The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decisions concerning his life are in his own hands, when he has the means to seek self improvement” – – Martin Luther King

“There are many things in life that will catch your eye, but only a few will catch your heart, pursue those” – – Michael Nolan

“Things turn out the best for people who make the best of the way things turn out” – –John Wooden

“Your quality of life depends on how you do the things you love, how you love the things you do and how you love those who love you” – Not too sure, a text from a friend in the Philippines

“The laws of personal growth

#1 Always make your future bigger than your past

#2 Always contribute bigger than your reward

#3 Always make your performance greater than your applause

#4 Always make your gratitude greater than your success”

Another text from a Filipino friend

“We don’t inherit this world from our parents, we borrow it from our children”

“We shouldn’t believe that a small wrongdoing can do no harm because even a small spark can ignite a giant pile of hay.  Similarly the value of the smallest deeds should not be underestimated for even tiny flakes of snow falling one atop another can blanket the tallest mountains in pure whiteness” – – Jamling Norgay (son of Tenzing)

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television then there’d be peace” — John Lennon

“Life is what happens when you are busy making other plans” – – John Lennon

“Life isn’t about how many breaths you take, but the moments that take your breath away”

“Have the courage to let your life and stories and experiences be both odd and wonderful” – –From the book live what you love

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing” – – Mother Teresa

“Spread love everywhere you go.  Let noone come to you without leaving happier” – – Mother Theresa

“The brave don’t live forever, but the cautious don’t live at all” – – Anthony Robbins

“It is better to live a day as  a tiger than 1000 years as a sheep” – – Tibetan Proverb

“You drown not by falling in a river but by staying submerged in it” – – Paulo Coelho

“When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person realise his dream” – – Paulo Coelho

“You have to take risks.  We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen” – – Paulo Coelho

“If you want to change what you’re getting, change what you’re giving” – – Stebe Weber

“I’ve learned that making a ‘living’ is not the same as making a life.

I’ve learned that even when I have pains I don’t have to be one.

I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.

I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone.  People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back

I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel” – – Maya Angelou

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Hi there, I'm Anna - a 25 year old Kiwi just doing my thang. Hope you enjoy the blog.

I was posted in Bohol, Philippines for 3 months working for an organisation called Kiva as part of the The Kiva Fellows Program. Here I worked with a local Microfiance institute called Community Economic Ventures (CEVI) who were just awesome! From November-January 2011 I embarked on my second Kiva fellowship to Uganda and was working alongside Pearl Microfinance.

As part of the Kiva fellowship we had to blog about our experiences. Even though that phase of my life is over I'm keen to keep up with the writing. Most likely about travels & setting up business in the Philippines - or just anything else that comes into my head.

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