Monday, December 26, 2011

Christmas Newsletter 2011

Christmas 2011
Every year, we’ve had a theme to our Christmas newsletter. 2010 was summarized as the year of ‘transition’ as we moved, started new jobs, and launched into new adventures in the Big Apple. This year, although more settled, would have to be summarized as the year of ‘travel.’

Mindy’s first full year with World Vision as Media Relations Director (NYC) kept her bouncing from one exciting trip to the next, including a two-month deployment to the Horn of Africa. Meantime, even though Travis wasn’t traveling nearly as much, Mindy’s extensive time away from home enabled him to use his bachelor time to his advantage at work where his first year with CBS News was spent working weekends and late nights.

Now as we enter 2012, Travis is already being promoted at work as of January 1st and Mindy has three trips to Africa and one to Asia under her belt.

Highlights for us as a couple this past year included what time we did have together including:
- ski trip to Pagosa Springs last winter
- birthday celebrations for Mindy’s mom and brother while meeting our 4th and newest nephew in Albuquerque
- a family vacation with the Galey family to Galveston, TX
- a family vacation to Las Vegas this summer where we skydived with 7 members of the Mizell family
- a family trip to Pensacola, FL to see our cousin get married along the Gulf
- exploring new restaurants in our new neighborhood, aka New York City
- reuniting with friends in Annapolis and DC this summer

Although we don’t anticipate 2012 will be nearly as intensive for traveling, we already have a trip to the Bahamas on the books for late January! Mindy learned to scuba dive while on break during deployment and has been anxious to get Travis certified as well.

However, we’re both also looking forward to spending more time exploring New York this next year since our dog, Brinkley, loves long walks through Central Park (2 blocks from our apartment) and we do too!

We’d love to show you around and we welcome guests this 2012…if you’re willing to crash on the sleeper sofa of our small 1-bedroom apartment! But it’s definitely worth it when you experience the fun of being in New York where Broadway shows, museums and excellent restaurants are all within walking distance.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Come visit!


Travis, Mindy & Brinkley

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Pros For Africa

This March, I helped World Vision form a partnership with Pros For Africa....a group of 9 NFL players who were going to Uganda for humanitarian work. I traveled from NYC to Gulu, Uganda....nearly 30 hours of travel time away! We talked about ways the athletes can partner domestically with World Vision and continue their support of Africa.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Bangkok, Thailand

yes, this is a real chimpanzee!
the chimpanzees opened their act by flying in on ziplines, rocking out as a chimpanzee rock band, then doing a boxing match between themselves. so wouldn't happen in the U.S.!

 drinking a Pepsi from a plastic bag bc the street vendors don't let you keep the bottles
Mindy just got back from Bangkok, Thailand where she spent a week training with World Vision staff on how to respond to international disasters as a communicator. She didn't have a lot of time to sightsee but she did get a chance to drop by Safari World and make some new friends!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Congrats Travis!

 "After seven months unemployed, I'm back to work!  I begin my new job with CBS News on Monday morning (January 17th).  I will be a producer for Newspath.  Newspath helps coordinate news and video for all of the affiliates around the country.  For example, when Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in Arizona, Newspath put up video from Arizona on a server so all of the CBS affiliates around the country could access the video to run on their own newscasts.  In addition, Newspath sends reporters out to big stories to cover them for everyone.

I certainly appreciate everyone who prayed for me while I was unemployed.  This was a tough period for me and I appreciate your support." Travis

Christmas 2010

on vacation with Mindy's family in Pagosa Springs, Colorado
 Mindy loved driving the snowmobile solo!
 Mindy and Dad skiing Wolfcreek
 Mindy never uses poles when skiing
 Travis had an eye injury and couldn't go snowmobiling or skiing....
so Mindy took a picture to crop him in later.
 Catching up with good friends Brad, Wendy and Annabelle in Dallas
 Travis got new shoes and a golf driver for Christmas
 Mindy got new boots and a black vest for Christmas!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

World Vision's "True Spirit of Christmas Tour" - Dec 2010

This December, World Vision sent me to Africa
for two weeks to showcase unique Christmas gifts
that our donors provide during the holiday season
...everything from goats to chickens to cows. 
Every day, I got to meet a new family who received a different gift. 
I learned so much about how
simple gifts can not only change someone's life
but transform families and communities!
I hope you'll get a chance to read a few of my blogs. 
And if you're interested in giving this season go to
Merry Christmas!

True Spirit of Christmas Tour Trailer

Meeting Elvis in Tanzania- how chickens changed his life!

Meeting Alfred, the child I'm now sponsoring in Ghana.

Our "12 Days of Christmas"

Day 1- GOATS


Day 3- COWS



Day 6- travel from Tanzania to Ghana

Day 7- BIBLE






BONUS: Top 20 Lessons I learned in Africa...the hard way!

(Mindy Mizell, World Vision Media Relations Director
& 2010 True Spirit of Christmas Tour Host)