda

5/25/2014 - Alba Del Socorro, Somotillo, Nicaragua

7/13/2014 - Parbati Shg Group, Junagarh, Odisha, India

7/14/2014 - Trinity, Hurungwe, Zimbabwe

7/14/2014 - Madina Khaitsa, Nakaloke, Uganda

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana

7/18/2014 - Alicia Afua, Mallam, Accra, Ghana



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    « How do I put words to my visions? | Main | Coming soon! Debuting January 18th!! »

    I write

    A blank page..a clean slate..a fresh start and new beginning.

    I  write.

    Feeling this enormous pressure..this sense of urgency..this need to succeed..to exceed..to do it right. Struggling with the  expectation of being the first to post on this blog…the first contributor..the first to put words to image. Believing that I need to produce something that is both awesome and inspiring…and that will both please and impress this audience that I only know from the trail of comments they may choose to leave. Needing to be ‘good’. Needing to be ‘perfect’. My mind plays funny tricks on me. I remind myself to trust in my heart…to trust in what I know…to breathe long and deep and slow.

    I write.

    I think back to where and when it all started. My creative ‘beginnings’. That first coloring book and crayons that arrived with that unwritten directive to ‘color within the lines’..that to do anything else – would be wrong. It was followed thereafter with my first set of ‘oil’ paints accompanied by a canvas dotted with tiny numbers. 2 – green for the grass. 5 – blue for the sky. 1,3,4,6 – the colors of the dappled pony sitting in the meadow. There were no instructions. No one had to tell me to match the colors to the numbers indicated. What was never said aloud..was understood. And - later..much later – I learned that a proper sentence – was made up of a subject and predicate..a noun and a verb. Without them – a thought and composition could never be correctly written.

    Too quickly I learned about expectation and perfection. How to color inside the lines…how to paint by someone else’s numbers..how to put the right words to paper… how to be the apple of everyone’s eye. Those perfectly painted canvases were displayed proudly for approval and praise. Those more perfectly structured sentences received bright gold starred stickers and A+ letter grades. I was a ‘good’ girl.  I was a ‘smart’ girl. I understood what was ‘expected’. I aimed to ‘please’.

    With my first camera came ‘lessons’ in shutter speeds…in aperture openings..in rules of thirds..in correct composition. I learned to focus. I learned that rules obeyed received recognition and applause…whereas those rules broken were granted no attention at all.  There was always a ‘right’…and always a ‘wrong’…and never any space or room for anything in between or 'different'.

    It’s no mystery or surprise as to why it is I’m feeling this need to do this perfectly..this almost paralyzing fear that it may not be just ‘so’. Staring that fear down…confronting the eye of that tiger.. I’m doing it anyway. I’m on to my mind and its funny tricks. I’m no longer interested in playing those childhood games. I know from where I began. I know now  from where I am.

    I write.

    This time around – there are no coloring books with lines in which to color..and to no one else’s numbers must I paint. No letter grades are being handed out…and the perfectly ‘crafted’ image is all in the eyes of the beholder. Letting go of those rules that guided..that bound..that sometimes gagged. Both lost and found..I am free.

    Not quite old enough to be truly wise..but no longer young enough to be that innocent and naïve. I return..and begin again.

    I write.

    Reader Comments (44)

    [standing up. spontaneous applause] Bravo! Yes, yes, yes. Write on and write reams my friend.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

    You write...and therefore you ARE, dear Marcie. Punt uit. Period.

    What amazes me most about how you have set the pace for us is that I could have written this myself, almost verbatim. Were your parents Carl and Barbara? And was your dad a preacher, your mom an English teacher! It's a bit scary. We were Golden Children...for what we didn't do as much as for what we dd.

    I totally agree with Diane. Standing ovation. Soon you'll come back for your encores and I can hardly wait. Thank you for paving the way....

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    you have captured my heart with this post you brave girl. you perfectly imperfect and daring woman. as diane says bravo! we are all standing in a crooked line beside you.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbirdtweets

    Yes, I'm joining Diane and Ginnie in that standing ovation, Marcie! Well done! You've set the bar high with your excellent image and equally excellent words.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterToni

    You certainly set the bar high. I'm joining the others in their standing ovations. This V&V can only be a god thing for us and everyone else too :-)

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterpixelbloggen

    I've had trouble sleeping tonight. The excitement and anticipation of your first post (the post that sets the pace for this wonderful new adventure and journey) keeping me awake.

    Thank you for opening the door to freedom; a freedom that allows all contributors and visitors the opportunity to see and say what's in their heart.

    Right On! Write On, Marcie!

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentershenry

    Bravo !

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPOBSB

    Marcie, yours is the perfect first post, and sets a high bar :) Well done you. I read it and I smiled and kept smiling, and I thought back to learning and the rules that one is supposed to follow. Then I thought of finding the courage, and strength of ones convictions when you 'break' those rules, step outside the envelope and head off on such wonderful journeys. And look at where we all are now :)

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentereliza

    I have had trouble sleeping tonight, as well, but all for a different reason I can not figure out. Crazy violent dreams and I never remember my dreams, maybe 3 a year. This passage has calmed me and soothed me to realize we are all alike young or old, male or female.

    Marcie! What a great way to start the show! As I like to say ( and heard somewhere... ) " There are parts of me that may not be perfect, but some parts are excellent!" Ha! You, my dear, have shown us one of your superior qualities.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKen

    Rising to my feet with the rest of the audience today. I am applauding and relieved, the show is open. My turn on stage is not for many more pages in the script and I stand back stage watching my fellow collaborators and feeling so very proud, of you Marcie and all of us.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKath

    Well blow me down! I come over here following Margie, I go looking at the Collaborators, and I see my sister Ginnie! :) This looks like a wonderful project, and now I have two "sisters" to draw me here, and many more. All the best to you sisters!

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRuth

    "what does education often do? It makes a straight-cut ditch of a free, meandering brook." thoreau.
    let's hope we are able to travel down an educated meandering brook with vision and verb. marcie, this is a terrific first post. i know that i am excited about this new journey and looking forward to every first post as we each test out the waters here.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermargie

    What beautiful words and what a wonderful begining for all of us. Thank you for paving the way and being the leader for you have set the vision and the rest of us will gladly follow!

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPuna

    Oh Marcie. I will email you my story of the tiger. :)

    My morning ritual lately - I toast happiness. Now I will also toast No Rules, and I'm thinking the two may be more closely entwined than we think. I have thought more than once of the pressure you must have felt (you will notice I did not offer to trade places) - amd I read this and think "Is this the woman who was worried about writing?" Oh surely not. Fabulous!!

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebi

    Well Marcie, all I can say is "Perfect". And I love your picture...

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBig Daddy

    Lovely. Timely. Inspiring. Thank you.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaren

    Marci, The marriage of words and image is lovely. Beautifully said, photographed, and crafted overall.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

    Bravo Marcie, Bravo!

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri

    I believe some amazing work will emerge from this venture. Congrats on the concept and organization. Appreciate the chance to see into all your creative minds.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBob Towery

    Wow!! I can't begin to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your post!! I'll say what everyone else said -- bravo, standing ovation, lovely, inspiring.... and I'll add fantabulous :-)

    Rules are made to be broken and lines are merely a suggestion :-)

    Kelly @ DesignTies

    P.S. I'm visiting from Diane's blog, Life's Sweet Ordinary.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDesignTies

    Reminds me of this quote from Anna Quindlen:
    “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself."

    Just as you must relax and shoot to get good photos, relax and write. You'll be fine.

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMindy

    It's the spirit of the thing! Thank you for your open-ness and for giving us a window into your creative spirit. Farmergal

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBessie Michael

    You go girl of a certain age! :)

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTerry H.

    Wow, I've arrived late and the party is in full swing. Perfectly pitched post. Now my head is spinning, for my post, what shall I write, what image will hit the mark like this?

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteruphilldowndale

    What a wonderful project. I shall be following so see how it develops :-)

    January 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

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