2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 7 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


International Women’s Initiative

Hello everyone!

Well if you didn’t know I’ve been quite busy, but I wanted to draw some attention to this wonderful organization called the International Women’s Initiative. If you want to learn about them you should check out their webpage or their blog. Myself and one of my classmates, Kyla, have been blogging for them and my first post is up – Development as Choice; Equality as Voice.

For a lot of people successful development can be summarized by saying ‘development is choice’. For people who work in the field of development, a lot of work is based on increasing the choices that people have and increasing their opportunities, which therefore results in decreasing their vulnerability. In many cases, this work is focused around women, as they are often the most vulnerable members of society. Having choices increase the options that a person has, changes in their life, be they personal, environmental, economic, or social. The most vulnerable members of society are those most reliant on the protection and advocacy of those who represent them.

This brings us to Canada. . . 

Click here to read the rest.

Cassondra of lemongrassandsass has nominated findingdevelopment for the Versatile Blogger Award, and of course I had no clue what it was! After some research and a little bit of jumping up and down in excitement I sat down to follow up on the Versatile Blogger Award Rules. . .

So here we go.


  1. .     Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging (increase those blog hits!)
  2. .     Let them know that you have nominated them.
  3. .     Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  4. .     Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  5. .     Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog posts


My nominations:


A Day in the Life

A Journal to Share

Heather in Hanoi


Dapo Chronicles

Laura en Latimamerica

The K Movement

Where Hope Takes Root

Discovering Freedoms

The long and dusty road

Ca fait deux jours

Dear World

Venturing Vietnam

Nafis has a Voice

Seven facts about me: 

  1. I love reading
  2. I used to love pink, until I found out that I didn’t have to just because I was a girl
  3. I’ve never seen Star Wars (any of them)
  4. I’m happiest when swimming or near water
  5. One of my favourite books of all time is ‘Sophie’s World’
  6. I love doing research
  7. I do not like bananas at all