Social Media Training with Susan J Sohn

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Welcome friends…. well, you’ve arrived here because you know social media is important yet, at the same time, you might be a bit confused by all of your options. You likely know there’s a lot you don’t know about how to use social media to grow your business, create awareness or even build your client base. One of the most common comments I get from people in regards to Social Media is that they are overwhelmed and confused. They aren’t sure who they should connect with, how to connect and most importantly how to manage their social spaces in a healthy way providing results but not a lifetime connected to their mobile device.

Perhaps you already have a Social Media presence or maybe you are just starting out. Either way, we can help you move forward from here and it’s very exciting.

I love occupying this space and I am excited about having the opportunity to make sure you become Social Savvy so you can build meaningful relationships with people you need or want to connect with. In saying that, we will definitely be talking about quality vs quantity. I want to help you connect with the right people and help you eliminate all the other sound bytes trying to get your attention. Additionally, I want to respond to the most common comments and help you simplify the process so you don’t feel overwhelmed by all of the choices and new information.

Social Media is all about ‘Relationships’ and following some very common sense ‘Rules of Engagement’.

Today we are offering a Special Social Media Training Session with Susan. Important to note that this is a 1 off offer, not to be repeated again….. SPACES ARE LIMITED so don’t delay, get yourself registered TODAY.

I’m really looking forward to hosting you and teaching you all that I know…. We will have a fun time together!

Susan

 

 

 

 

 

Kimchee Fried Rice

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As most of you know our family loves food…. We love to cook, create, eat and entertain. In our home, there is truly nothing like a table full of people, enjoying food, laughing and all the while creating incredible memories in our home.

This past weekend, my teenage daughter had a group of friends over for a relaxing, poolside day. We all know teenagers know how to eat and let me tell you, they did not disappoint. I made them our GetRealLive famous Chicken Burgers that have been generously shared with us by our great friend, Barry Crocker. His Chicken burgers are the best and the teenagers agreed. One of them actually asked me if I was a chef…. love that compliment 🙂

Anyway… moving on!! Today’s post has been spurred on by something I shared on Instagram & Facebook yesterday. I posted a picture of our Kimchee Fried Rice that I made for lunch. Now, having never made this before I was a big worried that it wouldn’t work out. And, to be honest this was inspired by the fact that I had nothing left in the cupboard after 2 weeks of school holidays. After multiple days of my daughters entertaining plus kids and families coming and going, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard was truly bare… When the cupboard is bare, there is nothing better than dazzling your family with a creative Fried Rice and that’s exactly what I did. So, as with any recipe we share through this site, this has been ‘Tried and True’ in one of our GetRealLive kitchen’s and in this case, it was mine.  My hubby and children gobbled it up and, in fact, both my son and daughter have taken leftovers for lunch at school. Two meals solved in one go….. YES!

Here we go…..

Kimchee Fried Rice

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons sesame oil (or if you want to be a little extravagant you can use 2 tablespoons of butter… this suggestion from my beautiful sister-in-law, Angie)

1/2 yellow onion, chopped
2 small garlic clove, minced or chopped (whatever is easiest… this meal is all about the easy!)
A pinch of coarse salt (if you like…. in our kitchen I use pink Himalayan Salt but for this recipe I skip the salt because Kimchee is salty enough. I’ve included it tho because for some palates you might need a dash to make it great. Personal taste here!)
1 cup sour kimchi (use old Kimchee if you have it’s best and I like the big pieces of it so I don’t chop it up. If you want smaller pieces then by all means chop it up. If you’re buying Kimchee for the first time ask your Asian/Korean grocer for Mat Kimchee)
1 teaspoon/a Splash of soy sauce

1 tablespoon of sesame seeds (not needed but I add these only because I love them!)

1 cup day-old cooked rice, at room temperature (If you have, if not, just pop some rice in the rice cooker and use fresh….that’s what I do but it’s a great dish to use up left over rice as well)
1 very good egg
1 scallion, white and light green parts only, very thinly sliced (you can either cook these through or I use them more as a sprinkle on top before serving)
1 generous pinch coarse Korean chili powder

Directions

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook, stirring now and then, until the onions begin to soften and become just brown. Turn up the heat to high and add the kimchi and cook for approx 5 minutes. Cook until the Kimchee starts to crisp on the edges basically like it’s being fried. Add the soy sauce and rice and stir thoroughly to combine. Cook until the rice is warmed through and beginning to brown, about 5 minutes. To serve I like shallow individual serving bowls

This is so yum and the flavours will permeate through your house. It’s a super quick meal that is absolutely moorish! NOTE: Kimchee is spicy and can be an acquired taste. In saying that, some of the heat seems to be taken out during the cooking process additionally, the strong flavour that may need some getting used to softens whilst cooking. For those who are familiar with Kimchee and have come to love it like my family (obviously my hubby, being Korean, grew up on this…. but I’ve acquired a taste as have our children) then go for it… You will love this dish and it’s seriously easy.

Now…. if you want to dress the dish up a bit and add a bit of SWAG to it (according to my  kids SWAG is…. Swhat We Asians Got!) you can add the Fried Egg on top…

If you have removed your rice from your pan you can simply wipe the pan clean and use it for your egg. Cook your egg as per usual (a fried egg) and cook just until the yoke is done, you want some of the gooey, runny yoke to melt through the rice adding to the flavour and texture of the dish. So, take your rice and delicately place your egg on top, sprinkle with your green onions/shallots even drizzle a tiny bit of sesame oil over the top and a dash of red pepper if you want and go ahead and savour the goodness you have created!

Enjoy….. Now that I have written this out, my mouth is watering and I’m ready for more…. A perfect 1 dish meal that is ready in under 10mins.

Susan xx

#grlpower Turn Up the Volume Stories

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This week we are sharing stories from some of the organisations we have chosen to partner with. This one comes from Fiji via ‘A Girl and Her World‘…. We hope you enjoy and that through these experiences you are inspired to help us 1) Create Awareness and 2) Mobilise so that we are able to make a difference.

Last week, Kym and I travelled to rural Fiji to visit the gorgeous girls we support there, check in on their families’ income generating projects and meet and train the newly formed team that our Coordinator Urmila has gathered around her this year.
As always, we came away richer with full hearts and excitement about all that is possible when a group of people come together to make a difference in their community.
There was sincere and grateful thanks for your support and the reality is that we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without it. Here are some pics to connect you to what we are doing…

This sweet girl peeks out at us from her front door in a village not far from RakiRaki town. She has 4 siblings and we support her older sister to go to school as she is in high school. The younger girls will no doubt be supported as they get older too, and we are looking into setting mum up with a chicken coup so she can begin to earn a living.Fiji-009-650x487

wallThis mum showed us the new wall she was able to put up with a grant from our Emergency Fund early this year as her family recovered from the impact of TC Evan that tore her house apart. Thanks to your generosity she has been able to rebuild, put in a concrete floor to one room and install new shutters to let some light in as they have no electricity.

freezerThis happy dad has been talking with us since last year about his business plan to sell fish. This trip we were able to help him purchase this freezer so he can buy fish from his brother’s trawler, freeze it to keep and sell to his community and bring any left over into town to sell at the market. He will also be able to provide good nutrition for his family and as his business grows, take back some of the ownership of supporting his daughter’s education. She was one of the first girls we supported…she is very happy to be back at school and is doing well.

And last but most definitely not least, one of our favourites the beautiful Kajul! She is Urmila’s daughter and the inspiration behind ‘a Girl & her world’. In this pic she is laughing at Kym’s attempt to make roti.roti Kym and I couldn’t see the problem, but when you make hundreds of these things every week, before school for the day’s meals, you learn to roll them perfectly. We loved eating dinner made from this kitchen every night!

The Magic of Memories Book Launch

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Well friends I’m super excited about Monday September 30th because I get the honor of being the Emcee at a book launch in Sydney. ‘The Magic of Memories’ written by the very wise and talented Dianne McKissock OAM and illustrated by the fabulous Phoebe Bakker.

Dianne, a Psychotherapist and Relationship Counsellor uses not only  her years of vast clinical experience but artfully weaves her very personal experience of loss into the book. ‘The Magic of Memories’ brings the conversation of death and dying into a space that allows children the opportunity to not only talk but to truly feel what they are walking through. It is definitely a must read for anyone traveling this road with children.

Details for the launch are below and everyone is welcome. Dianne will be there and Phoebe will be spending some creative time with the children. So, come one, come all and hear from these women who have stepped out and used their collective experiences to bring this book to life and help countless children and families. I am honored to be part of this launch.

Susan xx

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#grlpower Turn Up The Volume!!

Welcome to GetRealLive…. We are so glad you’ve connected with us!

YOU MAY HAVE ARRIVED HERE BECAUSE YOU’VE SEEN SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS CHANGE THEIR FACEBOOK COVERS TO SUPPORT #grlpower Turn Up the Volume AND YOU WANT TO DO THE SAME… IF THAT’S THE CASE THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU….

Step 1: To start you on this journey we would love it if you would watch this short video by Rebecca Barry – Award Winning Documentary Writer, Director and Producer who is an upcoming guest on GetRealLive Radio in support of #grlpower Turn Up the Volume. 

Step 2: Here is the image we have created for your Facebook Cover. Please, please take it and upload it and show your support for girls across the world TURN UP THE VOLUME!

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Step 3: More information: GetRealLive is supporting INTERNATIONAL DAY OF THE GIRL and we have not only chosen to partner with a few organisations we would like to highlight plus we are donating our collective Social Media Influence. We have all reached into our communities and invited friends | family | followers | fans and everyone else we are connected with to donate their influence as well. We have decided to use the hashtag #grlpower Turn Up The Volume (you can also us #turnupthevolume) to use our voice and GET LOUD about issues that matter! We believe that on the other end of our YES (to be involved) are countless girls across the planet who are saying Thank You!

Here are some of the amazing organisations we are partnering with. These are organisations are doing extraordinary work and not only are they partnering with us in terms of Social Media but they are sharing some of their stories through GetRealLive {the on the ground stuff that only they see) plus they are coming on GetRealLive Radio to tell us about their experiences (hear Jane Kennedy Founder of A Girl & Her World HERE and listen to Esther Davidson from Hope Helicopters tell us about the tribes in Papua New Guinea HERE}… ExtraORDINARY people choosing to live out loud and make a difference in the lives of those who need our hands, our feet, our influence and yes… our money!

We are so excited to be partnering with

A GIRL & HER WORLD, PLAN CANADA, TRANSFORMATION TEXTILES, and VILLAGE ARTISAN

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Here is a video from Village Artisan… Part of the beauty of what we are presenting through GetRealLive is that these organisations we have chosen to partner with, we know them and we know them well. The beautiful blonde girl in this video is a friend of mine and her life has been dedicated to bringing hope to women in India. I love that through her & her families life work, we have the opportunity to partner with them and hopefully see you engaging with them on a deeper, more meaningful level.

HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED? 

1) EDUCATE

We need to educate OURSELVES, so during the next few weeks, we will be bringing stories of amazing of girls whose lives have been transformed through the work of our partners. These organisations are on the ground making things happen every day! Take a moment to read our posts here, share them, talk about them and visit our partners’ websites to fully engage.

2) DONATE

Your Social Influence – This means going old school and simply talking with friends over coffee or a glass of wine and bringing the reality of what girls across the planet have to deal with into our worlds. TURN UP THE VOLUME on social media! We need your updates on Facebook | Instagram | Linkedin | Twitter | Tumblr. Whatever your preferred platform, please copy and paste, follow us and re-tweet. Do whatever you can to to help us spread the message. Don’t EVER believe that you can’t make a difference. In our empowered and connected world, we all have great influence.

Your Finances – Did you know that it costs $300 to send a girl in the Pacific Islands to school for a year? Did you know that for less than $1 per day Plan Canada’s Because I’m a Girl Project helps to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing young girls in developing countries? That’s LESS THAN $1!

During the next few weeks, we’ll be offering suggestions on how you can donate your finances and how to go beyond just asking for money. We want this conversation to be very real and totally authentic so we will help you facilitate: Coffee Mornings | Wine Nights | Dinner Parties  | Garage Sales | Pink Lemonade Stands |Book Swaps |Lunch Money Matters | Christmas Cause Gifts | Fund Raiser Celebrations | and more ….

We want to Get Loud and Get Busy helping in any way that we can. Every cent makes a difference and every voice added to the mix helps TURN UP THE VOLUME!

3) GET INVOLVED

Stay connected to this journey … Email us at events@getreallive.com so that we can keep you can informed about all that’s happening. We want to use this space so that together we CAN make a difference.

‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.’  Margaret Mead

Angry Mussels in White Wine

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This post and recipe comes from my eldest brother, Robert. He is an incredible cook and those who know him and who have had the opportunity to sit at his table and  enjoy some of the incredible morsels he has created, know exactly what I’m talking about…. If you’d like to check some of his food out visit ‘Taylor Made Supper Club‘. Needless to say, after tasting his Mussels and having the pleasure of enjoying them more than once I simply had to have the recipe to share…. I hope you enjoy…

Thank You for sharing Robert….

Angry Mussels in White Wine (Adapted from JCT Kitchen)

Ingredients

1lb mussels
1 cup dry white wine
1″ thick slab of bacon, diced (or equivalent in sliced bacon)
1/2 red onion
3 green onions
1 seranno chili or a good pinch of crushed red pepper
some good crusty bread

Method:

Get your bacon in a good pan and render it down. Once rendered, remove it and place it on a paper towel. Use the smokey rendered fat and sautee some aromatics (garlic, red onions and the whites of some scallions/green onion). Once the flavours start to saturate, add some crushed red pepper flakes and a little bit of cayenne to spice it up. Now, turn up the heat, toss your mussels in and a good glut of dry white wine. Pop the lid on and simmer for about 5 minutes. Then, remove to a bowl, toss in the bacon, topp with green onion tops and get out your crusty bread to dip in and enjoy all the juices that have developed.  The liquid that cooks out of the mussels mixed with the wine, bacon, chilis and all that other good stuff makes for some seriously awesome flavor.

Use the method above or, keep it simple and just sautee, steam and eat. Way too easy.

#grlpower ‘Turn Up The Volume’

It’s about to get really noisy in here so get ready!

GETREALLIVE is taking some ground and we are ready to get loud, get noisy and get up in some business…. We are talking about GIRLS across the globe and we are doing our part for International Day of the Girl and we want you to join the conversation. Information coming your way so stay tuned. If you would like to be included in our mailing list where we will give you details, products, ideas and ways to not only create awareness around this conversation but how to mobilise then email us at events@getreallive.com… Together we really can make a difference and we NEED YOU!

Best Lasagna Recipe

 

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Over the past few weeks, I have made meals for a few friends who have either been under the weather or just on the run and crazy busy.

I find Lasagna an easy meal to make for friends for a number of reasons: 1) Most kids like Lasagna 2) It’s an easy meal to transport 3) You can jazz it up by adding spinach, grated carrots and other ‘hidden’ veggies 4) Couple it with a salad, some garlic bread and the meal is ready to go.

For whatever reason, our famous Sohn Lasagna is something people seem to love. The recipe has been requested time after time so tonight I finally found a moment to pull it all together. This recipe is familyroom tried and true, it has passed even the toughest of palates so relax and know that it won’t disappoint..

Best Lasagna Recipe

Oven Temp: 375 ~ Cooking Time: 1 hour ~ Pan Size: 9X13 inch ~ Serves 12-14

Meat Sauce:

2lbs ground beef

4 cloves of chopped garlic

½-1 tsp oregano

1 Tbsp salt

2-15oz cans diced tomatoes

2-6oz cans tomato paste

1 cup chopped onions

Or….. If you’re pressed for time, you can cheat and buy a store prepared sauce. If you do this I would buy the roasted garlic meat sauce and as natural as possible.

Cottage Cheese Mixture:

3 cups dry cottage cheese {if you can’t find dry put your wet cottage cheeze in a strainer and let it drain}

3 beaten eggs

2 tsp salt {you can leave this out if you want. I usually do}

½ tsp pepper

2 Tbsp parsley flakes or preferably fresh parsley chopped

½ cup parmesan cheeze {the finer the better}

1 bag shredded mozzarella cheese

Method:

Fry ground beef and drain grease {IMPORTANT}.

Add other ingredients and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes.

Combine cottage cheeze mixture, except mozzarella

In a greased baking pan place a layer of noodles + ½ the cottage cheeze mixture followed by a layer of mozzarella then the meat mixture {this is where I add my own flavour to the mix…. I add spinach, eggplant, zucchini or whatever you want. Alternatively, you can grate veggies and add them to your meat sauce if you have a ‘picky’ eater. This is an excellent dish to ‘hide’ a lot of goodness. Get creative and make this your own}.

Repeat beginning again with the layer of noodles, cottage cheeze mixture, mozzarella and finish with the meat mixture and mozzarella and any left over parmesan to sprinkle.

Bake. Recommended baking time is 1 hour however I usually take it out after 50 minutes. The last 10minutes seems to brown it up just a little too much. This is best cooked ahead of time and then reheated. For some reason it holds together better that way.

This recipe freezes well. If you slice it up and put it in zip lock bags it works really well for kids lunches {if microwave is available}. I take it out of the bag in the morning, place it in a glass container, pop it in their lunch bags. The Lasagna coupled with a piece of fruit a veggie and maybe a cookie and your child has a perfect, very filling hot lunch.

Susan xo

The Apple and The Tree

There is a saying that most of you probably know. It goes like this ‘The Apple Doesn’t Fall Far From The Tree’. This saying has become very real to me in the last few weeks through my eldest daughter, Sophia. I recently received an email from her language arts teacher that was titled OMG (Oh My Goodness) the content of the email was as follows: ‘Hey Susan. OMG! Did you read Sohpia’s eulogy speech? She totally made me cry. That girl is extremely talented!!!!!! Must be her fabulous teacher. Seriously, I’d love to take the credit, but I’m sure her mom has more to do with it!!!!!!! Fantastic writer!!!!!’

As you can well imagine I was overjoyed to receive such a lovely email from a teacher and she confirmed what I was coming to understand, that my daughter, at the young age of 12, is a gifted writer.

Like any proud mother I want to share her accomplishments with you, my readers. Also, I think it’s amazing that at 12 years of age she is being published for the first time ~ in this column. Who knows where she may end up and what this publishing may do for her. If anything, it will help build her confidence, it will challenge her and hopefully motivate her to create more, to let her mind expand and to write even more. I know that through reading her writings I have been motivated, challenged and inspired. I see, through the words of my 12 year old that the ways, in which, Philip and I are raising her and her siblings, the things we are instilling in them are good. Through Sophia’s words I think I’m getting a glimpse at the fruit that comes from our little family family tree. What I see is good fruit and my heart smiles.

The class assignment was to write a eulogy about something (thankfully not someone). They had to pick something and write about it and then present in front of the class. Sophia wrote beautifully and with poise and elegance presented her writing to her class. Through her writing I have come to understand the saying about the apple and the tree. I don’t think this little apple has fallen far from the tree and maybe I, as an apple, didn’t fall far from the tree of my origin. I hope you enjoy!

The Difference Between a House and a Home

By Sophia Sohn: March 12, 2011

It was a simpler time, when all I needed to be entertained for hours at a time was a piece of paper and a crayon. Like most five year olds, my drawings were usually pink and they were usually of princesses, fairies, and castles. They were drawings that showed who I was and who I wanted to be. I was going to be a princess and I would have a gorgeous Prince and we would live together in our castle.

In reality my castle was located on 18 Old Glenhaven Road, Sydney, Australia. There were no turrets, no moats, no knights in shining armour, and there was absolutely nothing pink about this house. I never realized how much I loved my house until it was gone.

It wasn’t a huge house. It wasn’t little either. The simplicity of it was what made it beautiful. Maybe I was the only person that thought it was beautiful. Maybe I was the only one who enjoyed the swing set outside. Maybe I was the only one who liked my small wooden cubby house. Maybe other people didn’t appreciate it the way I did. If people didn’t like my house then they sure didn’t show it. My house was never empty.

Maybe that’s because it isn’t just a house. My house was an actress and as a little girl I often had friends over, and my house soon became my castle, my secret lair, and once it even became the school from high school musical (the movie).

The most important role it ever had was my home.

Sure it wasn’t my first house, but it was definitely my first home. It was where our family started. It was a home that would forever hold some of our most precious memories. It was where we laughed together, cried together, celebrated together, mourned together, and learned to love each other.

We are gathered here today to honour this house that soon became three little childrens’ home, their safe haven, the place they would run to if anything went wrong. The place where these little kids would grow up. This home has become part of my family. I grew up with it, and alongside my parents it watched me grow, it watched me go from a pink room to a green room, it watched me go from a size 1 shoe to a size 4 shoe, it watched me laugh and watched me cry, and it watched me run to it and it watched me run away from it.

I’ve come to a point in my life where I’ve had to learn to give up things, and sacrifice things for other people. When my parents told me that we were moving I didn’t want to let go. Personally, I think that letting go is one of the hardest things that we as people have to do. No person in the world is perfect, nobody wants to let things go, and neither did I, but it was something that I had to do.

I loved my house. It was special. It was comforting. And it was home. That’s why it will always have a spot in my heart. Thank you and always remember “A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”

Susan xo

Three Cups of Tea

I wrote this article on August 13, 2010 and was reminded of it recently when we at GetRealLive decided to use our voice and platform and put something together for ‘International Day of the Girl’. To all of you who have put your hand up to be part of our journey and our dream to help others.. thank you. I hope you don’t mind this ‘repost’ of my thoughts on one of my favourite books of all time. Thank You Greg for sharing your story and for not giving up!

I was recently given a copy of the book Three Cups of Tea written by Greg Mortenson. It’s all about ‘one man’s mission to promote peace, one school at a time’. I was given the book {if you can believe it} by my Kindergarten teacher, Gaye Moss, an incredible woman whom I have written about on this site before. She has impacted and influenced my life since I was five years old and continues to do so at 40 years.

This book inspired me on so many levels. I was challenged by Mortenson’s spirit of adventure and his ability to simply be himself in every situation. The strength of his character and his honest love and desire for people came through in so many ways. I loved how life began for him and the experiences his parents gave him which shaped his life and influenced the man he became. The impact his father had on him reminded me of how important our male role models are in what I believe is a fatherless generation. Mortenson was blessed to have such a great father, with this I identified as I have been blessed with an extraordinary father myself.

His passion for people, regardless of race, culture, status or background, ‘had me at hello’. He broke through the stigmas, political challenges, religious walls and language barriers and saw humanity. His friendships and his ability to establish true relationships with people, not just working relationships or relationships for convenience, were true, life-long and life-giving.

Mortenson worked tirelessly to help people. He saw a need and endeavoured to fill it, using only what was in his hand. The equation was simple and unassuming, yet the work was hard and the challenges great. He did all this with no acclaim and no connections, it was simply a hand to the grindstone situation. It truly was, one school at a time; one child at a time.

Slowly but surely schools were built, children were educated and relationships grew. Trust was established and boundaries were broken. Mortenson stayed in Pakistan during 9/11. He remained true to his belief of education, love, honesty and relationship as the way to peace.

He proved himself to be honourable, wise and a true lover of humanity. The life and story of Greg Mortenson and his love for people has inspired me to continue on. When the days are tough and I feel like I am making no impact, I am reminded of Mortenson tucked away in his basement, writing letters, asking for help as he laboured for an education for children he might never meet, the communities he would change and families who would be forever grateful.

Mortenson knew that if you develop relationships, you can strengthen a community and you can build extraordinary families. Through our work we endeavour to do the same. Today, I will keep dreaming and I will keep writing, speaking out and asking because, like Greg Mortenson and his dream of education, somewhere someone needs me to keep believing and keep building.

Susan xx