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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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    It Begins

    Every day - it's the same.

    It begins.

    The dawning light. A fresh new slate. A mat - beckoning and calling for my body to fill it. To take up space. To root down...to rise up...to reach out. To come out of that thinking mind..and into the parts and pieces that feel deeply. To let go of that which was yesterday and come into whatever is...just and exactly as it is - today.

    There is acceptance.

    The white page. It stares..it glares..it asks that I put a pencil to it. One word...and then another. It's wanting me to fill its pores with my wildest dreams..my darkest nightmares..my hopes and aspirations. It tells me that this space is sacred and safe. That the story I'm writing - is mine to tell...exactly as I want to tell it - today.

    There is no judgement.

    The blank canvas. It begs..it pleads... it cries out to be splashed with color. It asks only that I let go of those preconceived notions...those rules that bind and gag and constrict. Those voices that once told me I couldn't..I wouldn't..that I'm not quite enough. It assures and reassures - anything and all is as it is. It's all good. Art is art and exactly what I make it. It is simply a reflection of who I am..and where I'm at -  today.

    There is no expectation.

    The camera. It sits here beside me. It screams out at me to be picked up..to be held...to be carried. It asks that it be the vehicle thru which I see. It tells me to simply stop whatever it is I'm doing - if just for a moment. It reminds me to get myself up and out...to go for that walk..to stand up...or squat down...or lay my belly flat to the ground. But - to always - take the time to notice the details that surround. It reminds me that this moment won't happen ever again in quite the same way. This is my vision..my view - today.

    There is always something.

    And yet - it's always the same. The day begins with the sun rising.  It begins with a one deep inhale. A breath...a yawn...a nod to intention. It begins with a deep stretch. It begins as a blank canvas..an empty slate..a palette waiting for color to fill it. It begins with listening...with hearing...with feeling...with letting go..with leaning in...with believing and trusting. It begins by knowing that this all there is...and that in that knowing - there is an energy that follows.

    Every day - the imprint and impression - is different. The practice - is always the same.

    It begins.

    Reader Comments (22)

    You brought it down to the essence of what is truly important, the practice. Day in and day out, to be there open and willing and without fail the result shows up. Thank you so much Marcie for all the lessons I learn every single day from you :-)

    I have taken to starting the day listening to 'ambient rain music' on my headphones; just the gentle sound of rain in a forest (I think because I am willing the rains to arrive here, not looking so likely).

    But...the point of telling you that :) - is that the combination of gentle rain, your words - especially this - "To let go of that which was yesterday and come into whatever is...just and exactly as it is - today." and that gorgeous image which stays in my mind and the repetition of this is TODAY, let go of yesterday and start afresh with today, is just SO MUCH what I need to hear.

    Thank you x

    October 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterEliza

    It took me awhile before I realized those were Yoga mats ready to be filled with willing bodies, empty of thinking but full of feeling. I love how you begin each day, Marcie, and am always inspired by what and how you do it. You really do know how to fill a blank page/slate each and every day!

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGinnie

    I am full of awe. I love your acceptance of yourself - something which I find hard. I also loved the way your days beginning moved to a crescendo - from a beckoning mat, to a staring white page, to a pleading canvas and then to the screaming camera.
    All this movement is calmed and soothed by your recognition that we need to let go of yesterday and embrace today. Thank you for this very moving post. Thank you so much.

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersoosie

    I agree it is wonderful to wake up with that feeling of relaxed peace, and sense of the brand new day and new beginnings. Unfortunately sometimes yesterday's new beginnings are still screaming for attention today. Still, I can meditate on the tranquility of this new day and the urgency of things waiting, and the need or desire to do something entirely different. I don't think this is quite the daily acceptance that you mean, but for me it has to do.

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSheila Eames

    Ah yes Marcie, you have soothed my addled brain this morning! And now it begins for me too. Your commitment makes me want to ask so many questions. So I am asking myself those questions instead.......... I hope as you have described and demonstrated I can listen for the answers......

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCatherine Drea

    The words practice, discipline and routine can sound so negative...but it's your practice, discipline and routine - your life rhythm maybe - that I so much admire and respect. Yes...I know that each day brings a sameness. Your yoga practice. Your walks with your camera. Your journaling. But, from that practice, discipline and routine comes such rich, deep beauty both in vision and verb. Thank you for setting such a wonderful example to us -- to the world really -- of what awaits us each day...if we open our hearts and minds with awareness.

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSue

    I have to ponder over those "preconceived notions", Marcie, I often make that mistake to let myself get overwhelmed by them...

    In your meditation I find connection to Maery's reflection on those disobedient Self-doubt and Start-tomorrow dogs presented in her A-flock-of-thoughts post. You tell us this way that we should trust and believe in ourselves because when we open and empty our busy minds, there is always a way forward. Thank you for that encouragement.

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPetra

    Marcie, your writing has a very soothing beat to it, like music that I connect with in an instant. I'm sure your yoga instruction is just as joyful.
    I hope your day today is so much the same and you "weather" the storm that could be in your area ~ thank you, as always, for sharing your thoughts.

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

    Poetry-prose. Rich and true.

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElena Caravela

    Beautifully meditative and stirring reflection...

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah

    Every day cries to be filled with color I think. Just like a canvas. I just love your writing and perception of life, Marcie. So glad you share your vision and prose.

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBarbara

    It must feel good to have such a start to your day :-) I love the image, I looked at it for a while before reading your words and managed to figure out what it was.

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCherryPie

    Your prose makes me go deeper, to see and understand what is below the machinations of the mind; and, most importantly, your words help me remember that source is always there, willing and waiting, without judgment. Thank you, Marcie.

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermonica devine

    Yes. Exactly. It always begins the same. Each night is followed by dawn, and new chance, a new way to be alive.
    Beautiful post, and I love the photo!

    October 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkelly

    I wasn't sure what the subject of the photo was initially but I now know that it really doesn't matter. It's beautiful!

    October 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterPuna

    how happy i am to drop in on the v&v family and find "it begins." each day...the sun rises...the image is perfection of order and conformity.

    marcie, i honor the place in you....you are beautiful.

    October 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterhoney

    When I first looked at your photo I wasn't sure what it is. My first thought was a building photographed straight up. Then I saw what it actually was, and of course your words confirmed that.
    Yes, it is the practice - and sometimes it is so hard. A few years ago I started a Jazzercise routine in the morning because it is a good combination of dance, kickboxing and strength training. In the beginning I fell awkward. Now it seems to belong to me day although sometimes I "sneak out". Sometimes just the thought of going through this hour of exercise makes me tired and exhausted. However, I feel how the practice does me good, my body feels so much better.

    October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCarola

    "Every day - the imprint and impression - is different. The practice - is always the same"...and that's what I love about your posts! You are truly an inspiration to us all!

    October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGotham Girl aka Robin

    Every day,
    in recent time,
    I wake,
    and feel just fine
    Then as I lie
    I remember, and I worry...
    I have to try
    not to recall,
    or just not to lie.

    Or yoga? Maybe I should give it a try...

    October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDon QuiScottie

    Here I come in last, but I'm glad I did so I was sure to read Don's words, as they describe my wake up experience - the feeling of panic at always trying to catch up, facing the daily worries of wondering if what I can get done today will be good enough or simply be enough that tomorrow i can face more relaxed. I would like to start the day with the feeling of making it all a practice as you describe. I wonder, if that's what I want, can I make it so?

    November 4, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaery Rose

    Marcie, it is always a joy to be with you on your journey. Thank you.

    November 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMother

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