Monday, January 03, 2011

No New Postings for now

This may sound a bit out of place in a time of resolutions, but instead of promising to work harder at making this blog useful in the new year, I have decided to take a sabbatical from "Fair Trade: A Beginner's Guide" blogging.

The reasons are pretty straight-forward. I am very fortunate to have a full-time job promoting economic justice. A recent promotion means I will have even more responsibilities for the domestic programs of Catholic Relief Services. I want to do my job well and will need extra time and space for the activities ahead.

Even more important is my family. The elders in my life are a treasure, but also an evolving responsibility. In a few weeks my cousin Dollie will be moving to an Alzheimer's care facility near me, which means a lifestyle change for all of us who care for and about her.

In the midst of these transitions I realize that I won't be true to my values of simplicity and integrity if I am trying to juggle too many activities and interests.

Actually, even if these big life changes weren't happening, I have been wondering recently if it makes sense to crank out a monthly blog post. I struggle to find the time to read resources to inform what I write! I've just refreshed my list of "Blogs I'm Reading instead of Writing" to give you a sense of what is informing and inspiring me.

Of course, it is the people I meet on the way that most inspire me. I hope through social media, speaking events, and just daily life I will have the privilege of coming into contact with people like the hundreds of folks who have been visiting this blog. If you are interested in Fair Trade, you are of interest to me too! This blog will still accept comments and you an find me on Linked In and Facebook.

Looking forward to a healthy, sustainable future!


  1. Very inspiring story ! but please do not stop writing it is important to get the story out there ! thank you for sharing.

  2. Thanks for the affirmation Wizzy. What I have found this year is that not managing two sites (I also do content for has freed me up a lot. With all that is happening in the Fair Trade world, I am going to focus my energies on the day job and I encourage you to sign up for alerts from Fair Trade Resource Network. They do a great job of staying current and sharing news.
    Be well, Jackie