Earth Hour

It’s no secret how much I love to travel. It offers endless culture, language, food, adventure, and the perspective that can only be found when you step out of your comfort zone. I have never been a big fan of cities though. They have plenty to offer, just like travel itself, but cities are too crowded and complicated for my liking (especially long term). One of the things I love most about traveling is being able to experience all of the nature. I’ve been lucky enough to explore nine countries, each with its own allure, and I can tell you one thing for sure: the earth is a magical place.
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Woman Up

When I woke up this morning, I rolled over to my pup for our daily dose of morning cuddles. I reached for my phone, turned off the twelve snoozed alarms, and scrolled through my social media feeds. Today was different than most days though. Every post was about women. Strong women. Smart women. Young and old women. Complicated, kind, creative, and innovative women. Daughters, mothers, sisters, and friends. I am honored that I know so many of those women and, when I woke up this morning, I was inspired to make all of those women proud.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”
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Pack Yourself a Toothbrush Dear

My semester abroad in Ireland started off a little rough. I had an especially good time the previous semester when I was still at my university in New Hampshire—good roommates, good friends, good classes. And while I looked forward to going, I was apprehensive to leave. It was my first time out of the country by myself and I wasn’t all that great with big changes. I was struck by overwhelming homesickness the moment the plane landed. Read More

New Beginnings

Tuesday marked the third day of 2017. I wished a Happy New Year to one of the kids I look after, as it was the first time I had seen him since late December. He immediately told me that it was too late to say that anymore. We were already three days into the year. It wasn’t new anymore. Man, did that put me in my place! Read More

Farewell, 2016.

This is the time of year most perfect for celebrating friends, family, and life itself. I looked back at my New Year’s posts from this time last year, a goodbye to one year and a welcome to the next, and I’m surprised by my optimism. Even though I crossed a few things off my bucket list (!!!) and traveled the world, this year was nothing like I expected it would be. (I mean, did this year somehow just kick everyone’s ass or what?) Now, it is time to say farewell and move on to something, hopefully, better. Read More

Documentary December: Into the Inferno

Once upon a time, my older sister and I watched a lot of random 90’s movies together. One of those was Mick Jackson’s 1997 disaster film, Volcano, in which Tommy Lee Jones’ character tries to save the city of Los Angeles after an earthquake hits and causes the formation of a deadly volcano. For whatever reason, the film’s images of molten lava flowing through the city streets are still clear in my mind. Read More

Documentary December: The Ivory Game

The year I traveled to Spain and Italy over spring break, I purchased two small figurines as souvenirs for myself. One was a colorful mosaic tile elephant, inspired by Antoni Gaudí’s style, from Barcelona and the other, a bright blue Murano glass elephant from Venice. The following summer, I inherited an elephant charm from one of my best friends and hung the beaded strand from my car’s rearview mirror. There was never one particular thing that made me fall in love with elephants. It just happened. Read More