Dominican Republic Dreamin’: My First DR Sunset

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Summer 2007…

I remember traveling to the Dominican Republic for the first time and seeing God’s beauty physically surrounding me. I arrived to my Uncle’s house after a long day of traveling; my initial emotions prior to take off in Michigan was excited, expectant, and curious of how my first trip to the DR would unfold. Ultimately after landing, those emotions became weary and ready for a good night’s rest. However, once I walked up the arched stairs to the second floor, across the kitchen and through the living room under archways and into the balcony… was my first sighting of a Dominican sunset. The view of the garden down below layered with palm trees and exotic flowers trickled further down into more greenery shadowed into the night which you could barely see, but all you could hear were the leaves rattling in the wind. Just a few meters more and my eyes reached the beach towards the endless sea where the sun met the ocean line. Taking a picture couldn’t even do justice. I remember those initial feelings of excitement were revived in me and I knew God would be doing great work in the days to come, just as He beautifully created in that sunset moment.

Dominican Republic Dreamin’: What I Packed

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy.”
– Psalm 96: 11,12

Dominican Republic Dreamin’: What I Packed

Dominican Republic, 2009

In the next eight weeks, I’ll be collaborating with Harrison’s Fine Caribbean Jewelers by sharing my experiences in one of my favorite places in the world- the Dominican Republic! The DR holds dear to my heart for a number of reasons, a few of them being “firsts.” It was the first country I had my first missions trip abroad and the first place I dipped my feet into the fashion industry as a visual merchandise intern at Harrison’s. I also met and bonded with a group of girls from a local church, some that I still keep in contact with over the last nine years.

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The Philippines’ Largest Market (VIDEO)

New video for y’all! Shopping at Divi is always an adventure which is why I love going there! You never know what to expect or the things you end up finding for such a great price. We were able to find supplies needed for Thailand plus I was reunited with my favorite accessory store, Wellmansons 🙂 I’m also very thankful for being exposed to environments like this because not only is it a gold mine for a wanderlust, but it builds up your character and appreciation for the things you are blessed with in life. It’s not uncommon to see Filipinos sleeping on cardboard or children butt-naked finding joy with an empty can.

As for my little devotional at the end, I pray you take something away from it if you are feeling a bit discouraged. Even when we’re in the midst of God’s work the enemy can still get to us but I encourage you to press on! Your purpose in life is an extension of God’s heart and mind and with that comes His strength. He will equip you with all that you need to accomplish the tasks ahead.

Until next time!

“You cannot fulfill God’s purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans.”
– Rick Warren