Who in the world is Nanci Hartland?
And why on earth is she writing a book
about Remarkable People?
Nanci 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…
Nanci Hartland began interviewing people since she was a young girl; from lobstermen in Camden, Maine when she was 10 to her adventurous Aunt Mamie jetting off to Johannesburg in her 70's to take on a dig site with her archeological friends. She had many adventures in her life. Aunt Mamie's fascinating stories led her to do the same 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 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.
Find 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 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 my family 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
While 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 gratitude for what is 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 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 20 years the projects included
· 150 children in school
· 500 fruit tree seedlings
· Adult Literacy Program
· Hundreds of school books
· Thousands of vegetable seeds
· 2000 toys to Tsunami children in Thailand
· 2 fishing boats - 2 new schools in Thailand
· 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
· Green paint made school chalkboards readable again
· Over $100,000 of in-kind donations of medical equipment
· 56 wells repaired after 4-year drought in Nkungi, Tanzania
I survived three bouts of malaria, had an AK-47 aimed at my head
and was 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 "What's next?"
I 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 ' 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 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 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 along the way.
Lifetracks Global Creative
© 2017 Nanci Hartland