Education has made a direct and profound impact on Wendy’s life; its influence changed her personal self-beliefs and it also effected how she came to see herself in the world.
When she left to India to volunteer for the first time at a girls’ orphanage, her belief systems and perspective of the world changed again. This moment marked the shift in the belief: Wendy came to see that every person could make a difference in the world. Making a difference in the world was something Wendy felt so passionately about, that she has devoted her life to this idea.
It was through this deep-set and heart-felt belief that Wendy continued to evolve and grow from her first steps of putting pen to paper and transcribing what she once thought was
In October of 2014, Wendy embarked on a solo trip to a girl’s orphanage in India. While there, the Diwali Festival of Light over Darkness happened to fall on her birthday, and as she celebrated both events, watching the fireworks from the roof of the girls’ home her own understanding of her place in the world and her desire to contribute began a transformational shift. Wendy was able to see herself in each of the girls of the orphanage, and was struck with the realization that they were no different from herself. Not only was there no difference between herself and the girls, Wendy also developed the humbling awareness that they were one and the same. As Wendy has stated, her world grew that day as the idea of separation vanished, and her own individuality was part of something larger than life itself. She had come into harmony and full-circle.
After returning home to California from her trip to India, Wendy felt that the direction her life was to take had been solidified and set. She left her profession in the aerospace industry and dedicated her life’s work to making a difference in the lives of others all over the world.
This shift in her path first led her to a remote village in Thailand, where she taught English. Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal in 2015, Wendy volunteered with All Hands for disaster relief which included re-building homes and schools and providing education to those affected by the earthquake.
Wendy met with people who had lost entire homes, family members and children-everything that had made them feel safe. Feeling compelled to do more, Wendy sought out further opportunities in which she could contribute and make a difference.