I recently heard a story about how a South American tribe accomplished the impossible. A group of aid workers were in the village, working hard to build their first-ever school. However, a series of setbacks had virtually guaranteed that the school would not be completed before the aid workers had to leave.
A few years ago, I went backpacking in Peru with a dear friend of mine. We didn’t have an agenda, just a month of time and a thirst to see what most tourists don’t. Our travels took us all over the country – to the southern plains of Nazca and the famous Nazca lines,… Read More What the most grueling challenge of my life taught me
In honor of the Olympic Games in Rio, I’ve decided to change up my format a bit. I hope you enjoy this article about a new addition to the games that I’m really looking forward to. I’m terribly excited about the Olympic Games in Rio this month. Not because of all the drama that’s surrounded them… Read More Why I’m so excited about this year’s Olympics
I love the new Facebook memories feature. It’s been so much fun to look back and remember the big events that have happened over the course of my life. Today, though, it was like a light bulb went off in my brain.
In honor of our nation’s birthday, I camped out and watched a spectacular fireworks show with my husband this past weekend. Curious how other countries celebrate their independence day? Click here for the 8 most interesting independence day traditions around the world.
I often think about my trip to Busan a few years ago. I think about how easy it would have been to let the travel time, the crowds, and the rain tarnish my impression of the event and enjoyment of the day. It’s so easy to let forces outside our control govern our emotions.… Read More How to change your inner narrative
In my last article I talked about the importance of being grateful for the gifts that you’ve been given. I know, easier said than done, right?
I recently had 2 very different conversations with 2 very different people. One of them, with Natalya, was engaging, fun, and really helped us connect on a deeper level. The other one, with Sylvia, was flat and uninspiring, and ended quite quickly. The catch? Sylvia is a native English speaker. Natalya has maybe 100… Read More Your attitude makes all the difference
This past weekend, I had the honor of being the keynote speaker at a high school commencement ceremony. Below is the transcript of the speech. Enjoy and be inspired!
I was recently asked to be in the inaugural class of a new mentoring program between current students and alumni at my alma mater, Berry College. My first reaction was excitement at a regular excuse to return to my beloved college. My second reaction, following closely on the heels of the first, was trepidation. What… Read More You’re not as poor as you may think