I recently found out that an old college classmate of mine died. She was a few years older than me, so technically we were never classmates. By the time I enrolled in college she had been hired by the office of Residential Life, so even though we never shared a class I still knew her… Read More In the arena of life, are you winning or losing?
A few weeks ago, I had a meltdown. Because of various health issues, I’ve found myself going to a lot of doctor’s appointments lately. These days I average between 2-3 appointments every single week. It’s safe to say that I’ve gone to more doctor’s appointments in the last year than I have in the rest… Read More When hard work becomes a bad thing
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
It’s so easy to sit here at my computer and encourage you to persevere, to push through, not give up, fight for what you believe in. However, I am fully aware that advice like that is far easier said than done. I have been there, curled up on the floor wanting nothing more than to… Read More How to push through when you feel like quitting
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
Happy new year! Can you believe it’s already 2016? I’ve been looking back a lot on 2015, reflecting on what I did right and where I can improve. 2015 was a year of huge change for me. I moved, quit my job, and started working as a freelance writer. I was engaged and then married… Read More How to have your best year ever