About Me

My name is Mary, I’m 48 years old, and in April of 2010 I joined the Peace Corps. I’m self-employed, own my own home, and at the end of the day, routinely found myself saying, “There has got to be more to life than this.” Don’t get me wrong – I have a good life. [I’ll post my gratitude list for you to see.] However, my life has been purposeless for a while and that’s why I have decided to step outside myself and my comfortable world and dedicate myself to a worthwhile cause – in this case, International Youth Development. I have been selected to serve as a Youth Development worker in a yet-to-be-determined country in a yet-to-be-determined role. I’ve decided to keep a blog chronicling my journey and in so doing, my hope is that I’ll be able to educate, entertain, and maybe even inspire others to step outside of their comfort zone and live a purposeful life.


21 Responses to About Me

  1. Bushlings says:

    Miss Lady I love your blog! Can I tell you? What a journey! I have been falling off my chair with your most recent posts and have had to subscribe to keep up. That one with the crow bar I could just about see the little kahki uniform and hear him speak.

    Funny thing is I came across your blog around the time I was nominated for the Versatile Blogger award. In accepting the nomination I am due to pass it on and your blog is a natural choice. You can visit my page to see your nomination. The rules on the award are on the Versatile Blogger Award page – just a little bit of writing. If you accept the nomination I look forward to reading what you do with it. http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/

    • Mary Trotter says:

      Wow! What a fun honor! I didn’t know there was such a thing as a Versatile Blogger Award! I would love to accept the nomination…my challenge is that because I spend so much time obsessing over my own blog, I really don’t follow any others with regularity so at this time I don’t have others to recommend 😦

  2. Larissa says:

    Hi Mary,

    I lost track of you for a while but see you have made it to Jamaica with the Peace Corps! That sounds simply divine! I’d love to hear how things are going there, and share some of my experiences here in Morocco. My email address is lmnaylor @ gmail dot com if you want to stay in touch. I’m also on FB where you can see all my pictures.

    Take care and best of luck to you!


  3. Beth says:

    Hi there,

    So glad I found this blog. I am 44 and planning to apply next year for a Summer/Fall 2013 departure. Joining PC is something I’ve wanted to do since high school, but life got in the way. That and two (fabulous) kids. Can anyone give me some advice on the application process? Does it seem more arduous for older volunteers?

    My email is bandreapeterson@yahoo.com.


  4. Charles says:

    Hi Mary,

    I am glad that I stumbled upon your blog and will continue to follow it!

    I am also 48 years of age and have been nominated to serve in a Youth Development program in Asia…

    • Mary Trotter says:

      Hi Charles,

      Nice to meet you! Wow, a brother from another mother! When are you expected to depart?

      • Charles says:

        Nice to meet you too!

        Should be around July of this year. Hopefully I can figure out a way to get my physical exam expedited- the waiting list to see a physician is many months long…

        So you are currently waiting on an invitation?

    • Kathy says:

      Hi Mary,

      After hours of perusing blogs, I’ve finally found the “over 40” PCV applicants. I just turned 52 and I’ve also been nominated to a Youth Development program in Africa. This has been a life-long dream and the time is finally right to fulfill it!

  5. Larissa says:

    Hi Mary,

    I am happy I have stumbled upon your blog! I’m going into the Peace Corps for the same reasons you are – to get out of a rut and find more meaning and purpose in my life. I have been invited to serve in Morocco as a Health Education and Community Development volunteer and I’ll be leaving in March. I’d love to stay in touch about our mutual journeys, joys and sorrows, doubts and fears, empowerments and wonderments! πŸ™‚

    Nice to meet you.


    • Mary Trotter says:

      Hi Larissa,

      Congratulations on receiving your Invitation! I read in your blog that Morocco was your first choice – you go girl! I would love to stay in touch throughout our journey too.


      • Larissa says:

        Hi Mary,

        Thanks yes I’m excited. So much to do to get ready to leave for two years! Amazing how difficult it is to extricate ourselves from society! Ha ha.

        Any new developments in your Peace Corps journey?

        Happy Wednesday!


      • Larissa says:

        I just read your blog update on your invitation status! I too have a mortgage so can understand! The “extrication” process I’ve been talking about! Contact me by email if you want to discuss further. πŸ™‚ I’m excited for you!! πŸ™‚

  6. Renee says:

    Hooray! You’re the first blog I’ve found of another nominated youth development volunteer. I’m nominated in youth development as well and am hoping to hear where I’m going by December (nominated for Feb/Mar). I will definitely follow your blog to see if we get sent to the same place πŸ™‚ What is your work now?

    • Mary Trotter says:

      Hi Renee, I’m glad you found me! Everything you said is the same for me regarding program and timing. Where do you hope to go? From what I’ve been told, many Youth Development programs are located in Central/South America and the Caribbean. There is/was a program in Africa in October that I was informed about but the timing wasn’t right for me.

      Currently, I’m at the other end of the aging spectrum and work as a Geriatric Care Manager. Go figure! In the past, I have worked with at-risk youth as well as with children and young adults with special needs. Do you work with youth now?

      Let’s keep in touch! It will be fun to find out if we end up in the same country!

      • Renee says:

        I’ve been nominated to the same areas! That must be where all the kids are πŸ™‚ I’ve been in youth development for the past 3 years but I got laid off in June 😦 but for now I’m looking for work and volunteering. I am so excited about PC though as I know you are too πŸ™‚ Definitely follow my blog and I will be following yours!!

  7. mayaenroute says:

    I have no idea how I stumbled upon your blog… but I think its great! I’m a PCV in Senegal. Do you know where you’re serving yet?

    • Mary Trotter says:

      Hi Maya, thanks so much! No, I don’t yet know where I’m serving. I have a few loose ends to tie up before I’ll get the invitation to serve. I’m expecting to know in October-November.

  8. Lindsy says:

    Hey, Mary! I just want to say that I really admire you! I hate when people talk about feeling stuck in their life that they aren’t satisfied with but don’t DO anything about it! Way to go!
    I look forward to seeing where you’ll end up and what you’ll do!

    • Mary Trotter says:

      Hi Lindsy, Wow! Thanks so much for your support. Unfortunately I have been “blessed” with an extremely high tolerance for pain, misery and disappointment. But ENOUGH already!!! It’s time for me to define my reality and live a purposeful life. What has taken me a while to discover is that it probably isn’t going to look the way I’ve always imagined it. Hence, the real journey. Thanks again!

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