My First Solo Adventure: New York City

In my experience, travel has always been synonymous with vulnerability. There is something about being in an unfamiliar place, away from home (and my bed), that cracks me open and spreads me bare. And though I always discover something new about myself (e.g. resilience, courage, the ability to consume a whole pizza on my own...), … Continue reading My First Solo Adventure: New York City

On finding what you want & making it happen

"When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it." -Paulo Coelho Have you ever read The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho? If you haven't, you should. Like, right now. Very few books have influenced my life as greatly, as profoundly, as this one has. This book is all about pushing you … Continue reading On finding what you want & making it happen

My Mother: A Christmas Wonder Woman

In the front yard of our house growing up, there was a very large and unweildy pine tree. I remember one Christmas time, Mom decided she was going to brighten up that formidable monster by wrapping it up in twinkle lights. She stood at the base, bundled up in layers of winter clothes, and slowly … Continue reading My Mother: A Christmas Wonder Woman