I recently heard an excellent Ted Talk by Isaac Lidsky. He opened with a fascinating story about a little girl talking to her daddy about her goldfish. Her daddy explained that the fish is able to swim forward by wagging his tail to push him through the water. “Yes, daddy,” the little girl said.… Read More The danger of backwards-swimming fish
Nearly a decade after I first went to Costa Rica, I laugh at the fear I felt when I boarded that plane. When I returned from that trip I remember feeling totally invincible. I had just faced my biggest fear – and won. I thought I could do anything. Little did I know I had… Read More Turning stumbling blocks into stepstools
I have a vivid memory from nearly 10 years ago now. I had just received a scholarship from my university to teach English in Costa Rica for the summer. Although I had applied of my own free will, I didn’t think I would actually be accepted. Now that I had been, I was petrified. Absolutely… Read More Feeling scared? Do it anyway
I once heard someone say that the root problem of every issue we have in the world today is fear. While I’m not sure I’d go quite that far, I do believe that fear is behind much of the global conflict – racial, religious, ethnic and more – that we see occurring between people groups.… Read More 5 questions to help foster friendship and understanding
The year after I finished my master’s degree was one of the hardest years of my life.
Today I’m honored to be on The Change Blog! Here’s a snippet of the article: A few years ago I received a terrifying email. “We are pleased to inform you that you have been awarded a Fulbright scholarship to South Korea…” Perhaps I should back up a bit. I was in my senior year in… Read More How I Overcame Fear and Found My Love of Teaching, Travel and Chopsticks
I love writing. It’s always been rather therapeutic for me. My writing usually parallels pretty closely with my stress levels – the more I write, the less stressed I am. I have been writing for years. I’ve written in journals, submitted to online academic magazines and newsletters, posted notes on Facebook, created a year-long… Read More The only 2 types of real failure