Who in the world is Nanci Hartland?
And why on earth is she writing a book
about Remarkable People?
Hartland is described as a Trailblazer, and a World
Wide Activist; determined, sweet and gently fierce. She is an
author, journalist, life coach, speaker, poet, international trainer and the CEO of Lifetracks Global Creative…
Hartland has interviewed people since she was a young girl; from lobstermen in her home town, Camden,
Maine when she was 10 to her Aunt Mamie, who had many adventures in her 98 year
life, discovering fascinating stories for her newspaper and magazine columns like Emil Winter, who began one of the first and best ski slopes in the country just after WWII. Each gave her insight, inspiration, curiosity and persistence that led her to discover more of who she is.
In “Remarkable People”,
she added a few questions, a little wit, wisdom, and whimsy. You will be
intrigued as you recognize and write down a few of your defining moments and become
more in touch with your talents, gifts and where your heart wants to lead you. Whatever
it took to get you where you are today, it’s not enough to keep you there.
out how the people of a small village in Tanzania
stole her heart and gave it back bigger... Her journey became her Soul Safari into
Africa and a journey into her own heart that gave her a new quality of life and a
new path to happiness.
Here is a peek at her personal story...
"Sometimes I just want to spend my life patting flowers and smelling dogs... Then I remember someone
extraordinary I met and loved along the way
who had the courage to stick their necks out,
make a difference and now ordinary just won't do."
The stereotype of a girl who is pregnant and married at 17 is usually poor and uneducated. I could have
stayed in that category. I chose not to. I finished high school by
getting a GED with one of the highest score ever given. I enrolled
in a few classes at the University of Maine, was a Brownie and Girl Scout Troop Leader,
coached my daughters soccer teams, taught my son and daughters to fish, play baseball and repair their bicycles as I cared for an invalid mother and my favorite Aunt Mamie. Sadly, at 33 I became the matriarch of my family. Only 39 when my sweet
children strutted off onto their own hypnotized version of being adults and not
needing me anymore. I thought my role as a woman was to take care of
and too quickly that was over.
I had always lived in Maine and had never traveled anywhere. Pulling down the shades for the rest of their lives was my mother and mother-in-law's response to growing older. That was more "Empty Nest" than I wanted...
I began a habit of asking myself compelling questions. My answers would surprise me as deeper and more challenging questions would surface. The most important question became;
‘Am I honoring in myself what is truly important?’
I began asking God over and over to “Show me' what you want me to do with the rest of my life and I will gladly go do it…”
How could I know those words would change my life and lead me to a small village in Tanzania, East Africa named Chome? (Say "Show-me")
Africa: the most dangerous place in the world to be a woman
doing projects in Africa I opened my eyes to a world of struggle and
poverty. Yet, I saw their powerful resiliency living in unthinkable conditions,
with an inspiring spirit of hope, wisdom and gratitude for what is truly of value: family and community, amid much laughter, joy and an eagerness for new knowledge.
"Remarkable People" ~ includes my story of many journeys into Africa as the people of Tanzania stole my heart and gave it back bigger. My notes became a Sacred Journal of my legacy of my experiences and wisdom.
"Our lives begin when we are willing
to be vocal and act to change any injustice we see in our surroundings." ~ Nanci Hartland
Over the years projects included
· 150 children in school
· 500 fruit tree seedlings
· Adult Literacy Program
· Hundreds of school books
· Thousands of vegetable seeds
· 5 miles of water pipeline in Chome, Tanzania
· 70 people in work for food program soup kitchen
· 6000 doses of a natural malaria solution to Borneo
· 2000 hug able toys to Tsunami children in Thailand
· 56 wells repaired after 4-year drought in Nkungi, Tanzania
· Green chalk board paint made school chalkboards readable again
I survived three bouts of malaria, had an AK-47 aimed at my head and been charged by a lion and an elephant. I chanted with the Masai and learned to balance a basket on my head. I have walked into a park in Los Angeles at 2 AM and eaten with the homeless, walked into a refuge’ camp in Africa and eaten a spoonful of rice with the hopeful. I have fallen to my knees and asked 'Why?', smiled at the rain, laughed out loud in the sun and asked "What's next?"
have seen and rejoiced the best our earth and its precious people offer and seen and
experienced the worst our world throws at us. I love, live and laugh in
the good 'ol USA. And I recognize greatness and grace... Forgetting is
not an option... Remembering is...
My family thought I was just a little crazy to put myself in jeopardy so far away from them. How could I get them to understand that staying where I was did not allow the changes and the recovery from the trauma and the drama of my past? I want them to know that traveling the world and doing what I love is forever opening my heart in new and compelling ways...
Coming home to myself, I learned to share my
shameful secrets, the defining moments and the challenges I overcame to
create an extraordinary life a long way from where I started. The questions, the people and the challenges have grown me and humbled me far beyond where I began.
So I put together this book with a funny name, told my story, added eleven more stories of other persistent ‘Remarkable Giraffes’, 35 questions and some wisdom we all learn along the way.
Lifetracks Global Creative
© 2017 Nanci Hartland