2019 here I come

It’s been a busy two months in Sri Lanka, travelling the length and breadth of the country, working with young entrepreneurs who show a heartfelt passion for their country and belief in building a future for themselves and their children.  How fortunate am I to play a tiny part in realising their dreams.

Today I am content to be home on Bowen and find myself gently slipping back into my life here.  Taking time to reflect on the highs and lows of the year that was, and buoyed by the promise of what is yet to come in 2019.

I would love to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.” 
― John O’Donohue

Love and blessings for 2019

Bowen Life Sandy Beach winter

Photo credit: Bowen Life

About Kate Coffey

After 30 or so years in the investment management industry, 2013 saw me turn my life up-side-down, making my way first to Nepal, then Bangladesh during that first ‘year away’. The year took me on a journey I did not expect, had me fall in love with Nepal and its people, and become inspired at the work of Spinal Injury Rehabilitation Centre (SIRC) located in Bhainsepati - 2 hours east of Kathmandu in the Saanga foothills. Since 2014, I have returned to SIRC numerous times, working closely with the folks there in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquakes. In the past two years, my work in Nepal has expanded to the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation www.bomkarlsson.com and the Spinal Cord Injured Network Nepal. In Bangladesh I marvelled at the strength and resilience of marginalized women who have the courage and audacity to break the rules and make a better life for themselves and their children through microfinance programs with BRAC. 2016-2017 saw me embark on a totally new experience in Sri Lanka, a place I never would have chosen to end up in. It’s the 40C+ heat, big humidity and tropical snakes & animals that scared me! But I ended up love love loving! my time there, working with predominantly Tamil small business owners in remote villages in the north and east of the country, trying their best to recover their businesses and the lives of their employees, after decades of a civil war. My time in Sri Lanka made me realize my hard-earned business skills and experience can really be put to good use! The work the BIZ+ team and I did there ended up earning me International Volunteer of the Year Award in December 2017, presented on Capitol Hill, Washington DC no less. I am currently home on Bowen Island, in the west coast of Canada, shoring up my finances before I head off to who knows where, for my next expert volunteer assignment. This blog initially started out as a travelogue of sorts to keep friends and family worldwide updated while I was off on my travels in 2013-2014. Since then it has morphed into a life story of the many places I have lived and worked and of the wonderful people I have met along the way. I hope you enjoy.
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11 Responses to 2019 here I come

  1. Sinclair Burns, Alison says:

    Happy new year, Kate! Hope to see you soon. A.

  2. Debra says:

    Kate welcome back! Can’t wait to catch up!
    Xo Deb and Rick

  3. Jan Murphy Lyndsey Jennings says:

    All the best in 2019, Kate! If you ever find yourself on Vancouver Island, come visit us on Denman Island! Jan & Lyndsey

  4. PB Shrestha says:

    Happy New Year Kate!

  5. Mick Canning says:

    A very happy new year, Kate!

  6. Happy new year and welcome home…

  7. Welcome back, Kate! Our warm wishes for the New Year and thanks for all that you do.

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