Melina’s Adventure to Southeast Asia

Melina’s Adventure to Southeast Asia

From Melina Martinez

This year for my birthday, I am asking friends and family to help send me on the next part of my sabbatical year adventure. $1 can help as I follow a sense of calling to Southeast Asia. Thank you for your support!

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Update #1

2 months ago

Hi friends and family who have given! An update— while Fundly is a great site and houses a ton of details about my next trip, I just learned that they charge 8% for processing your gift and I’m sorry I hadn’t realized that before! In 6 days your gift will be refunded to your original form of payment because I don’t want your gift to be spent this way. If you don’t mind, please resend your birthday gift and support my journey, to my Venmo account @melinatinez or via PayPal at melina.pagliuzza@gmail.com. I also have Chase Quickpay or can accept a check. I apologize for the inconvenience!! Thank you again! <3

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Some background

Those who have been following my story recently know that in January 2019 I left my post as Dir. of Admissions for StartingBloc and began a sabbatical journey of healing and growth. What began as 3 months in Mexico turned into 8 months of going deeper within, learning about myself and confronting a variety of experiences that have helped me to unlearn and also restore pieces of myself.

What’s the vision? 

If you’ve known me a bit longer, you know that in 2015 I began my leadership fellowship with StartingBloc and formed the ideas for sun.dei.best (see link or photo), a brand and organization that could bridge my passion for ethical and sustainable fashion manufacturing practices & my desire to create pathways to upward mobility for inner city youth coming from poverty. The ideas have continued brewing. I also feel closer to the vision because of connections I’m making in the field and through my admission to Columbia University, NY (where I’m set to begin a Social Work and Social Enterprise Masters program in Fall 2020).

Why SE Asia?

Now I feel called to head to Southeast Asia, the center of the world’s garment manufacturing. I have already begun to connect with organizations there doing work to create a more ethical fashion industry. I feel called to go to Thailand, Cambodia and India, to get closer to the work and to the people who make our clothes. I want to learn from them, and meanwhile continue healing myself as well. I will be volunteering and participating in cultural exchange/work-trade agreements with individuals and/or nonprofit organizations. More details to come!

What have you been up to lately?

I continue to feel called to live in sabbatical. What does this mean? It means my focus has been less on earning and ladder-climbing, and more on learning and growth & rest and restoration.

I have known that my capacity to give, to create, and to love are all tied to the health of my mind, heart and body, and to my letting go of that in me which does not serve the vision I’ve been given. 

This process has indeed already served to prepare me for the work I wish to do in the world. One gift from this time I’ve found in nomadic movement/living and volunteer work-trade exchanges has been in embracing that I am not in control of everything (and never have been) and that’s okay. You my friends and family and our global community have shown me the face and heart of God, of love, supporting me through every challenge. These kinds of experiences have been helping to reset my nervous system to better understand and be at peace in this truth: If we trust, the Universe truly does work in our favor.

The Future

I know that I am here to build using the power of belonging to heal, bridge and restore. I am learning more and more firsthand what that means. I’m in the process of shaping my vision and will have more to share as each season unfolds. Thank you for caring about me and what I’ve set out to do.

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Melina Martinez posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #1

Hi friends and family who have given! An update— while Fundly is a great site and houses a ton of details about my next trip, I just learned that they charge 8% for processing your gift and I’m sorry I hadn’t realized that before! In 6 days your gift will be refunded to your original form of payment because I don’t want your gift to be spent this way. If you don’t mind, please resend your birthday gift and support my journey, to my Venmo account @melinatinez or via PayPal at melina.pagliuzza@gmail.com. I also have Chase Quickpay or can accept a check. I apologize for the inconvenience!! Thank you again! <3

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