Check in on 2014 Goals: Evaluate & Adjust!

So in December, I wrote a post about setting goals for 2014. In that post I discussed how you should check in to see where you are on your goals. Well, today I am checking in on my goal to to write a blog at least once a week giving me at least 52 blogs. Well…I fell off my goal after having a health issue and going out of the country. For the first 3 months of the year I had 12 posts with one occurring every week. In April, I had 10 posts because I blogged each day on my mission trip, but prior to going I had 3 posts. In May 2 posts and in June only 1 post. This post will make 2 for July. So, needless to say I need to reevaluate where I am on my goal and make adjustments. 

I wanted to write this to show people why it is important to evaluate where you are on a goal, so you can make changes to get back on track. Many times when people get off track they give up instead of making adjustments and checking to see if they need to revise the goal or objectives it takes to reach that goal. For me, it is getting back into a routine and creating a new time slot to blog because my schedule changed. 

I encourage everyone to sit down and take some time to evaluate where you are on your goals. You still have time to make changes before the end of the year. I must go now because I need to evaluate the progress in other areas! See you next week! 😉 


Human Trafficking is in the USA

So yesterday I shared a video that someone else shared of a video diary done by Jada Pinkett Smith (check out the video at back in April while she worked on a documentary about human trafficking. I was shocked by the number of comments and messages that I received about the video, so I decided to dedicate a blog to human trafficking.

The definition of human trafficking is “abducting, forcing, deceiving or recruiting someone into working against their will. Most commonly for the purposes of sexual exploitation.” Check out this video:

Let’s look at some statistics from the website
• It is estimated that between 700,000 and 4 million women and children will be trafficked this year.
• It is estimated that 40,000 men, women, and children are currently enslaved in America right now. Between 14,500 to 17, 500 human beings are trafficked into the USA annually.
• The going price for a slave in 2009 was $90.
• 46% of victims know their recruiters. So this is not strangers who are manipulating people into these situations.
• The majority of victims are female and 50% are children.
These are alarming statistics!

Taken from the website, here are some warning signs that someone you know may be a victim of human trafficking:
• Rarely allowed out of the house, unless their employer or guardian is with them
• Has few personal possessions and always wear the same clothes regardless of the weather or circumstances
• Lives in a location that has high security measures (e.g. opaque windows, boarded up windows, bars on windows, barbed wire, security cameras, etc.)
• Seems to work excessively long or odd hours
• Lack of Control
• Does not have identification documents, or is not in control of his/her own identification documents
• Is not allowed or able to speak for themselves (a third party may insist on being present and/or translating
• Abnormal Behavior in Public
• Exhibits unusually fearful or anxious behavior after bringing up law enforcement
• Avoids eye contact and speaking with others
• Inability to clarify where he/she is staying/address
• Poor Physical Health (Shows signs of physical abuse or physical restraint; Appears malnourished)

If you believe that someone is being trafficked or exploited, call the The National Human Trafficking Resource Center to report your suspicions and seek help. All calls are treated anonymously: 1-888-3737-888


Human Trafficking Awareness Month—Educate yourself. Build awareness. End Slavery—Take a Stand:

Join us for our talk about 2014 goals in the anti-trafficking movement tomorrow at 12pm PST/3pm EST on Twitter! Join with the hashtag #DSBchat.